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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby pmaggie » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:56 pm

I think that sometimes light wind can lead to big problems, due to the fact that the rider is less concerned about what's happening since the wind is not strong. Some years ago, in Marsa Alam, winter time, the wind died and my 15 felt in the water. Since it was quite gusty, I simply waited for the next gust and relaunched full power with the front lines (wind was really light, no way to relaunch with a back line). Once my kite was in the air, it immediately began to loop pulling me downwind. To make a long story short, while I was waiting for the gust I didn't notice that a steering line was wrapped at one end of the bar. Nothing happened, the wind was very light, I'm experienced and I set the line free in a second but the lesson is: never underestimate the situations, also a super light wind day can become a kitemare if you don't pay enough attention.

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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby podiatanapraia » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:58 pm

Well, like you said, nothing happened BECAUSE the wind was very light, and while it's no excuse to be off your guard, we do generally understand light wind conditions as safer. I can, however, think of at least 3 exceptions where light winds are more dangerous than strong winds: offshore winds, big waves and unsupported downwinders. All situations where, if you can't relaunch your kite, you might be in trouble. Then again, if you don't have a plan B for when things go wrong, you probably shouldn't have gone out in the first place.
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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby Beardytello » Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:45 pm

podiatanapraia wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:58 pm
Well, like you said, nothing happened BECAUSE the wind was very light, and while it's no excuse to be off your guard, we do generally understand light wind conditions as safer. I can, however, think of at least 3 exceptions where light winds are more dangerous than strong winds: offshore winds, big waves and unsupported downwinders. All situations where, if you can't relaunch your kite, you might be in trouble. Then again, if you don't have a plan B for when things go wrong, you probably shouldn't have gone out in the first place.
The only time I've properly nearly died kiting was doing a downwinder in light winds.

Where I live and kite 99% of the time for the sea to be rough it has to be strong wind, I was in SA and it was rough without the strong wind. Kite binxed into the surf and I wasn't prepared (skills or mentally) to self rescue in a surf zone.

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Re: The Safety Topic: please post your experience and advice!

Postby IBaKiteboarder » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:06 pm

Missing kiter in Ocean City NJ, USA... Any info? I checked the wind history and it looks like it was blowing offshore or side off...

https://ocnjdaily.com/search-on-for-mis ... -near-o-c/


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