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How much wind is too much wind?

Postby plummet » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:44 pm

At what point to you go. Well this is not fun anymore. Even if you have the right kite for the conditions.
What is that limit?

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby Bushflyr » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:25 pm

Apparently less than 75mph.


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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby edt » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:18 am

i'm done when it gets above 50 knots

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby plummet » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:46 am

edt wrote:i'm done when it gets above 50 knots
gusts to 50? or 50+ gusts?

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby RedSky » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:00 am

(talking buggy)
Inland wind I'd say about 15-20mph is a lot of fun in my park. After 25mph with all the turbulence and gusts then it becomes a survival exercise and less fun. Grass is scary, either too much grip or not enough. I can't powerslide on grass, so I have to be extra cautious. Relaxed cruising is way more fun than the ragged edge....sometimes.

Clean onshore wind within 20-30mph wind makes for a busy but fun session. Sand is great, its grippy yet breaks away when you need it too, which with the right kite pushes up the range.
I have not yet reached the point of too much wind at the beach and I'm not really a fan of big wind although I am curious as to how much a kite can take. How wet, surface condition, downwind room and the right kite all dictate how much is too much I'd say.

Whats yours plummet ?

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby SupaEZ » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:00 am

If i bring a 5m2 to the beach and it is too dangerous to self launch and self land....
....about 2-4kn over 40

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby edt » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:10 am

plummet wrote:
edt wrote:i'm done when it gets above 50 knots
gusts to 50? or 50+ gusts?
depends. If it is gusting from 10 knots up to 40 knots that's a lot worse than gusting from 45 knots up to 55 knots.

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby plummet » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:31 am

RedSky wrote:(talking buggy)
Inland wind I'd say about 15-20mph is a lot of fun in my park. After 25mph with all the turbulence and gusts then it becomes a survival exercise and less fun. Grass is scary, either too much grip or not enough. I can't powerslide on grass, so I have to be extra cautious. Relaxed cruising is way more fun than the ragged edge....sometimes.

Clean onshore wind within 20-30mph wind makes for a busy but fun session. Sand is great, its grippy yet breaks away when you need it too, which with the right kite pushes up the range.
I have not yet reached the point of too much wind at the beach and I'm not really a fan of big wind although I am curious as to how much a kite can take. How wet, surface condition, downwind room and the right kite all dictate how much is too much I'd say.

Whats yours plummet ?
On the water.gusts past 45knots is too much. To be fair though we never get a solid 40+days gusting past 40 will be a good 20 knot gust to lull ratio. So 25-45.

Landboard same as water. To be honest though i typically will jump in the water first on those days. Its way safer and more fun. The landboard stops being fun around 30 knots.



In the buggy. (on the beach, i don't ride on the grass) So 35 knot max gust I guess. because I have nothing smaller to use.

That's all on my smallest kite 6m reo.

Tell you want though. I would love a 5m ozone edge for stupid speed runs in the buggy.

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby 14ToeSide » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:36 am

If it's over 40 MPH I have to think 2-4 times about going out!!

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Re: How much wind is too much wind?

Postby Saami » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:30 pm

It boils down to how fast (meaning, what speed) you are comfortable impacting the water / ground, doesn't it?

If you are kiting in 50 knots of wind, that means your body could hit the surface at over 90 km/h in case things go really wrong (i.e., big accidental kiteloop). Even in flat water, that would seem likely to cause trauma and/or knock you unconscious. On land... Well, I wouldn't want to experience it, or see it.

Personally I draw the limit at around 35 to 40 knots, and in anything much over 30 knots I try to remember to be really careful. Once you reach that point where you are deliberately trying to to limit the height of your jumps, I think it is time to start second-guessing your decision to be kiting - things can go wrong, fast, in that kind of wind.


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