pdiii wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:01 pm
Alright.. here goes nothing.. I live in Maryland/ USA and I recently watched a guy kitesurf in Ocean City. I am going to purchase equipment shortly.. Couple of questions -
1- is there some upper limit with wind where you could get pulled up in to the sky and blown away?
2- if you crash in the water, can relaunch the kite in the water or do you need to swim to shore and relaunch there
3- should I go for a large kite first - I am thinking maybe a 17? or should I target something smaller. I am 225 pounds..
1) I don’t think you would get lifted up into the sky. What I saw once was worse... In a thirty knot wind, a kite suddenly filled and dragged a kiter horizontally across the rocky beach at warp speed until it finally hit some bushes. The kiter looked dazed and a bunch of people ran up to him. I didn’t stick around to see what injuries he might have had, but it looked bad.
2) You can relaunch; by the time you know how to kiteboard, you will be able to do it at will, unless the wind is light.
3) Your instructor can help you out with kite sizes; there are also on-line quiver calculators like riggeek.com. Be aware that larger kites can have larger disasters. If you’re like me, you’ll probably be practicing in winds that are a little too light at first. In light air, the wind can be fickle and the kite will do crazy things — sometimes it will “Hindenburg” and fall out of the sky. Sometimes it will invert — an ugly twist that you won’t initially know how to fix. Eventually you learn how to avoid these events, but you won’t know at first.
I started with a 12 and a 9 meter, but I’m only 165 lbs. Where I live, I use the 12 meter the most. I’m not sure what that would translate to for you. My instructor told me to get the 12 and the 9, and later on, get a 7. That’s a pretty standard recommendation for people of my size. He counseled against getting anything larger than a 12, recommending a surfboard instead. Another instructor told me to get the 15, and I followed his advice, finding the 15 meter to be awesome.
Hope that helps. Have fun researching it.