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by Hugh2
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach

I'm glad to hear someone got out and enjoyed it. I will still try to experience a TS or hurricane one day, if not for the kiting then for the sheer natural phenomenon. Let's see what Florence does.
by Hugh2
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiteboarding since 1995 what do you see next for sport?
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Kiteboarding since 1995 what do you see next for sport?

Don't be so pessimistic, Grigorib. There are still lots of windsurfers, in fact in Cape Town the scene is thriving in the summer with lots of Europeans riding. Check Kevin Langaree's latest video from One Eye in Mauritius, and there are windsurfers. I'm sure the pleasure we get from riding waves, ju...
by Hugh2
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Surfboard for a beginner?
Replies: 11
Views: 1605

Re: Surfboard for a beginner?

You don't need anything fancy to get started. I tried a couple of friends directionals with straps early on but did not like them. Then tried an old regular surfboard bought for $100 and obviously strapless, and it was great. Finally got a Naish Global 6 ft directional and still ride it, putting str...
by Hugh2
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach

Well I'm too late anyway now, but obviously severe gusts, heavy rain, possible lightning, but I have yet to try it and would like to one day. I hope someone does at Pensacola Beach tomorrow.
by Hugh2
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

TS Gordon and Pensacola Beach

Assuming one understands the risks of kiting in the edges of a tropical storm, would Pensacola Beach be the most suitable tomorrow and Wednesday? Biloxi looks less appealing.
by Hugh2
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Best place to learn to foil on East Coast
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: Best place to learn to foil on East Coast

Yup, a large group of us from the midwest go to Cape Hatteras for a week each mid-April and mid-October, plus a family week in late May or early June, plus I go for a solo week each summer when the forecast is good and sleep in my van in one of the NP campgrounds. The downwinders are hard to beat, b...
by Hugh2
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Best place to learn to foil on East Coast
Replies: 11
Views: 1491

Re: Best place to learn to foil on East Coast

With a short mast you can foil most anywhere in the sound at Cape Hatteras. And once out in the sound after a little body dragging you can foil with full mast, plus at Canadian Hole if not too busy, plus in a narrow strip off Kite Point. That's where I have foiled on the east coast, although once co...
by Hugh2
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How high are you pointing upwind? Are 30° already possible?
Replies: 31
Views: 7813

Re: How high are you pointing upwind? Are 30° already possible?

These racers seem to be tacking through at least 45 degrees, gybing even better angles, at least for Parlier. It’s very reminiscent of ice boat racing where each leg is typically one tack or one gybe through similar angles if you call the lay line. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VLLXoKi3hq4 Presumabl...
by Hugh2
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Road trip South Africa in December: Durban - CT
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: Road trip South Africa in December: Durban - CT

And since I grew up in East London, a shameless plug to visit the local museum, which has the first coelacanth inadvertently caught offshore and landed in the harbor by a fishing trawler. Plus some ancient human footprints from the cliffs at Nahoon point, and lots of other cool stuff.
by Hugh2
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: My grattitude extended to Toby
Replies: 23
Views: 3052

Re: My grattitude extended to Toby

I stopped following that thread a while ago as it got pointless, but I second your thanks to Toby for this site. I've learned a lot from it, hopefully contributed a little, and in particular used the Spots site enormously.

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