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Natalia with the kite at “midday”

Yesterday off we finally went to a beach near Cumbuco, just outside of Fortaleza, with our instructor Luciano Cordeiro from 30 Knots, the school we are working with in this project. Fantastic experience!

Getting there took a little while – Luciano arrived at just before 11am – he had on the preceding day say 9am, but apparently the winds were pretty poor in the morning so when we called him, he gave us a new time. At first we were a little suspicious as Ceará state, as is pretty much the entire northeast of Brazil, has a quite a reputation for the laid back attitudes to punctuality, but when we got the beach an hour later, it seemed that we were the only second group on the beach for the day.

Ben with the kite at 9 o'clock, under the watchful eyes of Luciano our instructor

Ben with the kite at 9 o’clock, under the watchful eyes of Luciano our instructor

Luciano was very methodical and straightforward – starting from the beginning, the way I guess you should: unravelling the kite and the strings, pumping up the kite, and then tieing the knots from the trapezium to the kite, and then the basic positions of the kite… from “midday”, with the kite directly above us and the wind coming from behind us; 9 o’clock, with the kite off to the left side, and 3 o’clock over to the right. We just stayed on the beach by a lagoon practicing the control of the kite in these positions, rather than going on to a board where we would have the extra concern of staying afloat. For me the easiest part was at “midday” when there was very little pull from the kite, as off on the sides, I felt it easier to move out of the right position and the pull on my body increase. Moreover, for a big kite (12 metres), it was amazingly sensitive to any adjustments from the hands.

The time we had playing around with the stunt kite was actually pretty helpful, with the principles behind the wind dynamics being very similar – when the kite was in the three positions, there was relatively little pull from it, though any forced movement from our part and we instantly felt ourselves being pulled along. This went against our natural tendencies as when we felt like we were losing a bit of control, we had to ease off on our pressure on the kite bar, rather than trying to grip it and force it back under control. This would just make matters worse, and Natalia felt the consequences of that, when she was pulled from the beach and into the water. Fortunately it was okay and when she let go of the kite, she soon came to a halt without having any damage. Quite funny to watch and unfortunately I didn’t have the camera out at the time!

The three hours sped by all too quickly, and I think we did a decent job for our first time, so here’s looking forward to the next lessons!

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Ontem acordamos cedo para a ula de kite, havíamos combinado com o instrutor Luciano de saírmos às 8h. Por conta dos ventos acabamos saindo as 11h. O caminho da Maraponga a Icaraí é longo, uma hora no carro até chegarmos a lagoa. Lá aprendemos a montar o kite e quais cuidados com os nós e posições de descanso da pipa.

7U2A1907-smallO Luciano é um ótimo instrutor e foi explicando tudo com calma e de forma bem didática.

Depois da pipa pronta hora de aprendermos a usar os ventos e controlar.

Posição meio-dia

Temos que manter o kite na posição vertical, acima de nossa cabeça. Os pés ficam paralelos, joelhos flexionados, abdômen contraído e o corpo apoiado para trás, as duas mão na barra do controle.  Se o vento virar a pipa para um lado damos pressão para o outro, com bastante cuidado porque se dermos muita pressão ela vai virar de uma vez.

Eu e o Ben fizemos super bem essa parte.

Posição 9h

Manter o kite do lado esquerdo. O pé esquerdo a frente esticado, o direito mais atrás flexionado, abdômen contraído e o corpo para trás, somente a mão direita na barra controlando o kite. Aqui já é bem mais difícil, a pipa muda levanta e abaixa muito rápido e se você pede o controle é difícil reassumir. Outro problema é que para a pipa abaixar temos que empurrar/soltar a barra, e para a pipa subir temos que puxar. O problema é que quando nos desequilibramos precisamos soltar a barra mas o reflexo faz com que a gente puxe e aí você vai embora. Foi assim que levei o meu primeiro e único tombo da aula.

Posição 3 h

Aqui o kite fica do lado direito. O pé direito a frente e o esquerdo atrás flexionado, abdômen contraído, corpo para trás e mão esquerda na barra. Desse lado foi mais fácil de controlar tanto para mim quanto para o Ben.

Ao fim da aula estávamos bem cansados, mas surpresos. Esperávamos sair com dores leves nos ombros e braços, mas nada. Nenhuma parte sequer. No fundo trabalha muito mais as pernas e para nós que somos iniciantes e olhamos para cima o tempo todo o pescoço.

Certamente os treinos funcionais, musculação e a escalada nos preparam e muito para o kite.

Hoje aula de Wake vamos lá!