Turned up to Camber Sands beach with this on the horizon, people kiting in front, captured this photo stitch as it then bombed in with 70mph winds and launched people from the water up the beach, few broken kites but no broken people amazingly
I had never done any wind powered sports before. The first time i discovered about squall wind spikes was when the wind spiked from 20 to 35 knots. I was landboarding on a 10m foil..... I got dragged down the beach while the thing was punched to safety!. Had to completely punch out and let the kite go!...
I don't think weather is covered enough in kite lessons.
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I had never done any wind powered sports before. The first time i discovered about squall wind spikes was when the wind spiked from 20 to 35 knots. I was landboarding on a 10m foil..... I got dragged down the beach while the thing was punched to safety!. Had to completely punch out and let the kite go!... I don't think weather is covered enough in kite lessons.
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Tbh, I am not as familiar with weather formations as some of you guys are. I look at the radar to see if supercells and if I see a storm out of hell coming, I come in far in advance. In Florida at the beach, its pretty easy to spot heavy duty systems coming in. I really prob should learn more about weather spotting so I can identify things while out to sea better, need a good resource for it though. It really is its own world. Forecasts nto as helpful given low quality of wind forecasting here.
In terms of getting stuck out there, has happened to me once, got lofted 30 ft up on a powerful gust, then I got the joy and pleasure of self landing in a squall. Worked out ok even though that was the first time I learned my QR was not invincible (kite remained powered up after I QR, altho at the time I did not realize that happens sometimes and I need to move forward to let the rest of the QR go down the line so to speak).
I like the idea of riding it out at sea a mile out with kite parked on the water. S FL is really shallow and has alot of places to easily stand up in, so if I can get the kite down, its cake walk. I also use an impact vest/pfd that can keep me floating, so water is not a problem either. When all else fails, flying the kite 2 ft above the water and simply body dragging upwind at the max angle against the wind has proven to be a great way to burn power. Its a variation of how I like to slow down (over edging using a full lean with my back/body weight to go too far upwind) while riding. I can do this for hours and hours too, works great when overpowered.
Rick you are in FL, how about a definitive guide to what FL weather systems look like? Id personally love that as I am a FL based kiter hehe. Apologies if you ahve already created one and I am missing it, I have not been around sicne 2012 and some of the posts you linked to are pretty old. Alot of noobs like myself in the sport that were not around back then, ESPECIALLY in FL.
We frequently have powerful squalls in South Florida, apparently more so than in northerly areas. Any kiter down here should have a strong understanding of weather including both good and hazardous conditions. In short, understanding of kiting weather planning and monitoring.
Read over those three stickies at the link listed in the post above. Many of the concepts came up about a dozen years ago, they've been updated quite a few times since then. Dealing with this stuff isn't that hard or time consuming but you do need to read over a few things.