Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 62 of the 2017 season: EPIC Tawas...October is making up for lost winds in September.

I never thought Tawas could be this good. It took a perfect combination of wind, surf and slicks to make this an epic day. Slightly side on SSW winds to 30 mpg, nice breaking swell over the shallow sand bars, slicks as smooth as butter and lofty winds above.
A small sized crowd keep the slick fun. About 8 kiters enjoying the day with mostly 9 M kites.

TOW:  2:00-4:00
Gear:  9M Z kite and TT
Water conditions:  As good as I've ever seen Tawas, Nice 2-5 clean waves with slightly side shore winds. The slick was butter
Wind: SSW a solid 20-30 mph
Weather: Sunny mid-60s
Highlights: Monster boosts in the slick and perfectly spaced 2-5 foot  clean breaking waves

Strava Tracks data

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 61 of the 2017 season: I would say it was a nearly perfect day of winds, sun and kiting

TOW: 11:00-2:00 and 3:30 - 6:00
Gear:  11M Z1, and kite and TT
Water conditions: Unusually good, nicely formed small swell and perfect angled ramps for jumping
Wind: SSW
Weather: Sunny mid-60s
Highlights: some monster boosts with the lofty air. A perfect easy pleasy day, a type of day where you wanted to try everything that is on your trick list.

2 session WA data from Metrobeach on Tuesday Oct 17

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 60 of the 2017 season: A 2 venue rodeo day HI and Metrobeach

Gales at Harsens Islands
Started early at Metrobeach with the 9M and eventually the 6.5M. Chris already had an hour on his 9M by then. With pre-frontal winds ramping up and getting ready to explode. At 1pm the explosion came, a quickie storm came in and the wind peaked at near 40 with rain and a quick switch to the west.
Time to head to HI catch the post frontal winds.
Arriving at HI with consistent 30 to near 50 mph SW winds. I waited it out for a few until others launched with their smallest kites. Craig on a 6M and Mark on a 7M. Once they looked comfortable with the conditions I rigged my 6.5M LF. I headed out and had a non-stop 2 hour session with rodeo style winds and also some steady winds in the open waters. Made a trip to the shallow water slick across the bay and played there for awhile. Then did a nice slow paced downwinder back near the launch, probably the highlight of the day. Kited near the launch in continuing 30-50 mph relentless winds.
Several others kiting with 6Ms to 9Ms. Windsurfer Jerry on a 4M did good while Ben had a 5M that was to much for him to handle.

TOB: Metrobeach 9:45-11:00 9M, 11:45-1:00 6.5M and then on to HI 3:00-5:00 with 6.5
Gear:  9M Z and 6.5 LF with TT
Water conditions: Not bad for nearly gale winds, Metro organized small swell same at HI
Wind: 30-50 SSW-W-WNW
Weather: mostly cloudy pre-frontal with rain and post-frontal partly cloudy with some sprinkles
Highlights: No complaints about the wind today, well maybe gusty at times but plenty of it.
(NOTE: used small, short lines bar with the 6.5, need to explore this some more)

Metrobeach WA data
HI Club Island WA data

Metrobeach 1:15 hour session on 9M

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day 59 of the 2017 season: Platte River - Fun session and it went according th the WA forecast

My first time with successful results here at Plate River. Directly on-shore winds and waves made riding a little difficult. The inside shore break was in very shallow water made it interesting. It was fun with the on-shore winds to play in the shore break but after to or three carves you were on the beach.
Did several of these circuits, run the breakers and head back up wind to do it again. It was a fun, fast, speed wise session, jumping, olling all was good.

 Click here to relive this session

TOB: 3:00-5:00
Gear:  13M Z kite and TT Mako board
Water conditions: small breakers and small semi-organized swell
Wind: Directly on-shore, 10-25 from the NE-NNE
Weather: Sunny to cloudy, mid-50s
Highlights: My first time with successful kiting here at Plate River. I've been here before but it never amounted to much of a session.

Platte River Beach
Beautiful spacious sandy beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes in the background

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Day 58 of the 2017 season: Chill out session from yesterday's frantic water rodeo

TOB: 3:00-4:45
Gear: 13M Z kite and TT
Water conditions: Open water 1-5 footers, Harbor was a slick
Wind: 15-25 SSW with a session ending lull at 4:45
Weather:  Bluebird 70 degrees plus
Highlights: Playing in the slick, nice jumps, nice ollies, getting nearer to pulling the trigger for a rotational move.
About 5-6 kiters and the same amount of surfers

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Day 57 of the 2017 season: BIG DAY at Frankfort

The absolute biggest wave day I have seen here. The massive 10-15 footers on the inside were widely spaced and clean.  
I must admit heading out through the swell sure got the intimidation factor, (scared) going.
I got crushed by one I was riding in, crash on top of me from behind, I couldn’t out run it on the inside where the wind was fluky. Didn’t know how I would recover from that, but it all happen so quick, no tumbling, no rag dolling no harm was done. It just went over me and I made sure the kite stayed in the air and I came out the back side, no problem. I could only image what would of happen if I was on my windsurf rig.
The Harbor was a wild rodeo, 1-4 foot swell in the harbor. Spray from jetty going 20-40 feet up and blowing 50 yards into the harbor. 
Many surfers were on the best waves closer to the inside and they were hard to spot. I avoided their area and stayed out of their way. You come up on them so fast and they are hard to see in the wave troughs.
Surfers probably outnumbered the kiters, about a dozed kiters at the peak time, kite sizes ranged from 7M to 12M.
An excellent day but a little bit intimidating at times 

TOB: 1:30-3:30
Gear: 9M Z 100% depowered and TT board
Water conditions: Biggest waves I've ever seen here
Wind: 30-40 mph
Weather:  warm, cloudy 70ish, still using my 3/4 wetsuit comfortable
Highlights: The absolute biggest wave day I have seen here, massive 10-15 footers. Some fantastic wave surfing in the surf and excellent jumping in the harbor

FF wind data from WA

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Day 56 of the 2017 season: Leland's Van's beach follows the WA forecast, spot on

I was following the wind forecast all day. Small craft warnings were up from Sleeping Bear point  
With the south westerly winds forecasted I thought Leland might be doable and my first chance ever to sample this venue.
Arrived at 1:30 and saw plenty of capping from Van's beach located just south of the harbor.
It looked and felt like 11M so I rigged my 13M.
Self launched by 2:00, rode mostly 75% depowered for the entire session, could have used my 11M. The boosted jumps were magical with the 13, long floaters with soft landings.
Rode downwind to the leeside of the harbor for a few short slick rides and found some clean waves off the jetty point. Rode back to launch area and played there for awhile boosting and carving.
Decided to head up wind to a treed point well south of the launch. It took several tacks with carving and jumping at the opportune times. Once near the pointe it was time for a downwinder in the shore break. The run upwind to the point must of taken 30 minutes, the downwinder back to the launch took 10 minutes, but well worth it, to play in clean shore break is my favorite.
Once back to the launch the wind lulled, perfect timing. Came in and called it a day.
Note: wind came back up soon after I derigged.
Overall an excellent session, jumping, carving, short slicks, and carving downwinder.

TOB: 90 minutes
Gear: 13M Z kite, TT
Water conditions: up to 5 foot swell
Wind: WSW 15-25 mpg
Weather:  mostly overcast near 60 degrees
Highlights: New venue, worked for me. They say its better on a NW as the waves wrap around the south jetty.

Tracks from Leland Harbor's session 

The WA sensor is located a few yards from the launch site

Friday, September 29, 2017

Day 55 of the 2017 season: Two discipline day, near epic 5.0 Windsurfing and 9M kite boarding

Two discipline day: A rare day where I got to windsurf and kite board.
Both worked out with near epic conditions, Windsurfing 2 hours with 90% planning on my favorite sized sail, (5.0M). Kite boarding with my favorite sized kite, (9.0M). Couldn't ask for a better multi discipline day.
First good solid windsurf session since the OBX in April. Thoroughly enjoy the windsurf session, duck jibes, fast tacks, regular jibes, wave slashing and straight line speed in the flats. I can still accomplish all the stuff I learned.
Also took out Brian's demo Slingshot windsurf foil board briefly. Got up on the foil for short runs, definitely need more practice with the body and weight positioning on the board. Also too much wind for a good trail with it.

TOB: 2 hours Windsurfing, 12:00-2:00: 3 hours plus Kiteboarding 3:00-5:30
Gear: 5.0 sail with 100 liter RRD FSW board.  9M Z kite, TT
Water conditions: Typical HI
Wind: WNW 10-30 mpg
Weather:  mostly sunny near 60
Highlights: Near epic for windsurfing and kite boarding. An afternoon trip to the slick where the kite boarding was EPIC.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 54 of the 2017 season: A 20 day drought is finally over

A twenty day drought is over.
A nice session with 13M and TT with some use on the surf board.
Forecast wasn't solid but Craig said "lets go" and we made it work. Sure am glad I have the 13M It saved the day.

Relive your ride

TOB: 2.5 hours sunrise start
Gear: 13M Z kite, TT and surf board
Water conditions: Typical HI
Wind: NNW 10-25 mpg
Weather:  mostly sunny mid-50s to near 60
Highlights: It's been twenty day without wind, and this is the windy season

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 53 of the 2017 season: Lexington forecast that was spot on

An afternoon forecast that was spot on, the exception was the winds were higher then forecasted.
It turned on at 2 and lasted until 6 when some NW appeared making the inside difficult to ride.
Small swell on south side inside, not much to play on. The slick was awesome. The better swell was on the inside north of harbor.
First drysuit session of the fall. Craig on a 9M, Jerry on a 12M and me on my 11M.

TOB: 3:00-6:00
Gear: 11M Z1 and TT
Water conditions: Slick was smooth, jetty point with smaller then usually waves, bigger waves on the other side and the outside although not very clean
Wind: 20-30 from the NNE
Weather:  mostly sunny low sixties
Highlights: Excellent session and it went according to the forecast.
Great boosting, great slick action.
Liked my new Naish TT board bindings, tighter fit then the previous original OR bindings.

wind data from

Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 52 of the 2017 season: Metrobeach's Labor Day Holiday is near epic

A near Epic day at the local spot with 20-30 kiters and 6-8 windsurfers enjoying the pre-frontal steady winds and warm temperatures.
I got 3 sessions out of it, from  9:30 - 10:30, noon to 2:30 and 3:30 - 4:45, from no depower to full depower. Went out at 9:30 until the wind lulled at 10:30. Waited around until noon and then it came on nice and solid.  From that point on he wind just kept ramping up. Took a break at 2:30 and rigged my 9M, by then most were on there 9Ms. Back at it by 3:30 and finally finishing fully depowered with storm clouds heading toward the beach at 4:45.

TOB:  9:30-10:30, 12:00-2:30 and 3:30-4:45
Gear: 11M Z1 and 9M Z with TT
Water conditions: Not as wavy as expected with 20-30 SSW mph winds
Wind: 15-35 SSW generally
Weather:  mostly sunny and in the 70s
Highlights: lofty, chop hopping ollies, carving need I say more

Metrobeach wind data for Sept 4

Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 51 of the 2017 season: Sterling State Park, coffee colored water and one of the better carve 'em up days

A nice venue, I would of preferred side on wind and
waves, but surprisingly, for the direction it was a great sesh with nice 5-10 footers on the
outside. One of the better carve 'em up days.

TOB:   2:30 - 4:00
Gear: 13M and TT
Water conditions: Onshore waves 3-5 footers inside and biggins, 5-10 on the outside
Wind: 12-25 mph onshore
Weather: hazy sun  remnants of Hurricane Harvey, mid 60s
Highlights: Started out rigging my 9M, by the time I finished rigging it the wind lulled. Waited it out and eventually rigged the 13M.
A challenge to launch - waves and wind were onshore. Once out past the shore break you had to work your way to the outside. Where the swell and wind direction were fun for carving a downwinder back toward shore hitting a wave every turn.
About 5-6 kiters and 4 windsurfers.

Relive your ride

SSP Data from

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Day 50 of the 2017 season: Lexinton and first DW of the season.

1st 8:30 - 11:00, 2nd 1:30 - 2:30, 3rd 3:45 - 6:00 (DW from Port Sanilac)
Gear: 1st session 9M, 2nd session 11M Z1, 3rd session 11M Z1 and TT
Water conditions: Clean swell at Lexington, some good clean swell on DW
Wind: 20-30 from NE
Weather: Party sunny, mid 60s 
Highlights: Fun Lexington day not an epic day. Up/down conditions with a mid-afternoon lull then nice and steady for a DW from Port Sanilac.
Clean swell and well spaced in some spots. Flat water slick near the jetty although gusty conditions inside.
Fun downwinder from Port Sanilac to Lexington with Chris, Craig, Aaron, Mike,Sean and Jeffery.
Some good clean waves and a lot of dirty waves.

Downwinder Stats: Total miles 24.2 - moving time 2:02
Speed, 12.1 average - peak at 23.9 mph

Port Sanilac Data from


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Day 49 of the 2017 season: Empire beach quickie morning session with big swell conditions

Highlights: It certainly was a challenging launch with the onshore wind and breakers.  I launched and rode beyond the shore break, then I headed north up the coast as far as possible so I could do a carving downwinder.
Very rare conditions for me here at Empire beach rarely do I ride here with an almost on shore WNW wind. Big disorganized swell on the outside and big crashing well defined waves on the inside and the inside started 100 yards out. Very much fun carving the inside breakers, but the opposite direction from what I'm use to.

TOB: 9:00 - 10:30
Gear: 11M Z1 kite and TT
Water conditions: Big shore break due to WNW winds almost onshore winds
Wind: 12-25 WNW almost onshore conditions
Weather:  mostly sunny, low 60s

Rarely do I see breakers and sand churned up 100 yards out.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 48 of the 2017 season: Sleeping bear point, the forecast didnt materized, it finally did after I left

TOB:  1:00 - 2:00 short session
Gear: 11M Z1 kite and TT
Water conditions: 
Wind: 12-25 NW switching to west
Weather:  mostly sunny mid-60s
Highlight: One of those days I've been waiting for a long time. NW winds at Sleeping Bear Point generally produce perfect, clean 3-4 footers. Rigged and launched slightly east of the point where the perfect setup for wind direction and riding waves are. Played for a few in the waves there then I decided to head up wind to the pointe. On my way there the wind switched to west and things got messy, wave and wind direction wise. So headed back to launch area thinking I could play in the perfect conditions there, well the west wind was shadowed by the dunes and that produced fluky conditions. Ended up being a short a message later from Pete that it did pick back up from the NW.
Note: Need a northwest for this launch to work...I'll get it next time.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 47 if the 2017 nseason: Point Betsie only site with enough wind for a 13M session

TOB: 4:30-6:00
Gear: 13M Z kite and TT
Water conditions: small sideshore swell
Wind: 12-20 mph and higher SSW side on
Weather:  mostly hazy, upper 70s
Highlights: Fun session, boosting with the 13M in overpowered conditions made for some nice floaters. Heading upwind to do some downwind carving on the outside swell, all was fun.
4 others kiting on 12M to 14M kites, TT and surf boards.

Frankfort wind data

Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 46 of the 2017 season: Caseville Epicness

Fun session well worth the drive, 4 hours plus of TOW with some massive jumps and wave carving. Clean swell setting up perfectly for olling both heelside and toeside. Fully confident in the toeside ollies now. I mostly stayed near breakwall where the cleanest waves were. I ventured downwind twice where good carving swell could be found.
It may be a slow season with sessions spaced far apart, but wow! The sessions have been well above average.
About a 12 to 20 kiters ripping it up. And it was good to see Devon establishing a baseline for himself. More improvement needed for him but give him time and he'll get there.

TOB: 10:30-1:30 and 2:30-4:00
Gear: 9M Z kite and TT
Water conditions: clean swells at breakwall break and some nicely spaced swell further down by the beach
Wind: 20-30 and steady
Weather:  mostly cloudy with occasional sun
Highlights: 11 days since the last session at Bliss beach. 

View at 4 o'clock 

Caseville wind data

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day 45 0f the 2017 season: Bliss at Bliss Beach

Forecast wasn't promising but I took the gamble. Chris, on a row of 4 days and Larry being a wind magnet and the fact that I've never been to Bliss Beach. All this led me to drive the 2.5 hours one way.

Beauty of a venue

TOB:  11:00-1:00 and 2:00-4:00
Gear: 11M Z1 with TT
Water conditions: 2-4 foot SW swell
Wind: up to 25 from SW my estimate
Weather:  mostly sunny mid 70s
Highlights: Great venue, side shore easy launch, (although beach is tiny). Took an upwind run to the pointe break, played in some small swell there and an added bonus - a slick on the lee side of pointe. Did 2 Point runs, number 2 was lighter winds with a less swell and the slick wasn't as good.
Classic day at secret spot, with Chris's family, the Rustofers, 4 other kiters and 6 windsurfers.
Chris on his 9 with his strapless, Larry foil boarding on his 9, Debbie on her strapped board with her 9, me on my 11 and TT. Nearly 4 hours With 2 trips to the point break and a bonus slick on the lee side of he point..

Friday, August 4, 2017

Day 44 of the 2017 season: AN EPIC day at Metrobeach and Harsens Island

Started at Metro finished at HI.
An unusual day with winds you normally see in October. Up to 40 MPH hanging on to my 11M at Metro Beach, then a wind switch and off to HI for a 6.5 session that lasted 2 hours. I would say this was a day as good as it can get in the local waters of SE Michigan.
Five non-stop hours at Metrobeach and then added 2 more non-stop hours at HI.

TOB: Metrobeach 10:00 - 3:30 - Harsens Island 5:30 - 7:30
Gear: 11M Z1 and 6.5M LF with TT
Water conditions: 2-4 foot LSC chop
Wind: up to 40 from SW-WSW
Weather:  mostly sunny mid 70s
Highlights: marathon sessions

Metrobeach from 10:00 - 300 and HI from 5:30 - 7:30

Friday, July 28, 2017

Day 43 of the 2017 season: EPIC day at Lexington

Click here for an    Epic day replay from Millard Berry

EPIC day at Lexington, all of the best conditions possible in one spot.
Only negative was to crowded with 20-25 kiters, 3 windsurfers and some paddlers in the mix.
Kite sizes from 9-14M through out the day

Final hours of an EPIC day

Port Sanilac wind data

TOB: 1st 11:00 - 2:00 2nd 3:30 - 6:00
Gear: 11Z1 and TT
Water conditions: 1st sesh:  Lighter ENE wind and swell to begin with. 2nd sesh: NE wind picked and I was fully powered the rest of the day. Wind: ENE to NE 15 - 30 MPH
Weather:  Mostly sunny and near 70 degrees
Highlights: Massive jumps in the slicks, being at the top end of my kite power. Flashy ollies and some clean swell carving.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Day 42 of the 2017 season: A low quality 13M session with surf board

TOB: 3:30 - 5:00
Gear: 13Z kite and Mako surf board
Water conditions: Hardly a whitecap or you could say a lite chop
Wind: 10-20 SSE
Weather:  Hazy sun, 80ish
Highlights: One hour plus on the directional board - I needed that. Actually can carve figure eights with the surf board.
A low quality day but I need practice with the directional board.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 41 of the 2017 season: Struck it rich at Caseville county beach

TOB: 12:30 - 2:30 and 3:30 - 5:30
Gear: 9M Z and Mako TT
Water conditions:  somewhat disorganized waves at beach area. At leeside of breakwall clean waves and slick and that was where I spent all of my time today. Up to head high organized swell with a glassy slick on leeside of breakwall.
Wind: NNE  steady 20-30 slowing dropping off but solid 9M all day for me.
Weather:  Mostly sunny, 70ish
Highlights: slick, boosting, ollies, carving and clean waves

Caseville, near epic conditions. Kited with the 9M in sunny NNE side on 20-30 mph conditions.
Kited downwind at the lee-side of the breakwall, nice clean swell and slicks.
Extraordinary boosting conditions in the slick and many 180 ollies in both directions over the small slick chop.
Very fast speeds carving on the clean waves.
Up to 5 foot waves, on lee side, glassy slick,
4 hours of drive time for 4 hours of kite time., well worth it.
About 8-10 kiters enjoying the conditions.
Topped off with dinner with Craig Larry and Debbie at the Bluewater on main street

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 40 of the 2017 season:A small window of time for westeries with a launch from the beach

Launching from the beach with the WSW- WNW wind direction. I got lucky launched during a WSW pulse of wind. Headed out and stayed out where the wind was waffling between WSW-W-WNW. Winds were fairly steady but shifty with some moments of nearly full depower on my 13M.
Good lofty conditions, excellent chop hop ollies heading into to 2-3 foot swell.
Overall a lucky session, lucky that I made it in with out dropping the kite on the inside with the shifting, dying winds. A quickie hour and it felt good, much overdue.

TOB: 10:45 - 11:45 One hour
Gear: 13M and Mako TT
Water conditions:  2 -3 foot chop
Wind: WSW - WNW estimated gust to 30. Had to stay out a few hundred yards where the wind was the steadiest.
Weather:  Mostly sunny mid - 80s
Highlights: The 13 Z was at it's high end, thus boosting was big time, long with soft landings.

One hour window of opportunity from 10:45 - 11:45 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 39 of the 2017 season: Esch Beach cures the kiteboarding blues

TOB: 3:45 - 5:45, 2 hours non-stop riding
Gear: 11M Z1 and Mako TT
Water conditions:  small SW swell with some clean inside waves, water temp nearing 70 degrees
Wind:  Up to 30 mph from the SSW
Weather: Mostly warm sunny, mid 70s
Highlights: Nice sesh carving up the inside clean swell.  Lofty conditions on the outside.
It felt good to be back in the water - It's been over 2 weeks since the last recordable kiteboarding session.

 A 200 yard walk upwind from the crowded Esch Beach I found an uncrowded launch site.
Empire bluff in the background


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Day 38 of th 2017 season: Metro Beach with an unexpected morning kite session

A warm morning with a warm breeze, didn't expect this to happen.
I had a window until 11:30 so I quickly got up ate breakfast and headed to the beach.
Got there and sent out a text to the usual crew that I was rigging my 9M Z kite with my TT board. Launched at 9 and had a non-stop ride till 11:30, some gusty conditions but nevertheless  it was mucho fun and mucho needed.

TOB:  9:00 - 11:30
Gear:  9M Z and TT
Water conditions:  SSW swell 1-3 feet
Wind:  SSW-SW20-35
Weather: mostly cloudy with a wind ending shower around 11:15
Highlights: Toeside 180 ollies back to heelside - perfect chop conditions for this move

Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 37 of the 2017 season: Finally Harsens Island, right place at the right time

Finally after a long drought of missed kiting/WS opportunities, skunkings and wrong places at the wrong time, I got to the right place at the right time. Harsens Island almost at its best, 15-30 mph west winds with a few short lived lulls, not enough lull to get me off the water.
One trip upwind to the slicks near the grassy area was fun and the rest of the time entertaining myself in front of the launch area.
Keith, Craig, Rick, Jeff and a few others, we all enjoyed a fantastic day on Harsens Island.

TOB:   2:30 - 6:00 non-stop session
Gear:  11M Z1 and TT
Water conditions:  Typical Harsens, some small swell to slash and nice ramps for some air chop hops.
Wind:  15-30 generally from the west
Weather: mostly sunny mid-60s, some rain squalls nearby
Highlights:  jumps, carving, practicing toeside to heel side 180s and exciting times after nearly 2 weeks of misses

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Day 36 of the 2017 season: Milner Beach Kite session

Not enough to windsurf but just enough to kite with the 13M Z kite and the directional board.
With the deep water and the swells bouncing off the seawalls. Constant horrific voodoo chop was present a half mile from shore.

TOB:    2:30 - 5:30
Gear:   13M Z and Mako Duke directional
Water conditions:   Voodoo chop, cannot say anything nice about the water conditions
Wind:  side on shore NE 12-20 mph
Highlights:  Just an easy pleasy hot summer day with enough of a breeze to make the 13M and directional board work. Mainly mowing but it was easy to get upwind then I could do some light downwind carving.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Day 35 of the 2017 season: Point Betsy is on again while others are lite

Pt Betsy wins again, it was the only place that was windy enough to go out. Frankfort reported 10-15, Empire was 10-15 and Esch beach was lighter yet. So that's twice now that Pt Betsy was solid 11M while other beaches were 15 mph or less.
The one thing about Pt Betsy is the south winds seem to be a little bit side off and the way the pointe shoreline wraps around and the current flows it could present s hazard if something was to break down.
Although another quickie session due to a lightning storm heading toward land. As much of a wind drought its been lately it felt good

TOB:    2:30 - 3:30 cut short due to storms in the area
Gear:   11M Z1 and Mako TT 
Water conditions:   Some nice side on swell
Weather:    mid-70s and hazy with T-storm warnings
Wind:  side shore 15-30 mph
Highlights:  Nice wave carving conditions on the inside, very lofty conditions, I got some nice long hang time, floating jumps

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Day 34 of the 2017 season: Notorious Pt Bestie launch is tamed down for now

Notorious Pt Bestie launch is tamed down for now. Bigger beaches and easier launching compared to the past two years. Hope it stays this way.

Damn cold water and air...nice but shorty session.

   5;00 - 6:00 quickie session
Gear:    11M Z1 and TT
Water Conditions:  small side shore swell
Weather:   sunny, very cold water and air, low -50s 
Wind:  solid side shore 15-25
Highlights: unsuspecting session, turned out good except very cold.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day 33 of the 2017 season: Empire beach - Not your typical Empire beach session

Not your typical Empire Beach session. Another side shore south breeze 12-25 mph, squally condition type of day. At one time I counted 4 rain showers crossing the lake.
Managed to stay dry on the second hour of my session - that is no showers were landing ashore.
I had the entire beach to myself...just an ugly weather day but at least there was some decent riding to be found.
That's 4 Empire Beach sessions so far this year...that might be record territory.

TOB:   6:00 - 8:00 pm
Gear:    13M, TT for and hour and directional for an hour
Water Conditions:   Fairly flat
Weather:   Cloudy, rain squalls. lower 50s  
Wind:  side shore south winds 12-25 mph
Highlights: got a good workout on the directional board with the straps, it saved the day in the lighter wind conditions. Did a run halfway to Empire Bluff and worked the surf board carving it downwind in basically small choppy conditions.

Empty beach with cold, wet weather

Monday, May 29, 2017

Day 32 of the 2017 season: Nearly a Classic Empire Beach session

Nearly an empty beach on this Memorial weekend holiday.
Good news, some of the beach areas have gained 20-30 feet more space.  Makes it easier launching and landing kites.
Rigged the 13M and the 11M because it was hard to tell the wind speed with the side shore wind direction. Started with the 13M and stuck with it for the entire 2 hours. Mostly in half depowered mode.  The riding was nearly perfect steady side shore winds. Hardly any worthwhile waves due to the side shore conditions.  Took a trip upwind to Empire Bluff then did the down winder back to the beach in fairly flat conditions, not your usual downwind carving the inside up conditions.
Watched as a storm formed and moved across the lake toward me, eventually blocking out he sun and coming ashore. Thinking it was going rain I came in to take cover, but the stormed fizzled, the wind did drop and that ended my day.

Last summer this area was just 2-4 feet of  sandy beach

TOB:   4:30 - 6:30
Gear:    13M and TT
Water Conditions:   Fairly flat
Weather:   Mostly sunny 60 degrees 
Wind:  side shore south winds 15-25mph
Highlights:  Easy pleasy day - made it upwind to Empire Bluff then did the down winder to the beach

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 31 of the 2017 season: Is this the new normal for Lex

TOB:  2:00 - 5:00
Gear:   11M Z1 and TT
Water Conditions:  more like a slick then the normal waves you'd expect. Some clean swells just off the pointe were available to play in but not what I would expect with the NNE winds.
Weather:  mid-40s and mostly clouds.
Wind: not the steadiest northern winds with some east, but Craig and I made it work.  Estimated at 15-25mph.
Highlights: fun day playing in the slicks near the wall and inside the harbor where the wind was the steadiest.

Port Sanilac wind data

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 30 of the 2017 season:: A short but spicy Empire Beach session

Started out with a perfect launch with a side shore wind and forgetting to zip up my drysuit.... quickly I came in and zipped it up after taking on some shore break and sand.
Back out on the water it was every bit as good as yesterday. Shorted lived due to some ugly clouds heading toward the coast. Upon the ugly cloud arrival it produced a quick wind direction switch, increased wind speed and instantly dropping to 45 degrees.  Tough landing the kite when my anchor was set up for a side shore launch...made it work by pulling a center line when I  put the kite down on it's edge....a few scary moments with a small space in between some smoldering fire pits, (last nights beach fires), to land the kite.

TOB:   1:00 - 2:15
Gear:   11M Z1 kite and TT
Water Conditions:  organized  southwest swell cleaning up on the inside
Weather:  mostly cloudy with a squall ending the session, temperature went from 65 to 45 with the wind switching from SSW to W..... ugg..
Wind:   started SSW ended west 20-30mph
Highlights:  Another fun short lived session with carving in the clean shore break

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 29 of the 2017 season: Classic Empire Beach Day

A Classic Empire Beach Day, a very rare day with mid-70s, sunny and an empty beach. I was able to launch from the most primo spot on the beach.
Rigged the 11M Z1 and was perfectly dialed in playing in the waves, good lift heading out, great olling heading in with some clean swell on the inside to carve up. 
Headed up wind near the bluff and found it extremely gusty close to shore. Carved my way back to the beach to take a break and maybe rig my 9M. After the break I rigged the 9 only to have the wind lighten up, came and decided to wrap it up and check back later. Later in the day the wind was side off shore and to chancy to rig up.

TOB:  10:00 - 12:00 and 2:00 - 2:30
Gear:  11M Z1 and 9M Z with TT
Water Conditions:   mostly organized southwest swell, fairly clean on the inside
Weather:  mid-summer day, mid-70s, side shore, SSW wind and mostly sunny
Wind:  SSW to 30mph, gusty upwind by the bluff, steady in front of beach
Highlights:  first wave carving day of the season

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day 28 0f the 2017 season: HI lights up like never before

Craig slashing with my 6.5
Good call by Keith, sprinkles, cloudy, cold and windy. What else is there to do on such an ugly day but rig up our smallest gear and go for a ride.
Probably the windiest conditions I've ever kited in. 25-40+ mph winds from the WSW, punchy but solid enough. Fully depowered with the 6.5 at times and half depowered on average.
Near epic day with Keith instigating todays action, Craig flying a 6M Z kite, Chris and Keith on their 7s and Tom on his 6.5 LF....doesn't get much better, well maybe 75 degrees and sunny would of been a plus.

Gusting over 40mph

TOB: 1:30 - 4:00
Gear: 6.5 and TT
Water Conditions:  choppy to some nice rollers 
Weather: 50ish and cloudy
Wind: WSW 25-40+
Highlights: love that little kite

Chris continues to amaze with the strapless

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day 27 of the 2017 season: Last day of the OBX trip with a surprise ending

Didn't think it was gonna happen today but by 2 it looked surprising doable. So I rigged my 13 Z and took out the Duke board and had some fun. Then it picked up so I got the TT out and for the rest of the day, up until sunset I was on the TT carving, jumping, doing 180 ollies.  As the sun was low on the horizon I jumped over it. So if you were standing on the land it appeared that I jump over the setting sun....LoL...
14 out of 19 days on the water  - not a bad OBX trip for 2017.
Year after year the OBX produces the best bang for the buck.

TOB:  2:00 - 3:00 13M and Duke directional board. 3:00 - 4:30 TT. 5:30 - 8:00 13M and TT
Gear: 13M Z Kite, Duke directional and TT boards
Water Conditions: flat to SW small swell
Weather:  mid-70s, sunny
Wind:  15-25 SSW
Highlights: Fun boosts, direction board fun and hard carving with the TT board on the overpowered 13M.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 26 of the 2017 season: Near Epic NE slick action

At two o'clock I tried to windsurf with my 4.5M sail and found it uncomfortably overpowered. Harry sailed his 5.0 and did well. Waited for the wind to slack off a bit and maybe get more north in it.
But that didn't happen. So time to kite, I walked out to the wind line to set an anchor. Lots of sandbar areas exposed due to the strong winds. Set an anchor and rigged the 6.5M kite. After launching I still had to walk nearly another 100 yards to find deep enough water to launch.
Once underway I easily worked my way upwind to the shallow slicks and enjoyed the butter for almost 2 hours. Up to 6 other kiters were also at the slicks.

Low water in the sound with a northeast wind of 20-30 mph


TOB:  5:00 - 6:30
Gear: 6.5 M LF kite and TT
Water Conditions: sound side slicks
Weather:  mid-60s, sunny
Wind:  20-35 NE
Highlights: Hard carving, boosting, jumping with board grabs and 180 ollies toeside and heelside.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Day 25 of the 2017 season: EPIC nearly a CC of Easter Sunday's EPIC day

The headliner says it all,"EPIC CC of Easter Sunday's EPIC day"
Only thing better was I had the 6.5 kite working for few hours.

TOB:  8:00 - 9:30 morning, 12:00 - 3:30 afternoon, 6:00 - 7:30 evening downwinder
Gear: 9M Z kite TT and  6.5 M LF kite with Directional and TT, 9M used in the downwinder
Water Conditions:  Typical sound side with a classic warm southwester
Weather:  Sunny, mid-70s all day
Wind:  SW 20 - 35 SW all day
Highlights: Big boosts, big ollies,  heelside to toeside getting it done.

Doesn't look like 20-30 mph but it is.  Practically one giant slick on the inside at LQ