Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 73 of the 2017 season: A rare SE wind for me at Metrobeach

A decent 13M session, rare for me to kite with nearly SE winds.
Played at the beach in the SE swell, surprising well spaced 1-3 footers with clean troughs.
Four other kiters on 12 to 15M kites

TOB: 2:45-4:15
Gear: 12M Z kite and TT 
Water conditions:  rare SE swells of 1-3 feet
Wind: averaging near 20 mph from the SSE 
Weather:  some sun but mostly cloudy, 40-42 degrees
Highlights: fun slashing SE swell well space close to beach

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Day 72 of the 2017 season: Duel venue, MB and HI - both decent sessions

The double venue day turned out to be a decent day in spite of the dire forecast of cold temps. Nearing 50 degrees with some sunlight, that is until the bitter end on the island. With 40+ mph wind gusts as a squall line of rain and ice pellets ended my day.
Chris, Keith, Mark and 3 others were out in full force with kite sizes 6.5M to7M.
Special note: First sticking snowfall of the season on my deck by 8 that night.

A John Simpson photo at the Metrobeach venue

TOB: MB 12:00-1:00 and HI 3:00-4:14
Gear:   MB 9M Z kite with TT and HI 6.5M LF with TT
Water conditions:   Some nice slashey swells at both venues with big time boosts and ollies
Wind: MB gusty SW to 30 mph plus, HI a gusty 30 and 40 mph plus
Weather:   near 50 degrees with some sunny periods
Highlights: boost city and carving/slashing delight
Relive MB
Relive HI

Second venue, Harsens Island

First venue, Metrobeach

Friday, November 3, 2017

Day 71 of the 2017 season: HI for a marginal quickie session

The forecast was marginal, but I felt like it was going to be enough.
Took the drive and was barley rewarded with a marginal 13M session.
Basically mowing, while waiting for the wind to pick up. Some good moments with 18-20 mph winds but overall not what I expected.
You win some and  loose some in this sport, at least it wasn't a total loss. 

TOB:  Quickie 2:00-3:00
Gear:   13M Z kite and TT
Water conditions:   small chop to nearly flat
Wind:  NNW to 23 mph
Weather:  mid to upper 40s with sunlight
Highlights: I tried to make it work, a marginal day it was.

The Ren Cen, 9 mile tower and the 2 sisters