Upwind body dragging is not possible..!

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paulie_amoose
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So a buggier on a kitecat got it all wrong and at least he had the balls to share it but there are some interesting views from our land kiting brethren here..

http://www.racekites.com/forum/showthre ... shore-wind
JGTR
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Most kite surfers can't even kiteboard upwind apparently :?
gazxtreme
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At least he admitted his shortfalls of grey matter on the water but so many times I read statements from landies that think the transition to the water is easy just because they are good on their landboards and buggies. Who would consider going out even in an on-shore in around 10mph with occasional gusts? I would have thought it was very basic knowledge that you can't make up-wind progress in light winds. So maybe some may think because a kite cat that floats when not planing then it's ok to go out in an off-shore wind, not really true is it? Even in a water craft that does float it is common sense to always have a second means of propulsion in case the principal engine or in this case kite develops a problem. I do wish people would look into water based activities a bit more before taking them up.
Si-Fly
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Agree not good in off shore :-(

I guess a leash and a paddle, as it was light winds, would have been slightly safer?....can't really see the cat taking his head off! :D

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Bigmac
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That looks like the most boring and pointless kite sport imaginable.
southseasailor
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I dont agree on that, the Kitecat would be ideal for someone thats not as fit as the average kiter; or just wants to sit in comfort and blast around. Def agree that a small outboard would be ideal as a backup, plus a paddle.

I almost bought one of these cats, but apart from them not being built anymore I couldnt quite justify the price. Seemed very expensive and some of the earlier ones had issues with quality, badly laid GRP etc.

Its an interesting concept, take a look through Youtube and you can find some experiments. One featured this 'trike' arrangment where the designer looked like he was heading downwind no matter what he did. The single float at the front just begged capsizes.
JGTR
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Lol you don't need to be fit to kitesurf :lol:
southseasailor
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Agree there, I am living testament to that:) I was aiming more towards those with joint problems, arthritic conditions and such like. I suffer those problems. Mind you kiting helps alleviate a lot of it, 'feel good factor' after a session maybe?

Saw one clip of this amphibian contraption, ie with wheels that provided floatation. Looked to be very slow to the point of sheer boredom
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