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70536Re: [ksurf] 2 non FAQ Beginner questions

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  • loco 4 olas
    Jul 21, 2007
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      Mate-I've been surfing for over 30 years and won a coupla' Aussie titles doing it-I've been kiting for 6 years now-the dangers are incomparable-kiting is way more risky than anything but surfing Teahpou-I know, I do both.

      And in kiting (unlike to a large extent in rock climbing) your fuck ups can have HUGE negative consequences for bystanders.

      Let go of your ego and put your newbie self into a school to get the basics-you have NO idea.

      Hey-I've been climbing sand hills-this weekend I'm off to El Cap with my running shoes and a bottle of Sprite-wanna' climb below me-duh!

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Andy
      To: kitesurf@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 5:16 AM
      Subject: Re: [ksurf] 2 non FAQ Beginner questions

      Well, I'm hopefully meeting up with 2 other guys who've just done the
      same this weekend so we'll see what happens to all 3 of us.

      I remember this stuff when I started surfing. `Always bring company`
      `Get insurance` blah blah. The advice is good and took it onboard. But
      what I loved was just driving off alone somewhere, knowing that my
      life is my responsibility. Like a freeclimbing rock climber I love
      that responsibility of one's own skin. I love knowing that if I slip,
      it's my fault and mine alone. And when I nearly drowned I loved it. I
      loved the thrill of being alive after something like that. I like
      advice, nobody likes orders. Nanny culture, I own these bones. But if
      I expect you to help me afterwards, now that's a different argument,
      and one I heed.

      Now, I got this 9 and I've decided to heed advice about harnesses so
      as a result I don't want to wear a harness for safety's sake. But the
      only way I can see how to rig the kite is with the depower lines that
      connect to a harness.

      So, you can either let me figure it out myself or you can give me a
      hint as to whether this kite is dependent on a harness.

      Don't get me wrong, I believe there are very significant dangers. But
      I don't believe that that therefore means I have to pay significant
      money to a professional who extols on and on about those dangers in
      order to boost business. There are cheaper forms of education, and
      other ways of increasing safety. What of people we've known in the
      past who had no lessons and are here to tell the tale?

      I didn't expect to win this kite. So when it came though I thought,
      another kite for training? I thought, if I get a non gusty day and the
      wind is light, being a 9 that should treat me a little more lightly so
      let's just get on with it. Let's just get on with it or it'll never

      Managed to get it up briefly last night with a friend holding the
      harness attachment. Didn't seem too bad. And if it did take me, just
      drop the bar. I'm no expert but is that really so hard?

      Anyway, you'll all hate me know so nice knowing you.

      - A

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