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    Number 24 read 1-23 again :) And lastly number 25 have fun Rod ARCS & FARCS http://home.iprimus.com.au/reflex82/ ... From: mrjomacdonald
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2002
      Number 24 read 1-23 again :)

      And lastly
      number 25 have fun


      ARCS & FARCS
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "mrjomacdonald" <mrjomacdonald@...>
      To: <kitesurf@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 6:50 PM
      Subject: [ksurf] Wave riding guidelines discussion

      > Wave riding guidelines discussion
      > I would like to get some kite wave riding guidelines together for
      > kiters who want to start playing in the waves.
      > These are my thought and ideas on the basis of my wave riding +
      > windsurfing experience. As I don't have any direct experience of
      > kitesurfing in serious waves, feedback, suggestions, additions,
      > criticism and words of wisdom from experienced kite flying wave
      > riders is essential, so people with such experience please say your
      > piece.
      > These are my ideas:
      > 1. Know your limits. Don't try it in anything bigger than waist
      > height until you're hot in easier (flat, choppy, hip high waves)
      > conditions and can fly a kite in your sleep, big waves can hit with a
      > force of more than 3 tons per square foot when they break.
      > 2. Before you go out, sit on the beach and watch the waves for a
      > while, especially if you're at a spot you don't know. Remember that
      > from the beach the waves will look smaller than they actually are
      > when you're out there.
      > 3. Before going in ask locals for advice, a beach break is a lot
      > friendlier than a shallow reef break. A wave will break in water
      > roughly 1.3 times the height of the wave face, so this can give you
      > an idea of how deep the water is. Some reef breaks can actually suck
      > most of the water away from the wave's path and this can be unnerving
      > when you're on the wave because it will hurt if you fall. Many great
      > spots have sharp rocky shores, it's your life and your equipment.
      > 4. Avoid spots/days with waves that closeout (the whole bar
      > crashes down simultaneously) especially big closeouts, they are nasty.
      > 5. Check your equipment, which should be perfect, and warm up
      > before you go in.
      > 6. Always try to keep your kite flying and if it does go down
      > relaunch as quick as you can. Be good at it in flat water before you
      > try it in waves.
      > 7. Sideshore, side onshore and side offshore are best for wave
      > riding, jumping and if there's nothing else, in that order. Straight
      > onshore is much harder to go out in because the wind and waves will
      > push you back towards the beach all the time, there will probably be
      > a strong current in the same direction and you will have to kite
      > upwind right away so only try it if you're powered up.
      > 8. Unless there's onshore wind, waves usually come in sets of 3-
      > 5 or more, (in onshore wind it will probably just be a mess), if it's
      > your first time in serious waves or you're going to try anything
      > flash, wait for the last wave of the set to do your thing. This way
      > if you goof it you should (hopefully) have enough time to get your
      > act together before the next set hits you. If you fall on the first
      > wave of a set you'll get pounded by the rest of the set and be wiser
      > for it. You can jump the waves as you go out and surf them as you
      > come in.
      > 9. Don't panic in a wipeout, try to be aware of where your
      > equipment is, a last look before you go down is good if you get the
      > chance. When you do fall, try to fall over/through the wave and not
      > down its face.
      > 10. Waves further out to sea are a lot calmer than near the
      > beach. When starting out from the beach, watch the waves, wait for
      > the calm after a set has finished breaking, then go out quick, if
      > possible straight out (side shore wind is easiest). Get through the
      > shore break then stay out in the real waves, they're bigger too.
      > After the shore break (going out) is the impact zone where the bigger
      > waves break and you don't want to hang around here too long either.
      > Don't get into the shore break again until it's time to come in,
      > which is before you get tired and start making mistakes. Riding a
      > wave in is a good way to get back to the beach.
      > 11. If a wave is too big for you, run (kite) away from it, he who
      > turns and kites away rides to surf another wave.
      > 12. Keep an eye on big waves coming in when you're playing in
      > their garden. Every once in a while a freak wave can come in which is
      > a lot bigger than the rest and it will probably break earlier too. A
      > wave doesn't have to be really big to hit hard, the thickness and
      > speed of a wave, as well as the way/how fast it jacks up when it hits
      > the shallows can turn a smooth ocean roller into a spitting, awesome
      > tube.
      > 13. If you don't have any experience with waves, (maybe you kite
      > on a lake) try surfing them with a surfboard or bodyboard first, this
      > will give you an idea of how powerful they are and how a board can
      > react in waves.
      > 14. Respect surfers, they are a lot less manoeuvrable than you
      > and have been surfing waves for a lot longer too (in Hawaii since the
      > 15th century).
      > 15. Some riders wear floatation vests, others don't. A floaty pfd
      > will mean a wave can get a better hold of you and a wipeout can last
      > longer, but if you do get knocked unconscious it can save your life.
      > Try going out in the waves without your kite and try both ways then
      > decide, it's your life.
      > 16. If you use a board leash, use a helmet too.
      > The above is all pretty standard windsurfing/surfing wave riding
      > stuff and what I've learnt at my expense.
      > The following points are the more specific kite flying/wave riding
      > points I'm not too sure about and probably what need changing most,
      > because they're just theory.
      > 17. Avoid sushi rolls at all costs, this is when you fall into a
      > wave down its face with your lines slack/kite down and the wave rolls
      > you in your lines, if the kite powers up or gets dragged down by the
      > waves it will not be funny at all. If you're kite is down avoid
      > getting tangled in your lines at all costs. If you do get tangled in
      > your lines and things look like they could get nasty, or already are,
      > cut your lines as fast as you can. Carry a hook knife.
      > 18. Avoid flying your kite seawards straight in front of you
      > (wave wise) this would mean offshore wind anyway (ideal surfing
      > conditions) so you shouldn't be doing it in the first place, because
      > if you and the kite fall and the kite gets submerged by the waves, it
      > will be pushed towards you and you will be in the midst of your
      > lines. If you are worried about getting caught in your lines, swim
      > towards/into the waves and crosswise away from where the waves are
      > dragging your lines which will be towards the beach. Dive under a
      > wave so it doesn't sweep you away.
      > 19. Use floating lines and bar. Unless they are actually being
      > swirled in a wave, to avoid the lines you can dive under them if all
      > else fails, just be careful not to surface in their midst.
      > 20. To get past a wave that's coming for you when you're on your
      > board, you can jump over it (using your legs to lift your board over
      > the wave as you hit it if you don't want to rocket skywards on every
      > wave you hit), dive the kite down a bit to build up speed and ride
      > straight through with the nose of your board it if the wave's not too
      > big, or if you don't like the look of it, change course and ride past
      > it or over a section that hasn't broken yet (remember that it might
      > start breaking by the time you get there) or through the part that's
      > already broken. White water and bubbling foam will play havoc with
      > the way your board rides so watch it. If you hit the wave with the
      > edge of the board the wave will grab it a lot more than if you hit
      > with the nose. Use your kite to lift you/jump out of rough situations.
      > 21. You can jump a lot higher in waves than in flat water, so
      > watch your landings. When in the air look to see when and where
      > you'll be landing. Landing a high jump with your board flat is the
      > easiest way to break your board or ankles. Use the kite to slow your
      > descent, try to land on the back of the board and use your legs as
      > shock absorbers. Be careful if jumping near the shore because the
      > backwash of a wave, especially a big one can drag a lot of water off
      > the beach and any left behind may be a lot shallower than you think.
      > If you're too close to the beach when landing a jump, kick your board
      > off and land on your feet.
      > 22. A low AR kite is a lot easier and faster to relaunch in waves
      > than a high AR kite.
      > 23. On light wind days you can use a floaty directional to surf
      > waves even when you're underpowered.
      > Remember, waves are beautiful graceful creatures but they're not your
      > friends and have no qualms about trashing you and/or your gear.
      > Respect them always, they are a lot stronger than you will ever be.
      > Hang loose
      > Jo
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