Nice report John. It sounds like a successful first lesson. Good
luck and have fun.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "John F. Kim" <jcasekim@y...>
> First, big thanks to Chris, George, Sara, Andre, Iain, and
> flkitesurfer for responding to my questions. Very helpful!
> Second, I took my first water lesson yesterday, and while I
> wasn't quite able to get the water start down, I did get my upwind
> body dragging down and felt pretty good about steering the kite.
> Even when I got lost control of the kite, got hauled out of the
> (not very high) and skipped across the water (both right side up
> upside down), I was able to keep the kite flying most of the
> Crashing it on leading edge about 4 times, was able to re-launch
> fairly easily each time with the Recon system.
> Quick summary of conditions:
> --San Francisco Bay, Alameda, 5:30pm PDT
> --About one mile NorthWest of Alameda beach with Waverunner support
> --Cabrinha Access 9m 4-line LEI kite with 20 or 25m lines
> --45 or 48cm Cabrinha bar with PowerLock and Recon system
> --4/3 wetsuit, porous gloves, PFD, Pro-Tec WakePro helmet, seat
> harness was XL (ProLimit?), which turned out to be too big.
> --Wind speed average 15mph, gusts up to 22 mph; chop 6"-18"
> --Cabrinha twintip board, 158cm, model unknown, sandal bindings
> --Experienced kiters were using 11m and 12m kites, later 14m kites
> wind died down.
> --Student is 195 lbs with some surfing, windsurfing and
> experience but no previous water kiting experience.
> --Lesson from www.kitewindsurf.com (good guys, and gals)
> Based on this one water lesson I have concluded...
> --I do not want to fly my 9m LEI kite on land in 15mph winds
> it could hauled me around in a gust
> --I need to learn to re-launch kite without using Recon system (by
> swimming towards the kite)
> --Recon emergency depower system great if you are concious
> --Waverunner/jetski support very helpful, may increase lesson cost
> --Basic kite easier than expected (trainer practice helps)
> --Skillful kite flying harder than expected
> --Body dragging upwind easier than expected for me
> --Waterstarting harder than expected for me (was very much like
> one time I tried wakeboarding)
> --Getting hauled out of water by kite quite fun (nothing dangerous
> downwind) except when leads to swallowing seawater
> --Cabrinha PowerLock great except easy to engage by mistake, takes
> active thought to disengage it (surely becomes intuitive with
> --Having leash that allows bar spinning is very nice for
> lines (my own bar leash wrist safety does not allow easy bar
> --I'm really close to being able to waterstart, I think...
> As advised by several people, at this point buying a larger foil
> just to practice with on land for kitesurfing no longer makes
> for me. I will still enjoy flying my 1m foil for fun and may buy
> 2m foil kite as a recreational kite, but unless I get into
> or kitebuggying or mountain boards, I need to practice with the
> kite on (or at least near) the water.
> First hand safety system experience. On my last attempt to
> waterstart, I lost control of the kite and dove it through
> the power window. As happened several times, I got hauled out of
> then along the water, but this time my harness slipped down around
> legs and the chicken loop donkey dick came out of the hook,
> me from the kite and sheeting it out to full power. I had kite
> to neutral but was hanging onto the bar only and being dragged
> slowly. I kicked off the harness but didn't want to let go of bar
> because then we'd have a runaway kite. Instructor advised
> Recon safety which depowered kite about 85% and it slowly landed,
> where it retained 5 to 15% power depending which way it was
> flapping. I slowly wound in the lines then practiced self-rescue
> with the kite.
> In retrospect I should have pulled in the sheeting system to see
> that reduced power enough for me to comfortably hang onto the
> but even then I could not have reattached the chicken loop because
> had no more harness! Instructor picked up harness and board, we
> wrapped up kite and called it a day.
> I tried once to re-launch the crashed kite without using Recon,
> it didn't work. I think I didn't swim hard enough towards the
> to make it flip over on its back. Actually in a few cases it
> on its side and I was able to relaunch it just using the bar.
> All in all a great experience and I certainly would recommend
> KiteWindSurf if you are looking for lessons in the San Francisco
> --John Kim
> --- In email@example.com, "John F. Kim" <jcasekim@y...>
> > Hello KiteSchool... Five questions. Feel free to answer just
> > two--don't need to try to answer all 5!
> > 1) What is the maximum LEI kite size that is safe to fly on
> > I'd like to do some land practice and it's not always easy for
> > get to the beach for practice. I weigh 195 lbs (about 87 kilos)