Re: [ksurf] Re:Try it and surprise yourself
- I have to agree with Rainer on this one. I lost my board due to tidal
current taking my board straight upwind in failing winds a while back. I was
very fortunate to have another kitesurfer find it and return it to me about
an hour later.
Just two days ago, I was out in winds 25 to 38 mph average 30 mph near
onshore winds, in the open ocean away from strong tidal currents. I ditched
my board prior a poor jump landing. I tried body dragging for over a half
hour but succeeded in just loosing ground a little more with each pass. In
steadier winds, I wouldn't have had any problem dragging to it. In this case
I finally gave up, dragged to shore. I then was eventually able to see my
board in the surf, finally, and ran down to wait for it to wash in.
I wasn't without a leash totally by accident, as I had broken a new heavy
Dakine leash earlier in the week on it after a particularly spectacular, high
speed bad landing in similar high winds. So in higher unstable winds, I
don't mind not having a leash and probably won't use one other than maybe a
reel leash. As Rainer says though, if you don't use one, you have to accept
potentially losing your board under some circumstances.
<< On Wed, 31 Oct 2001, Colin Gowland wrote:
> thing- be prepared to loose a board if you don't wear a leash. A near sameit
> experience happened when I was using an 11.0 Free Air in 2-line mode- but
> happened close to the beach and all was good in the end. Another reason toI lost a board in the gorge in gusty/overpowering conditions with a 4 line
> use 4-line kites with some depowering capability.
kite. Reportedly the same thing happend to Robby at the gorge games
(except he had somebody fetch it for him). If you only sail in easy
conditions or can deal with loosing a board every now and then leashless
Support your local kitesurf association !
- Yeah I think we should emphasize that body dragging is really only practical
with a 4 lined inflatable/Arc style kite.
I have never been able to body drag upwind with foils.
It is one of the first things we teach, once a student is over the
excitement of their first body dragging experience.
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From: Colin Gowland [mailto:colin-gowland@...]
Sent: 01 November, 2001 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ksurf] Re:Try it and surprise yourself
Ya to a point. I ride with no leash all the time now and love it but I have
lost a board in the past.
The breeze increased suddenly and I was using a 3-line foil. 6.3 in near 30
knots- I lost my wakeboard off my feet in a huge blowup and bodydragging
upwind was completely impossible. The kite was jerking my ass downwind on
every puff. If I brought it up above 70 at the edge, I would fly a long
distance downwind. I watched my wake and bindings walk upwind away from me
in the current (gorge). If I had a leash, I probably would have body dragged
to shore with my board and bindings.... then again the board might have
killed me in the blowup. Point being, in kitesurfing nothing is a sure
thing- be prepared to loose a board if you don't wear a leash. A near same
experience happened when I was using an 11.0 Free Air in 2-line mode- but it
happened close to the beach and all was good in the end. Another reason to
use 4-line kites with some depowering capability.
> In super powered up conditions the upwind body drag is amazing. InSupport your local kitesurf association !
> fact, if you're so overpowered you can't hold your edge on your board
> you could probably body drag upwind back to the beach easier than you
> can kitesurf.
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