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Looking for help and a riding partner


Hey all,
I've been flying my 14m on land far to long, NEED to get on the WATER! I have great kite control, did lessons with Brian a while ago, lots of practice doing all I can on land, I'm just a little hesitant to get out onto the lake. None of my friends are into this sport, so I don't have anyone to go with to help if I get into trouble. Also, the shore line is pretty rough and treed around here. I live in Amherstview, and have been flying a lot at the park on the water across from the plant being torn down off Bath Rd. I was so close to getting out today, but there's always to much of an on shore wind, making it hard to get out alone. A bit intimated to go to the PUC dock with my lack of in water experience. ANY riders in my shoes looking for a partner to kite with?
Or is there anyone who wouldn't mind giving me a hand getting out onto the water. I'M SO CLOSE!
My name is Rob...text or call me at 613-888-9722 anytime!

Thanks guys! Hope to see you on the water SOON!
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Re: Looking for help and a riding partner


hey Rob
my advice (for what it's worth) is to bite the bullet and get down to PUC and get in the water. If you have good kite control, you should be ok.

1. Introduce yourself, talk to the guys down there on a windy day and map out your exit strategy, and have a fall back plan if you don't end up where you hope to.

2. learn to self land the kite safely, or be sure your in-water self rescue is pretty polished. Maybe practice it on a light wind day. Keep your kite off the rocks.

The PUC breakwall is definitely unfriendly to beginners, but if you want to learn in Kingston, you can't avoid it forever.

good luck !
mike
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Ditto what Mike said - especially having your water self rescue down pat and coming down and talking with the regulars. The PUC is super sketch for a number of reasons.

It is a bit of a drive but Sandbanks is a great option for learning. You gotta go to the northern beach (aka Richardson/Sandbanks beach) not the main Outlet beach which is off limits to kiters in the summer.

Once you get there, head down to the north past the 'No nudity' sign and get setup. Body drag or walk with your board out past the mushy break and plan to ride roughly downwind or parallel to the beach if you are still learning to go upwind. Walk your way back up the beach and repeat. You'll be riding upwind in no time...

Avoid the regular beach goers and you'll be good to go.
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Hey, I am in the same situation and because of that have not been riding for a little while. Have been told have great kite control and have been up and riding in Dominican rep last year. I am also a little intimidated by going on my own to the PUC but if there are two of us it wouldn't be so bad. The only limitation is my time, i work full time so it leaves me weekends ony. For the next 2 I am busy getting my daughter of to university but after that I would be available. Also, I have a wet suit so if the water temp is a little cool it's okay. I you are interested let me know. You can text me at 613-449-0577 or email. Kasia
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I think I'm going to take the plunge and head over to Big Sandy Bay on Saturday and learn how to ride a race board. All sand and no gnarly rocks, pipes, shells other kiters or people to worry about bumping into. Hope some others will come out too!
Rob (the westport one)
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