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SW WINDS ALCUDIA BEACH

VEREIN/KITE CLUB APRENDE A NAVEGAR

 

December 12th 2014, wind forecast predicted SSW/SW. That means two things, wether you go to Can Pastilla/Arenal/Sa Rapita or you chose Playa de Alcudia.

Some people is arriving to a beach under half cloudy skies with a temperature of 15 Celsius and a thermic sensation of 10-12 at most. The wind is rather gusty, passing from 8-12 kts, every time it turns SW to, 12-18 kts when it re turns to SSW.

And … that it’s the question: To be or not to be? Are you a kiter? a real kiter, I mean? someone that don’t get stopped by the -not so warm weather- and who is also positive enough, well … a mixture of inocency and positiveness at 50 per cent, to dare to rig your kite and go forward?

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I must admity that I was carrying only my Flysurfer Speed 3 12 mts and two boards, 137×43 and 160×44, meaning with it that I was “only” willing to go to the water if the wind conditions were really worth of it, that means = 0 desire to make experiments.

The most optimistic -desperate- guys on the beach, start rigging their 12 mts and hit the water.  Due to the wind gaps after a while, their are barely keeping their tracks and start to get downwinded.

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More people is arriving but even though what is happening, -at least for me, it is evident- the general atmosphere invites the newcomers to start rigging their 12 mts, one of them had a 14 mts and another kite fellow a 16 mts.

As, I am the only person which is around, hands on my jacket pocket’s.  I help everybody to launch their kites.  More people keeps arriving.

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Suddenly, the guy with the 16 mts returns to shore and ask me to catch his kite. I am overpowered man!, I am rigging my twelve! Now has arrived the moment of the truth, rig or do not? Do I trust the wind conditions?

Actually, the last 10 minutes the wind has turn SSW and there are 20 kts, a bit gusty but still, minimum 20 kts. This is when, helping launch this guy and that one, this one, and the last one … I realize that … I don’t trust the wind.

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Ten minutes after, everybody is downwinded. The walk of shame starts and except a couple of them, the lightes ones and the one riding his 14 mts kite, who barely are able to return to their starting point, the rest of them have had to walk back 50 to 100 mts … or more, until the launching area, to get in the water again and reiniciate their kite rides.

Fifteen minutes after, the most of the fleet has given up and are landing their kites. Half hour later, just a couple of them are still trying it, the rest of them have, or disappeared from the scene or are just back from their vehicles, in warm clothes, packing all the stuff which they left on the beach.

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Sad conclusion of this day:  SW is not a suitable wind direction in La Charca – the beggining of Alcudia beach- and if you still really want to give it a try, your best chances are: rigging the kite, stay on the beach and be ready for a couple of rides when the wind picks up.

As soon as you see that wind is decreasing, that means, it has turn away from SSW and has switched to SW, return to the beach and land your kite. The best South wind directions in Alcudia beach are SE, S and SSW. The rest? … a russian roulette.

After 6 hours kite lessons

KITESURFEN SCHULE AUF MALLORCA

 

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One of our kite students at the end of his 6th hour of practices

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after a successful waterstar he rides towards the left

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now he comes back, his brother watch from the shore

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riding again towards the left with a kite board Flysurfer 170×50

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the kite, a Flysurfer Pulse 2 of 14 sq meters the job it is done, now it is time to keep practicing by yourself

Congratulations! . . .

EDMKPOLLENSA KITE CLUB MALLORCA

EDMKPOLLENSA KITE CLUB

 

This are some pics of some of our new kite club members, Jaime, Josep and Miguel.

In Pollensa bay, near Pollentia Club Resort hotel we have our practices. This is an area mostly free from other kiters and practicioners

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Our 3 new associates they didn’t know each other, they had no previous kitesurfing practice neither their own equipment

Now, after some weeks of practice, learning and supervision by our kite club Asociacion Aprende a Navegar, all 3 are kitesurfing fluently and they have purchased their own kite equipment

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All started by joining Mallorca non profit KITE CLUB ASOCIACION APRENDE A NAVEGAR, which on its membership fee includes 3 freeof charge hours of technique and monitorized practice with the kites of the club in the water, until achieved the necessary level to be left alone practicing but always under our tuition and supervision

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Two of the guys, Miguel and Josep, chosed Flysurfer Speed 4 19 mts kites and Jaime, which is a lighter guy, manage with a smaller kite size, a Naish Cult 12 mts, anyhow, their progress it is made evident through this small report.

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We are looking forward to see you all keep practicing with us. If you are interested also, just send us and email to

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FLYSURFER Speed 4 deluxe

 

FLYSURFER Speed 4 deluxe

 

The next foto report shows the Flysurfer Speed 4 model deluxe on its 8 mts size

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an empty South East Asian beach and 14 to 16 knots side onshore wind

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in fact, there’s a bit too light wind, as this kite starts to excell from 20 kts and up to 38 kts

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for this 16 kts speed it would be, evidently,  more suitable size the Speed 4 12 mts.

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but the idea was just to check which is the low end of the 8 mts size, and once checked that, it was time to pack things back and considered ourselves satisfied with the results.

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Mallorca kite course first waterstarts

 

Mallorca kite course first waterstarts

With the inevitable succession of successes, failures and new successes, during the progression  in our kitesurfing course, we are approaching us to the ultimate goal, get up and stand on the kite board for the first time.

That feeling and the first meters riding it is something that hardly is going to be forgotten in our lives. These photos are of Marcel, a German guy which, in his third day of kite lessons, got up in the kite board.

The following pictures show the success and failures along that process, just watch at his potos, put yourself on his place and try to imagine what is happening.

To those who already overcomed waterstart process, it will bring them memories.    How were these moments and how far they seem now when you are already kitesurfing.

And for those who have not yet tried kitesurfing, it should help them to understand that they should stop hesitating about and they should start learning as quickly as possible. It is a very nice feeling when you see that you are glidding over the water, letting the shore behind and finally you are kitesurfing.

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First board positioning and waterstart

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First time board starting and start riding

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the thrill of the first meters boardriding

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Now you are kitesurfing far away, will you be able to come back?

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you are finally riding towards both directions.

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 Mallorca kite course first waterstarts