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Jonny
3rd June 2012, 01:24 PM
When most of your old windsurfing buddies is leaving windsurfing and go to kiteboarding , it is tough.
Any advice how to cope with it mentally ?

mcross19
3rd June 2012, 02:26 PM
Get a kite too?

sergio_kj
3rd June 2012, 03:15 PM
Hate to tell you, but your buddies never were true windsurfers. Majority of people have a 'herd' mentality, windsurfing was popular/new and cool 20 years ago, so that's what they did, kitesurfing is flashier, easier and less physically demanding and 'new' kid on the block, so they moved on to that, tomorrow will be something else. Windsurfing in it core is a very special, magic thing ... but not for everyone.

BelSkorpio
3rd June 2012, 08:42 PM
Many of my old windsurf friends also went kiting.
Some of them are still doing both.
My advice is, give it a go yourself and then decide wether you like it or not.
I've tried it. From the very first moment, I knew it was nothing for me.
No regrets. No hard feelings towards kiting nor to the friends who are kiting.
We just don't sail together anymore. That's all.
In the mean time a lot of new friends who like windsurfing !

It's like sergio said, you have to do what you like to do and not what others push you into.
Soon enough you'll know if you are a true windsurfer.

kvda
5th June 2012, 07:16 AM
pray for them, so the might see the light again!

Unregistered
6th June 2012, 12:11 PM
Many of my old windsurf friends also went kiting.
Some of them are still doing both.
My advice is, give it a go yourself and then decide wether you like it or not.
I've tried it. From the very first moment, I knew it was nothing for me.
No regrets. No hard feelings towards kiting nor to the friends who are kiting.
We just don't sail together anymore. That's all.
In the mean time a lot of new friends who like windsurfing !

It's like sergio said, you have to do what you like to do and not what others push you into.
Soon enough you'll know if you are a true windsurfer.

i agree did the same, just no the same feel , it was like wakeboarding,

shredulato

davide
6th June 2012, 06:37 PM
Any advice how to cope with it mentally ?
Relax and wish them good luck. Just in California, in the last 3 months, there have been 2 deaths and a scary number of VERY close calls.

Like windsurfing did, Kiting will have a huge popularity upswing until people experience on their skin the main problems associated with the sport. For windsurfing it was mostly the difficulty of the sport, maybe the expense. For kiting it will be space, that is already prompting beach closures, and very real danger.

Personally, I'd never put a kid on a Kite, injuries are very common, and, at least in the Bay Area, the coast Guard picks up Kiters daily, with occasional rather massive rescues (a month ago 8 kiters floating out of the Golden Gate Bridge).

Windsurfing is doing fine. There is a large number of new sailors, thank you freestyle, and there are actually a good number of people coming back to windsurfing.

carlosgp5
8th June 2012, 05:44 PM
if they really are your friends, ge out there with a knife attached to the top of your mast, and shop their lines pretty far off shore!!
that will be a good laugh!!!
And they are gonna need your rescue, and will realize how shitty is to depend on a kite...
auhauha

Jonny
9th June 2012, 01:46 PM
What I am doing is to encourage and train more youngster from ex -raceboard team to shortboarding
as they retire from the team .
Thanks !

BelSkorpio
10th June 2012, 09:27 AM
We had a fantastic two days on friday and saturday.
23 - 33 knots. B&J conditions with 4.7 sail.

A man of 35 together with his girl friend were practising with their kite on the beach.
Suddenly a gust launches the man 4 meters in the air. He falls down with his head in the sand. Very sad. Condoleances to the family.

Farlo
11th June 2012, 04:11 PM
Hi Belskorpio, this is a sad story for sure but it will not stop people from trying new things like kite.

Conditions have been tremendously good the past three months (I'd rather not sell my ST104). There were people windsurfing several days a week on my spot and indeed a few newcomers. There are no kites there because of trees and deep water in the launch area. In such places you can expect windsurf to resist for another decade at least.

A few weeks ago I went to Brittany on a large bay famous for water sports. We had a day with good 25+ knots onshore wind. There were probably more than 300 kites (you could hardly see the sky) and maybe 30 windsurfers. I don't remember having seen so many sailors at this place. Kite seems to attract other people, including girls, who maybe would not have started or kept windsurfing. The vast majority of them was able to cope with that wind easily, anyhow there was no particular incident reported that day.

Though is was a harsh time for learning, my second son made his first steps on a windsurf. Hopefully he will get addicted and that would make me happy. Should he move to kite later, then I would be anxious.

BelSkorpio
11th June 2012, 09:35 PM
Hey Farlo,

Nothing against the kiters ! I would say, the more kiters the better. They have their own spot with us.

Our windsurf waters are already crowded enough. Every year more and more.

Farlo
12th June 2012, 07:43 AM
Well, I'd been told that relations were tight sometime between kiters and windsurfers, but I didn't noticed it on this beach. Many of the kiters have been windsurfing there in the past so they understand how we sail. Anyway they tend to stay in shallow water so you need only a few tacks to get rid of the fleet.

And to be fair there were always a few crazy bastards who go straight or jump without taking care of others, whether on a windsurf or a kite. Hopefully they will move to scrabble with age.