66425Re: [ksurf] CABRILLO SEMI-BAN (no kiting summer weekends)
- Jul 8, 2003--- In email@example.com, LA2WNDSRF@a... wrote:
> Your message was too long.Sorry. I like to be thorough For you & others with limited time
please see below for a VERY brief synopsis.
> why don't you help other kiters launch kites and catch kitesI do.
> You need to live up to your own safety words, buddy.I do.
> ...your Guerilla Kite and single finYes, the Guerilla goes upwind great. The fin makes no difference. I
> "dagger board", I bet that goes to windward real nice. No wonder
> you go up wind two miles or more.
get upwind quicker on a LiteWave 136.
> I've never seen ... a single 6 inch fin in the middle of adirectional board.
It replaced 4 stock fins. Easier/cheaper to experiment with
different sizes, only one tip vortex & endplate interference area,
and always running at a positive angle of attack (unlike any toe side
fin on a kiteboard - look at your wake sometime). They used to use 3
fins on sailboards too, remember?
> How does it jump?It jumps great, like any directional board.
> I've never seen you jump in the past months.I haven't even ridden at all in the last month & a half. Prior to
> You used to jump all the time, what's up ?
that I'd only recently switched to the Guerilla, which (like any new
kite) takes a while to get the jump timing down, especially when the
winds are unseasonably poor. I do ride far upwind, so you may not
SEE me jumping. Also, if I'm not powered up the right amount* to
jump well, I don't usually bother, especially within easy viewing of
the beach, where you can whip the kite back perfectly & have a lull
reduce your jump height to an embarrasing few feet.
*overpowered is not as good as just right.
Here's the "Reader's Digest" version of my previous post:
> yeah those things happen all the time.On the contrary, bystander injuries DO happen.
> a slap on the face by a kite is nothingNot if it knocks a bystander over (especially on the rocks).
> - who is rep'ing us at Cabrillo?Me.
> Mr D Gallet knows more than we do.No, he doesn't.
> just ask the nice people to catch your kite.Ha ha! Good one!
> - better yet say it in your best spanishSorry. No habla Espanol.
> drop the kite in the water and reel it in.-Good idea, as long as you can do that before it touches a bystander,
& you don't mind inconveniencing other riders with your downed lines.
> why be afraid of your own shadow...?Only the WIND shadow of the cliffs scares us.
> ...lifeguards ...no...kiters haveWe've TOLD them. You're welcome to show them yourself. Just make
> even shown them how to hold a kite in a depowered position
sure you show them to grab one TIP & hang on HARD before moving to
make the lines slack, since that's the only method which works for
I agree with the lifeguards' decision to prevent kiteboarding here on
Prevent bans: Leash your kite.
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