Haha, that's exactly what I tell surfer cross-overs about the torture of wind-chasing! I saw this most clearly visiting my mother who lives in Puerto Escondido: blown out every day by 10am, surf destroyed everywhere, but it's 7-8kts, not enough to kite even with a 17m ... but just enough to try and fail, over and over. All you can do is try to find a spot where the geography somehow funnels it a little, so even an extra couple kts may be enough to make it work. That's another part of becoming a wind chaser: trust those who came before you. They all drive for hours to the same spot, which seems kooky to a surfer: but that's because the spot has the highest probability of success...lesson learned after years of failing in the spots I thought were doable or better.Yup, it's extremely frustrating. All those times you thought it was blown out when you were a surfer. There wasn't even any wind. That's why you end up at lakes. You need 15MPH steady for it to be good when you're learning. That's practically sand blowing across the beach strong. Then of course if it's to strong it sucks even worse.
Also I'm up in LA. We get a bit more wind than San Diego.
Right tool for the job. I surfed 3 times last summer. I surfed once this winter. If it's overhead and barreling I enjoy surfing more. If it's 4 foot or even head high and meh with 1 take off spot and 8 guys. I'd much rather foil.So true!
Learned this when I started sailing.
Did you quit surfing?
I bought one with the anticipation of protecting my torso when learning. A waste?Impact vest...they always seem too expensive for what they are! I had a dakine surface, provides more float and protection than most. Impact vests are often one of the loss leader sale items at the big kite/foil shops online in their sale events (black friday, etc), so keep watch for deals.
tell me it's one of those gladiator style ones.You're going to fall a lot. So it's worth it. No reason not to wear it. I wear a helmet now, but have never hit my head foiling. *shrugs* I didn't own one for the first 3 years. Only started wearing one last summer.
The erBB has come a loooooong way. I remember spamming the main discussion forum a few years ago with my foil posts with nobody giving 2f's about foiling and the mods made a foil section to get me outa there. Now look at you guys, so cute with these posts, warms my heart.Right tool for the job. I surfed 3 times last summer. I surfed once this winter. If it's overhead and barreling I enjoy surfing more. If it's 4 foot or even head high and meh with 1 take off spot and 8 guys. I'd much rather foil.
Example: I looked at pitas and it was head high to just over head, looked really fun actually. I had a surfboard in my car. There were 10 guys on that take off spot. I instead went down and foiled Mondos and didn't deal with another surfer the whole session. Plus everytime you stand up you ride for minimum 45 seconds. Push that close to 2 minutes if your cardio is good. Surfing is what? 8 seconds per ride?
On the wing in one run, I did 7 minutes on foil, covered over a mile in distance. I'm not even good. When I fell I got right back on the board and was up and on foil again within 30 seconds. No paddling back to a peak, no sitting waiting for your turn on the next wave. The guys that are good are doing 2 hours on foil in a session with 30 miles of ground covered. Unlimited # of waves caught. (On Oahu)