Separated from my board...WHY?

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Fri May 10, 2013 8:58 pm

Hey guys,

Tonight I lost my board. I have come off a couple of times, and somehow managed to get back it it. However tonight, I struggled. I hit a wave, came off but kept the kite in the air. I looked back over my shoulder and there was my board. Great I thought and then put the kite at 12 and started to tread water. I was hoping teh board would drift to me, but it didn't. With each wave it seemed to get further and further away. I de powered the kite, to stop me being blown further downwind. I also tried to do a little body drag putting my arm out to get back up wind. It didn't work.

What I would really like to know is: What I did wrong? I just want to avoid doing it again and learn from my mistake. Why do i always seem to struggle to get back to my board?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Fri May 10, 2013 9:00 pm

Tide often gets overlooked. It was probably in a current. Pisser.
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Fri May 10, 2013 10:53 pm

My local has a 5-7 knot current when its really racing and boards go missing all the time. Sorry to hear that.
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Sat May 11, 2013 1:24 am

Wat Tone said and more .. its quite often in our area you will have 10 mph + currents , plus add gusty wind and chop running in the same direction : ie against the tide.
There is no-way given these conditions you will be able to bodydrag to your board .. to get to your board in these conditions your only choice is to reach land and drag back out to your board .. or hopefully a fellow kiter will see your problem and retrieve your board for you
Also always put your contact details on your board , i had a board returned 1 week and 50 miles away
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Sat May 11, 2013 10:00 am

To give yourself best chance of getting it back you want to get upwind body dragging asap with all your might if you part company with your board. Sitting with the kite at 12, I think you'll drift downwind too much. YMMV but bodydragging is your best hope, and generally seems to work pretty well. There is an ongoing thread about the technique ... 25&t=40449

Commiserations though. I've lost a board before as well, though my problem was more to do with relaunching the kite.
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