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andylc
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Storm Hannah

Postby andylc » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:43 pm

Anyone get out today?? I was stuck at work but would have fancied taking a look at whether Saunton Sands was doable had I the time! Looked possible with a diddy kite...
And before anyone comments - yes I agree a really windy day doesn’t really need a name every time - when exactly did we decide every storm should have a name??

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby Toby » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:10 pm

At least the fatalities have a real name.

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby andylc » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:30 pm

Vaguely on subject Toby I’m interested do you go out in varying conditions / spots or do you only use the big kite, and therefore avoid higher wind / wave sessions and different spots (flat water, chop, waves etc)?

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby iriejohn » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:56 pm

Had a look, was 30-35 knots which would have been nice with my 6m but very gusty conditions (40+) so didn't bother. NW early tomorrow morning looks better.

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:42 pm

Almost went... made it to the end of my road and it was mega gusty in London...blowing 40mph+... Called it off, trees were bent over and crazy windy

Toby - Lots of people kite safely (ish) in these conditions, it can be done with experience and good kit... It's what we get in the UK. The UK gets better winds than most of Europe and lots of big storm fronts off the Atlantic. If you want some world class kitesurfing google images - Islay, Tiree, isle of Lewis, Aberdovery, Saunton, Rhosneigr... etc..there are thousands of great kitesufing beaches. Appreantly you are only ever 113km (70 miles) from a beach anywhere in the UK.
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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby Toby » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:45 pm

andylc wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:30 pm
Vaguely on subject Toby I’m interested do you go out in varying conditions / spots or do you only use the big kite, and therefore avoid higher wind / wave sessions and different spots (flat water, chop, waves etc)?
I tried all conditions before (Kiting since 2000) with big and small kites.

Found out that the best and safest conditions for me to progress are a 18 sqm kite in 15-25 knots.

Guess why my injuries are almost nothing while I filmed 2440 tricks pushing to new boundaries?

Remember a session in 40 knots with a 5.5.
Worst session in my life, not doing one trick, just normal jumps. Just dangerous, never felt any joy, just fear.

Up to 35 knots I can see people enjoying it, more? That gusty stuff is far from joy.

And pretty sure many go out to tell their buddies afterwards. Helps to impress chics for sure too 😁

Been there done that, now progressed 😉

More chicks to catch the more tricks you land 😂

Boys, aren’t we?

Anyway, just enjoy what you do. But do really enjoy it...don’t do it for others 👍🏻

Just be safe, deal ?

Every time I read about a fatality it hurts me.

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:50 pm

It's not showing off.. in 40mph there is no one on the beach and no one watching. We don't live in Brazil and get a steady thermal, we live in northern Europe and want to enjoy the high winds. It's why king of the air often has British, French and Dutch riders.

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby wardr77 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:54 pm

Winds were good at Camber today, further up the coast so not quite as mental as the south west. Still the winds were gusty and strong, 7m order of the day. Mountainous seas, however due to the gusty nature of the winds, one minute you were frantically weaving the kite so you didn't get munched and the next you were skimming across the water on your puckered sphincter... however it was a good session, but more about riding the waves than throwing tricks.

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby alunj » Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:45 pm

It’s pretty normal conditions for here in the winter not so much in nearly May . Wind was around 35kts , air 10C water 7 big waves

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Re: Storm Hannah

Postby Peter_Frank » Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:20 pm

Amazing so locally the wind has been, Hannah that is :thumb:

Had to google and check windy also, to see where it was so windy, and it was in the UK just next to us in Denmark, today saturday, 40 or 50 knots wind in parts of UK, and here it has been 2 knots most of the day, only 3 hours with 8 knots where we of course went out foiling, and dead calm right now in the evening.

Incredible it can be so "concentrated" in a left circle low pressure system never getting further east as they often do.

Tomorrow sunday in UK it will be 0 to 5 knots it seems :naughty:

When hammering and using small kites they turn much better, drift much better so impossible to stall even if you ride waves DTL towards the kite, awesome.
And jumping, you can only get to max heights in this wind, a bigger kite dont work you need wind.
Last but not least, wind builds awesome big waves.

Only advantages :D

8) Peter


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