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loopless



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swchandler wrote:
"The last time I sailed there I was really given a hard time in the lineup by the kiters."


What does that really mean? Were they controlling the lineup never giving you a chance to snag a set wave, or was it something worse?

No doubt, kiters have far more mobility going in and out thru the lineup, especially at Jalama when the wind is filled in. Yet, I think we all can hope for some balance and sharing in the competition to get the best waves.

Bottomline though, we have to remember when it comes to waves, locals tend to rule in the pecking order, and that's irrespective of the different sports.


Basically they prevented me from getting waves by , as you say, controlling the lineup - sailing just upwind, then calling priority. The worst offenders were the grey-beards.

Localism is the worst aspect of surfing, typically it's caused by a bunch of loser has-beens - it's a pity it translates into wave-sailing sports. I assume "local" at Jalama means 'drove less than 2 hours'?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

come up and sail Tuba this spring... no locals... at least none on the water surface
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swchandler wrote:
"The last time I sailed there I was really given a hard time in the lineup by the kiters."


What does that really mean? Were they controlling the lineup never giving you a chance to snag a set wave, or was it something worse?

No doubt, kiters have far more mobility going in and out thru the lineup, especially at Jalama when the wind is filled in. Yet, I think we all can hope for some balance and sharing in the competition to get the best waves.

Bottomline though, we have to remember when it comes to waves, locals tend to rule in the pecking order, and that's irrespective of the different sports.


Most of the guys on kites are a great guys but a handful abuse the privilege of having more maneuverability
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming from a dedicated surf scene since the early 60s, I know that surfing at premier spots demands a bit of attitude matched with the ability to style. Being a local helps establish yourself with others in the line-up. It's pretty simple really.

I have to say that when I discovered windsurfing in the mid-80s, I was moving beyond the waves. It was great to move around and be free. That's what really sold me on windsurfing, and that kind of stoke continues for me today.

Yet, everyone I know from windsurfing eventually strives to be a wave sailor, and that puts you in the arena competing for the best waves. Adding in kiters in the mix only makes things even more difficult. No question though, you have to be very aggressive and capable, especially at the premier spots. That can be a tall order for many.
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