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by RickI
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Sharks off Cape Hatteras
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

Re: Sharks off Cape Hatteras

Here is more information about Steve Schafer's accident in the memorial I wrote for The Kiteboarder Magazine in 2010. "Steve’s Memorial Steve Schafer (38) died following a shark attack on February 3, 2010 off Stuart Beach, FL. He may be the first kiteboarder to have been lost in a shark attack world...
by RickI
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Electricity!
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: Electricity!

It’s a pretty common thing on the water as you folks probably know. In Florida it means lightning’s going to start within minutes and you had better move fast. In temperate areas that may not necessarily be the case. I had it a couple of times in OBX with storm clouds about 15 to 18 miles away. It g...
by RickI
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Electricity!
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: Electricity!

It’s a pretty common thing on the water as you folks probably know. In Florida it means lightning’s going to start within minutes and you had better move fast. In temperate areas that may not necessarily be the case. I had it a couple of times in OBX with storm clouds about 15 to 18 miles away. It g...
by RickI
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 17m kite Overkill
Replies: 33
Views: 1608

Re: 17m kite Overkill

C1ED8D9A-E376-4333-A460-746E1CC02932.jpeg I routinely fly a 19 m Contra at 190 lbs., it feels like a 14 or 15 m kite, turns fast and easy. I have had more sessions saved by Contra's than I can easily recall. Also, I like to ride close in to rocks, shallows to shoot pictures while kiting, foils won'...
by RickI
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's your favorite wind range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1202

Re: What's your favorite wind range?

Rare days of 20 to 25 knots. You take what you can get, usually on the lower side. Wind varies the world over.
by RickI
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kiting in front of a condo/obstruction
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: kiting in front of a condo/obstruction

Thanks RickI. Any guess on how big the reduced wind speed zone would be? In my case, the condo is ~8 stories tall and ~50m wide. But it is back a ways from the beach - maybe 150m. I suppose the best way to know for sure is to get out there and feel the wind! It isn't very wide fortunately which sho...
by RickI
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: kiting in front of a condo/obstruction
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: kiting in front of a condo/obstruction

If the wind is onshore with an obstruction DOWNWIND behind the beach (say a condo building), how much does this affect the wind at the beach? I am considering going to visit some family that lives in a beach-front condo and want to make sure it is safe to kite there. I have heard about loftings for...
by RickI
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Should Toby start a crowdfunding to save KF?
Replies: 51
Views: 3315

Re: Should Toby start a crowdfunding to save KF?

Less than 45 votes to fund out of the thousands of participants, we can do better I think. Regarding the sponsors, they have their own serious cash woes at the moment. We may need to pickup the slack to help Toby in keeping the site going for a while as things sort out. This site is a unique and val...
by RickI
Thu May 07, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: FKA, RickI
Topic: KS #10 - When Extreme Ability Isn't Enough
Replies: 3
Views: 4484

Re: KS #10 - When Extreme Ability Isn't Enough

I wrote this about Kinsley ThomasWong's terrible kiting accident. It was too soon to share all the specifics of the accident but using the Kiting Scenario series it would be possible to share some important hard won lessons from this awful accident. In time, the accident cost him his life. Kinsley w...
by RickI
Wed May 06, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Covid-19 - Resuming Kiting, In Time
Replies: 64
Views: 2928

Re: Covid-19 - Resuming Kiting, In Time

Good luck avoiding this disease now and in the future Bille. This disease doesn’t simply bring death it can also cause permanent lung lacerations and other types of binding disability. Lets see a show of hands for people who want to give up kiting because they don’t have the wind for it anymore or d...

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