View Single Post
Old 09-20-2008, 02:40 PM
ricki's Avatar
ricki ricki is offline
Site Admin
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Florida
Posts: 8,698

It can happen. Best advice if you can setup to self rescue and wind your lines properly to avoid relaunch and use your kite to sail in. If your kite is on the water, lines wrapped up it is a lot harder to cause problems even coming in on a guarded beach in this fashion. We need to watch the lines though particularly if the kite is still inflated and gets caught be a wave. The lines can be an issue to both the kiter and folks in the water, if any.

If you could head into the north area, I would say to try that. Going in south will likely inflame things further. In Delray, if I can't make back to the riding area south of the guarded beach, I head about a mile north and come in on unguarded beach. It is a pain, but it is that important to stay out of the out of bounds areas particularly guarded beaches. Guys walking down the guarded beach, kites in the air will only cause complaints and problems.

At high tide you may not be able to touch bottom until you're almost on the beach as I recall in Pompano. At low tide perhaps 20 to 30 ft. off? Also, I don't think they get much of a nearshore sand bar there.

For folks that are still working on staying up wind. You need to take drift into account. For instance if the out of bounds area is to the north and it is a NE wind, there is a good chance you won't have a lot of problems going where you shouldn't be. If you're at the same launch and it is out of the SE, then you need to walk way south (hundreds of yards, quarter mile) to allow yourself a buffer before you're into the out of bounds area. He're an important point, if it is near dead onshore, don't go out or find another launch where it isn't dead onshore. Until you can ride upwind, you likely won't be able to get a safe enough distance offshore for you or folks walking along the beach.
FKA, Inc.

transcribed by:
Rick Iossi
Reply With Quote