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Hey I saw some people out on the water today. I've been looking for a chance to try and get up on my board but unfortunately, I had other stuff to take care of today.

How was the session?


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Hey Nate, The winds have been nice and consistent the last few days which is a big change so far this season. That being said It has consistently looked like more wind than there actually is! Have been on big kites so far even though it looks pretty windy. Not sure if you have ridden kingston, but I'm guessing from your post your just getting onto the board. I don't wanna be a total buzz kill, but the PUC is absolutely an advanced launch. There is no room for learning the sport at Kingston's waterfront. Many experienced riders from out of town will not even launch here. For us that live here, its all we have and we guard it as such. Learning to get up on a board is best done were there is shallow water and a long easy exit. The PUC is deep water, with a light current, and no friendly exit points, lots of rock and rusty metal on the shoreline and even then the tree line is right up to the water backed by power lines and a busy road. Not an ideal launch regardless of skill. Getting dragged up that shore line could be ugly. If you let the last beach slip bye your in serious trouble and looking at coming in the middle of a downtown marina or risk drifting across the fairy channel and all its associated boat traffic. If your a seasoned rider and have no issues staying upwind, have at er. If you're a newb you have to face reality and save the PUC for once you can consistently accomplish more than the basics and have water relaunch skills you can count on. Remember that its not only your safety thats at stake. Anyone who tries learning in Kingston not only puts themselves at risk, but also puts all of our access at risk. One major incident and you can bet we stand to lose our launch.

Peace and learn safely.

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Hey Brent thanks for the heads up. What about Sandbanks, is it suitable for learning over there?

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Hey Nate, sorry to be the heavy, but thems the facts. Sandbanks is a much better option for the early stages. There are rules for kiting there now that mean we can only kite on Sandbanks beach, not the more popular Outlet beach. Looking at a map, Sandbanks beach is directly across the dune from West Lake where Outlet beach is further south and directly across the dunes from East lake.

Outlet is shallower and generally a little better but is only open to us in the late fall and early spring when there is no chance or swimmers.

Once you walk onto Sandbanks beach, you need to set up your stuff north of the big brown no nudity sign and try not to ride south of that if there are people in the water. In general the winds are on shore there so your going to be going along the beach and there is usually a sweep current running north to south so you will be slowly heading south in the white wash. This means its worth your while when learning to trek pretty far up the beach and set up and start way up there. There are far fewer people and you give yourself some room to actually learn. The farther you walk the more your gonna give yourself room to keep working on things before you end up at the populated part and have to get out and walk back up. You can probably do the walk back up with the kite in the air, but keep it over the water, not the trees. The wind can drop out on you near the trees and they love eating kites. Happens every year. If I have a long walk there I often take the kite down as its just less work on the walk. Good luck and have fun.

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