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.

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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