RE: [ksurfschool] Random Thoughts
Yes, it was a blast, especially since I haven't been able to kite surf in a
month due to snow and frozen lakes (I live in Utah). I weigh 175 LBS. If
you do go to St. Martin, you can rent a kite from CNS (located on Orient
Beach) if the wind conditions are too strong for your 9.0. I personally
would have been okay with my 7.5 and 20 Meter lines in 30 knot conditions,
but I understand that there are days when the wind exceeds 35 knots.
There was one light day where I had just enough power to stay planing using
my 15.5. I was wishing for the new 20.5 that day.
From: Dave Raue [mailto:theraves@...]
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Random Thoughts
Sounds great, getting out every day seems like a dream! Upwind isn't a
problem. I got a 15.5 and 9.0 (and various smaller foils), and the 15.5
works for me up to high teens and I've never had enough wind to even use the
9.0 since I got it! Previous "small" kite was Mossie 5.5. I got the same
board as you with Tantrums and weigh about 200. If the 9.0 is my smallest
kite am I gonna get hammered? How much do you weigh?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Farnsworth, Kenny" <kenny@...>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 11:17 AM
Subject: RE: [ksurfschool] Random Thoughts
> I went kite surfing 6 days in St. Martin. On the first day, the wind was
> somewhat gusty and blowing around 25 knots. I went out on my 7.5 and had
> some great jumps. The next day it was stronger (around 30 knots) and I
> my 5.0. I really don't like flying the smaller kites (too twitchy) and
> that I had used my 7.5 again with shorter lines. The last 4 days the wind
> was light and perfectly steady. I spent most of the time out on my 15.5.
> So, if you travel to St. Martin, bring a full quiver.
> I went kite surfing at two locations, Orient Beach and Galion Beach. They
> are both located on the windward side. Orient Beach is better suited to
> beginners because you can go a long ways downwind. However, it has more
> people on the beach and in the water, so it is best to launch early in the
> morning or late in the day before the crowds show up. The water is fairly
> choppy with 2 - 3 foot swell (nice for jumping). Galion Bay is a better
> location for kite surfers that can stay upwind. It is far less crowded on
> the beach and the water is more flat, but if you can't stay upwind your
> to shore is mighty quick.
> The water is warm and the beaches consist of pure white sand. Both
> are clothing optional and the French have few inhibitions.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Raue [mailto:theraves@...]
> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 6:28 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Random Thoughts
> Hey Kenny,
> So how was the wind and the launch? I'm looking for someplace this winter
> that meets my almost impossible conditions - use FF miles to fly, use
> timeshare to stay cheap. I think St Martin may qualify. Any tips on
> beaches? And how was the kitesurfing actually - nice or filled with
> suicidal kooks? Flat of surf or what? any info much appreciated! thx,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Farnsworth, Kenny" <kenny@...>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 11:15 AM
> Subject: [ksurfschool] Random Thoughts
> > This past week I spent a week in St. Martin Kitesurfing. Almost
> > saw out on the water was a beginner. I wish to point out a couple
> > beginning kitesurfers.
> > 1. I noticed that almost every kite surfer was going downwind fast.
> > of the problem is that they were underpowered for the conditions. I saw
> > guy that would go downwind a few hundred meters and then walk back up
> > beach with the kite overhead. There are two problems with this
> > First, you don't have enough power to really go upwind if you can walk
> > the beach with the kite overhead. Second, it is downright dangerous to
> > walking backwards with a kite overhead with people on the beach.
> > 2. I read a post from a guy that would like to travel with only 1 kite.
> > That is okay if you do not plan on going out everyday. I flew my whole
> > travel quiver while I was in St. Martin (5.0 AR-3.5 converted to 4
> > 7.5 AR-5, 9.5 AR-5, and 15.5 AR-5). The locals thought I was crazy to
> > my 15.5 in 15 mph winds. They were using 11.5's and 9.5's, but they
> > staying upwind and they were not jumping. You need power to jump and
> > upwind.
> > 3. I was the only person using a bi-directional board (oversized
> > wakeboard). The thin edge of my 169cm Wake-N-Style allows me to ride
> > powered up and stay upwind better. A further advantage is that you can
> > up better for jumps. I didn't get in any super massive jumps on the
> > but I had some fun 15-20 foot high jumps that were satisfying.
> > Kenny