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by sarc
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?
Replies: 59
Views: 9665

Re: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?

Not very ominous looking IIRC, although I wouldn't kite downwind of it. That cloud isn't "growing" sideways so much as being decapitated by strong winds above (but still not very high). It is shearing off it's growth into a mature storm by thwarting major vertical circulation. It's just too narrow,...
by sarc
Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?
Replies: 59
Views: 9665

Re: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?

We had a thunderstorm warning for inland (not coastal areas), I was out on quite irregular wind, oscillating 20 to 27 knots, then I saw this cloud forming over maybe 30 minutes - growing vertically upwards then sideways. Seemed pretty far out (maybe 30+Km) but I packed up anyway. Did I waste a hard...
by sarc
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:48 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?
Replies: 59
Views: 9665

Re: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?

I know that people have died from lightning strikes windsurfing while rigging on land (the mast is made of conductive carbon), never heard while on the water, anyway I'll take Rick's word that noone yet got a bolt while kitesurfing (wouldn't it be something - make a nice mega jump and just when at t...
by sarc
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:35 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?
Replies: 59
Views: 9665

Re: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?

Thanks guys based on your info I decided just seeing a cumulus is no reason to go home. I will keep kiting next time and keep my eyes open. I clouds get close then I will pack up!
Good tip about checking all directions as storms can develop upwind not just downwind.
by sarc
Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?
Replies: 59
Views: 9665

You are kiting and you see these clouds: what do you do?

We had a thunderstorm warning for inland (not coastal areas), I was out on quite irregular wind, oscillating 20 to 27 knots, then I saw this cloud forming over maybe 30 minutes - growing vertically upwards then sideways. Seemed pretty far out (maybe 30+Km) but I packed up anyway. Did I waste a hard-...
by sarc
Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Are there enough spots for kiteboarding to go mainstream?
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Are there enough spots for kiteboarding to go mainstream?

THIS IS SERIOUS
We need kites that work with short lines!

Imagine how easy it would be if the lines were 10m instead of 27m. Suddenly plenty of space for everyone!

MAUNFACTURERS PULL YOUR FINGERS OUT AND MAKE A VARIABLE PROFILE KITE THAT WORKS ON 10M LINES!
by sarc
Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Connecting Control Bar to Harnesss (newbie)
Replies: 25
Views: 1982

Re: Connecting Control Bar to Harnesss (newbie)

Kiting without lessons is way worse than driving a car without a lincense.

You WILL face dangers and knowing what to do can save a broken bone or worse.

Besides lessons, BUY IN INSTRUCTIONAL DVD!!!!

Don't touch that kite before the lessons.
by sarc
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New kite
Replies: 17
Views: 1305

Re: New kite

When you take a lesson hopefully the instructor will tell you about winds potentially changing strength, involuntary kite loops, wrapping lines around your fingers, and other nasties... I think you are getting the right message... get a lesson and keep asking questions in this forum, better safe tha...
by sarc
Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: recomendation for a buoyance aid
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: recomendation for a buoyance aid

You got it all wrong, 2 extra beers a day for a couple of months will create a nice flotation area right about your midsection, fits nicely under your wetsuit with no hassle, and you don't have to buy anything (except the beer).

Worked for me.
by sarc
Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Looping Kite Accidents
Replies: 224
Views: 14830

Re: Looping Kite Accidents

My 2 cents... seems to me that Bows are more dangerous than C kites, with pulley freezes, line wear, mad loops etc. seems to me that if you launch hooked in like all Bow users need to (no worries mate, I've got lots of depower...), you are asking for trouble Front leashes and unhooked launches for a...

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