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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby Macster » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:06 am

longwhitecloud wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:44 pm
great edit. that is where all the baby sharks cruise around?

just reminded me of rewinds.. no one does them any more
It is a bit of a shark nursery but mostly reef sharks and some tigers. The main kiting lagoon spot is pretty shallow and there's not much to feed on so I think the big sharks hang out on where the island drops off to the depths.

Cocos is an incredible spot. The wind is a bit light for my preference but if you like 15-20 knots, flat water, no commercialisation / development and great friendly locals, its the place to go. Incredible fishing too.
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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby scottnorby » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:17 am

Get a wing board with lots of volume
One you can stand on without moving
Get a big foil like 2000 sqcm
and a big wing 6m plus

When you feel the marginal wind sensation you'll be back in the game
And you will re energize when you realize you can ride that same big board big foil big wing setup in 30 knots too

then use that gear to get someone else started

you can literally ride (foil) 1 foot waves in a lake
using a wing to get you into the swell

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby fluidity » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:02 am

Matteo V wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:18 pm
On marginal days days, or even really good days, a great way to keep the stoke is to share it. When those beachgoers that are always asking about kiting come up to you, offer them a free trainer kite lesson. Just a bit of your time can give someone a more complete understanding of what they are watching, or even inspire them to go further. And "others stoke" is a big part of "my stoke" in this sport since happyness and enthusiasm are contagious.
I'm getting all the good things at the moment concentrating on winging. Learning a bit more each session. Helping other newbies get their gear set up right so that learning is much easier. Having random people come up and ask about the sport, how it works. Showing off hydrofoil wings I made myself :D And a closer to full body work out, with pumping both hand wing and foil board through the lulls. Figuring out all over again, how to ride waves anew! Working the speed of what I can do so far, to make it simpler, faster, more reliable.

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby PrfctChaos » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:19 am

Macster wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:02 pm
After a decade of kitesurfing and living next to one of arguably Australia's best kiting spots,
Did you take up stand-up comedy when you stopped kiting? Melbourne, one of Australias best kite spots, HAHAHA :rollgrin: :D

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby downunder » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:56 pm

PrfctChaos wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:19 am
Macster wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:02 pm
After a decade of kitesurfing and living next to one of arguably Australia's best kiting spots,
Did you take up stand-up comedy when you stopped kiting? Melbourne, one of Australias best kite spots, HAHAHA :rollgrin: :D
Maybe not but Melb crew can afford Cocos every year and I dont.

Mr DrSurf once said here that he is riding 300 days in NSW, so there u go. Maybe SB is lying all this years ;) Maybe Laurie is a lizzard...

Anyways, preety rude for an Aussie. SB style, sorry. Keep that there. Cheers.

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby Hugh2 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:33 pm

Cocos island looks beautiful, but as you say, relatively mild conditions. I know you can't easily travel now, but look into getting to Cape Town one summer. That will get your mojo back. Strong winds, big waves, classic downwinders, lots of superb riders ripping the waves or jumping big. The stoke in Cape Town in summer is amazing.
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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby SpaceRacer » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:26 pm

This caught my attention because it has happened to me. Let's face it, it is just part of the human condition. Too much of any good thing empowers it to lose its luster. I just try to enjoy the experience now and help others as much as possible. Helping newer kiters can be very rewarding; a way to pass the stoke. Plus kiteboarding is not the only thing I do any more; there are other ways to branch out and kiteboarding may just be another thing you will do when the timing, conditions and feeling is right. Be careful about sitting around at the beach and drinking beer because you are bored. I've done that too and it will only work for a short period of time. Consequently I do not drink anymore lol. Pushing yourself may work for some but for me it would lead to frustration and injury; two things I do not have room for in my life right now. Especially if you are trying tricks like the "boardmosis", where you appear to be doing a trick on the beach about 3 feet upwind of bystanders and jeeps lol. I am sure that it was just the camera angle but getting a bumper stuck up your ass is no way to rekindle the stoke of kiteboarding.

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby juandesooka » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:33 pm

Kiting was the answer for me to losing mojo in surfing and fishing. Then kiting was insane for a few years. Then kite foiling. Then SUP foiling. Then surf foiling. Then wing foiling. And build in board making in there.

In my young 50s, I now have enough experience to realize my MO is to take up a new activity, have the best day ever over and over, plateau, then find a new obsession. This is partially because I am a permanent intermediate, I won't push myself to try for the next level once the easy wins are gained. This often comes at the point of getting injured when I try to push past that comfort zone -- and to me anyway, that's not worth it. I will never do megaloops nor will I get barreled on overhead slabs. I didn't jump cliffs bigger than 10 feet when I snowboarded either. And I never got comfortable at skating vert.

Point being: I am still the most stoked guy at the beach, just the kites are gathering dust lately because I am jazzed by other things. So, my suggestion is to diversify your interests, see what else might light a fire and go there. [though there is also some weird guilt with this, especially back in the hardcore surfing days, but also kiting...member of a community, your pals don't get the change of heart/mind, but then other new pals blend in who are co-conspirators in this new thing, and that further stokes the fire]

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby drsurf » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:58 pm


Just figure out where you would most like to live and the things that are most important in such a place. Then figure out a way to get there. Don't give up, there is always a way. You will likely never be bored and your mojo will remain strong all year round for the variety of activities you love in the environment that you love.

My partner and myself did this 25 years ago. Well it was mainly my idea because I wanted a windier place on the coast, but she found all the things she loved and more where we live now. And the wind is good :D

Nowhere will be absolutely perfect all year round, but because we factored in a wide range of desirable features including climate, natural environment, friendly people, good range of local services and work opportunities it all worked out. It's hard to be bored when you're happy about where you live and more opportunity comes your way when you're happy!

The bit about work opportunities can seemingly be a dealbreaker for some people and to be honest I was relying on hope more than reality when we moved. But if you're generally a capable person who gets on well with others it's amazing what opportunities there are. Even more so now that COVID has made working from home more acceptable.

Now if Melbourne is where you would most like to live you can probably ignore most of the above.
However if it's got you thinking... move for mojo! Preferably somewhere with better kite/wind/foil etc conditions than where you are now and lots of other features to keep your mojo up off the water :thumb:

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Re: Lost me mojo

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:18 pm

Move - agree with that.

But if you dont want to move literally, then move on to something else, like said.

That being kitefoil or wingfoil or whatever - it will make everything fun again, eventhough you will struggle learning new things, but it is just a mental thing - just remember "learning" is the fun of it, you know that when you HAVE learned something, so now its payback time - you can take advantage and enjoy the ride beforehand, doing something where you suck bigtime for starters - but with a smile now :rollgrin:

And keep your other gear, as time most often shows you get you mojo back for the "other" things you do - and if not, sell it and be happy you found a new love :thumb:

8) Peter

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