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[*] posted on 7-13-2011 at 03:52 PM
First Sand Experience


I went out to the beach with my Viper 3.8 for the first time. First time on the beach, not flying the kite. Winds were in the 25-30mph range :o and it was scary! After driving all the way there, there was no way I wasn't gonna fly for a bit. I know the Viper isn't known as a lifty kite but I definitely got some air time! I pretty much just kept it at the edge of the window the whole time, drove it through the power zone a couple times and both resulted in a semi-superman. I'm not used to scudding on sand so it was a different experience. Never really did get used to it, though. Just have to learn to lean back further and lift my toes! In the grass I barely need any wind to get me scudding down the field, I use some old skate shoes that are worn completely down. They were left in my car for a long time so the rubber got baked and hardened to a really slick surface. I get going pretty fast in a good (15-20mph) wind!

Anyway, just thought I'd post my experience. If you guys have any tips/thoughts/recommendations feel free to let me know. : )




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[*] posted on 7-13-2011 at 05:38 PM


Good to hear that you're getting some more beach time. It's just a matter of putting in that time to get used to it. I totally prefer the beach all the way around - wind, surface (sand), and just the ambiance of the beach I find just soothing. From what I saw on Google Earth you're about 60 - 70 miles from the beach as the crow flies. Give it time and you will learn to love it.



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[*] posted on 7-14-2011 at 11:08 PM


Yeah, just need to put in more time. It's only an hour and a half away so I'm not too far away from the sand. You're right, the ambiance of the beach is great. Much better than the soccer field I normally fly in!



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