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Author Topic: The Beach: The place where magic happens !!!  (Read 3043 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2010, 09:46 AM »

Funny thing about ocean winds, Ive been to Bodega Bay and had a 3 to 4 wind from the South East, some of the best flying I have ever experienced, I've also have had it directly from the West, also pretty good, from the North or North West, not so good choppy and Gusty, not to mention it can get over 15 with gusts over 25. I guess it all depends on time of year and pressure systems. The more time you spend at the beach the better your chance of experiencing that Perfect Wind Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2010, 10:35 AM »

I mostly fly on Kite Hill in Seattle where we have to deal with little to no wind (most often the case), too much wind, shifting speed direction, drop outs, blocking trees, small field, sloped terrain which prevents any reasonable ground wind, black berry bushes near the field, dogs on the loose, kids running under your lines, etc.

In short, I'd say it sucks by most folks flying standards (unless the wind is coming at 8mph from the N or S - then its quite nice even if the window is rather narrow), but I still have a lot of fun and its about the best that this area has to offer that I've found without having to drive all over the place.

When I do get to the ocean and fly in those "lab grade" winds, its incredible - everything is so much easier, but there are no guarantees.  Last year I spent a week at Cannon Beach and there was no wind (<1) the entire week save one decent afternoon or 1 hour at daybreak.  For flying, I would have had more fun THAT week at Kite Hill I am sure.

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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2010, 06:42 PM »

GRRR... I hate you!! Not really, just super jealous Cry
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« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2010, 02:19 AM »

Yep flying at an ocean beach is nice....convenient as well. It`s right across the street from my house.
Dependent on the tides of course as to the size of space I can fly in....but I`ll tell ya the winds aren`t always great by any means. There`s been times when there`s whitecaps on the water 100 yds from where I`m standing and literally ziltch where I am. Or the times when there`s pathetic puffs from all directions, or really really horrible bumpy wind, or when it`s just nuking.
Or this last week....lots of beach....one day it`s about 15 mph....I hate high winds...stay in and work...try tomorrow. Next day hardly a puff...go flying anyway. Can`t go out the next day as I have clients over all day....winds are steady about 6 mph...finish up work but the tide`s in....
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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2010, 05:43 AM »

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Do you have a spare room in your house ?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2010, 06:04 AM »

Sounds like the winds at the reservoir to me, cids. why not put up a tent there ,then you can stay all weekend.   Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2010, 06:27 AM »

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Sounds like the winds at the reservoir to me, cids. why not put up a tent there ,then you can stay all weekend.        

Actually I'm planning to move into your house. Do u have a spare room ? Nice wind, kiteing pal to blow some hot air and Fearless VL...I'm in heaven.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2010, 06:46 AM »

I alos think there is something to be said for the smoothness of the wind lower in the window at the beach ymmv
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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2010, 08:46 AM »

Yup, good ground wind is very helpful. I tend to fly low a lot more at the beach. Seeing the backside of the sail during a really low 540 is cool. A lot of inland spots have a transition zone maybe 6-10' up that can be discombobulating. Almost always lower wind at ground level. Makes all kinda stuff harder than it should be.
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« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2010, 03:44 PM »

discombobulating  .......mmmuuuu... Sad ...... let me think  ...  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes ......   ah yes,  it happens at times where i fly  Wink  Wink  Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2010, 03:59 PM »

Yes, sometimes there is no wind at the ground level(between 0ft. to 6ft.) and the kite suddenly fall down.
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« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2010, 05:56 AM »

I live in Cape May NJ a block from the beach. I try to fly daily but the wind does not always allow me to. With a sweet breeze it is  great and a beautiful place to fly. Not to mention the groupies! The nice thing about being in my area,when the wind is dead i have wildwood 10 min away and sunset beach on the bay side in equal distance. Im still a N00b and learning daily but i do feel blessed having a great place to fly!
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« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2010, 07:38 PM »



I had a chance to fly after work today for the first time since being at the beach.  A bunch of it seems to have stuck with me!!!!  My fades have gotten better.  At one point, as I was in a groove with fades, the kite whispered, "flick flack" and so I did. To my amazement, I managed to pull three before gently landing in pancake on the ground.  My first flick flacks ever!!!  It seems like a little bit of beach magic followed me home Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2010, 04:55 AM »

A little late here but to be certain, there is no 12 step program yet devised to cure me of my addiction to flying kites at the beach. Unfortunately the nearest beach is 5.5 hours away. Sad

My wife and I have an agreement when we go to the beach. The first half of the day is mine to spend flying and the remainder of the day is her's. I have been mostly successful in sticking to that agreement...mostly. Wink
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« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2010, 02:46 AM »

You never really know how good your kite is until you fly it at the beach.
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