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Old 05-14-2011   #1
Ashland and Lake Almanor, state of jefferson
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rigging kitesurfing kite to raft

just like waterworld, so i have a bunch of big kite's from kiteboarding back in the day and was wonderin has anyone hooked 1 up to a raft ? a down river wind would be so kickass drop the oars grab a beer. or you could blast back up river to that camp you missed.
I'm going to try this sh^t out next week on a desert river.
I'm planing on bringing a 18m and 20m kite hooking up on wife's 14' aire cat.
and no I don't have life insurance..they said I'm

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Old 05-14-2011   #2
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I've never had a tail wind.

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Old 05-14-2011   #3
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I've tied an 18M to a hobie 16 beam. Problem was holding an edge to stear. We went fast though.
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Old 05-14-2011   #4
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I believe warming air might have other plans to these kites. It's possible to have a downstream wind in the desert... maybe before 9 am... And with no low Pressure systems within 200 miles.

Please take pictures/video.
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Old 05-15-2011   #5
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Last winter some buddies and I rigged one to the front of an 86 foot wooden sailboat and used it both running and sailing nearly upwind. It was very cool, if not dangerous for the guy running it. If you do, you must post a video or pics on the buzz.
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Old 05-15-2011   #6
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Originally Posted by kaya dog View Post
...drop the oars grab a beer...
If you've been kite boarding, you know this is not the case. You'll have to be more on top of things than just running the oars. I'd also be concerned about holding an edge if you plan on going any direction other than with the wind. Give it a try though, and definately post video!
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Old 05-16-2011   #7
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Worth a shot. But on desert rivers (Deso, Grand), I recall more upstream winds during the day. Local winds blow according to thermal gradients, so they tend to blow from lower/warmer places to higher/cooler ones, i.e. upslope and updrainage. Opposite at night.

My understanding is that a kite, like a spinnaker, is strictly a downwind sail.

Look for a river that flows with the prevailing wind rather than against, and it might be worthwhile.
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Old 05-16-2011   #8
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Kaya dog let me know how that works for ya..... I will be down the lower the 19th-22nd. If it works it would be great for the hot day up river wind in the canyon. It would be awesome to kick back and drink a beer and let the kite do the work.

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