Southdorset Kitesurfing Club

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pete.southdorset
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:13 am

All members of South Dorset Kitesurfing Club,

Firstly, apologies for the slow progress or limited information on the club, as to be fair nothing has actually happened recently.

However, the club isn't dead but needs resurrecting with new blood for 2009, so I'm looking for volunteers and/or even confirmation of other local clubs who would be interested joining forces. If interested please respond, there is funds available for the club which we can utilise for some form of re-launch/etc.

Pete
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rakeem15
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:47 pm

Pete,

You might want to check out bournemouth boarding...I think there may well be some overlap in jurisdiction here.

http://www.bournemouthboarding.co.uk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Cheers, Mike
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Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:09 pm

rakeem15 wrote:Pete,

You might want to check out bournemouth boarding...I think there may well be some overlap in jurisdiction here.

http://www.bournemouthboarding.co.uk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Cheers, Mike
that's what happens when people start things without checking what was already there. SDKS was the original, and for all the beaches in the area.
pete.southdorset
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Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:15 am

I'm going to contact Bournemouth Boarding to see if they want to combine the clubs, and they have a far better website than we ever had and makes logical sense.
leebou
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Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:05 am

Any news on this club?

I'm new to kitesurfing around the Bournemouth area so any opportunity to meet up with others would be great :-D
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bovaboy
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Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:36 pm

Hi leebou, I'd get on the afformentioned Bournemouth boarding website, as the south dorset cllub doesn't seem to do much (They can correct me if I'm wrong), if not come to the beach and say hello, quite a friendly bunch on the seafront.
alexd

Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:35 am

bovaboy wrote:if not come to the beach and say hello, quite a friendly bunch on the seafront.

What is the beach front like from a beginner point of view? I have been in Poole harbour but don't particularly like the launch or the congestion. I was wondering about the area between Sandbanks to Alum chine. I am just about staying up wind stage although there are 3 of us looking at this as a possible area although we live miles away.

Cheers

Alex
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:16 am

alexd wrote:
bovaboy wrote:if not come to the beach and say hello, quite a friendly bunch on the seafront.

What is the beach front like from a beginner point of view? I have been in Poole harbour but don't particularly like the launch or the congestion. I was wondering about the area between Sandbanks to Alum chine. I am just about staying up wind stage although there are 3 of us looking at this as a possible area although we live miles away.

Cheers

Alex
From a beginner point of view it is unsuitable. There are lots of groynes, swin zones a very small beach area to launch backed by a concrete promenade and cliffs that have large wind shadows in areas. The beach is also very popular with members of the public especially at the weekends.
The water gets deep quickly so if you are in any doubt re your abilities to ride and stay upwind for the whole of the session then i would suggest you continue to practise in the harbour.
Also the seafront can have challenging conditions, waves currents and frequently i have seen riders who believe themselves to be competant riders spend their whole session trying to body drag back to their board right through the area that kiters and wind surfers alike are using for wave riding.

TMW
alexd

Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:36 am

Cheers

I recon that answered that question pretty conclusively. Back to the norm then.
saimontva
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:09 pm

Just do it mate (Nike)

Seriously, if you can stay upwind, and you have a couple of mates looking out for you, it should be fine as long as it's not bang onshore (or offshore obviously)

think of it this way, if there was no toilet (harbour), or it was banned to kite there, were would you go?


Plus, after the second or third sesh out you will love It :) I did...


have fun bruv.....
Too Much Wind
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Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:31 am

saimontva wrote:Just do it mate (Nike)

Seriously, if you can stay upwind, and you have a couple of mates looking out for you, it should be fine as long as it's not bang onshore (or offshore obviously)

think of it this way, if there was no toilet (harbour), or it was banned to kite there, were would you go?


Plus, after the second or third sesh out you will love It :) I did...


have fun bruv.....
So where would you go if kiting got banned in the harbour when the 100's of learners who kite in the harbour come out onto the seafront? It would be horrendous if all the people learning or who could just about stay upwind came out onto the seafront and very quickly it would get banned and people would get injured.
Kiting off the seafront is not just about being able to just stay upwind, you need to be aware of so many other things as well. To recomend to someone to just do it without more knowledge of their kitesurfing ability other than they can just about stay upwind i think is poor advice. Do you for example know if this guy is a good swimmer? Do you know if he's practised a deep water pack down and self rescue, etc etc all important aspects to kitesurfing off the seafront in deep water.
If somebody needs to ask the question is it ok for me to kite here then the chances are thats its not. Things like bans and local restrictions excluded.

TMW
saimontva
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Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:49 am

So, let's say we were to kite at somewere with no harbour, for example, ermmmm Blackpool....


What would this guy do?

Drive the 5 hours down to Poole to "practice"

Get real mate, if he can stay upwind, has got someone looking out for him, he is cofident in his swiming abilities etc, dont send him back to that f*cking toilet that the harbour is...

alexd, if you are a confident swimmer and can stay upwind, have a go, let your mate keep an eye on you and dont pay attention to the "harbour lovers"


TMW, cheers for the lecture



:lol:
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Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:28 am

saimontva wrote:So, let's say we were to kite at somewere with no harbour, for example, ermmmm Blackpool....


What would this guy do?

Drive the 5 hours down to Poole to "practice"

Get real mate, if he can stay upwind, has got someone looking out for him, he is cofident in his swiming abilities etc, dont send him back to that f*cking toilet that the harbour is...

alexd, if you are a confident swimmer and can stay upwind, have a go, let your mate keep an eye on you and dont pay attention to the "harbour lovers"


TMW, cheers for the lecture



:lol:
I'm sure there is a spot somewhere near to blackpool which is a good area for people to practise so they won't need to drive 5 hours down to poole.
No problem re the lecture i'm quite happy to give one when i think someone is giving out unsound advice based on only a couple of facts.
Alex how about adding in some more re your experience rather than letting saimontva jump to more conclusions about your skill levels and then perhaps we can give you some informed better advice?

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nickgrant
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Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:33 am

If you're not in control enough to get out and return to the beach, avoiding the groynes (which are spaced nearly 200m apart) then you're certainly not in control enough to be flying a kite a similar distance upwind of a busy road.

The seafront has plenty of space for a large number of kiters, and plenty of 'run-off' space... 7 miles of it, if you start from Sandbanks in a southwesterly!

Most people learnt on beaches, not in a shallow harbour ringed by a road. Most of those beaches would have had some obstructions to steer clear of (groynes, rocks, buildings etc.) but I would wager that most of them would have come out as safer than PH on a risk assessment.

Avoid the beaches in July and August (when TMW initially replied) but it's plenty quiet in October through to April.

One final note... Southbourne/Hengistbury has a nasty shore dump, so steer clear of there if there's any waves.
saimontva
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Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:05 am

No problem re the lecture i'm quite happy to give one when i think someone is giving out unsound advice based on only a couple of facts.
Sorry, couldn't find the sarcasm emoticone...
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