Re: [ksurfschool] body drag upwind and water type
- In a message dated 8/29/2004 8:01:19 PM US Mountain Standard Time,
I was out in the oceean last week and got a big wipe out that I lost
sight of my board.
It only took me less than 5 minutes body dragging upwind to spot my
board and retrieve it.
The same incident on lake water would take me 15 to 30 minutes.
What's the differences (the waves in the ocean push the board downwind
sooner - or we one floats better in the ocean so body dragging is more
I think inland waters typically have winds which shift more and are a bit
more gusty even if it seems steady, it seems that wind at water level on lakes or
inland bays is also not as strong or steady which may explain why I find it
more difficult to water relaunch than in open water, last week while in a salt
water bay surronded by land I also lost my board far out in the middle, after
bodydragging and not being able to spot it ( its black carbon fiber and hard
to see from water level) I landmarked where I was and body dragged to shore,
grabbed my other board and went back out upwind of where I thought my board
would be by then, I was surprized to find it on the first pass, according to my
landmarks on both shores it had not drifted downwind much at all.
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- --- In email@example.com, Hung Vu <hungvu2000@r...> wrote:
> I was out in the oceean last week and got a big wipe out that I lostI leash in the ocean, but: was your board right-side up, or upside down?
> sight of my board.
> It only took me less than 5 minutes body dragging upwind to spot my
> board and retrieve it.
> The same incident on lake water would take me 15 to 30 minutes.
> What's the differences (the waves in the ocean push the board downwind
> sooner - or we one floats better in the ocean so body dragging is more
> efficient) ???
It's always been a trick to flip the board over on its back while you are standing in shallow
water adjusting your lines so: 'an unleashed board won't drift away from you too fast'.
They seem to take off like container ships with the fins in the water.
As a surfer, I could only imagine a fairly steep wave could get your little board to 'surf'
forward. Talk to your friend at MIT, there are probably too many variables to factor.
.....if I showed up at MIT - they'd hand me a broom.
>Could be a combination of bigger waves pushing the board forwardThese 2 reasons sound very reasonable and probably the main causes for
>faster and more constant wind in the ocean making youre body
>draging more efficient ...Just a guess :)Thanks for making my
>kiteboarding a little easier back in tha days......
the phenomenon I experienced.