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After several attempts to kite at Punta Emerito (to no avail) I finally caught a session there. Instead of just rigging and launching 100 feet upwind of commute traffic on I-80 only to return to Last Chance Beach, I actually made my way to His Lordships. Then, the wind promptly backed off, of course. It was windy enough to jump, however, confirming the rumor that Berkeley is actually [glow=red]FUN[/glow]. Good to see [font=Comic Sans MS]you[/font] and [font=Verdana]you[/font] and [font=Courier New]you[/font] and [font=Tahoma]you[/font]....
( Beat that shit, C, fancy poster!)
Berkeley is all about timing and a little bit of luck. If you arrive and it has been blowing for a few hours and it is late in the day good luck. Berkeley is notorious for sutting off and way off. Get upwind as far as possible. There does seem to be more wind the further out you get. Also you will have an easier time getting back to the launch. Berkeley can be one of the greatest kiting experiences or the worst!!
Dave, look at you! Nice [highlight=green]work[/highlight] on the text options. Berkeley requires dedicated and aggressive upwind attitude and a master plan. One does develop a sense for how it's going to be by studying the water, sensing the wind and sheer faith; some may call it foolishness. It doesn't always work, though.
It can be quite rewarding, but has also made many a grown man cry. Many is the time our fellow men, and women, have ended up dejected, angry and sad at the Frontage Road beach. Kites have been damaged on the rocks, bar and line sets turned into spaghetti and boards battered on the rocks by the tides. I've seen people show up and say, "No problem!" only to slink back to the parking lot with wet and muddy kites never to be seen again.
It's always a concern that a new face will arrive and commit serious acts of malfeasance, thus spoiling it for everyone. The main thing is to restrict all drama to you and your own. Keep your gear away from:
1. The Bay Trail
2. Westshore Highway
3. Interstate 80
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