Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Session 38 of the 2019 season: Kitesurfing with waves at Pointe Betsie

11:38 AM on Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Kitesurfing with waves at Pointe Betsie
Finally had a near epic play day with Lake Michigan. Kitesurfing with the 11M and TT.
Carving, slicing and dicing the inside mostly clean waves.
75 degrees, pure Michigan sun and winds south 15-25 mph.
Jud, Rick, Johnny Stormcloud and a few others, 6 kiters total.

Point Betsie Beach, Surprisingly better then last year at this time.

Gear:    11M kite with TT board
TOB:    11:30-1:00
Wind:    South 15-25mph
Weather:   100% sunny, air temp mid-70s, water temp mid-60s
Surface:  2-4 foot outside swells, some clean waves inside

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Session 37 of the 2019 season: Hoyles at Linwood to Slicks

11:29 AM on Sunday, July 7, 2019
Hoyles at Linwood to Slicks. Sag Bay
Mostly solid 11M with TT board.
A lot of effort to get to the slicks, several upwind tacks and finally arriving, seemed like it took an hour.
A good day for an overdue needed kite session.
NE winds 15-25 mph, bluebird day, mid-70s air and water temperatures.
Had to be 15-20 kiters, very large crowd.

Gear:  Solid 11M  
TOB:   11:30-2:30
Wind:   NE winds 15-25 mph
Weather:  bluebird day, mid-70s air and water temperatures
Surface: Lovin the slicks 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Session 36 of the 2019 season: Fun day at the Caseville breakwall

2:10 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Caseville Rocks
A trip to the Thumb’s Caseville paid off with nearly 4 hours of amazing action.
Not quite the best wind direction but it worked. Winds SW 15-25 mph. Small 1-2 foot swells with some cleaner swells at the break-wall. The slick was saweet as usual.
I was on my 11M with my TT board.
The early birds got the best of it, on 9M kites. By the time I got on the water it lightened up a bit and had more south.
There was more wind up high than on the water.
Mostly sunny, temperatures were summer like, mid-70s and water temperature was probably mid-60s.
At least 30 kiters were counted at the peak.
Kites ranged from 7M to 17M through out the day.

Gear:  11M Pivot
TOB:   2:00-5:00
Wind:   SW winds 15-25 mph
Weather:  summer like, mid-70s and water temperature, mid-60s.
Surface: loved the slicks 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Session 35 of the 2019 season: Pin to Lin downwinder Saginaw Bay

12:12 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2019
Pin to Lin Downwinder (last day of spring 2019)
11 meter kite, TT board, light rain, mid-60s and Northeast winds to 30 mph.
Not an epic downwinder but well worth the effort and drive time.
Craig, Mark, Bob and Aaron all on 12M kites.
Dinner, drinks and fish stories at the Log Cabin. Excellent day with excellent friends.

Gear:  11M Pivot
TOB:   12:00-4:00
Wind:   NE winds to 30 mph
Weather:  Cloudy, light rain, mid-60s
Surface: Fabulous slicks 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Session 34 of the 3019 season: Metrobeach early morning sessions

Gear:  11M Pivot
TOB:   7:30-10:30 
Wind:   SW winds to 30 mph
Weather:  Cloudy mid-60s, SW winds to 30mph 
Surface: Typical LSC

7:29 AM on Saturday, June 15, 2019
Metrobeach lights up
11M conditions with TT board.
Cloudy mid-60s, SW winds to 30mph.
Nice small swells in the bowl area to play in.
Up to 20 kiters mostly on 12M down to 9M kite sizes.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Session 33 of the 2019 season: HI slicks epic conditions

3:39 PM on Monday, June 10, 2019
HI EPIC Slicks
9M epic slick action in the middle channel and beyond. Spent most of the session there.
Mostly cloudy, 60s air and 60 water, NW winds to 30 mph.
Craig, Tom on 9M and Mark on a 12M.

Gear:  9M Pivot
TOB:   3:30-6:00  
Wind:   NW winds to 30 mph
Weather:   Mostly cloudy, 60s air and 60 water 
Surface: Slicks

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Session 32 of the 2019 season: Summertime at last with Metrobeach firing up

Gear: 13M down to 11M with TT board
TOB:   4:00-6:30  
Wind:  SSW-SW 10-30mph
Weather:  Mostly cloudy, mid 70s,  
Surface: Nice swell in he bowl area

Great sessions,
1st session:13M with TT board.
2nd session: 11M, building winds all afternoon. On the TT board with some nice swell to carve up in the bowl area.
Good boosting day, with a lot of crazies
Mostly sunny, summertime is here, 70 plus degrees with SW winds to 30 mph.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Session 31 of the 2019 season: HI lights up - summer weather returns

At 1:34 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019
HI lights up
70 degrees, bluebird day with 20-35mph warm WSW winds.
Near EPIC lofty 11M conditions for the 1st 11M session.
2nd and 3rd session were 7M conditions. Another amazing HI day with the local crew.
And of course a prized victory dinner and drinks at the Schoolhouse Grill.
Crew Mark, Keith, Craig, Chris and Tom

Gear:   11M and then 7M with TT
TOB:    3 hours of moving time
Wind:  Lofty WSW warm winds
Weather: Summerish in the 70s with bluebird skies  
Surface: Nice small well form swells could be found

Monday, May 20, 2019

Session 30 of the 2019 season: Harsens cold decent session

12:37 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019
Kitesurf at Harsens Island.

Cold, grey and windy...air temperatures were 20 degrees above freezing. Water temperatures were 13 degrees above freezing. Hmmm...it’s almost June.
2 sessions: Started on the 9M kite for the first session and the 11M for the second session.
Fun sessions, hit some slicks with the first session, middle channel slicks weren’t working, but other slicks on the way to the middle channel were.
Keith, Craig, Mark, Richard and Tom.
Kites sizes from 12 to 9.

Gear:  9M, 11M kites with TT
TOB:   2.5 hours from with a break 12:30-5:00
Wind:  West clocking to WNW 10-30 mph
Weather: cold, grey, 52ish air temp and water 45ish
Surface: some voodoo chop to nice little swell to play on

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Session 29 of the 2019 season: Hoyles

Linwood on Saginaw Bay: 11M & 12M conditions with onshore winds 18-25 mph. Easy trip to the slicks where we all headed to immediately. Played there for an hour and a half before sprinkles began and the wind ramped up. With the higher water levels some old slicks are gone but many new ones to explore.
Mid-50s, mostly cloudy, east winds 15-30 mph, sprinkles and Voodoo choppy conditions at the dangerous rif-raf launch. Overall a fun session at the slicks.
Craig, Keith, Larry, Eddie, Bob and myself.

where we all headed to immediately. Played there for an hour and a half before sprinkles began and the wind ramped up. With the higher water levels some old slicks are gone but many new ones to explore. 

Mid-50s, mostly cloudy, east winds 15-30 mph, sprinkles and Voodoo choppy conditions at the dangerous rif-raf launch. Overall a fun session at the slicks.
Craig, Keith, Larry, Eddie, Bob and myself.

Gear: 11M kite with TT board
TOB: 3:30-5:00 
Wind: Mainly east 15-30 mph
Weather: Mostly cloudy, mid-50s, 
Surface: voodoo chop at the launch and sick slicks at the slicks

Friday, April 26, 2019

Session 28 of the 2019 season: Opening day in Michigan at HI

Gusty 7M conditions, but the slicks were Epic for Craig and I.
Mainly cloudy, 50ish, NW winds to 35mph.
Wind suddenly shut down on my way back from the slicks.

Opening day in Michigan at Harsens Island.

Victory dinner with Keith, Mark, Bob, Tom and Craig

Gear: 7M kite with TT
TOB: 1:00-3:00
Wind: Gusty on the ride to the middle channel slick, steadier 25-30 at the slick.
Weather: Mainly cloudy, 50isg degrees
Surface: Some voodoo chop but the slick was sick

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Session 27 of the 2019 season: Last day, 11M to 7M to 9M

Session 1:
10:58 AM on Saturday, April 20, 2019
Epic 7M 2 hour session
Went from 11M to epic 7M conditions instantly.
WSW winds 20-35 mph with nice ramp angles for boost assist.
Mostly cloudy, near 70 degrees.
Session 2:
3:28 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2019
The Grand Finale a 1.5 hour session.
That’s it, the final session of the OBX 2019 vacation is in the books.
Rode the 7M until it got to light then rode the 9 until got to light. An excellent final session.
The 24 season of the OBX trip comes to an end. Great trip, Great sessions, fun people.

Gear:7, 9, and 11M kites with TT
TOB: morning 2 hours, afternoon, 1.5 hours
Wind: WSW 20-35 mph
Weather: summerlike
Surface: side on choppiness 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Session 26 of the 2019 season: Epic 9M, Rowdy Rodeo 7M

1st session: 
8:45 AM on Friday, April 19, 2019.
Morning short but Epic ride, a 9M blissful sunny, mid-70s with south winds to 30mph.

2nd session:
1:47 AM on Friday, April 19, 2019.
Gnarly 7M conditions.
Gusty south winds, all kind of storms and warnings in the area. A rodeo at best.
Near 80 degrees, cloudy, sprinkles, SW winds 10-35 mph.
Was very concerned about my safety so made it a short session. Live to kite another day.

Gear:9M to 7M with TT
TOB: 1st: 1 hour, 2nd: 1 hour
Wind: Generally south to 30+mph
Weather: Morning, sunny warm, afternoon, storm warnings posted
Surface: Choppy

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Session 25 of the 2019 season: Epic 9m with a sunset session

1st session: Sunny, near 80 degrees,
South winds to 30+mph
Epic building to 9M conditions.

2nd session: Late evening and beyond sunset kiting.
Epic 9M conditions.
Mid-70d, sunny, south winds to 30mph.

Gear: 9M kite with TT
TOB: 1st: 4:00-5:30, 2nd: 7:00-8:00
Wind: South 30+mph
Weather: Summer like conditions
Surface: Typical

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Session 24 of the 2019 season: A 3 session well paced day with a sunset ride

1st session: Light winds in the forecast. Light winds turned out to be a solid 13m session. Barely a whitecap but good winds up high that steadily increased.
Summer weather, mid-70s, SW winds to 22 mph.

2nd session: rigged the 11m for this one...near epic steady conditions, boosting, carving and tried a few back loops and air translations. Still need a lot of work on accomplishing anything close to what they should be.
Same weather as the 1st session, except wind speed was higher..15-25 SW. 

3rd Session: Avon Soundside sunset session.
After a brief lull, and a pizza dinner, had the 13M rigged and ready.
13M Kite with TT board, warm summer like conditions.
Semi-cloudy sunset, SW winds to 20mph,

Gear: 13,11, 13M kites TT board
TOB: 10:30-12:30, 2:00-4:00, Sunset 6:45-8:00
Wind: SW winds all day 15-25 mph
Weather: Summer like conditions
Surface: Typical

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Session 23 of thw 2019 season: Roadtrip to Izzy's

This is the flat water paradise. The entire bay here is a giant shallow slick.
Early NE winds faded by 11 o’clock.
11M fun session, optimizing easy big air jumps in the flat water slicks.
Sunny, mid-50s, NE winds to 30mph.

Gear:7M kite with TT
TOB: 9:00-10:30
Wind: NE to 30+
Weather: Bluebird, mid-50s
Surface: Flat to flatter

Monday, April 15, 2019

Session 22 of the 2019 season: Relentless OBX winds continue

Session 1: EPIC 7M session, sunny, 70+ degrees, onshore west winds 25-35. 

Session 2: 9M blissful session, consistently boosting as big as I could. Fun riding with the French Canadians neighbors.
NW winds to 30mph, sunny, mid-60s

Gear: 7 and 9M kites with TT board
TOB: 12:00-1:30 and 6:00-7:30
Wind: Mainly west to northwest winds 25-35
Weather: Sunny mid-60s
Surface: Choppier then normal

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Session 21 of the 2019 season: Relentless winds

1st session: Rigged the 11M in 9M conditions. Well lite up with the 11, record jumps attained.
Sunny an absolutely hot day, near 80 degrees with wicked SSW winds to 30+ mph. 

Session 2: Down to the 7M kite, probably should of rigged it the first session too.
Well lite on the 7 and jumps were floaty and long.

Gear:11M and 7M kites with TT board
TOB: 1:30-3:00 and 4:30-6:00
Wind: SSW to 30+
Weather: near 80. sunny and hot
Surface: Typical soundside conditions

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Session 20 of the 2019 season: Light day with lofty winds

1st session: Casual morning ride with the surf board. Plenty of power with the 13M.
Mostly cloudy, near 70 degrees and winds from the south 12-18 mph.

Second session of the day.
TT with 13M, higher lofty winds.
More wind up high, barely a white cap on the water.
12m to 17m kite sizes on the water.

Gear: 13M all day surf board and TT board
TOB: 11:00-12:00 and 1:30-3:00
Wind: 12-18 MPH from the south
Weather: Mostly cloudy, near 70 degrees
Surface: Typical soundside conditions

Friday, April 12, 2019

Session 19 of the 2019 season: A 3 session day 1 WS and 2 KB sessions

1st session: Finally demoed a 105 Fanatic Stubby freewave board.
With my 5.7 Sail, too much to handle. South winds 20-30mph. Sunny, 70ish degrees. Not quite my style board.

Gear: 5.7 sail, 105 Fanatic freewave board.
TOB: 8:30-9:30
Winds: SE to 30 mph
Weather: Sunny, southeast, side off winds 20-30mph
Surface: Side off Chop

2nd session: Nearly epic Avon soundside conditions with 9M kite and TT.
Hours of near epic riding. Sunny, mid-70s with SSE winds to 30+.

Gear:  9M kite, TT board
TOB:  12:30-2:30
Winds:  SSE winds to 30+
Weather:  Sunny, mid-70s
Surface: Choppy

3rd session: Scary, gusty, fatiguing conditions. Hit a wall, zapped all of my energy, couldn't make sunset session.

Gear:  9M kite, TT board
TOB:  5:30-6:45
Winds:  SSE winds to 30+
Weather:  Sun with partly cloudy skies
Surface: choppy