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by RickI
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Why do schools keep using the seat harness in lessons but most people use waist?
Replies: 33
Views: 1357

Re: Why do schools keep using the seat harness in lessons but most people use waist?

I would have quit kiting 20 years ago if all I had to use was a waist harness. Have no back issues whatsoever even with all day kiting sessions with a seat harness. Why do so many people use waist harnesses when some may well "waste" their backs in time?
by RickI
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting into trouble on an otherwise excellent day in the Bahamas
Replies: 5
Views: 735

Kiting into trouble on an otherwise excellent day in the Bahamas

Here is a intense story about an epic kiting session in distant part of paradise suddenly dropping into a far less fun and seriously dangerous place. It is related by Sergio Bacic's Beach Ambassador for Adventure Sports Ft. Lauderdale. He is a very experienced waterman with lots of time in the Baham...
by RickI
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Dakine XT vs Dakine Fusion
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Dakine XT vs Dakine Fusion

I've gone through four Fusions, changing them out after three or so years. They work well for me.

I read something yesterday that hydrofoil kiters benefit from going from waist harnesses to seat harnesses, true?
by RickI
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Lauderdale wind late March - and site for foiling?
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Lauderdale wind late March - and site for foiling?

Guys, I wouldn't encourage more folks to hit the Dania Pier and for lots of reasons you likely know. We have caused some issues with the lifeguards that has kiting in general under scrutiny. The launch is small, strewn with beach goers and in marginal winds (high or low from the wrong directions it ...
by RickI
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Lauderdale wind late March - and site for foiling?
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Lauderdale wind late March - and site for foiling?

Have to travel there late march for business. Do I stay the weekend to foil? Skunk odds? Locations and access? March is one of our better wind months, so if the forecast close to three days out supports it, go for it. I recommend kiting further north to avoid access issues. I would consider kiting ...
by RickI
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Saunton Beach death
Replies: 47
Views: 6840

Re: Saunton Beach death

RIP and strength to his family and friends.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-47197466
by RickI
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 45
Views: 3932

Re: Classic Idiot...

There were at least two of the cases we discussed on here over the years in which the Kite likely looping out of control and guided by the branches yanked the guys right up through the top of the trees and dropped them with force on the ground. In both of those cases paralysis resulted. Of course th...
by RickI
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 45
Views: 3932

Re: Classic Idiot...

People need to know what to look for and avoid in a launch area. It is pretty straight forward, if they have a chance to think about it. We have lost way too many kiters in wind shadowed areas over the years. New tech helps but doesn't remove the hazard of excess gusts and lulls. I will update the S...
by RickI
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 45
Views: 3932

Re: Classic Idiot...

Back in the day we used to say, "if it's blowing, I'm going." Time and harsh experience has tempered that saying for a lot of us. I wonder how much experience this guy had much less training? The guy that hit the sign up north had been windsurfing for perhaps 30 years and at that same spot. Super gu...
by RickI
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Classic Idiot...
Replies: 45
Views: 3932

Re: Classic Idiot...

I forgot to mention, I estimate the time of the video at around 3 pm. So, the wind may have been ranging from 8 to 32 mph averaging around 20 mph and dead onshore with the palms and houses close by and downwind. The gust range may well have been worse at the area in the video. The anenometer for the...

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