Thursday 10/10

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Thursday 10/10

Postby dmonn » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:27 am

Tomorrow afternoon looks promising for Bradford. If the forecast holds, I'll be at Bradford about 3:30. Stafford, if you head there, bring my booties!

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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby PowerManJ316 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:03 pm

I plan to be at Bradford from 2pm to sunset.
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby dmonn » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:26 pm

Hey BritishBlokeRyan, did you find my 13m Cab Contra on the beach last Saturday? I think I left it either on the beach on near the parking lot. Duh! I can't believe I did that, but can't find it at home and that's the last place I used it.

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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby PowerManJ316 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:09 pm

Yo everybody, I am changing my direction. Forecast went to crap for today. If you look at the past few days with the warm afternoons and cold evenings, the wind drops off fast. It's already a lot lighter than forecast and I would expect another abrupt drop-off this afternoon. And there is rain in the forecast. Shit tons of wind coming later this week/weekend if you can tolerate the cold.

Be real careful if you go out to Bradford today...I am passing based on what I am seeing.
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby dmonn » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:24 pm

I agree with Powerman. I'm going to skip today.

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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby BritishBlokeRyan » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:54 pm

Hey Dmonn

I did not pick up anything up, but there were at least two other riders there when I left (not sure who they were).

I drove by Brradford today on my way to highway and it was pretty light and there wasn't anyone setting up or riding.

I plan to be at Big M on Saturday around lunchtime -- it's going to be cold but looks windy as hell! Who else is joining?
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby dmonn » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:49 am

Thanks Ryan. Hopefully one of the other guys picked it up and can get it back to me. Definitely going to be cold this afternoon. Probably want gloves or mittens plus the full suit. Big M is a relatively safe spot for people, but it can be hard on kites. Be careful.
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby lucasraimondi » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:07 am

Hello, anyone will go to kitesurfing today? What can of suit apply for this day? I believe that my 4/3 will be not enough...
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby PowerManJ316 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:23 pm

4-3 not enough for today. I'm going to big m around 2pm
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby BritishBlokeRyan » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:14 pm

Lads, I was out at Big M this morning (had to ride early as I had family stuff this afternoon). It was 40*F when I got in the water at 10am and I was wearing a 4/3 wetsuit, and was actually quite toasty for an hour. I retired at 11am partly due to not wanting to feel the wrath of the angry pregnant wife but also my finger tips were starting to really go numb. Feet and body was still good for warmth though.

I rode a 9m Naish Pivot (that this guy called "Stafford" just sold me - anyone know him?**) and it was perfect. I had it fully powered cos I'm a big lad but the wind was pretty consistent and not gusty for Big M, a.k.a. the "Clean Thames" as I am now calling it.

Final word: there were LOTS of duck hunters in the lake and in the parking lot today, so be wary of that when setting up (not sure if they will still be there this afternoon). I set my kite up just to right of the dock on that patch of grass/gravel and ran my lines along the bushes to the right until I was ready to go. Everyone seemed cool about it though.

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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby PowerManJ316 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:10 am

Saturday afternoon was fun. Steve and Kiran were there when I arrived on a 9m and 7m kite doing just fine.

Wind was a little more up and down than Ryan describes. I rode my 7m and surfboard and it was just right, a little light in the lulls but perfect when it was blowing. My kids came and sat on the doc and watched which is an awesome experience. Can't remember the last time I rode my 7m in wisconsin, usually that kite only comes out in Hatteras.

A word on the wetsuit. Wetsuits are dramatically different in their construction. Nowadays the thickness alone isn't enough to determine what it can withstand for temps. I know that Ryans is a semi-dry wetsuit and very high end from my days of doing lessons with him. I would not assume that all 4/3 suits can provide this level of warmth. When I was drift launching on Saturday, I would not have wanted to be in the water for more than 15 minutes and I have an old, hooded 6/5 wetsuit.

At the end of the day, if you are unsure if your wetsuit is warm enough, it probably is not. All wetsuits should have a temp range associated with them, so check this out from your manufacturer.
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Re: Thursday 10/10

Postby BritishBlokeRyan » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:25 pm

Well said Jeff (Powerman)! Definitely listen to him everyone, as he has tons more experience than me! :)
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