the texas city/houston area is is one of the top 2-3 kiteboarding locations in the USA...TimG wrote: ↑Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:28 pmI have seen this discussed before, but not as a particular subject.
In your opinion, what is a "safe" depth of water to kite in?
Where I kite, I have a choice between three spots. The first has a clean launch with very deep water and bad chop. The second (for northerlies) a sketchy launch (tall lights all around and crossing a road to get there with kite launched) that has a jump from flat water into deep water but has a ship channel with oil tankers going by downwind (sketchy since tankers can't stop). I only ride at the second spot if there is jet ski support. The third spot is a flat water bay with 2 foot depth. I prefer the third spot with flat water shallows, and my highest jumps are recorded there. It is perfect for trying new tricks. However, I have heard on this forum that high jumps in 2 feet (61 cm) of water have a high risk of a body or head injury for bad crashes due to equipment failures.
I don't have the perfect spot and have to choose between the three. I really like the shallow flat water of the third spot, but I am worried about jumping 10+ meters and having an equipment failure that could cause me to break something or get a severe head injury. The second spot has a very sketchy launch and has tankers downwind. The first spot is the safest but extremely choppy.
and i'd consider the levee and the small beach the racers races use as "perfect" as they come for boosting..
just go to the levee... the bottom is soft and pretty sure it waist deep until 300m out or so (then gets deep)
not sure if you were referencing the dike with the deep water location.. but the shipping channel would only be a concern if you are kiting in offshore conditions and you choose to launch at very end of dike (which there is no reason.. just launch where everyone else does)
if worried about injury... just wear a helmet and stay in the deep water.
the water isnt pretty there.. but you are already blessed to be local to there