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Finding your board in choppy water.

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Created by twojaythomo A week ago, 8 Feb 2019
twojaythomo
QLD, 28 posts
8 Feb 2019 4:57AM
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Yesterday I was out and the chop was fairly large, gust come through and lost my board.
I looked everywhere for the board but couldn't see over the choppy water and had to body drag in. I got it back several hours later .
Is there something I can use that is known to work well which will make finding it easier, maybe the guys that go out in the surf have any good techniques on finding it quickly.

nikmcc
NSW, 242 posts
8 Feb 2019 6:31AM
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Use your kite to lift yourself up out of the water above the chop to get a good view

psychojoe
WA, 417 posts
8 Feb 2019 4:42AM
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These exist.
oceanrodeo.com/product/go-joe/

twojaythomo
QLD, 28 posts
8 Feb 2019 8:27AM
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nikmcc said..
Use your kite to lift yourself up out of the water above the chop to get a good view


Yeah was trying don't know why I couldn't see its bright blue in the dark green

KIT33R
NSW, 1621 posts
8 Feb 2019 11:42AM
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Always had brightly coloured boards for this reason. Bright coloured fins help too. Not crashing helps a lot.

LucienSanchez
19 posts
8 Feb 2019 10:35AM
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In the surf the wave usually takes the board with it & I sort of "body surf" after it on the next wave's white water. Seems a bit quicker than immediately dragging & your boardies don't end up round your ankles.

Losing it behind the waves the board's almost always upwind of me so if I can't see it over my shoulder I'll just focus on 3 or 4 really strong body drag tacks (pretend you're a rudder ) then as nikmcc said boost yourself & look around.

That's just my way though, might be location specific with different currents & whatnot.

cauncy
WA, 6849 posts
8 Feb 2019 12:05PM
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twojaythomo said..

nikmcc said..
Use your kite to lift yourself up out of the water above the chop to get a good view



Yeah was trying don't know why I couldn't see its bright blue in the dark green


The same colours of the ocean

twojaythomo
QLD, 28 posts
8 Feb 2019 2:57PM
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Thanks lads, I made this and am going to give it a try. No wind today but tried on the flat water, it tips back over from 2/3 of the way over but not completely upside down, in the chop I'm confident the waves will make it flip over if not 1/3 of the bottom sticks up so should make it more visible either way.

2stubborn2quit
WA, 92 posts
8 Feb 2019 2:58PM
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OMG.... Here we go again. We have had tyre tubes, little flags, rubber rings and blow up dolls. Buddy just don't do it. This is one of those decisions that will affect your reputation at your local for life. You will never live it down.
Trust me, just look at previous posts.

Hardcarve1
QLD, 405 posts
8 Feb 2019 6:15PM
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2stubborn2quit
WA, 92 posts
8 Feb 2019 7:45PM
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Oh yes Mr Hardcarve.
With that self righting floatation device (above) you can expel your excitement once you have found and retrieved your board.
Happy days.

weebitbreezy
378 posts
8 Feb 2019 9:04PM
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I only have choppy water to kite in so I have a few tips that might help without strapping stuff onto your board.

If you aren't kiting alone - look at the other kiters around (upwind). I'll typically point out a board to its owner (unless they look like they aren't in a position to recover it) and I think many would do similar so that may help if you lose any bearings on it.

I also tend to look behind me to where I thought I dropped it as I start to body drag away. If you just roll a little further over in the water onto your back you can normally spot where the board is before you get too far away in the first place. That way you can gauge how far away you have dragged before you turn around.

Jono77
WA, 327 posts
8 Feb 2019 9:23PM
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twojaythomo said..





I'd prefer to lose my board than my dignity.

Jono77
WA, 327 posts
8 Feb 2019 9:27PM
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A serious tip....
Tip one - don't lose your board
Tip two - if you are close-ish to shore, go to the beach and look from there. At my local in the surf, it's often the easiest way. Then when it's spotted, make sure you're well upwind of it and just power body drag straight at it.

Plummet
4306 posts
9 Feb 2019 8:39AM
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My board never falls off!

Youngbreezy
WA, 484 posts
9 Feb 2019 12:36PM
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Just get one of those gojoe inflatable things.

They are great because not only do they protect from you from losing your board but they also protect you from the evils of alcohol abuse ( no one is going to invite you round for a beer) and they protect you from stds accidental pregnancy

LucienSanchez
19 posts
10 Feb 2019 12:25PM
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Wedge this under the handle & leash the pull cord to your ankle. Sorted

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Greenarrowz
NSW, 266 posts
10 Feb 2019 6:35PM
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Bright colored fins like shinn Bite are yellow and really stand out if your board is inverted.



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