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Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:45 pm

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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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:32 am

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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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:47 am

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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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:06 am

Quoting wolverine (Thread starter):

Perhaps if you have an exceptionally stupid friend or two, you could combine the two.
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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:26 am

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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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:07 pm

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.
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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:39 pm

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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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:04 am

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.

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RE: Archery Vs. Kiteboarding

Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:06 am

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

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