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Season opening at Hanko

Tulliniemi, Hanko
Kite Surfing: freestyle
1 pm - 6 pm Saturday. May 1. 2010
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: SW Wind Strength: powered

A brilliant season opening session at Tulliniemi, Hanko. I got a ride from friendly windsurfer dude Fabi. Also Fabi's friend Henri companied us.

There are not that good kitesurfing spots at Helsinki, so when you have change, Hanko is the option. Tulliniemi is a quite long beach. In Finnish scale it's a big beach. A very good spot on my opinion.

Wind was sufficient. I started with my 10m2 Cabrinha Switchblade but after a while changed to 14m2 version. Swell was going to the same direction than the wind, so with under powered kite it was quite a project to get upwind. After I changed to the bigger kite, it was fine.

On last Friday I got full new water gear to keep me warm: Pryde 5000 Semidry 5/4/3 -wetsuit Pryde HC Round E-Zee 6mm -boots Pryde 2000 Short John 2/2 -extra layer (crazy looking wrestling suit) Pryde Pro Hood NPX Crash Vest Gill Gloves This set was working really great for me. Kept me really warm this time and it is flexible to tweak for the conditions. Ice melted off just some days ago, so the water wasn't warm. Huge thanks to Captain's Shop and specially to Thomas. If you need any kitesurfing or windsurfing gear, this is the shop to go in Helsinki. Good products with friendly service.

It was so much fun to be out there in the water for such a long time. I just continued and continued. From our crew I was first one out in the water and last one to get out.

One time my bindings strap snapped off and I needed to ride over 300 meters with one strap. Luckily the windsurfer dudes got so much important gear in their van, so I got a new bolt. (But actually) I really enjoyed for riding without straps. I definitely need to master that on this summer.

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19.05.10 4.02 pm
ice just melted off!?.... too cold for me I think.

I just had a look a the new Quicksilver heated vests... its a battery (waterproof) powered vest with heat pads in the back. Looks nice and warm but the battery sits on your waist... no good for a harness unless you can move it somewhere else.

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19.05.10 5.40 pm
Yes,

the face tells it all!! :)

And fully packed against the cold.. you must have needed it!

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19.05.10 6.51 pm
Chris: Heated vest? You are just getting softer. At NZ I survived with a basic 4.3 wetsuit. Although sometimes I wished to have something warmer at Lyall Bay on southerly winds. This was last year on July. Raining and cold, but when the wind is good, it's all good. But your right, with good gear and warm suite you get so much more out of some challenging weathers. And heated vest might be one good gadget to have.

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20.05.10 11.08 am
I get by with a thermal rash vest and a 4:3 suit in winter, maybe a hood if its a REALLY cold Lyall Bay day. The heated vests are for surfers I think, they're a bit soft ;)

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