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Does anyone know if the ice is gone at Sandbanks? I really want to get back on the water!
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Re: Sandbanks


Couple tips for those who are itching for a fix.

Spring melt makes fall water feel like a hot tub. The winds can do strange things as the weather patterns are kind of erratic so don't go unless its a sure thing. You cant swim long in this stuff unless your in a full on drysuit.

The wind doesn't often come down close to the water for the first little while. There is a dome effect caused by the cold air mass just over the water. Worse for windsurfers, but still hard for us. Gotta keep the kite real high to get any power in early spring. You can usually ride, but relaunching can be impossible. Usually stops when the water warms a little in late may early june and the wind settles from the west.

We get a lot of Easterlies in the spring. They usually die by noon as the sun warms things up and the thermal fights the weather. If your going out in an east, hit it early. Again, swimming is not really an option in spring.

Hatteras is cheap, shallow, relatively warm and only 13 hrs away for those that can spare a few days. Check the forecast before going.

My first sessions around here tend to be in Late May.

P.S. we sell Ocean Rodeo drysuits,,, the only suit specifically designed for kiting. They rock. Just ask Stan.









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