Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Session 53 of the 2018 season: Empire Beach - as gnarly as it gets

Gear: 9M Naish with TT
TOB:  8:30-10:00
Winds:  Gnarly SSW 15-40 mph
Weather: Very warm morning, 80 degrees with a cold front barreling in 
Surface:  Gnarly, gnarly and more gnarly
Highlights: Glad to make it back to the beach for a safe landing.

What else should you be doing on an 80 degree, windy morning at Empire Beach. With severe weather warnings posted.
Had to get out before all the serious stuff started up.
On the water it was a rodeo with gusty 15-40 mph from the SSW. Used my 9M and TT board.
Survival kiting and gnarly are two good words to describe today. Either to much or not enough. Couldn’t ride the inside breakers, gusty and the outside was so disorganized. Finally ended it when the rain came. 

Empire Chamber of Commerce Video

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Session 52 of the 2018 season: Pt Betsie like no place else

Gear: 11M Naish with TT
TOB:  1:30-3:30
Winds:  Gnarly SSW 15-40 mph
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny  
Surface:  Started as small swell building as the day progressed
Highlights: While all other sites had 10-15 mph winds Pt Betsie had enough for a easy 11M session.
Pt Betsie session on the 11M with TT board.
Sunny, 80 degrees with SSW winds to 25 mph.
Solid wind, with a slow steady increase in the wind.
Fun day using 20 meter lines on new bar.
2 other kiters, one on a 12 another on a 9 with a foil board.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Session 51 of the 2018 season: Hot and breezy at the local launch

Gear: Started with the 13M Z kite and after an hour I switched to the 11M Naish pivot with TT board. 
TOB: 2:00-3:00 and 4:00-5:30
Winds: Hot SW winds to 30 mph
Weather: Hot, sunny mid-80s 
Surface: Had the occasional nicely formed swell from the right direction to use as a pop to boost from. 
Highlights:  All around nice boosting day with some of the hottest conditions of the year. 
20 plus kiters enjoying the hot breezes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Session 50 of the 2018 season: Platte River Pointe 9M Naish swallowed by the trees - all was not lost

Gear:  7M Naish Pivot
TOB:  3:30-4:30
Winds: NNW to 30mph
Weather: Overcast and 60s 
Surface:  Some head high breaking waves 
Highlights: Bad day, lost my 9M Naish to the tree gods. All was not lost as the 7M Naish worked. 
I got  a short session in after a quick grieving of my lost.
It was fun to play in some of Lake Michigan's finest breaking waves. Although a short session and not quite enough wind 
Thank you Chris F for the pictures.
I would say head high waves

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Session 49 of the 2018 season: Tawas surprise!

Gear:  13M Z kite with surf board and TT
TOB:  5:00-8:00
Winds: Southern 12-20 mph 
Weather: Clear, hot, 80ish degrees
Surface:  Small breaking waves and "The Slick" 
Highlights: The wind forecast for Tawas wasn't spectacular.
As I was driving toward Empire, of course I had to monitor the wind speed at Tawas Point and sure enough 15-20 mph is what it was. Good enough for me and my 13M Z kite.
Ran into Jerry at the beach and enjoyed the next 3 hours of steady as Tawas can get with southern, warm winds. Watching Jerry do rolls, unhooked 360s, dark side slides and other unrecognizable stuff.
First 1.5 hour session I took out the surf board and beelined it to the point. 2nd session got on the TT board and headed back to the point.
An excellent evening kiting with the superstar Jerry, watching and learning his style.
Had a beer and pizza with Jerry and finally got to Empire by 1:30 am....a long enjoyable day.

35 Miles of tracks

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Session 48 of the 2018 season: A feel good session - hot and sunny but winds were marginal

Gear:  13M Z kite with TT board
TOB:  4:00-5:15 
Winds:  SW and WSW to 20 mph. WSW is an undesirable direction
Weather:  Hot and sunny 
Surface: small chop
Highlights: Marginal 13M session. Not much to mention about this session. Except it did feel good, a very hot and sunny day. Cooling off on the water was better then working.
Started at the regular launch and landed at the beach. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Session 47 of the 2018 season: Metrobeach, late and Nothing fancy, just 92 degrees with some wind

Gear: 13M Z kite and TT
TOB: Evening ride 7:00-8:00 
Winds: SW more then usually
Weather: Mid 80s and sunny
Surface: small chop
Highlights: A late start with nothing fancy, just 92 degrees with some wind.
13M kite and TT board. I wasn’t able to gain confidence in the wind so I stuck close to launch site. Just as everyone else did.
Others got the best of it earlier in the day.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Session 46 of the 2018 season: Metrobeach with travels to a newly reveal slick

Gear:  13M Z kite and TT board
TOB:   2:30-4:30
Winds: SSE 15-20
Weather:  Sunny and warm 
Surface conditions: small south chop
Highlights: A surprise session with winds that were not expected.
Rigged my 13M kite and by 2:30 there was plenty of wind. Went out on my TT board and headed to a newly recognized slick on the leeside of Beacon Cove marina.
Enjoying the smooth water with plenty of easy boosting and hard carving turns.
Fun day with 20 plus kites at play.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session 45 of the 2018 season: Solid, fun,11M Naish kite session

Gear:  11M Naish Pivot kite with TT board  
TOB:    Early morning session non-stop from 8:00-11:00
Winds:   Another odd and rare day with SE winds12-25 mph
Weather:  Mid-70s, lite rain practically the entire 3 hour session  
Surface conditions:  Small SE swell, nothing organized

Highlights: Another fun non-stop session with SE winds 12-25 mph.
A solid 11 meter day with TT board.
Again a rare direction for the wind ESE-SE, 12-24 mph.
Practically misting, drizzling or raining during the the whole time.
Us early birds got the best of the day’s wind.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Session 44 of the 2018 season: Oddly, my first 2018 session at Metrobeach

July 20th, my first water kite session of this season for Metrobeach - an odd year
A late evening session with rare but steady ESE winds.

Gear:  13M Z kite with TT board  
TOB:    5:00-7:00 pm, late evening session
Winds:   odd and rare  ESE winds 10-20 mph
Weather:  Near 80, partly sunny with water temp in the mid 70s   
Surface conditions:  Small SE swell, nothing organized
Highlights: A fun non-stop session with rare ESE winds 10-20 mph.