Re: [ksurf] Mel's lofting
> Goodspeed, Mel!
> At Cabarete, Zenith parking is a way of life. EVERY rider does
> EVERY instructor teaches it. Park you kite and eat a sandwichhooked
> in. Side on 25 knots. Palms and hotels be dammed. I don't knowwhat
> to think. - new rider.I for one NEVER fly my kite at zenith, especially at places like
Cabarete. I have seen many riders that do this, and it almost always
ends in a dangerous situation.
On Saturday I was at one of our local spots and the wind was cranking
dead on shore and gusting between 10 and 25 (nice huh?) Our local
instructor was there flying a foil (I won't mention the brand) and he
was continuously flying it straight over head. There was a very crazy
uplift going on right at the waters edge, and his kite kept colapsing
and then reopening right in the power zone. I suggested that he fly
it down near the water to prevent this and he told me that these
foils don't fly like that. I had to hold his harness (as his feet
were off the ground the whole time) and walk him out in the water so
he could put his board on. To make a long story short, his kite ended
up in the trees THREE times that day! I helped him the firat two
times but the last time he was on his own. Each time this happened
there were people straight downwind of him. And remember, this is an
instructor! I just don't get it.