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by Hugh2
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: So my chicken loop broke + advice
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: So my chicken loop broke + advice

I feel so lucky to have had several chicken loop and depower line snaps occur near the shore in Cape Town, because I have done some silly things like following the Volvo Ocean Race boats far out into the bay at which point I am completely alone and would likely die in the cold water with the SEaster...
by Hugh2
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters
Replies: 14
Views: 536

Re: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters

I’m not confident enough to help turn a kite in the water, but I regularly recover boards for people, remembering the many times it was done for me when I was first riding.
by Hugh2
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters
Replies: 14
Views: 536

Re: Damage Waivers for Assisting Kiters

I do think a little about this when I ask someone to help launch my kite in Cape Town. Most other places I self-launch, but I think that is inappropriate on crowded beaches like Kite beach on Bloubergstrand (this older video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ewc5R9MXfk - shows a failed self-launch ...
by Hugh2
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The craziness is underway in Cape Town
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: The craziness is underway in Cape Town

On Monday the SEaster only came through late at Kite beach, so because it slowly advances up the beach from the harbor, I launched 9m and surfboard at Milnerton lighthouse and rode slowly downwind to Kite Beach. The waves were small but good for me learning bottom turns. So yesterday with the same f...
by Hugh2
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The craziness is underway in Cape Town
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: The craziness is underway in Cape Town

Bernie, Haakgat is not for me, too advanced and gusty, but the main rocks are upwind, the break is downwind, so not a serious problem there, or at least it was the last few years. When I went past yesterday it looked like there had been some beach erosion and some rocks might be exposed. Upwind from...
by Hugh2
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The craziness is underway in Cape Town
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

The craziness is underway in Cape Town

Been on the ground for five days, three of them already epic windy, good stuff, generally boosting high (for me) on 9 and 7m and once down to 5.5m. The beaches are not too crowded yet, still about half locals and half visitors. Local shops had their demo days this weekend, lots of fun trying new kit...
by Hugh2
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: How to jump 33.9m | Woo World Record | Big Air Kitesurfing | Get High with Mike
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: How to jump 33.9m | Woo World Record | Big Air Kitesurfing | Get High with Mike

Nice going, Mike! I enjoyed kiting with you in the Gorge a couple months ago, and hope to see you in Cape Town this season. Another South African! Hugh
by Hugh2
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The circle of trust
Replies: 44
Views: 2453

Re: The circle of trust

ESL = English as a Second Language. Try imagining this forum in Xhosa and then understand how it is not always easy for everyone to understand your meanings.
by Hugh2
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: I Think We Have More Drift !
Replies: 27
Views: 2026

Re: I Think We Have More Drift !

John, there is a guy in Cape Town called Alan that rides like that, always strapped on a small surfboard and with his favorite kite, an older Cabrinha Nomad 5.5m. He whips that kite back and forth, following it on the waves, and puts on a great show in waves that seldom allow more than two cycles of...
by Hugh2
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Buying demo kites - bad idea?
Replies: 13
Views: 927

Re: Buying demo kites - bad idea?

I've bought almost entirely demo and used kites (25 altogether), mostly from REAL in Hatteras, never had a problem. Yesterday I bought a used 2018 Naish Pivot 9m from REAL for $600, condition is almost as new, and rode it today in epic conditions. Absolutely love that kite (I have two 9m Pivots from...

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