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> Learned a damn valuable lesson, Kiting in an offshore wind=very bad idea
post Apr 25 2008, 06:56 AM
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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

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