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Author Topic: The Beach: The place where magic happens !!!  (Read 3319 times)
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« on: May 08, 2010, 05:48 PM »

I'm an inland kite flier and deal with bumpy, turbulent gusts along with the regular frustrations of learning this wonderful sport.

I had the chance today to visit the beach with my stunt kite for the first time.  What an incredible experience !!!!!!!!

I just started half axels, could barely do them on one side.  After my first hour at the beach I was doing them on both sides with a grin on my face a mile wide Smiley

The rest of the morning just got better.  The light but steady breeze was giving away 540s.  I've done a few at home but these were truly fantastic.  Then on to fades. I've done some at home but just couldn't get the feel for it.  After a few more hours I had a couple that gave and gave until I let them go.

For someone who is learning, the beach is a magical place.  To all those of you who are lucky enough to fly there all the time, well you are truly lucky.  Tomorrow, I trudge grudgingly back to my home, the place where I will still slug it out learning to fly but will always remember that day at the beach Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010, 05:55 PM »

I call beach wind, "hero wind".

Nothing like flying at the beach in smooth air.

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2010, 06:11 PM »

That sounds like a great day. I get to the beach whenever I can for just that reason, even though it is almost 2 hours away...
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2010, 06:25 PM »

I live on the Beach.  Well, within two miles of it.  The wind is not always perfect here.  But today it was.  Hero wind, I like that.  I hope tomorrow is just as good.  Cheers fellow kiteheads.
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2010, 06:45 PM »

This is the main reason I go to the beach...



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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2010, 07:27 PM »

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"hero wind"

HEROwINd = HEROIN = addictive  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2010, 08:13 PM »

count me in also, ezme6  Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2010, 10:47 PM »

count me in also, ezme6  Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2010, 11:11 PM »

big fan of straw hats are you?
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2010, 01:40 AM »

What's also great, in case you didn't notice, is that your practice hasn't been for nothing.  There is a true story about a dutch guy named Kareloh.  He was good a few years ago, and has always been better than me.  He took a two week solo vacation to the islands in the north of the Netherlands maybe two or three years ago.  He did nothing but fly for two weeks on some of the best beaches around, we are talking hours per day.  In that time, he transformed into one of the premiere fliers in Holland.  It's so good for your flying, it would be hard to overestimate it.

Beach wind removes so many variables, and makes things happen so much more consistently.  This allows your brain, hands, and muscles to learn so much faster from mistakes.  Be sure to realize that you've learned a valuable novice lesson:  Flying inland requires you to be constantly aware of subtle changes in wind direction and speed which are minimized if not absent at the beach.  You weren't quite as bad as you thought, you just weren't coping with the wind as well as you'd hoped.  This will also be more obvious the next time you fly in your 'normal' conditions, which is a great thing.  As I am sure you'll notice now, inland wind can even blow or gust from slightly above or below horizontal at times!  Especially as a relative beginner, there is no substitute for perfect wind. 

That being said, you can find nearly as smooth of wind if you search for a field with the same 'infinity' in one or more directions.  I have found a couple flat hill tops in my area that give a similar (but not equal) smooth wind on occasion.

I think RXburner said it best...if you haven't flown your kites at the beach, you haven't flown your kites yet.

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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2010, 04:11 AM »

Well said , obi .   Cool
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2010, 07:32 AM »

I call beach wind, "hero wind".

Nothing like flying at the beach in smooth air.



I call it "mythical wind". I've made several trips to the beach and never encountered anything that even remotely resembled "smooth air". In fact I've never experienced beach wind that was any less gusty (if it was blowing at all) than the wind here 200 miles from the beach.
I've heard lots of talk about it, and even seen videos of people flying in what appeared to be smooth wind. Just never experienced myself.

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2010, 08:04 AM »

I call beach wind, "hero wind".

Nothing like flying at the beach in smooth air.



I call it "mythical wind". I've made several trips to the beach and never encountered anything that even remotely resembled "smooth air". In fact I've never experienced beach wind that was any less gusty (if it was blowing at all) than the wind here 200 miles from the beach.
I've heard lots of talk about it, and even seen videos of people flying in what appeared to be smooth wind. Just never experienced myself.

Denny
When the wind is coming in off of the water, it's magical. Consistent direction and speed. But an off-shore breeze sucks just as bad if not worse than inland breeze. Also, bring a vented kite to the beach, the wind is almost always 5-10mph higher than it is inland. I fly inland once in a while, and it certainly is a challenge to keep up with the changing direction, updrafts, and speed changes, but I think it helps to train you to sense the wind better. When it's consistent, there's one less thing to think about...
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2010, 08:31 AM »

Was it SKB who coined the phrase, "smooth, laboratory grade wind"?

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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2010, 08:35 AM »

   come visit average temp 70 average wind 8 lab grade unless as rob says offshore bummer huh!!                           
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