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by RickI
Mon Sep 12, 2022 3:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: where do you look when kiting (novice)
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: where do you look when kiting (novice)

It is good to be aware of your surroundings, 360 degrees around you, on a routine basis. Boats, other kiters, kayakers, waterspouts, squalls, white water lines can move in with minimal warning, unless you are used to scanning your surroundings. Initially it isn't that easy but it is worth developing...
by RickI
Thu Sep 08, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Reading weather the natural way
Replies: 31
Views: 1558

Re: Reading weather the natural way

I wrote something this about 19 years ago for kiting. It has worked well for me since that time. It has evolved a bit over the years. To do less before/during a kite session, isn't a good idea in my opinion. Even with this preparation, there can sometimes be surprises so have a care and act conserva...
by RickI
Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Dangers of strapless
Replies: 14
Views: 1392

Re: Dangers of strapless

I am sorry you suffered all those injuries and thanks for sharing your story. Good luck with your hamstrings and be patient with your doctor. They can take a long time to heal. I had a bad high hamstring tear last summer that is still bothering me. It happened from a messed up solo kite landing when...
by RickI
Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Scarry incident - tea bagging via rocks, groung
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Re: Scarry incident - tea bagging via rocks, groung

Tee shirts?! It is a shame the guy collects this stuff and leaves out important information, like how the rider is, why did it happen, etc.. The launch looks real familiar so some guys in the area may know about the accident?
by RickI
Thu Aug 25, 2022 2:40 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Florida one kite for all winds?
Replies: 36
Views: 10621

Re: Florida one kite for all winds?

I weigh 50 pounds more than you and kite most of the time in SE Florida. You are here for our windier months although that could mean no wind to nuclear conditions depending on what weather system is passing over. I use 7 m to 19 m kites in that time with twin tip boards usually. Admittedly, 7 m day...
by RickI
Mon Jul 11, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Mexico / Caribbean in Oct / Nov ?
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: Mexico / Caribbean in Oct / Nov ?

October is still prime hurricane season in the Yucatan, it can get some serious hits. "Usually" hurricanes turn off around Nov. 1 but some years may differ. The trades in the ABC island latitudes and Cabarete may be less reliable due to tropical weather in your time frame.
by RickI
Thu May 26, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiting at Miami Flats
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Kiting at Miami Flats

I just saw your post. Yes, Miami is strict in many ways. With millions of residents, hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and almost 24 years of kiting issues, it can add up. You might want to let someone else do the driving and save some money for boat rental and go out with https://www.sout...
by RickI
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:09 am
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Wingsurfing, an easier way ...
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Wingsurfing, an easier way ...

Some people will never successfully get up and planning for an extended period get on a hydrofoil. And if it’s a choice between that and Winging, they probably won’t ride with a wing. That is a loss both to them and to wing manufacturers. You may or may not recall in the days of Windsurfing where Pe...
by RickI
Wed Apr 27, 2022 11:05 pm
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Wingsurfing, an easier way ...
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Wingsurfing, an easier way ...

Mom has already played around with a hydrofoil a bit but seems more at ease on the BULA SUP. I think both kids will enjoy winging on the BULA and may or may not move on to a hydrofoil in time. It is good to have options and the very short curve for learning to wing on the BULA compared to putting th...
by RickI
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Wingsurfing, an easier way ...
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Wingsurfing, an easier way ...

For best winging performance you need to use a hydrofoil. Many people need to commit a good deal of time and effort to mastering wingfoiling. At the same time, there is an easier, quicker way to get up winging in good conditions. You might wing in minutes instead of what may be weeks or longer with ...

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