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Cold Water Riding; Quick Guide

Cold Water Riding; Quick Guide

Cold Water Riding Guide

photo by Jay Wallace

Kiting in cold conditions can seem daunting, and more risky than summer time sessions. However here in our headquarters in British Columbia, Canada we’ve always challenged ourselves and all those on Ocean Rodeo gear to make Kiteboarding a true 365 day a year sport. Our no excuses attitude has allowed us to be a kite brand that shows you can be on the water in almost any temperature pushing the limits and exceeding expectations.

So… What do some of our top ambassadors have to tell you in regards to Cold Water Riding? Some basic tips that go a long way in maximizing time on the water and making every session memorable and an opportunity to grow and learn in the sport.

Preparation and Limiting Risk:

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Jean Luc Robitaille

I think a big part is to keep your extremities warm (toes, fingers, head).

After that you need to remember that if something happens on the water (you hurt yourself or brake some equipment), you need to be able to get out of the water fast before you get too cold. So it is very important to follow some of these security guidelines: stay close to shore, ride in onshore winds, ride with other partners or have other people watching you, ride in wind conditions you can handle (dont got out too overpowered). These are guidelines riders need to follow in warm conditions too, but they become even more important in cold conditions!

Make sure to have warm clothes ready when you hit the shore. I sometimes put some clothes in my kite bag.

Martin Dovic

I always make sure I ride with multiple other people in the winter time. Not just somebody on shore, other riders out there with me. Also I make sure I have a thick enough suit as well as gloves, boots and a hood.

Grant Clayton

Heating on full in the van with a hot cup of Tea on your way there always works. Get as much heat as you can before going out there. Most importantly always kitesurf with friends and look out for each other! There is not much room for error if something could go wrong when its cold out.

What gear is absolutely needed for you to get out on cold weather days?

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Marty

Quality gear in good shape is mandatory. No old worn gear that may break soon. That could be life or death when the big wind hits. Also a solid wetsuit or drysuit in good shape.

Grant

Tea is absolutely needed! Priority.. Full neoprene 5/3 or the Ocean Rodeo Heat Drysuit is always a winner. Kite choice has got to be the Ocean Rodeo Razor! Perfect kite for these conditions.

Jean Luc

The Soul Drysuit is a must. Combine those with thick neoprene. Personally I use 7mm mitts and boots and thick hood as well; I prefer around 5mm.

Vovan Voronov

A fleece layer, your dry suit, and for me personally a second helmet. Thermos, hot tea and chocolate as well. 

Is there such a thing as conditions that are too cold?

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Jean Luc

If you are dressed well, there is no such thing as conditions that are too cold, with exception to when the water is freezing. In this case I wouldn’t recommend kiting in those cold conditions. Ice can possibly jam the safety systems on your bar! The ice can also make your bar very slippery so when you’re out on the water take notice of temperature changes throughout your session.

Grant 

When you see the leading edge of your kite freeze that’s when you know it is going to be a cold one. I find it difficult to unhook and enjoy my style when there is a super cold wind chill; If you’re not well protected your hands will start to lose feeling followed by a numbing pain. Ensure that you have the correct gear to keep you warm during these colder days! Full neoprene (gloves, hood and boots) is your best way to stay out there longer. When it is cold I try not to unhook as much and hope that the wind is strong so i can get the smaller kites out the bag!

Is there such a thing as being too warm?

 

Marty D

Too warm is not fun. This has happened to me in a drysuit. Once you get out of the wind or start doing some cardio then it can be nasty. The drysuit can turn into a sweat bag and become very cumbersome if you’ve layered up too much underneath. Don’t over layer and between sessions for the day make use of Standby mode! It’s there to help you vent out all that warmth so you’re not too hot, nor too cold.

Jean Luc Robataille

My trick is to wear the least amount of clothes under your drysuit to be comfortable, but to make sure I have my toes, fingers and head very well covered.

On cold days, I will also take breaks when I’m on the water to let my body temperature come down so that I don’t start sweating too much in my drysuit.

Vovan Voronov

My fleece layer can become hot, but if you slow down a little and allow the fleece to breathe the temperature quickly drops back to a comfortable level.

What is the perfect cold weather day?

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Grant

The perfect cold weather day would be a strong north westerly wind at my local! 30 knots on my 8m razor!

Marty

For me cold weather riding is all about the about the conditions. Big waves and big wind make me brave the cold. As long as it is nuking then I am happy. The cold wind is denser than warm wind. You get a more power for the same amount of wind in very cold conditions

Favorite cold water session? 

Jean Luc

My favorite cold weather session was a couple of years ago in december on Lake Ontario at Sandbanks Provincial Park. I had 2 consecutive days of 25-35 knots, side on-shore winds in huge waves and about 2-3 celsius. Since I was dressed well, I was able to ride a good 3 hours per day. Only 2 other riders showed up, but they only lasted about 1 hour before being too cold in their neoprene suits.

I was still learning to send big kiteloops and those were great conditions to practice in. I am so glad that I made the trip and scored some epic conditions. I improved a lot, and certainly learned a lot about riding in cold weather!

Grant Clayton

Tiree Scotland around March time 2017. Crystal clear water, blue skies and a solid 25 -30 knots and scoring a healthy 3 degrees with minus wind chill most days.. Looked like a tropical kiting location but was felt the exact opposite!

Photo by Vovan Voronov

GKA WRAP UP: CONGRATS TO TEAM OCEAN RODEO

GKA WRAP UP: CONGRATS TO TEAM OCEAN RODEO

GKA Wrap Up: Congrats to Team Ocean Rodeo

Photo:  Ydwer van der Heide

 

Team Ocean Rodeo is celebrating the end of the GKA tour with a great showing at Torquay Australia, and as the final standings have been finalised we look back on how it all started to where we are today.

Carla Herrera: Second Place World Champion

Photo by Frances Kelly

 

Carla Herrera Oria had one goal in her sights in Torquay as it came down to her and Jalou Langeree for the first place on the tour. Both battled heat after heat to reach the finals in the event knowing that she would have to give it her all. After the dust settled and both athletes threw down the heat of their lives, Jalou Langeree emerged as the GKA world tour champion. This means that Carla is officially the 2nd place champion of the GKA world tour! Carla surprised the world leaders this year, originally aiming for a top five finish she knew she could dominate when it mattered. Taking a win in her home town of Tarifa with podium finishes throughout the tour she was always there to challenge for the championship. A Massive Congratulations from Ocean Rodeo to Carla on an amazing season and another congratulations to Jalou Langeree for a successful season.

Reece Climbs to Top 15

Photo by Ydwer van her Heide

Reece Myerscough’s season began with him not knowing what to expect. It was never a question of skill more than it was a question of figuring out how to transition his style from his skill set on Canadian waters to the wide variance of conditions around the world. The more he competed the better he seemed to get and wrapping up this tour out in Torquay finishing in the top 15. For Reece the confidence he’s gained on tour was invaluable, and as he’s continuing to grow and learn he’ll take those lessons as he continues to train throughout the off season to start the 2019 season knowing he can do some damage.

 

Laurens Keeps Sights on 2019

With two events under his belt we’re excited for the upcoming 2019 season with Laurens. Still getting a grasp on the sport and continuing to learn, Laurens will now have to take these lessons and use this offseason to capitalize.

 

From Ocean Rodeo to the team;

From Ocean Rodeo to all our team riders, this season proved that even in an individual sport such as this, we are still a strong team and a family above all else. This has been the best season on record for us and we’re so stoked for what 2019 will bring us.

iKsurfmag talks pilot bar

iKsurfmag talks pilot bar

ikSurfMag Talks Pilot Bar

 

When iKsurf mag approached us with questions on our thoughts on control bars and where they fit in the grand scheme of the sport we couldn’t help but talk to them about how our present offering will start to affect the future. Having just released the pilot bar Ocean Rodeo was already ready to answer questions with them on what was most prevalent on our bar.

“Possibly the most overlooked and underrated bit of equipment in your quiver, the control bar is the connection between rider and kite. To find out more about this crucial piece of equipment”

 

Click here for the full interview!

The Pilot Bar

The Pilot Bar is our latest control bar system combining great innovation with a clean and easy layout. By combining time tested components and materials, the Pilot bar delivers enhanced precision and control to front line trim without clutter or complications.

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Tests The Roam

Photo:  Jay Wallace

 

While our pro riders were out competing hard in Morocco at the GKA world tour, they were able to get away from the action just long enough to pass our Next Gen Roam to the team over at The Kite Mag. Here’s a little excerpt from their article.

The Kite Mag’s Take

 

“there is a lovely smooth delivery of power as you dive the kite and then it drives forward in the window and delivered plenty of power for cruising around. Also impressive was the upwind performance which seemed to defy the laws of physics as it feels like the kite is sitting pretty deep but it still really trucks you upwind.”

A Wave Kite Like No Other

The Roam is Ocean Rodeo’s dedicated wave kite and the kite of Choice for Ocean Rodeo’s GKA pro rider’s Carla Herrera and Reece Myerscough. Built with a No Excuses attitude this kite is second to none in wave riding.

 

The Race to Alaska is Upon us

The Race to Alaska is Upon us

The Race To Alaska is Live!

 

Leaving at the crack of dawn this morning, the Race to Alaska began it’s trial run from Port Townsend, Washington to Victoria, BC, Canada. The next leg of the race? a grueling 750 mile cold water race all the way to Ketchikat, Alaska. Such a long and daunting task requires a true No Excuses attitude which is exactly why Ocean Rodeo is a sponsor of the race and all its graceful chaos.

Follow The Race From Home

 

For all you Tracker Junkies, R2AK has an active tracker for you to follow the action no matter where you are. See who is topping each division, who is defying the odds and who is crazy enough to attempt this race with nothing more than a stand up paddle board.

A suit that will be able to keep you dry in the conditions set before these racers. It’s almost become synonymous with the race itself. Ocean Rodeo is proud to be the drywear of choice on the R2AK. Built to be adaptive to varying conditions the Ignite ensures the R2AK racers won’t overheat in calmer conditions, and will stay dry when they turn for the worst.