139SAFETY Body Dragging......
- Apr 29, 2000Hi to all....
Its Saturday Morning in S. Cali....
Predictions are dismal for wind this weekend so maybe
a boating/wakeboarding weekend...
Just something that may be of interest to anyone who's
at my level of kiteboarding-----fresh off the shelf...
I should mention that I surf, snowboard and waterski.
Having these disciplines in ones arsenal- so to speak,
is obviously useful.
Kiteboarding is a perfect addition !!!(addiction)
Anyway....Spending 3 sessions on the beach flying the
kite in light to moderate winds taught me about the
windows, neutrals and the Almighty Power Zone. This
basic "steering" knowledge now allows me absolute
control over the kite....]
Then I went to Lake Mead for 3 days.Renowned for its
afternoon winds, we went prepared.
True to form, Saturday Morning was howling!!!!!
A 220 lb friend of mine, also a beginner, tried
launching from the beach and very nearly got badly
dragged over the rocky shoreline....Word of
warning....respect the wind...Kites are awsomely
strong.....when the kite is in the air....don't assume
anything, concentrate on safety!!!!!!
Back to my story....
After the close-call we loaded up Christiaans prosport
centre console wakeboat(lots of space to move around
in on deck) and headed out into the middle of the
Lake.....away from land...
Now remember its blowing 25+ and no land for 1 mile
....This is a blast...
P.S. this is where that darn reelcontrol bar is soooo
needed...cause we"re going back Memorial.
Yeah we tangled lines and held onto the AR5. 9.5
with all we had....finally it was in the air...way
tricky from the boat, but im sure we'll get better
Well we got draged and launched./....pummelled,, and
whipped....im only 160lbs and i was in the air most of
the time just trying to hold on....Knowing that land
was outta reach.....allowed me to get right into the
ZONE and experience the worst of it...This taught me
real quick to "feel" where the kite was as most of the
time the body-spray was whipping in my eyes ,,,so
vision of any kind was limited...
we played hard the whole weekend and even though the
board stayed on the racks....we learned invaluable
lessons...next time, We're up and riding - this is a
great sport but please be careful if you're just
--- Chris Peters <souldaddy@...> wrote:
> I see most of you disagree.__________________________________________________
> I am sorry for my tone. This is certainly the most
> polite newsgroup I
> belong to. The message did come across as someone
> only sharing an ad.
> Again, I'm sorry, and I'll turn on attachments.
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