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  • Hugh Robertson
    yesterday

    Here's a video from Sunday from the guy who maintains the Michigan DawnPatrol website - he sends out an assessment of the weather for the weekend each Thursday for the west coast of Michigan. We have to do a downwinder if we get another shot at it this Fall, maybe with Marc is not the Chicago guys.

    midawnpatrol.com/…

  • Kevin DeLorey
    2 days ago

    King of the Great Lakes was awesome. Plenty of wind, plenty of kiting. Tried several different kites and had my likes and dislikes with each one. The kite that impressed me the most was the 2015 Naish Fly. The kite was a little slow turning, however it was able to climb extremely fast generating power when you needed it most. I was able to cruise up wind without having to work the kite in 8-10 kts where as everyone else (including myself) struggled to stay up wind with other much larger kites.

    I put together a few photos that Jen and I took throughout the weekend. I'll be adding some more, but you can find what I have here: thewindspot.com/…

  • Frankie
    1 week ago

    We had an amazing weekend at KOGL 2014 in Grand Haven. The waves were ferocious today with the 30 knot winds, keeping a lot of people off the water. Late in the day, things started to settle down a bit and a few more people braved the conditions. If you haven't gone to this event, you are missing out. I got to try lots of new 2015 gear from several different brands. Three days of demos, two nights of food, two night of parties, and lots of great people. Put it on your calendar for next year.

    Hugh Robertson Agreed, and nice going there on Sunday, Frankie, you are braver than me trying tricks in front of that crowd with Brandon showing off. Sorry that your last session didn't end so well. I had a good time, including enjoying riding Marc Koeksema's Airrush Sector board in the light wind on Friday. But Sunday was great, and I really enjoyed the waves and the big swells far out. Before you got there Sunday morning I twice rode on the westerly onshore breeze all the way up to the lighthouse building at the end of the south pier and watched a motorboat come running into the harbor. The swells up there were amazing and I had two wild rides back in from there.

    Since I can't really tell the differences between kites, I really did not learn much I did not already know, but it was certainly interesting to ride the Cabo 9m back-to-back with the Kahoona 7.5m and convince myself that they are not that different in power, so I will not buy a Cabo 9m to replace the weary Waroo 9m I have in Cape Town. Maybe a TS 10m, which I enjoyed Saturday morning before the wind dropped, but it has almost no drift so not so good on the waves in Cape Town. The 12m Cabrinha Radar I rode on Saturday afternoon was pretty good too, and better than my Cabrinha Vector 12m, but I'll stick with it. I'm still not sure what I would replace my two big kites with once they finally die. None of the ones I rode there were completely convincing. Maybe that big Epic kite, or just get another old Bullaroo 16m from Ebay! They fly just as well as anything big I tried on Friday or Saturday.

    And again, thanks for the heads-up about Little Sable Point on Friday afternoon, we had a great session up there (maybe add it to your weather page?), and I'm working on trying to re-unite the RRD pro who lost his kite up there with his kite, which apparently ended up on Ludington State Park beach.

    The history on your weather page suggested that South Haven blew even harder on Sunday, but at least on the Chicago kitesurfing forum, no-one seems to have been there, just a crew on Saturday morning.
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  • Kevin DeLorey
    2 weeks ago

    Waking up pretty early tomorrow to head up to KOGL. Saturday is looking like a good for wind up there. We'll see how the weather holds up though.

  • Frankie
    2 weeks ago

    www.mackiteboarding.com/kogl-test-fest-2014/

  • Hugh Robertson
    3 weeks ago

    Wednesday in the rain? I have the day open.

    Frankie I'm okay with the rain, but the lightning is an issue.
    3 weeks ago
  • Frankie
    4 weeks ago

    Thursday is teasing us with a Swim Beach forecast. 15-20kts from the South.

    Frankie Im saving my time for something more epic.
    4 weeks ago
  • Ken Moyer
    4 weeks ago

    Yes had a good day Dan got there a bit before me, talking on the phone trying to give directions with bad reception and accent
    Rode the 14 and got Anna up for a few short rides on the 7.5
    even took the 7.5 back up wind for Anna Shut down about 230

  • Hugh Robertson
    4 weeks ago

    Ken, how was Carlyle? Did you find Dan Sparks?

  • Frankie
    4 weeks ago

    Had another great session today at the marina. Rode the BWS 12m Noise and the 11m GP. The weather was beautiful contrary to what the forecast showed. It looks like the storms are getting ready to roll in now.

    Hugh Robertson Yup, was nice, and Saturday too, although I had to ride my 16m Bularoo on my surfboard both days. 12m on surfboard was too small (although I did not try it in the top winds), while for some reason I could not work upwind on my twintip with the 16m. I even got some single hop gybes today.
    4 weeks ago
  • Frankie
    1 month ago

    Rode my 11m GP and Litewave for a couple of hours today. I'm trying to get used to the GP so I can start doing more tricks this fall season. It takes several sessions to get used to the feel of the kite. I need to be able to fly it blind before I'm willing to throw myself too hard at the water.

  • Hugh Robertson
    1 month ago

    Maybe, but let' not try this trick from three of the worlds best in Cape Town vimeo.com/…

  • Frankie
    1 month ago

    Watch for wind tomorrow.

  • Hugh Robertson
    1 month ago

    St Joseph would have been interesting today. Before and after the lines of storms went through. During the storms it appears they had gusts to 50 knots!

  • Frankie
    2 months ago

    Went to The Road today with Michael and Jen around 1:30pm. Michael rode the 9.5m Kahoona. I started out on the 12m BWS Noise until it started kicking my ass. I then rigged down to the 11m GP. We rode until 5pm.

    Hugh Robertson Ken said he got it good too. Pity, but I had a great sail to the power plant, then dinner at Boondocks, then sailed alongside Ken and a bunch of teenagers in the evening, a couple of perseid meteors later and a great moonrise. Nice day of sailing.
    2 months ago
  • Frankie
    2 months ago

    There's a chance for a lightwind session at the Road on Tuesday.

    Hugh Robertson Long way to go to get skunked, probably need to get up to LSP at least or Big Sable to get anything decent. Might join you at the road, with a big kite.
    2 months ago
  • Frankie
    2 months ago

    Michael and I are heading to Upper Limits in Bloomington tomorrow to do some climbing. We will be there at 10am for a class, and then climbing the rest of the afternoon.
    www.upperlimits.com/bloomington/

  • Hugh Robertson
    2 months ago

    Nice. We were in Fiji for a few days a decade ago and the SE trades blew hard every day. Hopefully I'll get there again on a yacht within the next decade!

  • Frankie link a video.
    2 months ago
    Kitesurfing Namotu Island Fiji, July 2014

    It's always hard to exactly explain a place, but I really wanted to put the kitesurfing at Namotu Island into perspective. In the end, having Stu Gibson (www.stugibson.net) follow me with his drone was the most effective. It followed me from Namotu, out to the left hand break directly in front of the island we usually kite and straight back in; just enough time for a few waves. Namotu is built for kitesurfing; it suits any level rider with perfect flat water out the back and waves out the front. If you haven't been there, put it on your list and I promise you won't be disappointed. Ben Wilson. ----- BWSurf is the only Surf Specific brand building kiting equipment in the world. We're all riders with a huge passion for all things kite and surf. Shop online now at www.bwsurf.com

    Would love to make this trip some year.