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signs

Jul 18, 2015 by paul

Venus, Jupiter, and a waxing crescent. Celestial signs of big big wind on the horizon. Yep. Big big wind a coming, gonna go sail



Replies:

Date: 07/22/2015
From: alexb

Fred, yup that's from yesterday. Should be more kiters out there today. Not sure I can make it though, sooooo tiiiiired, but wind!
Date: 07/22/2015
From: fhawk

Alex, nice pic. Is that from AP yesterday? The FSU kiters had quite a group down there.
Date: 07/22/2015
From: alexb

Nice Bill! I've been spoiled by constant wind here as well.

We had a nice light wind day out at AP yesterday. Fred rigged his light wind sail; a 4.7. :)

kite
Date: 07/22/2015
From: fhawk

No need to go so far. Alligator Pt had a solid 20-24 mph with fun waves to ride yesterday from 4 til 7. Maxed 4.7 for me on the Goya Quad94, then onto the JP Quad 74 for a while too.
Date: 07/22/2015
From: Bill Olson

I had 20-25 mph on Friday, but that was in Corpus Christi so I guess it doesn't count
Date: 07/21/2015
From: alexb

How about a Kickstarter for a wind generator?

Date: 07/21/2015
From: alexb

You'd be surprised how low I could go with my 7.0 and the foil! Actually, I've never tried but if it flies I'm guessing I can get going. :P

Checkout these new windsurfing foil videos. I can't imagine how hard it would be compared to the kite foil. Looks really cool though. Not sure how well my aluminum mast would hold up if I bolted it up to an old windsurfer in the garage.

https://vimeo.com/132433233
https://vimeo.com/126963715
Date: 07/21/2015
From: fhawk

6.9! When you are using a kite (not a sail) that size, then it's nuking.
Date: 07/21/2015
From: alexb

Well, I was way overpowered yesterday and too lazy to rig down. Sure felt like it was nuking. :) I even think I could have made my 6.9 and 108L work if I wasn't so lazy to drag it out there.
Date: 07/21/2015
From: fhawk

It is nice you can kite in so little wind, but "nuking" may be a bit of a stretch. Mostly around 14-16 the last few days, except very late yesterday looked like it was averaging maybe 19-20mph at AP2 for 2 hours only after the rain cleared out. More rain today, so hard to say what will happen. The air is so "juicy" that storms pop up all the time.
Date: 07/20/2015
From: alexb

I saw that on the way back from the beach! There has been plenty of wind lately. Perhaps you should save that voodoo that we don't dare do for a windless week? :)

Would have been 5 days in a row kiting but I was WAY too tired yesterday. Was nuking out at AP today after 5pm. Hoping for the same tomorrow.

My rush chasing has dropped to a steady 7mph and a foil. Can go less but hard to keep the kite flying. If the kite flies, the foil just wants to go upwind! And scary fast (still learning). Going down wind and jibes are still a problem.

From a month or so back. I'm much better now :)
Alex Foiling
That day was too windy and I was on the 11m. The 6-10mph days require the 18m. :)

Was the beach at Shell Point ever expanded? Did they add a kite launch area by any chance? :)



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