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biggrin.gif posted on 8-13-2019 at 01:17 PM
Watercraft for power kiting


Markite inspired me today to begin thinking about all the cool things folks have floated in/on while getting motored around by a traction kite. I'm particularly interested in finding a good, luggable solution for powerkiting in open water and the ocean. We are considering and move back to California (likely San Diego county) and I want to take advantage of ocean winds, but I don't really want to start kite boarding. Something like a PL KiteCat seems ideal.

What sort of crafts have people used in open water. Favorites? Plus and minus factors to consider? Cool videos? Please share your ideas and stoke! :karate:




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[*] posted on 8-13-2019 at 01:45 PM


Here's my kitecat being used by the legendary Chris Calthrop of K48 fame. And whenever I mention Chris Calthrop to anyone, they scratch their heads and say, who's Chris Calthrop ? :D
The guy who kitesurfs with Blades is who.
The first guy to kitesurf across the English channel and the first to kitesurf Jaws.
Oh that Chris Calthrop. Nope never heard of him.

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[*] posted on 8-13-2019 at 02:33 PM


Here is an easy, safe and accessible solution:



However, beware: going from simply riding a SUP around to riding a foil is a huge step in skill requirements.

It's a shame you live so far away - I'd be happy to let you try my Lynn Monohull kite boat. If you are thinking of using a boat in the ocean the Monohull is probably not the way to go - it is too easy to capsize for the ocean. The Kite Cat would probably be better. But you can lug the Monohull around w/o a trailer - it can be car topped. I carry mine inside my mini van. Not easy to find one and they haven't been made for almost 20 years now. Kite Cats are probably hard to find as well, but have been made more recently.

BTW - you would probably have to get a new quiver of kites - either LEI's or maybe Arcs. I had a hard time staying upwind until I got an LEI.

















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[*] posted on 8-13-2019 at 03:39 PM


BTW - there is a lot of food for thought in the Kite Boating forum, one of the little visited corners of PKF.

http://www.powerkiteforum.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=42





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[*] posted on 8-13-2019 at 07:37 PM


I finally bit the bullet and decided to get into kitefoiling. Not for the ultra light wind possibilities but for a new and exciting challenge for when I have no waves to ride the surfboard on.

This is my chosen foil and this is how I imagined my first day of kitefoiling would go... :thumbup: :cool: :ninja:

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The reality...:lol:




I repaired and modified an old surfboard to mount the foil to. I painted the board to a suitable theme.



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[*] posted on 8-14-2019 at 05:15 AM


3 min of crashing for our entertainment...
your a good man zg:thumbup:




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[*] posted on 8-14-2019 at 06:53 AM


Quote: Originally posted by zero gee  
I finally bit the bullet and decided to get into kitefoiling. Not for the ultra light wind possibilities but for a new and exciting challenge for when I have no waves to ride the surfboard on.


I bit a whole clip of bullets getting into windfoiling - first the foil, then a new foil board, next of a foil sail, and last but not least - a bigger wing for my foil. So far it's going pretty good - but I hadn't been windsurfing much for the past 3-4 years so I'be been having to get back into shape for it. This is also the low wind season. But, it's been fun and mainly it's the challenge of it.



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