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PostSubject: Rip Currents   Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:58 pm

Great short vid showing how strong they can be

https://vimeo.com/91412130
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PostSubject: Re: Rip Currents   Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:05 am

Barbados has a strong current about 5-600m out. Sometimes much closer, or further out depending where you are on the island

The rip at the main kite spot was over a reef where the waves were. It was a PITA, as soon as you got in it, you lost a good 3 or 5kts.
Get it wrong with a kite down and you could be in a real world of shit.
There were three beaches along the coast for you (need) to make it to. If you didn't make the third one (4 miles), the next stop was Venezuela

Carrie had an experience with this, but thankfully another kiter saw her dilemma when she couldn't relaunch and was getting dragged off along the reef.
She was on my 9 as it had dropped off for me. I had the 12 there on the beach, but not pumped up, but no bar & lines as they were on the 9. I had her 8m ready to go tho'  Rolling Eyes 

Thankfully there were two kiters out there helping her out getting to the 'rescue' beach. One of those had a similar issue the day before, where she brought his board back in, he was mainly worried about his board "Save my board!" another guy(the other one who helped C) gave him his board for floatation.
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PostSubject: Re: Rip Currents   Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:18 am

Yup, can be nasty things. You heard about the two women being taken out by a wave in Tenerife the other day...I'm guessing the current were also to blame.

Ogmore can be a nightmare if you drop the kite in the river mouth in light winds the kite goes upwind of you, not ideal for a relaunch.

On the other hand they can be used to your advantage (obviously reasons for surfing using the rips to get out through heavy surf) where Andy9lives and I kitesurf in the surf the rip can be approx. 8knots plus so you have to time this right and with the correct size to match.

Wind with current = bigger kite
Wind against current = smaller kite........ this is what we try to do!

Obviously kiting at regular beaches around here we don't really get to see it much, maybe just a slight drop in the power of the kite.
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PostSubject: Re: Rip Currents   Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:39 am

interesting stuff, sonnyrider what was Barbados like looking for somewhere to go for honeymoon in October half term and want to kite but the ball and chain doesn't
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PostSubject: Re: Rip Currents   Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:36 pm

This post made me think i needed to know a bit more, so i went looking and these seemed most informative.




This one from 4.20 mins onwards:
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