Monday, March 4, 2019

Session 11 of the 2019 season: I could really do without days like this

Successfully doing the down loop with the 11m naish.
Also happy to see that the leak has been fixed.
A brutal session, vertigo  sets in these white out conditions.

Gear:  11M naish kite with TT board
TOB:  1:30-3:00
Winds: 10-30 WSW 
Weather:  7 degrees, snowing, whiteouts
Surface:  powder 6-10 inches, you could still scrap ice when you're pressing hard. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Session 10 of the 2019 season: Winter at it's finest and it's getting better

Little Glen Lake with winter 2019 at its finest with more to come.
Somewhat marginal session, that could be blamed on the deep powder with more drag. 

Gear: 13M Z kite with TT board
TOB: 2:00-4:30
Winds: Generally west to 20 mph
Weather: Mostly cloudy and 13 degrees
Surface: 4-8 inches a result of 5 days of daily accumulations


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Session 9 of the 2019 season: Near Epic Lake Mitchell

13m session with Eric, Jeff and Marc. They were on 14m kites
I never heard the scrapping ice song. Powder on top with a nice base below.

Got a good grip on down looping with transitions. 
Because of the sun, surface conditions and fellow kiters this was a near epic session. 
NNW breeze 10-20 mph, some sun and a warm 25 degrees

Gear: 13M Z Kite with TT board   
TOB:  1:00-4:00  
Winds: NNW 10-25 mph  
Weather: Mostly sunny, 25 degrees  
Surface:  Powder with a soft base, never scrapped ice

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Session 8 of the 2019 season: Crystal Lake with a fresh 3-5 inches

Gear:   13M Z-kite with Burton TT
TOB:    4:00-5:30
Winds:   SSW 10-20 mph 
Weather:  cold, near 15 degrees, mostly sunny mostly cloudy  
Surface: 3-5 inches of freshies with boiler plate underneath

13M kite, 2-4 inches of freshies on top of boiler plate.
Bluebird, winds S, 10-20mph, 22 degrees.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Session 7 of the 2019 season: Lake Cadillac with brutal tempertures and snow pack

On my way up to Empire I stopped at Lake Cadillac.
Rigged the 13M kite in 2 feet plus of heavy wind packed snow, with water underneath.
Launched at the east end of the lake near Katie’s apt.
Kited for about an hour with mostly heavy wind packed snow. A few bare spots of crunchy stuff and a lot of hard pack heavy drifts. Session was marginal, winds steadily got lighter. Toward the end I hit some water which instantly froze on my board bottom and ended the session. Luckily I was near the launch and I was able to make it back with out having to walk

Gear:   13M Z-kite with Burton TT
TOB:    3:00-4:30
Winds:   WNW 10-20 mph 
Weather:  Brutally cold, mostly cloudy, 10 degrees, winds 10-20 mph from the NW   
Surface: Deep heavy wind blown packed snow with slush underneath.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Session 6 of the 2019 season: First totally slick session of season

Near Titusville today, wind wasn't in the forecast but some thermals showed up.
Driving on the 402 causeway I saw kiters kiting on the Indian river.
I stopped and rigged and kited with the local crew on the north side of the causeway, AKA Parish Park.
A shallow slick with the wind blowing offshore.
Rigged 13M with the TT. Got a quickie 1 hour in. Other kiters on 17, 15, 13 and a 12.
Silky, smooth, near 80 and partly cloudy, 
SE winds 10-20 mpg.

Gear: 13M Z kite with TT board    
TOB:   1 hour, 4:00-5:00  
Winds:  SE 10-20
Weather:   Partly cloudy, near 80 degrees
Surface:  Slicks