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Camber Sands to Exmouth ~ Local info and chat.
defever
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Thu May 23, 2013 9:41 pm

Eastbourne Paul wrote:Been fling the C-kite in virtually no wind condition over the last few days. (so calm I've been running with it to self-launch...).

That made me laugh as i learnt on a Sling Shot Fuel (the most aggresive C shape kite of them all) and remember days when we had to run to launch it!!!! To scared to fly it in strong winds, to nieve to recognise its bottom end!
^^THIS! Sounds like it's one of the milestones for a beginner. ha! Yes, I do look like an bafoon trying to launch a kite on bare wind, but this has given me the opportunity to explore how kite behaves in the sky.

I feel/see where the edge of the window is, can explore all the area in the window including the power (well no wind, no power, literally sweeping above ground and I'm still standing straight), looping, figure of 8s across window, 1/2 window etc. I now how to work the power/depower, steer to "pump" the kite and keep it in the air with its momentum, safe land, walk around, etc.

Looks like we're going to get bit of wind from Sunday, but I won't fly it as I'm not ready to take 20+knots with it.

Thanks for the spot tips!
Eastbourne Paul
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Fri May 24, 2013 6:03 pm

Mucking about with a C shape on low winds wont even give you a taste of what its like when its hoofing. C shapes (i later found out) are awful in low winds and only 'perform' in the big stuff. If you can, get your lessons in this forecasted wind, then head out to one of the above mentioned spots, find us, and surf!
See you out there
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Fri May 24, 2013 10:31 pm

defever wrote:One question: Is Eastbourne seafront kitesurf-able? When it's windy, windersurfers go out from Wish Tower and Spray, but never seen a kiter. Groyns and buildings / people too close to launch on the seafront?
I've kited a few times on Eastbourne seafront. Around the pier was mega gusty but it was a NE. Another direction could work better where it doesn't have the pier as a shadow but the groins are still a problem even at low, also there is some hidden rocks which are a pain in arse(literally). I've kited at spray a couple of times which were both good sessions. Still the groins are a close. I'd advise not kiting there with little experience or in big winds.

Modern C kites are good for low end as well at top end IMO. I have a quiver of C's and I've not missed out anymore than others that don't. The pro's of a C far out way the cons!
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Sat May 25, 2013 7:38 pm

Thats the beauty of kiting and the variety of kites, everyone loves and swears by the kite they fly! I love my Airush Hybrid, but you wont see many of them in the local spots, as their not that popular round here, another friend of mine flys Hadlows (C shape) and loves them, whereas i cant get on with them and Creed flys his C shapes very well and another friend flys Switchblades, which are i THINK Delta/bow kites and he loves them.
Thats why its good to take your lessons, so you can fly the schools kite and after your lessons, maybe try out a few others too.
creed
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Sat May 25, 2013 8:08 pm

I was told by a reliable source the other day that the varial x is the best boosting kite they have flown.

So Paul can I have ago...... pretty please :mrgreen:
Eastbourne Paul
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Sun May 26, 2013 10:41 am

Mine isnt the X, just the standard Varial, but your welcome to fly that, I like it! Will be with me at Tidemills today :)
defever
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:20 pm

Saw a kite flying on the shore by the fisherman's club just now. Wasn't going anywhere so must've been flying static by the shorebreak.

Naish C-kite with bits of red/white and black struts.


Felt cross-shore, sometimes cross-onshore coming from NE direction this evening. Not enough to go out around Harbour area or Pevensey?

Just taking notes on which wind direction is possible to go out around here...
creed
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:28 pm

Sounds like Charlie on his torch

Did it look similar to the kite that near on decapitated me in my video?
defever
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:45 pm

Unless there's another Naish kite with similar design, YES.

Ooooh sooo close...

Image
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:52 pm

Thats the one :mrgreen:
defever
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:40 am

Just a quick question, where would be the closest kite shop from Eastbourne?

Is there a shop around Newhaven or Pevensey way without getting into Brighton or Camber?
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:24 pm

Not a kite shop, 'Filth' is in Rottingdean, but is a generic surf shop, not sure they do anything kite related.

In short, no, there are no kite shops locally!
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:13 pm

Eastbourne Paul wrote:Not a kite shop, 'Filth' is in Rottingdean, but is a generic surf shop, not sure they do anything kite related.

In short, no, there are no kite shops locally!
Yup I know filf, bit of a local legend shop for Brighton surfers. A guy there used to make a surfboard long time ago (I think in 90s) and I have one passed on from fellow local surfers.

eBay it is then I think. Unless I make my way to Shoreham or Camber.

Thanks again Paul.
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Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:55 pm

So, it's been couple of months since I did the two day course. Since then I've been to Tidemills, Rosetti, Herband all at LT. Went to Hampshire with my friend few times at Hayling and Hillhead. Obviously all these places face SW to SE, working on a W'ly to ENE'ly wind.

But what about on a wind direction from WNW to NNE?

Is north Kent (Whitstable / Herne Bay) the closest WNW-NNE spot?

ENE is doable in Greatstone, isn't it?

Just wondering where to go when the wind comes from N'ly direction... ahem!!
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Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:58 pm

So, it's been couple of months since I did the two day course. Since then I've been to Tidemills, Rosetti, Herband all at LT. Went to Hampshire with my friend few times at Hayling and Hillhead. Obviously all these places face SW to SE, working on a W'ly to ENE'ly wind.

But what about on a wind direction from WNW to NNE?

Is north Kent (Whitstable / Herne Bay) the closest WNW-NNE spot?

ENE is doable in Greatstone, isn't it?

Just wondering where to go when the wind comes from N'ly direction... ahem!!
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