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Beware (Squalls)

Postby getholdofgraeme » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:03 am

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Re: Beware

Postby Toby » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:40 am

I'm sure there's some of you guys on here who were out there today!

These words are by eazyrider from the kitesbuggiesandboards forum:

"Well if ever the phrase "OMG" could be used today was it!

It started offnice, sunny, warm and around 15mph then after a while me and peter32 noticed the mother of all storm fronts coming in from the sea, I had been keeping an eye on it for around half an hour and everyone on the land and water was enjoying the effects of the front moving in.

Then a flash of lightning around 10-20 miles away after the 3rd every landbased kiter had landed and sanded there kites. As we stood there watching this monster grow and the front was moving at a rate that made you move your head to follow it.

After the 6th flash of lightning most of the water lads where running in and I went on kite catching duty and that was it!


The wind went from 20mph to 60-70mph in a second! Two lads where picked from the water one covered the entire beach Around 500m without touching the ground and only came down as he was tangled with another kiter who was in flight. People where sliding down the beach at around 30-40mph with their kites at the edge! I went to chase after one person but then he had around 10 people running after him so I made the mad dash back to my kite that was still weighted down yet moving up the beach. People left right and centre were trying to fire their safety but the load was to much to fire off from Naish to slingy not people where on their knees going across the beach tugging with both hands at the safety yet nothing!

Pampers is 18st and was setting up his kite he ended sat on his un-inflated venom and it was dragging him up the beach, here's jonny was knocked over by the wind and it was like nature just went "F**K YOU"

On the up side no one was badly hurt and only a couple of kites got damaged but it could have been so much worse!

Do you remember that video from 2 years ago of the kitesurfer who was out in Miami when he got lofted and slamed into the building and went over the camera man?

Well it was like that but with around 15 experienced local lads.

The mad part is (and the worrying part) it was a buitifull sunny day with a 15mph breeze with around 30 kites up in total and I dread to think what would of happened if it was at the weekend as there would have been around 60-70 beginners on the land and water and 30+ experienced people on the land and water. Now think of around 100 kitesurfers all overpowered and tea bagging across the beach with all the bucket and spaders

Anyway a quick warning!

Keep an eye on the weather behind you and know and understand what a storm front looks like and if you see on get your kite down and packed up. It might take 30 minuets to get to you it could take 30 seconds or it might just die out but you will be safe and it only takes a few minuets to set up again.

Be safe guys!"
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Re: Beware

Postby wouterb » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:29 am

Call me a sissy, but I probably would be in the car by now! (camera in hand :naughty: and first aid kit nearby :thumb: )

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby flyingweasel » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:45 pm

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby Goz » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:56 pm

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby Clew In » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:13 pm


Two things caught my attention lightning popping and QR's not releasing.

I am not going to hang around with a thunder head approaching and lightning flashing.

What is the deal with the QR's not releasing? Is there a zone where the QR works and if the load increases they stop working or become difficult to release? I have never had to release under extreme loads.

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby Wray118 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:37 pm

Was out yesterday a bit further up the coast and saw it moving up the english channel , it missed us by only a mile or too .
I was just rigging at the time and put my 12 back in the bag for my 8 , just in case another came along , it certainly keeps you aware of the conditions when you see this thing close up!!!

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby crash&burn » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:07 pm

Well it is no mystery how people die kiteboarding, I can't believe people were still on the water with that thing coming in.

The dialogue on the local forum represents a sickining lack of common sense maybe they do need regulations because its obvious people are incapable of regulating themselves.

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby BWD » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:08 pm

Wow, that's some storm:
I would not wait for the winds to start increasing;when a cloud formation looks that ominous,
I get ashore and stop as soon as I see it, no worries about getting back upwind, having a few boost, or whatever.
Don't know but it looks like this kind of formation could give a catabatic-like effect, when it hits it could be 2-3x as much as you otherwise expect...
From the picture it looks like all kites should have been down 10-15 minutes ago.
One last tack or boost could be all it takes to use up the "safety" margin before storm winds, and there is no way to tell how far in front of the cloud the winds will reach.
The speed of these things can be deceptive! Careful....
Glad no bad injuries!

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Re: Beware (Squalls)

Postby frankm1960 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:43 pm

I'm definitely a wimp as I would've been in the club house on my 3rd pint before that thing hit :baby:

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