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Finding your board in choppy water.

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Created by twojaythomo 2 months 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, 244 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, 442 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, 1643 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
20 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, 7042 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, 104 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, 423 posts
8 Feb 2019 6:15PM
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2stubborn2quit
WA, 104 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
387 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, 329 posts
8 Feb 2019 9:23PM
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twojaythomo said..





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

Jono77
WA, 329 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
4379 posts
9 Feb 2019 8:39AM
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My board never falls off!

Youngbreezy
WA, 502 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
20 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, 267 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.

deXtrous
NSW, 446 posts
1 Mar 2019 10:58AM
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Look nobody can really give you advice. Over time you learn to estimate when your board will be in relation to how big a wipe you take. I only ever need two bodydrag tacks to get back to my board and soon enough it'll be second nature for you also.

SaveTheWhales
WA, 1625 posts
1 Mar 2019 11:14AM
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twojaythomo said..



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.


Well thats using your Noodle

quikdrawMcgraw
1001 posts
1 Mar 2019 11:59AM
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deXtrous said..
Look nobody can really give you advice. Over time you learn to estimate when your board will be in relation to how big a wipe you take. I only ever need two bodydrag tacks to get back to my board and soon enough it'll be second nature for you also.


Anybody can give him advice - You did!

stray
SA, 96 posts
1 Mar 2019 7:01PM
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What dextrous said. I just instantly start body draging upwind on the opposite tack cos stopping to think or look around is more meters you've drifted away from yr board. It can be different if a wave takes it but either way you're better off being up wind of it so may as well start dragging upwind while you look. And you do gain a sence of where it will be after a while.



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