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Archery Vs. Kiteboarding  
User currently offlinewolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 412 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

Hi, folks!

I need some advice, on which of those 2 sports I should go for. In october, last year, I moved near the sea, and since then, I'm thinking about taking lessons in kiteboarding. A friend of mine also wanted to join, but he couldn't find the time, yet.

As we are living in northern Germany, kiteboarding is nothing you can do in winter.

So I came up with another idea. Archery. I already did in my youth, I was quite good, made the 7th in german masters in my group of age. Starting again would mean, I could use the equipment of the club for a while, would only need to have my own arrows.

For kiteboarding I also could rent the equipment at the school.

I would love to do both, but I haven't got enough money, this time. And I really can't decide, what to do... Got any ideas?

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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4569 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

Have you considered arch-boarding? It is like biathlon, but instead of a set of skies you have a kite-board, and instead of a rifle you have a bow. Ok, nothing like biathlon. And I just made it up. But seriously, give it a try. 

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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

I have watched guys kite boarding in Florida, near the big bridge between St. Pete and Sarasota; yeah, I'm sue it can be a lot of fun at times, but just remember, you can only do it certain places, at certain times, under certain weather conditions, and I'm sure the equipment isn't cheap; not to mention, every "now and then", I hear about a kite boarder being bitten by a shark. No joke ! I watched guys take off right by the beach, and in less than 2 minutes they are wayyyyyyyyyyy "out there", never having the slightest idea how deep the water is beneath them from minute to minute; trust me.....kite boarding can be a VERY dangerous sport. ( But then again, I suppose that's half of the appeal to many who do it. )

Consider this; when I was in the Navy back in the 50's, several times when far out to sea, and I'm talking maybe 500 to 1000 miles from land, the Captain stopped the ship ( 512 ft, 18,000 ton disp. Submarine Tender ), and we had "swim call"!

A couple of guys "stood by" with rifles and watched for sharks, and the crew all "jumped in", and we're having a grand time, swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ! Now I'm not afraid of water, as I've always been a very good swimmer; but I damn well AM "afraid" of many of the "creatures" that LIVE in the sea ! So I'm "questioning" my division officer as to the relative safety of swimming in the middle of the ocean; ( remember, this is like 55 or 60 years ago, I was "young and daring" back then, etc ); the division officer pointed out to us, that swimming in the MIDDLE of the ocean, is a hell of a lot safer than swimming a few hundred yards off of most beaches. The reason being, every damn "big" fish in the ocean is at all times trying to eat a smaller fish, and the smaller fish are all trying to eat even smaller fish, and the smaller fish always end to heading for shallower water ( to avoid being eaten ), and the bigger fish ALWAYS follow the smaller fish, right to where most guys are kite boarding !

So my advice is...........get back into archery ! ( it's a lot safer ! )


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16737 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Quoting wolverine (Thread starter):

Perhaps if you have an exceptionally stupid friend or two, you could combine the two.

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User currently offlinejohnkrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1457 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

Kite surfing in northern Germany is just cold, and the odds of shark bite is extremely limited...
Had I been younger I would have kite surfed for sure, and with a good body suit you can pretty much do it 11 months of the year even in our part of the world! And kite surfing builds better bodies than archery  

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User currently onlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 2321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

3D archery is quite relaxing and a fine way te spend a few days in the woods every now and then.

A basic kit can cost you about 200€ (recurve/longbow instinctive) or some 300-400€ if you go the compound way.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Kite boarding is fecking lethal to swimmers. Once I almost got hit by a stupid kiteboarder while swimming from a normal beach in Italy.

Concering archery, when I´ve got a bit of spare money tinkling in my wallet again, I´m going to buy a replica medieval English longbow together with a sheave of clothesyard arrows, both broadhead and bodkin (the medieval amourpiercing arrowheads).


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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 8788 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

Both build biceps, so there is that :d

Archery, I've practiced for a time (and still have the basic recurve bow), I ended up stopping for several reasons, one of them being that I couldn't afford the upgrades (new limbs, new sight, stabilizers, and an endless list of things), another that it was just a little boring. I ended up doing something even more costly, but definitely not boring : skydiving ! Until I ran out of money completely, that is.

Kite surfing is definitely on my list of things to try, but I don't live close to the sea.

[Edited 2011-09-14 18:05:34]

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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Quoting wolverine (Thread starter):
As we are living in northern Germany, kiteboarding is nothing you can do in winter.

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