I read an interesting point in the dutch forum: people who made a lot of kilometers to reach a spot want to ride, no matter the conditions. This is absolutely true.
In my home spot, standard conditions work as follows: from about 1 pm. to about 4 pm. the thermal wind blows quite steady sideshore (some problems in the launch zone but it's not the point to be discussed here). From about 4 pm., the wind shifts from the mountain and become offshore and gusty. Being the end of the lake, the biggest problem you can have is to find yourself in a field on the opposite side and to walk for a while, there's no real "risk".
Two or three weeks ago, a Swiss guy arrived at about 4 pm. when the wind was already shifting. He was very eager to ride but he was smart enough to ask me about the conditions. I explained him everything very clearly: the wind is shifting and is becoming light and gusty. With your 10.5 and your board you won't be able to come back to the shore and you will land on the field you can see there. So you will have to walk barefoot about two kilometers in the forest, then about 5 kilometers on the main road to come back.
Wasn't I clear? He launched his 10.5. After less than 30 minutes, his girlfriend came to tell us she can't spot her bf any more (he was the only one in the water). Again, I explained her everything. She was a little bit concerned, so we took our car and we drove her to a place we know near the forest and we eventually found him walking. No problem for us, he was a nice guy and he also asked to pay us for the rescue (of course we refused!).
Did he learn the lesson? Maybe yes, maybe not. The fact is he drove 3 hours to go kiting and after so much kilometers you really want to kite, no matter the conditions, you just think "ok, I drove 3 hours, conditions are not perfect but I want to try anyway".
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on Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.