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Kite U.S. Forums _ Southwest Michigan _ Learned a damn valuable lesson

Posted by: GRJosh Apr 25 2008, 06:56 AM

Being new to kiting and easily stoked about the possibility of getting out for a new season seems to have an effect on the rationality of ones thinking it seems. Case in point yesterdays ESE winds blowing at 15-25mph. (More like straight E winds). After heading down to the beach at HSP thought I'd try a downwinder to tunnel beach...baaaad idea! Before I knew it I was blown about 300 yards out and the wind was turning gusty as all hell past the pier. Its a damn sobering to see your kite go down, look back and see the people on shore getting smaller and smaller, then realize youre not on the east side where you can stand up a mile off shore and be completely warm. No, this is the west shore cold, choppy, deep...and fun (when not putting your life in danger). This is the first time I've had to do a self rescue (and mind you the water is about 45 degrees over here too) and swim my kite back to shore. Attempting to kite in an offshore is something I wont soon forget!

So to anyone new, no matter how much it seems like a possiblilty dont even f@$k with it. Just wait for a sideshore...like today! On that note, if anyone is reading this I'll prolly be as HSP today doing what I attempted yesterday (downwinder to tunnel park), come on out, theres only like a 30% chance of thunderstorms...those are good odds (for the casino) smile.gif

--Josh

Posted by: Turtle Apr 25 2008, 08:44 AM

Glad to hear everything turned out OK and this is good information to share with everyone. I myself have never started from shore on an offshore wind, but things change when your riding. Ultimately any of us with a wind direction change could find ourself in the same situation once you are out.

I am going to move this post to the Knowledge Center once it gets some responses. It will have a link on this thread so you can easily find it.

John

Posted by: GRJosh Apr 25 2008, 09:36 AM

Sounds like a good idea!

--Josh

Posted by: Cruz Aug 2 2008, 08:21 PM

How'd you self-rescue. An offshore wind would still carry you farther from shore no?

Posted by: GRJosh Aug 12 2008, 01:42 PM

QUOTE(Cruz @ Aug 2 2008, 09:21 PM) *
How'd you self-rescue. An offshore wind would still carry you farther from shore no?


Pulled the chicken loop, swam to my kite, wound up my lines, and used my kite as a flotation device as I paddled my ass off back into shore. Not to mention the water was about 50 some odd degrees fahrenheit. And, yeah the wind pushing on the kite (although upside down on the water) was still a B$%ch to paddle against. Eventually I made it back in and said, to hell with that after warming up in my truck and thanking god I wasnt out too far from shore...on the Lake Michigan side, in an offshore wind, if you really get into a bad situation like that...theres really no hitting the opposite shore unless you want to make a trip to Wisconsin.

--Josh

Posted by: Cruz Aug 12 2008, 03:47 PM

Wow. Gnarly shit. You don't spook easy.

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