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[*] posted on 12-28-2019 at 09:19 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by skimtwashington  

Well done.

One might think you are crazy for riding in such high winds and what a fail at such high speed might mean, but must be you're not crazy and are able to ride such conditions because you know exactly what you are doing and are so precise.

..or you're just crazy...about speed.



Thanks!

I'm not fearless or crazy. :) tbh, those conditions command a train of thought that is clear and deliberate, each action broken down into small baby steps.

Just thinking about that day has me catching my breath, and while the results were great for me, in retrospect I should not have flown.
That line could have snapped and for someone who is supposed to be experienced, it was a bit silly of me.

Just to add a little more to the story. Before heading out onto the beach that day, I got talking to a kitesurfer in the carpark. He wasn't too sure about setting up his 5m and came sat in my car for an hour hoping that the wind would drop. He was very interesting to listen to, had been all over the world kitesurfing, but the tide was on the turn and I was desperate to get going.

We sat in my car shielded by a 12ft bank made of earth and concrete, yet the car occasionally rocked from the 55knot gusts coming over the top.
He then casually drops a bombshell into my lap. Have I ever had an accident in the buggy? :o

Yikes! Just what I need, a bad omen. While the question was innocent enough, it played heavily on my mind throughout the session. I had been delayed an hour talking to the guy and a further hour was spent setting up the kite, only to then discover that knot in the line. It felt like someone, something was telling me to stop. So you can imagine my confidence hitting a real low.
Not good, not good at all.



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[*] posted on 12-28-2019 at 09:28 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by RedSky  
Camber sands :thumbup:


that is one nice racetrack..!!!




You'll have to come over sometime.
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