Went out with a friend with my new North Vegas 14m earlier today around 5pm after work. Was really excited and also quite annoyed to find that the wind was cross-offshore at the beach when I got there.
Thinking I was a better kite-surfer then I am I thought I'll give it a little blast and just keep to the edge of the sea. Well after about 20 minutes of OK runs up and down constantly edging upwind to keep on the shore, I decided I wanted to push for some speed and before I knew it one thing led to another and I was heading out to sea! What a donut! After relentlessly trying to edge back closer it went from crap to crappier!
With me crashing the kite into the sea! Trying desperately to launch it back I could see myself drifting further and further out! Eventually after using up all my strength and my friend screaming at me that I'm too far out, I had to give in and un-hook the North Vegas 14m and swim back to shore! :(
When I got back me and my friend had to just watch as such an expensive and gorgeous piece of kit floated out of view!
Lesson well and truly learnt. Never ever risk going out in anything remotely offshore windy - it's just not worth the price!
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