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people in SF

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:04 am
by luigi
Hey everyone my name is luigi. I am very new to kite boarding ( flew a trainer for 2 months, have had one water lesson at alameda). If anyone is interested in hanging with a rookie and showing me the ropes I am way in, I just got all my new gear and am ready to start ripping some mean body dragging. I live in SF on the embarcadero and have a car so I am always down for a trek!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:53 pm
by Bulldog
In case noone else has told you, you definitely want to wait until spring before trying out any bodydragging in the SF Bay area.

We'd like to keep "bodydragging" a positive term, totally unrelated to, say, "dragging the bay for a body".

As in: "Today the Coast Guard was dragging the bottom of SF Bay looking for the body of a novice kiteboarder who succumbed to hypothermia before rescuers could reach him after his kite crashed into the water". :mrgreen:

Keep in mind that all the posters here who are discussing kiting this time of year are experienced riders with a full knowledge of the special precautions that need to be taken when kiting in the winter.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:47 pm
by Greg
luigi,
I hope you got Bulldogs drift.. The winds at Alameda "can" get pretty wild in winter. THere will be days... but USE caution becouse the wind will have a tendicy to change direction (mostly on-shore) and is often extremely gusty.
Come spring things will get better...
L.M.G.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:38 pm
by panzerfaust
You can always come by and have a look. That's exactly what I did the first season; watching people rip it up in storm winds but you would be crazy to try it yourself. Either take a trip down south or wait for spring to drag your body around :).

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:50 pm
by northgrl
Hey,
you should wait till it gets warmer; then maybe more people will be up to it =D
if you've only taken one water lesson, you should consider taking another ( with the company you started with ); it would be safer in case something happens to you out there.
I'll be at alameda in march when the early winds kick in, so i wouldn't mind giving you some tips.
cheers,
ella

PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:11 am
by narly1
fly a trainer in the stroms to get a feel of the twitchy gusty stuff.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:22 am
by Greg
fly a big trainer and you might fly away... :rock:
L.M.G.