Friday, July 28, 2017

Day 43 of the 2017 season: EPIC day at Lexington

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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