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you guys feel the wind...?
gos from 0 to 30 avg 15
or there is huge guest inbeded in the wind like 24 knots more then you think!
not good stuff,also shuts down quick!
and as the wind comes off the east bay hills it bounces
Straight North winds can be a viable option for fun and safe kiting at a few locations around the Bay, but I, and I assume most others, would generally recommend against kiting in East, or North East winds. As Charlie said, even if the readings might show an avg. of 15 or so with a range of 0-30, the meters may not pickup gusts up to or even over 40. Not to mention that the winds will take you out offshore.
It reminds me of last year. A few of us showed up at Alameda on a whim in strong NE and NNE winds. 3 of us didn't gear up, two did. When I arrived the kite of one of the persons who had geared up was already about 2 miles out all by itself, the guy had to bail on the beach and his safety failed. Not long later, another guy launched and I was giving him a hold-down. He was getting lofted and levitating about 4 feet of the ground. After the gust, he made his way out to the beach, but as soon as the next gust hit had to pull his safety.
I was working today in Berkeley near College and Ashby and around midday or not long after lunch some massive gusts came through that had to be at least 40, possibly more. Leaves and crap flying everywhere through the air and on the street. I even ducked under a covered porch for a few seconds to make sure the trees around weren't going to let loose!
I was the only one at SI and conditions were about the same. Indian Bob tossed me up but it was way too gusty, even for the bow and the little voice said to ditch it. May have to go back up to Oregon for a bit, 5 feet of snow already!
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