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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Session 24 of the 2017 season: Happy Easter Sunday with EPIC conditions

EPIC three session day, pre-breakfast, afternoon post lunch and evening downwinder from Salvo. With EPIC 9M conditions all day.

TOB:  8:00 - 9:00 mourning, 12:00 - 2:00 afternoon, 5:00 - 7:00 evening downwinder
Gear: 9M Z kite TT
Water Conditions:  Typical sound side with a classic warm southwester
Weather:  Sunny, mid-70s all day
Wind:  20 - 30 SW and then the evening downwind session up to 40 mph
Highlights: Big boosts, big ollies,  heelside to toeside practice is going good.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Session 23 of the 2017 season: Side off SE winds 20-30 made it a bad launch day

Todays Highlights: Bad launch with side off SE winds 20-30 mph and gusty.
Two hours of this wasn't much fun, although boosting at times was good especially during a gust. 

  2:30 - 4:30
Gear: 11M Z1 and TT
Water Conditions:  SE swell on the outside
Weather:  Sunny near 70 degrees
Wind: SE side off and gusty 20-30 mph
Highlights: Nothing much to say except a horrible launch on the inside. Kites were dropping like bombs trying to launch.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Session 22 of the 2017 season: EPIC sound side marathon session Windsurfing and Kiteboarding

Epic all around side off conditions on the sound in Waves/Rodanthe area. Basically one big shallow slick for miles with some nice organized small swell in the deeper sections.
Everyone had a good time kiting and windsurfing.

TOB: Windsurf from 12:00-1:00 kited 2:00-6:00 included downwinder         
Gear:  5.7M sail with 100 liter and 9M Z kite with TT
Water Conditions:  side off NNE, basically one big slick
Weather:  60ish, 100% sunny
Wind:  NNE to 30 mph
Highlights:  WS, Some full planning jibes and fast tacks with Harry and Larry. KB, Toeside 180 ollies to heelside, a ton of practice with several good landings,
At 5:00 did a downwinder to Salvo with Chris, Bob, Craig and I

Dinner, drinks and BS

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Session 21 of the 2017 season: A steady marginal session on the directional board

Not much of a session, just enough to make the 13M work with the bigger directional board.
Lot of mowing and a hard fought trip up to the harbor slick for a few turns there in the smooth water.
That's it not much else happen.

KHK wind data April 12

TOB: 3:30-5:30
Gear:  13M Z kite and Mako Duke directional board
Water Conditions:  lite wind chop
Weather:  lower 70s, sunny
Wind:  SSW under 20 mph
Highlights: A steady marginal session, fought my way upwind and played in the harbor slick.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Session 20 of the 2017 season: Field Trip to Jockey's Ridge, Didn't want to miss this day

A near epic day at Jockey's Ridge. After missing out of yesterday's suggested Jockey's Ridge session I wanted to make sure I hit this one. With winds in the 20-30 mph range my 9 M was at the high end of it's range.
Fantastic swells on the outside and crowded flats on the inside - today had it all.

TOB: 2:30-4:30
Gear:  9M Z kite on TT
Water Conditions:  from flat at inside shallows to nice carving swells outside
Weather:  gorgeous mid-70s, bluebird
Wind:  20-30 from the south
Highlights:  Near epic conditions, with Chris, Craig, Bob, Dan, Larry, Debbie and a few more from Michigan. Kite sizes ranged from 7 to 12 M. Loftiness, carving, ollies, all moves were working excellent with the easy conditions.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Session 19 of the 2017 season: First day at Liquid Rush, early morning kite session

Bluebird cold morning starting out near 50 degrees with marginal winds.
Rigged the 13Z and rode in marginal winds and flat water until noon.
A change of pace from the last 2 days of high wind 6.5 conditions.
Chris, Bob, Craig and I launched from their rental

TOB: 10:00 - 12:00
Gear: 13 Z with TT and directional board
Water Conditions: Typical OBX in lite wind conditions
Weather: Bluebird, cold lower to mid-50s
Wind: WNW 10-20
Highlights: Surprised to get out

Friday, April 7, 2017

Session 18 of the 2017 season: Waiting for a lull to kite with the 6.5

TOB: 12:00 - 2:00
Gear:  6.5 LF solo kite and TT board
Water Conditions:  onshore chop
Weather:  mostly cloudy mid-50s
Wind:  20-30 mph generally west
Highlights:  Air time, ollies, slick carving and toe to heel ollies

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Session 17 of the 2017 season: Cold, chilly day with relentless westery winds - slicks are howling

TOB: 12:00 - 2:00
Gear: 6.5 LF with TT
Water Conditions: On shore choppy conditions
Weather: Mostly cloudy, mid-50s
Wind: WNW - WSW-WNW 20-30 mph
Highlights: Action in the slicks

Another onshore 20-40 mph day, waited for a lull 20-30 mph lull that is.
Rigged the 6.5 for the second day in a rowmand headed straight for the slick.
Enjoyed boosting, carving, olliling, and slashing in flat water.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Session 16 of the 2017 season: Early windsurfing session to real slick, afternoon on 9M kite session at the slick

First time ever windsurfing on a glassy slick...with easy carving and full planning jibes.
Early sesh with the WS to the slick, took a break and then 9M kiting to the slick
   9:00 - 10:30 WS with 5.0M and 100 liter, 12:30 - 2:00 KB with 9M and TT. 2:00 - 3:00 kited with directional board.
Gear:    5.0M/100 liter and 9M/TT and strapped directional board
Water Conditions:  typical  sound side
Weather:    Blue bird mid-60s all day
Wind:   WSW to SW  20-30 mph
Highlights: Slick action with the windsurfer

Monday, April 3, 2017

Session 15 of the 2017 season:Cloudy evening to last light session

Calm all day with the wind forecasted to pick up in the late afternoon.
Harry braved it and went out WS,  ripping it up out at the wind line, a few other kiters were soon out.
Finally rigged my 11M Z1 and bee lined it up to the slick for a few quick runs, flukier winds there due to wind direction, but workable. We rode beyond last light.
Craig, Mr. I'll never ride in the dark, and I enjoyed the session. Beers in the hot tub to finished the night.

TOB:   6:30-8:00
Gear:    11M/TT 
Water Conditions:  Typical sound side
Weather:    cloudy evening with mid-50s temperatures
Wind:   SSE to 30 mph, side off
Highlights: Dark session with early darkness due to a cloudy sunset

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Session 14 of the 2017 season: Opening Day in OBX a combo day of Kiting and Windsurfing

Sunday 4/2/10 - First day out on our first day in OBX
Morning session on the 9M with side off winds. Sketching launching on the inside at our rental "Water Lily" in Waves. We made it work and kited for an hour and a half in somewhat gusty conditions. Later in the afternoon rigged up the 5.0 Ezzy and windsurfed with the 100 liter board.
Good day overall, windsurfing is hard

TOB:   10:30 - 12:00 kite and 2:30-3:30 5.0 WS
Gear:    9M/TT and 5M 100 liter
Water Conditions:  Typical
Weather:    Bluebird, chilly day with mid-50s temperatures
Wind:   NNE 10-30, side off
Highlights: First day of our OBX trip with Craig, Larry, and Harry

Friday, March 24, 2017

Session 13 of the 2017 season: Opening day for me at my home launch

Metrobeach with it's dirty water and dooming effect came alive today.
I barely saw a whitecap the entire 2.5 hours but the wind was up high.
With the temperatures nearing the mid-60s all of the warm air rose above the cold stable water surface.
Overall not a bad day, had some periods of working hard to get back upwind from the beach area. Not the steadiest of winds but fun lofting the kite and slashing a few swells. There was about a dozen kiters on kite sizes 11 thru 17M.

TOB:  1:30 - 4:00 non-stop                  
Gear:    11M Z1 and TT
Water Conditions:  hardly a white cap 
Weather:   mid-60s with thin overcast
Wind:  up high within the 11M range
Highlights:  floating boosts

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Session 12 of the 2017 Snowkite Season: Island Park Idaho - whiteouts and blustery conditions

Whiteout conditions in howling winds

Craig and decided to take the day off from Big Sky snowboarding to indulge in some snowkiting.
The wind forecast looked good for snowkiting at Island Park and not good for snowboarding at Big Sky.  (Too windy).
So we hit up the Island  Park area, rigged our 9M kites and rode out in poor visibility. Occasional we would see some sunlight which enabled us to see the terrain. We did locate a drop off we were warned about, which was actually a hill shaped like a wave. Riding on this terrain was a change from snow covered lake riding. The hill could actually be ridden like a wave, carving on top and then riding down hill and carving a bottom turn. Did that a few times until the light got bad again and couldn't make out the hill, (wave) from the horizon.
Finally a snow squall blasted through dropping heavy snow with whiteout conditions and increasing the wind speeds to beyond my 9M limits. We both struggle to get in and land our kites in the estimated 40+ mph squall.
Overall a wet, poor visibility day  - not highly rated for sure. The brief runs on the wave were different and fun but that was about it.

  1:00 - 2:15
Gear:    9M Z and Burton Board
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)   Wind blown snow on a solid base, some wind scoured spots
Weather:   cloudy, snow, blowing snow, drifting snow and whiteouts, 30-35 degrees
Wind:  mainly southern winds 20-40 mph
Highlights: wide open, hilly terrain at 6500 feet above sea level, poor visibility, white out conditions and too windy during a snow squall.

TRACK snowkite island park Saturday 3/4
MAX SPEED 20.18 mph
SKI DISTANCE 11.00 miles

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Session 11 of the 2017 snowkite season: Island Park Idaho - the sun is shining

Wind blown conditions on a meadow near Island Park Idaho
Craig and I decided to take a day off from riding Big Sky and do some snowkiting.
Took a suggestion from Kyle and headed to Island Park just across the Idaho border.
There we found meadows of snow covered terrain to kite on. The hills were a treat - I never kited up or down hills before. The snow conditions were near excellent with wind blown powder and plenty of it. Mostly sunny conditions with blowing and drifting snow  

  1:00 - 3:00
Gear:    11M Z1 and Burton Board
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)   Wind blown snow up to 10 inches deep on a solid base
Weather:   Mostly sunny, blowing, drifting snow 15-20 degrees
Wind:  mainly southern winds 20-30 mph
Highlights: wide open  hilly terrain at 6500 feet above sea level

TRACK snow kite island park Idaho
MAX SPEED 22.34 mph
SKI DISTANCE 20.56 miles

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Session 10 of the 2017 snowkite season: Cass Lake better then expected

  2:45 - 5:00 (2 hours and 15 minutes)
Gear:   13M Z kite
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  wind blown packed snow
Weather:  overcast/hazy day near 30 degrees
Wind: winds to 20 from the S-SW
Highlights: better then expected session, some good boosting and carving, looping the kite during the lulls

TRACK snowkite Sass Lake 2/4     
MAX SPEED: 19.30 mph
SKI DISTANCE: 21.84 miles

Chris making it work with a 9M on a 13M day

Friday, February 3, 2017

Session 9 of the 2017 snowkite season: Overpowered on Orchard Lake

Nice to be out on a rare bluebird day

TOB:  2:00 - 3:15 (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Gear:   11M Z1 kite
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  wind blown packed snow
Weather:  Bluebird day near 22 degrees
Wind: winds to 30 from the WNW
Highlights:  Nice to kite with sunshine. Nice snow conditions, overpowered on my 11, should of rigged the 9 or 6.5.

TRACK snowkite orchard lake 2/3
MAX SPEED: 18.04 mph
AVERAGE SPEED: 11.73 mph
DISTANCE: 12.30 miles

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Session 8 of the 2017 snowkite season: Lake Leelanau with nearly bottomless hard packed conditions

Decided to head over to Lake Leelanau due to scarce coverage on Little Glen Lake.
Found snow conditions 100 % better there. Two days ago I noticed the radar showed several hours of LE snow falling over the northern part of the peninsula. I found snow depths up to 10 inches of heavy snow, not easily blown away by he winds. No bare spots, even coverage seemingly across the entire lake. Occasionally during a hard carve the base or ice could be felt.
Five other kiters were out kites ranging from 10-12 M.

TOB: 11:45-2:15
Gear:  13M Z Kite with Burton Hero board
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  Fresh heavy powder 4-10 inches
Weather: Grey day, lite snow, near 30 degrees
Wind: NW 10-25 mph, drifting snow
Highlights: Almost bottomless. A heavy snowfall in the warmer temps made the snow a heavy packed powder. Another lofty, lifty day. Excellent carving in the seemingly bottomless heavy

TRACK L Leelanaw 2/1
MAX SPEED: 24.53 mph
DISTANCE: 27.33 miles

Monday, January 30, 2017

Session 7 of the 2017 Snowkite season: Crystal Lake with the bare minimum of snow

TOB: 2:30 - 3:45
Gear:  13M Z Kite with Burton Hero board
Water Conditions:  (snow conditions)  fresh powder 2-3 inches,  on top of smooth ice, just barely enough
Weather: cloudy,  20ish degrees
Wind: steady 12 - 18 from the south, some drifting snow on occasion
Highlights: lite wind with low friction, made it worked

Not to much hard carving with 2-3 inches of fresh snow on a solid plate of smooth ice.

TRACK Crystal Lake Snowkite 1/30
MAX SPEEP: 20.94 mph
SKI DISTANCE: 15.24 miles

Good lift at times