Saturday, November 02, 2013

Strong Wind

Friday's wind started early and strong. I got wacked. It wasn't nuking but it was blowing a good 25 knots. I wanted to see what damage I could do with my new 12M kite. I was definitely overpowered but I've learned to cope with that.

It was only my fourth jump and I still hadn't dialed in my launch but as soon as I went up, I was flying. While in the air I was moving the kite around, trying to get some control over my flight but this kite turns differently - it pivots quickly and without power. When I was expecting to power up I was instead plummeting to the sea. As I got close to the landing and looked down I realized how fast I was flying. I wasn't ready for a high speed landing - it wasn't expected and no time to adjust. I crashed HARD. My impact vest and helmet did their job, although my glasses shattered and cut my face a little. I was done jumping for the day. Still, I'm looking forward to doing it again.

Adrenalin junkie.

Nice day for windsurfing as well!

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