mikesids wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:53 am
Good on you for showing the struggle in all its glory Regis - I was having flashbacks to the stormy onshore conditions I have tried to get out in on the foil. So damn frustrating , you hate the whitewater so much , if you try to start too soon your mast hits bottom, and you think it is never going to end, wave after wave after wave.Then just as you are about to give it away you finally get that one clear patch which you know will be the only chance you get for some minutes, and you know you have to take that opportunity otherwise you are likely to have your foilboard washed out of your hands and back to the beach. You work your little kite backwards and forwards and get up for a moment, then the board touches down , uh-oh, you see whitewater approaching and you hold your breath, somehow you get through and then magically you are up and sailing free . You get out the back and it all calms down and you can ride the swells, and the pain of getting out becomes worthwhile.....
The most frustrating kiteboarding experience I have ever had , and also the most rewarding
You would make a very good suspense book author ! you describe very well the mindset of the moment and the reward ...
I had 2 additional perturbators : the Optimist boat indeed ! unexpected "meeting"
, and actually I saw him very late and had to "run" out of its way to avoid it ... but also a lot of seaweeds located in the 20 first meters that were slippy on the ground and twice stopped me just after waterstart success .... I had to fully come back to beach 3 times before escaping this battle camp.
I am not tall, so I learned starting with foil directly inclinated at 45 degree (and foil-up directly at 45 degree) to limit the risk of impact with ground, but this requires quite grunty kite, so not easy here with such a small trainer kite. Maybe with a loop, but building proximity + discovering the kite + high shore break = I avoided loops at this moment.
global view of the site during my first ride-out
we can see near the big Castle wall (Antibes old city) some > 3m waves ; that was a frightening reward !