Sep 18, 2008
Any Kite surfers on here?
My new Blade IV 4.9m should be here this week, and i cant wait!!
I do alot of wakeboarding (been at it for 12 years) - havnt tried the kitesurfing but it's definitely something i want to get into.
Any advice for beginners?? Can i just use one of my wakeboards or will i have to buy a proper kite surf board?
How much horsepower does it have?
Hi mate, i havn't done kite surfing before either! Im on dry land for now, I was just wondering if anybody here was into Powerkites.
Wouldnt mind finding out some good spots to try surfing though!
I cant see why you wouldnt be able to use a wakeboard to kitesurf though, both made from tough lightweight material..
Enough to rip your arms out of thier sockets mate
Where do you do your wakeboarding Con? I do it every now and again at ski supreme/drumaheglass (spl) near coleraine
Strangford Lough, Lough Erne, Sligo. One of my mates has a big lake outside his house too so we use that alot. I havnt been out too much this summer to be honest - im getting a bit lazy i suppose lol.
Funnily enough i was watching this the other day on Youtube.... It's something quite special:
I'm no expert on this sport but can you not just.....'let the kite go'?!
If you're strapped in thats kinda dangerous, especially if it's hurricane season! lol
Well ppl riding power kites with caution wear "kite killers" which strap to your wrist and are also attached to the kite. Essentially you just drop the handles and the kite will fall out of the sky. Depends how crazy you are
But yeah, in a hurricane, that could be bad news lol, not the best time to have a crack with a power kite tbh
Is kite surfing ever wise in a hurricane..... he must have had one knock to the head to many before deciding to take his kit out in THAT!
Quie a lot of people have started doing this in Richmond Park now, keen to have a go, but seems pricey to hire the stuff andf have a lessons! Would like to try though I love snowboarding, have done a bit of wake boarding so kite boarding, or whatever it is could be a good laugh!
Let me know how you get on Leon - be interested to hear how easy/hard it is to pick up!
If i was venturing out onto the beach in a hurricane (unlikely in the east midlands area) with my power kite, before locking my hands in i'd find out which way the hurricane was coming from for starters. In a way this kid is 'lucky' he got thrown inland and into a building at 70 mph. Could have ended up several miles out at sea being battered by giant waves..... Not my idea of a fun day. Idiot.
From what i understand you are actually strapped to the kite by some sort of a waist harness thing!!
Scary biscuits if things go tits up right enough lol!!
Still keen to give it a whirl!!
Yeah, Ive often toyed with the idea of getting a huge kit so I could 'fly'!
Probably tho on lift off Id realise that it was a bit of a dumb idea.
Still, anything for a rush.
You dont have to use a harness.
But again, you should be able to "kill" the kite off by applying the brakes (tilting down/pulling back). Again, Rodney was a plonker for kiting in those conditions.
Ive got an anemonmeter to make sure the wind is just right. It gives me max gust speed + AVG MPH - Bft
Hey L6ON, I have a couple of mates into this...they go all round the coast (east anglia) and one of them lives at a place called walcott, always seems to be a quite a few about round our way,West Runton,Sea Palling are popular places for them also.Looks a great laff!!!When he gets back from holiday I`m going to have a crack at it, I dare say I will be serverely injured lol
Quite a lot of kite surfing goes on up on the north coast here Con - surf mountain in belfast sell kite gear
Yeah im must take a look in there and see the craic.
One of the guys i used to go to school with has started his own companyselling all that sort of stuff so if i am going to buy a whole **** load of it i'd rather put the business his way.
............ah one other thing i may have to do before i hit the water...........learn how to fly a kite lol!!
Start with a cheap 3m just to get used to it, 4m max! They will easily lift you up in medium winds.
Then once the confidence builds, move onto a bigger kite.
The smaller one wont be redundant once you do, because on some days it wont be feasable/sensible to fly the biggy..
Good luck and let us know how you get on.
*Word of warning* Towards autumn is when the wind gets blustery. One minute you'll be looking up wondering where the wind has gone, then next minute, "woosh" your getting dragged across a field hanging on for dear life lol, so be careful
well after a few weeks on a Flexifoild Blade 4 (4.9m)
I pushed the boat out a bit more and ordered an Ozone 12m Manta 2
It landed today so just need some dry CALM weather now
Here is a vid of the beast in 10m form, bear with the film, it only gets good once the first song changes, oh and watch it in high quality
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