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by Dax
Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:19 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for kiting in high wind
Replies: 61
Views: 8938

The Seattle incident was a 7m SLE

Good point about keeping your kite low.
by Dax
Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for kiting in high wind
Replies: 61
Views: 8938

just to clear things up I kite both FL and the Gorge Alot Yeah, winds and gusts highs are higher in the Gorge BUT The DIFFERENTIAL GUSTS ARE COMPLETELY staggeringly higher in FL. Gorge will go 30 to 50, so what? You are already rigged for it usually on your smallest kite anyways 7 or 9m. FL will go...
by Dax
Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:58 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for kiting in high wind
Replies: 61
Views: 8938

Yeah y'all should stop kiting in Florida then. ;) I have kited in the Keys and know that squalls are nuts... They also seemed pretty predictable and avoidable, so I'd say Rick has a good point in reminding people to keep vigilant about checking forecasts. and keep an eye on what's coming at yeah fro...
by Dax
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for kiting in high wind
Replies: 61
Views: 8938

Rick are we arguing or agreeing, I can't tell. - Avoiding squalls is a good idea, they can kill you, agreed. - If you can land before the squall hits do that, agreed. - Be ready to release your kite to leash or completely release it at any time that the wind becomes to much, agreed? Maybe the disagr...
by Dax
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for kiting in high wind
Replies: 61
Views: 8938

Rick those incidents you mention are exactly why I say stay out in the open water if you get caught in a squall. If you can get in before the squall, then yes do that... but attempting a quick landing during one is really where you can get F'ed up. We don't have squalls often in the Gorge because we...
by Dax
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:36 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tips for kiting in high wind
Replies: 61
Views: 8938

Tips for kiting in high wind

Okay Tom123 is a douchebag who thinks kiting in 30 knots or more of wind is basically going to kill you no matter what. I really can't stand the way he posted all over a tragedy thread in an attempt to drive home his argument. But on one of those threads somebody said they'd like to hear some tips o...
by Dax
Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:14 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in Seattle, Washington
Replies: 81
Views: 15752

I'm just going to sit on my couch with my water wings and hope it doesn't flood. :o There seem to be several people who "get it" here and then there is Tom. I'll echo what was already said... Tom if you want to kite safe, then that's cool. Some people will take more risks, that is their right. But i...
by Dax
Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in Seattle, Washington
Replies: 81
Views: 15752

Absolutely 100% Billy. :thumb:
by Dax
Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in Seattle, Washington
Replies: 81
Views: 15752

chemosavi wrote:Take a break Tom. Rent a bungalow in Thailand with "maid service" for awhile and get off KF for a bit. Perspective is what some call it.
Agreed.
by Dax
Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in Seattle, Washington
Replies: 81
Views: 15752

I'm sure it can happen as described. One of the reasons I don't go out with small kites in stronger wind is the fear of jumping high, getting in a rotation and missteering the kite and flying backwards towards the water...that is a serious impact. Well, I still go big with bigger kites in stronger ...

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