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happycamper

Since 11 Jul 2012
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PostTue Apr 09, 19 9:01 am    cold water kiting thoughts? Reply with quote

Thinking of kiting soon, maybe today, looking at my kiting gear, surf wetsuit 5/4 w/hood, maybe 1 or 2 yrs old, 5m booties, 2m gloves. Have a promotion windshirt to wear over suit, but if I had to swim it'd be a sea anchor. Any other thoughts out there on staying warm, ha, by a plane ticket to Maui.
Useful article http://www.mackiteboarding.com/cold-water-kiteboarding.htm

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ldhr

Since 21 Jul 2009
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PostTue Apr 09, 19 9:13 am     Reply with quote

Your gear should be fine. The river temp is up to 47!

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?14105700

Stay close to the launch and keep an eye out for each other.

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wannabekiter

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PostTue Apr 09, 19 3:08 pm    Beer Reply with quote

Hey happy, I will follow you around on my waverunner. Bring beer for payment. Very Happy

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blancoh2o

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PostTue Apr 09, 19 7:44 pm     Reply with quote

I was wearing my drysuit today and wished I wore a lot less layers underneath it. You should be fine in the 5/4 with Promotion top over it.
Take a hydro flask of warm water and pour it inside your booties and gloves before putting them on and you will be super warm. Also, you can wear a fleece beanie under your wetsuit hood for a little more warmth if you feel you need to.

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happycamper

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PostTue Apr 09, 19 8:04 pm    cold water ideas Reply with quote

Thanks for the hot water idea. Hope you scored some swell with your wind.

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Matt V

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PostWed Apr 10, 19 5:45 am     Reply with quote

Hot water (careful it is not too hot) poured inside of a wetsuit works for keeping you warm at the beginning of a session, even with an older wetsuit. By wetting the interior with warm water, you stop that from happening with cold water.

But if you are using that trick, just remember to stay only a short swim away from where you can walk in the shallows or along the shore. And that means ditching the kite if you have problems that would take you further out, just so you do not make that short swim into a long one.

And honestly, I use new suits below 50°F water temps, and older ones above that. 50°F is also my threshold for wearing gloves.

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wannabekiter

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PostWed Apr 10, 19 6:30 am    Cold water Reply with quote

I agree with Mat v. Avoid the swim. I would not go kiting this time of year without a water craft or boat escort. Seriously HC I could follow you around this weekend.

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happycamper

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PostWed Apr 10, 19 7:38 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, I'm waiting for warmer air, I think 😄

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Gman

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PostWed Apr 10, 19 9:54 am     Reply with quote

its April go!

forget the hotwater - pump up your kite at the event site - leave it and go for a 5 minute
active swim - come back and you will be ready to kite

extra credit if you rock a speedo - one of my better insulated friends last 17 minutes in 37 degree Willamette Shocked

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Singlemalt

Since 21 Jun 2015
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PostWed Apr 10, 19 12:20 pm     Reply with quote

The river is rising fast. It’s up almost four feet this week, the sand bars is covered. Look for fast current. Like, can’t body drag fast enough to catch up to your board fast.

Stick with the crowd if there is any, don’t be that guy way upwind and down river chasing a board. And consider taking the beater board you don’t mind losing. Ask me how I know this...

Write your name on your boards!

Stay safe. Better to be too warm. I’ll go with the dry suit and lots of layers underneath. A cap, booties, and gloves.

https://m.waterdata.usgs.gov/

I was out by myself at Stevenson last week. It went fine, but in retrospect, it was a bit sketch. A breakdown could have turned ugly. I’m going to try to stick with the crowd. At least till it warms up.

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Wally Gator

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PostWed Apr 10, 19 3:22 pm     Reply with quote

In beginning of the season I always put a shorty wetsuit on and then my 4 5 wetsuit over it and I never get cold.

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Loneski

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PostWed Apr 10, 19 9:37 pm    People in Bend don’t mind the cold water Reply with quote

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Sasquatch

Since 09 Mar 2005
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PostThu Apr 11, 19 8:00 am     Reply with quote

Wally Gator wrote:
In beginning of the season I always put a shorty wetsuit on and then my 4 5 wetsuit over it and I never get cold.


Definitely a workaround and it does work. I used to do that, but I found it took a bit longer to dress and get rigged up (bigger deal when others are part of your posse; like on downwinders). I also remember it was more constricting with regards to movement, comfort, and feel. Lastly, I found that doing this stretched out the seams of my full wetsuit, rendering it less thermally warm and as less water tight, , , less functional wetsuit.

Now I just use one thicker suit.

But it is spring and folks are jones'in for some water and air time, so they will endure colder conditions and get creative in order to get a session under the belt. or in this context, harness.

Use common sense when riding this time of year; dress for the swim not the ride/air temps. Keep an eye out/on all others too.

Be safe out there and good winds to all!!! Very Happy

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moondog

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PostThu Apr 11, 19 8:12 am     Reply with quote

Along with the cold issues another more dangerous issue is flotsam. With high river levels there will be many ankle breakers floating by, especially for foilers!
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