Last tuesday we had a pretty good blow here in Seattle.
When I hit the spot after work the 1st thing I witnesses was 2 kiters getting handed a lesson by mother nature.
One guy came in because he was getting lofted at full depower and the other had a pigtail rip off his kite.
Both were riding the same size that I had with me, a 7m.
Plus it didn’t look normal, when there is that much wind you should see smoke, and it was only smoking in isolated patches.
This meant rotors to me.
I walked back to my rig, ready to head home when I came across Steve.
He was suited up and asking another guy if he had an extra bar he could borrow.
I guess a little earlier he had been flying his 08’ 12m Rise and got a bitch slapping that resulted in 2 broken flying lines!
He asked me if I had an extra bar too, and I have to admit I was a little reluctant.
His smallest kite was an 09’ 8m Rise, a very grunty size for this much wind.
I saw him hook up with a 60cm bar and knew the dude was going to go for it… alone, so I caved in.
I offered to let him use my 2010 7m and 40cm bar,
and shoved my helmet camera on his thick skull before he hit the water.
In retrospect I should have tried it, but I wasn’t sure what that wind was gonna do.
Mother nature can get real nasty she she wants to.