Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Kitesurfing learning process
- cglazier@... wrote:
> I was headed to Cabarete for 2 weeks, but maybe I should come toMaybe you should ;-)
> Ottawa instead to try your minus 20 degree kiteskiing.. :-)
Seriously, one of my kitesurfing "pioneer" friends, Jan Pina (who took
most of the photos for the Kitesurfing School web site) in Santo Domingo
(4 hour drive from Cabarete) is planning to come to Ottawa in the winter
(hopefully the next winter) for snowboarding/skiing (we have the "best"
Eastern North American ski resort within 2 hours drive - Mont. Tremblant
- and numerous smaller resorts within 15 minutes from Ottawa which open
everyday until 10:30 PM - so you can snowboard/ski after work :-).
Now with kiteskiing (1 block from my house), he will get double bonus
> Troy Bezanson wrote:There was some posts recently about kite size and rider weight, please
> There's no one around, but I'm determined enough that I'm going to try
> I weigh just under 200lbs, and our wind around here is usually
> 15-20km/h gusting to 30-40 km/h
> I think the bigger the kite the better. I'd prefer to learn in
> lighter winds as it would be less likely to get into an
> overpowered situation.
> Any suggestions on kite size would be helpful.
go to the archive at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ksurfschool/message/1136 (and read all the
Just remember that kite size is "approximately" proportional to rider
weight (such that you can figure out the right kite size for you in the
same wind as another rider)
> One of the nice things about living in Nova Scotia is that I live on aShallow water is actually easier to learn on (as you can walk upwind
> penninsula, and if the wind isn't good on the atlantic side, I can go
> to the other side where the wind is often quite different. I hadn't
> thought about areas that are covered by only 2-3 feet of water.
> I know of 2 other spots that you can wade out into the water quite a
> ways where it is only up to your hips and where there are sand bars.
> This would be ideal for leaning. I guess there is no reason why you'd
> have to be in deep water to kite surf.
without having to go to shore and pack up). Just don't jump in shallow
water and watch out for rocks or sandbars.
P.S. I met Brian from Prince Edward Island a few years ago and he did
try body surfing with my Wipika 5.0. He ran some kayaking excursion
shop in PEI. He is probably a kitesurfer now. You may want to check
- Friend in a boat was the most helpful for me learning. I could launch
with a off shore or side off wind and I got lots of practice using up
the length of the lake down wind. Make sure you get the kite down and
secure before you get close to the downwind shore.Biggest trouble on
our lake is that walking back any distance is through heavily wooded
areas, ravines etc. I even copied somebodies idea when alone i would
let my waverunner,with 15 ft line and anchor suspended in the water,
drift down wind while i practiced trying to get upwind. The
waverunner would drift to the down wind end of the lake and the
anchor would catch before it washed onto shore. then i would ride the
waverunner with my gear upwind and start over.
Im still learning but agree with the advice on the reel bar. I didnt
have one when I learned the basics but now really appreciate it . I
can safely launch from smaller clearings than required on a regular
bar and still be safe. MARK
- Mark... which reel bar are you using?? Care to give a review of it?? I am in
Ohio and face many of the conditions you speak of and think the reel bar
would be great. Let me know
- --- In ksurfschool@y..., hyperboutlife@a... wrote:
> Mark... which reel bar are you using?? Care to give a review ofit?? I am in
> Ohio and face many of the conditions you speak of and think thereel bar
> would be great. Let me knowUsing a flowbee. If you go to the kitesurf group and search on
"flowbee" youll see several posts.
In general I like it. I think it is the only reel bar designed to
reel in while flying. Only bad thing is that on the 4line
naish/wipika setup you only have about 6 inches of adjustment on the
depowering .I think more is helpful on my 11.5 and 15.5 naish, doesnt
seem to matter as much on smaller kites. Its great for launching on
our lake. With side shore or a little side on I can wade 10 ft away
from shore, launch the kite with 10 ft of line and use to pull myself
into deep water away from shore and then allow kite to reel out to 40m
for flying. Landing is identical in reverse. Whenever I am close to
shore I only have 10 ft of line out and am able to avoid most
kitesurf dangers experienced with lines fully extended. Ill assume
you read kitesurf group posts on flowbee, let me know if you have any
other questions. Might also search for "skyte" or "reelbar" or "Reel-
bar" Flowbee is EXPENSIVE, I think around $1000. I ordered mine
before they were even released and got a cheaper price, supposedly
wholesale for the first 50 that ordered It is probably worth that as
far as cost to manufacture, seems to be pretty precision made as far
as gearing etc,carbon fiber shaft and aluminum constuction. Its just
a question if its worth a grand for its added convienience, for me it
- KiteBoarding Magazine says they'll drop to about $800 soon. Still
expensive, but better than $1000!
----- Original Message -----
> ... Flowbee is EXPENSIVE, I think around $1000....
- There's no one around, but I'm determined enough that I'm going to try it.I weigh just under 200lbs, and our wind around here is usually 15-20km/h gusting to 30-40 km/hI think the bigger the kite the better. I'd prefer to learn in lighter winds as it would be less likely to get into an overpowered situation.Any suggestions on kite size would be helpful.One of the nice things about living in Nova Scotia is that I live on a penninsula, and if the wind isn't good on the atlantic side, I can go to the other side where the wind is often quite different. I hadn't thought about areas that are covered by only 2-3 feet of water. I know of 2 other spots that you can wade out into the water quite a ways where it is only up to your hips and where there are sand bars. This would be ideal for leaning. I guess there is no reason why you'd have to be in deep water to kite surf.I will difinitely take your advice on making the hour drive.Thanks for your input,Troy-----Original Message-----> Back to the question - definately drive the hour for the first few
From: Mark Frasier [mailto:brockus@...]
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Learning to kitesurf
> After you've launched and landed a fully powered kite and been on the
> a few times you'll be able to judge for yourself if your other spot is a
> Mark Frasier
Oh, I just realised you probably want to know before you buy gear so you can
decide if it's worth spending the $$$. Is there anyone around who kitesurfs
who could check out the spot with you?
My regular spot (Pine Point) is about 2 hrs from my house and I definately
consider it worth the drive. I usually get to the beach at least twice a
week, sometimes more. I even drive 1.5 hrs there after work, get an hour or
so of riding before dark, then drive the 2 hrs home*. It's much more fun
than buggying, IMO. So maybe it's worth it even if you have to drive 1 hr
each way every time??
*(I do have a spot that's about 1/2 hr from work on a large lake, but it's
gusty and the wind direction is only good there when it's bad at Pine Point)
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