1221Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Learning to kitesurf
- Mar 3, 2001Yeah, the power difference is unreal. A good rule of thumb is that if you
could use a certain kite to buggy in a given wind it's too small for
kitesurfing. You should use a kite that's impossibly huge for buggying. To
learn to waterstart and cruise downwind you could use a kite that is just
barely too big to buggy with, but you won't get upwind with it (at least til
you get manry sessions of experience).
I started with buggying, too, and it's a huge help but also a hindrance in
some ways. Buggiers, I think, tend to turn the board too suddenly and
sharply, and we try to go upwind too steeply, which results in not being
able to stay upwind at all.
There's also a well-developed "kite safety sense" that starts ringing bells
just UNDER the amount of power you need to kitesurf! Your good sense tells
you not to put up something bigger. Try to overcome this in small steps....
i.e. I'm hoping you won't read this and then go out with a kite that's going
to kill you!
When I was learning, I was totally on my own - no one to tell me I was
underpowered. I eventually overcame this problem by going out on a day when
the wind started at 14 and picked up to about 19. That was the first day I
was really able to ride a whole session without walking.
The other time your saftey sense is a hindrance is when you're learning to
jump. Buggiers know it's death to cut the kite back when you're powered up
and moving along at 25 mph. It was hard for me to totally let go of that.
Back to the question - definately drive the hour for the first few sessions.
After you've launched and landed a fully powered kite and been on the water
a few times you'll be able to judge for yourself if your other spot is a
Do you ever come down to Maine? If so you'll have to try Pine Point (same
beach as Old Orchard, just the northern part of it). It's a great spot about
3 hours on either side of low tide. The wind is onshore but there's a
sandbar that goes out about 1/2 mile where the Scarborough River comes out.
At low tide you can walk all the way out without even getting wet, and near
the beach or the sandbar the water is shallow enough to wade back if you
can't relaunch your kite. Very smooth thermal winds late spring, summer &
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Raue" <theraves@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Learning to kitesurf
> Hi Troy,
> If you've been buggying and kiteskiing you're got the basics covered.
> What's MOST different about kitesurfing is how much more power you need.
> came from buggying and it took me a long time to accept that the minimum
> power for kitesurfing is about 2X what you'd want for buggying. Hence
> for space cause potential for getting out of control is far greater.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <cglazier@...>
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> Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 1:43 PM
> Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: Learning to kitesurf
> > Hi Troy
> > We all have experience kitesurfing in less than ideal areas.
> > Those wide open beaches with perfect sideshore winds are not as
> > common as the kiteboard magazines might make you think. Even kite
> > beach in Maui is actually somewhat cramped.
> > When learning though, be sure to have lots of open area (sand, grass
> > or water) around and downwind of where you launch. It is quite common
> > to get dragged downwind and you don't want jagged rocks there! Don't
> > even think of launching in a "restricted" area until you are very
> > confident of your skills. (Maybe you know all this from buggying.)
> > You might consider a reel bar which I believe would allow you to self
> > launch in a more controlled fashion.
> > Where you land is less critcal since you can crash the kite in the
> > water near shore and then swim in.
> > Chris G.
> > Vancouver
> > --- In ksurfschool@y..., "Troy Bezanson" <troy_bezanson@y...> wrote:
> > > I've been kite buggying for a while now, and have been kiteskiing
> > all
> > > winter. I've got a good understanding of staying upwind, and am
> > ready to
> > > buy a bigger quite for my local wind conditions.
> > >
> > > I want to start kitesurfing this spring, but have been told that
> > our area
> > > wouldn't be very good for learning.
> > >
> > > I live on the atlantic ocean (Nova Scotia, Canada) and have access
> > to many
> > > lakes too.
> > > Our wind is generally gusty and between 15-40km.
> > >
> > > I understand it is important to have a lot of beach and the fewer
> > trees
> > > along the shore the better.
> > > Unfortunatelty there are always trees, roads or powerlines along
> > the shore.
> > >
> > > Should I be discouraged from starting the sport in my area? I live
> > an hour
> > > from a great spot for learning(long beach, no obstacles) Once I
> > learn would
> > > It be "safe enough" to kitesurf in an area with less beach?
> > >
> > > I think once I learned to stay upwind, the length of the beach
> > wouldn't be
> > > as much of an issue. Falling would be more of a problem.
> > >
> > > Anyone have any experience kitesurfing in a more restricted
> > launching area?
> > > Any suggestions? (besides staying away from powerlines)
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