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so this extra wind we have...lets go kite surfing

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Went to learn Kiteboarding last year in Cape Hatteras NC. Frickin' incredible. That video is no joke. The power of the wind is hard to grasp until you experience it. While I was practicing using the kite (before we had the boards on) I was doing what they call "drags" through the water to learn how to handle the kite and power it up/down. I had to test the power of course so I put the kite into a dive and in the power zone and it lifted me out of the water about fifteen feet! There is another video out there of a guy who wasn't paying attention and was lifted in the air over land about 70 feet or something. Came down and broke a leg I think. Awesome sport though. We will be going back again this year. Too fun.

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Went to learn Kiteboarding last year in Cape Hatteras NC. Frickin' incredible. That video is no joke. The power of the wind is hard to grasp until you experience it. While I was practicing using the kite (before we had the boards on) I was doing what they call "drags" through the water to learn how to handle the kite and power it up/down. I had to test the power of course so I put the kite into a dive and in the power zone and it lifted me out of the water about fifteen feet! There is another video out there of a guy who wasn't paying attention and was lifted in the air over land about 70 feet or something. Came down and broke a leg I think. Awesome sport though. We will be going back again this year. Too fun.
is it hard to learn? I always wanted to try it, it looks like a ton of fun.

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Wow! That's a crazy video...it looked like a movie stunt.

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is it hard to learn? I always wanted to try it, it looks like a ton of fun.
Depends how adept you are to stuff like that. I have a good background of doing crazy stuff so it came pretty easy for me. And easy is relative. I was up on the board after about a half hour. He split the board skills and the kite skills up which was helpful. If you wakeboard and snowboard and can go standard and goofy-footed that will help a ton by not having to think about the board skills. The kite is where everybody needs to learn a bit. How to handle it, steer it, and most importantly how to depower it if you F up. That is why we decided to go to Cape Hatteras. You can stand everywhere in the Sound. We boated a mile out off the coast and our instructor told us to jump in and I almost broke my legs not knowing it is only four feet deep. Good thing I didn't dive.

We took this guy's class for the day. http://www.kitehatteras.net/ He was pretty cool. Provided everything. I recommend trying it when you get a chance. Tons of fun.

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2 words for that guy..... LET GO!

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2 words for that guy..... LET GO!
That's why it is somewhat dangerous because you can't. You are in a harness strapped in. You actually have to control the kite and fly it upright so there is less wind in it. If you panic and forget how to control it you just go for a ride until it stops. If you let the grip go it will depower it somewhat but it takes a while in a strong wind. By that time you will be in the air or dragged a few hundred feet.

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Yea I've seen this sport in action on the beach's in SC and CA a couple of times. It looks like a SHIT LOAD OF FUN! But in all honesty I can totally see that there is some serious power to be harnessed cuz I've seen grown ass men 200+lbs get lifted board and all off a wave the better part of 20-25ft in the air! Looks Badass though!
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