PRO RIDER LOFTED!
- Carrying on a tradition started by other prominent riders such as Neil
Hutchinson, Dimitri Maramenides, Kent Marinkovic, Paul Menta and others,
Shannon Best is the latest well known kiteboarder to share details of a
This isn't a" Best" thing or anything other than another well known rider
deciding to try to help out other kiteboarders by passing along some hard
won, often painful experience. Shannon could have kept this information to
himself as so many other riders have done in the past but instead he elected
to pass along the details as have the other riders listed, some more than
So, for well known kiteboarders, when you learn something important that
will help to keep you whole and healthy, why not pass along your experiences
along to the rest of us? Feel free to email information to me privately at
<flkitesurfer@...> or by PM to ricki.
Shannon's story about a recent, nasty lofting inland follows at:
Under: PRO RIDER LOFTED!
N.B. - "LOFTING" = the state of involuntarily being picked up and hurled
downwind by your kite when it is hit by a windgust.
Thanks Shannon for passing along your experiences in the School Of Hard
transcribed by: Rick Iossi
KEEP 'EM FLYING: http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2300704
FKA Column: http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=131
- Thanks for very useful information. I would like to ask a question
and also provide my 2 cents worth.
1. Why did Shannon drop the kite 35 ft in the air instead of trying
to steer it (and himself) towards the water? Should't you try to
fly the kite while getting lofted?
2. I was lofted 4m last month in the stupidest classical way... kite
drifted back in the power zone in a lull then shot up in a gust
while launching. I reacted by keeping the kite over my head and
pulling the control bar fully in to stall it (I use foils), which
reversed the kite's ascent and gave me a super soft landing on my
feet. Shouldn't inflatos be designed to allow for controlled
3. At my beach (Sydney, Australia) experienced kiters launch with
the kite towards the beach and the rider in the water. I always
have (and always will) launch with the kite towards the water and me
standing on the beach. Am I wrong?