Thursday, May 31, 2018

Session 33 of the 2018 season: Caseville Beach with barely a whiteap

TOB: Over 3 hours logging 45 miles  
Gear:   11M Z1 and 12M Pivot 
Surface conditions:   Nary a whitecap 
Wind:  Generally 17-25 mph from the SW  
Weather:  Sunny, hot near 90 degrees 

Highlights: Traveled to Caseville for some wind and Kitesurfing. Nary a whitecap to be seen but the wind sensor reported SW 17-22 mph. 11M kite should work, rigged it and for the next 3 hours enjoyed the 85 degree air temp, warm water and sunny breezy conditions.
Although the winds were steady and on the low end of the 11M’s range it didn’t hinder the fun factor. Nice flat water behind the jetty, in fact basically flat water everywhere. Logged some serious mileage and enjoyed every second of it. Nice way to end the dismal month of May. 
Demoed a 12M Naish pivot kite and liked it, it’ll probably be my next update.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Session 32 of the 2018 season: Not your typical 3 sesssion at 2 locations summer day

Pt Betsy, Usually a horrible beach launch. 

Finally the streak is broken, first rides since May 5.
An early morning marginal session at Empire Beach and two EPIC afternoon sessions at Pt Betsie.
What a difference a site makes..Frankfort had lite air with 2 big kites out while 10 miles down the road Pt Betsy was a solid 9 M.
Kited with Jason from downstate.

TOB:  Morning session at Empire 10:30-11:30. Afternoon sessions at Pt Betsie 3:00-4:00 (11M) and 5:00-6:30 (9M)
Gear: 11M Z1 and 9M Naish Pivot   
Surface conditions:  Lake Michigan swell 
Wind:  SSW at Empire 15-20 mph and Pt Betsy SSW 15-30+ mph 
Weather:  Summer type conditions, 70-75 degrees at the beach and sunny  
Highlights Using the new 9M Naish kite on some Lake Michigan, Pt Betsie swell. I love it!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Session 31 of the 2018 season: Pinconning - 4 hours of drive time for ugly conditions

TOB: 2:30-4:00
Gear:  11M Z1 and 13M Z with TT   
Surface conditions:  flat water 
Wind:  ENE 10-20 
Weather:  cloudy, cool 53 degrees and sprinkles

What we, (Craig, John and I) thought was going to be a downwinder didn’t happen. Untrustworthy marginal winds, 10-20 from the ENE just wasn’t enough.
John and I started on 12 and 11 meter kites. Eventually I rigged my 13 meter and with an uptick in wind speed it worked out.
I was able to work on my reverse toeside riding/carving without lack of power.
Rain, gray skies, brown water and a cool 53°. And 4 hours of drive time....ugg.