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  • Frankie
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    www.cascademountain.com/…

    Cascade Mountain Cascade will open daily with regular hours and all services on Friday, November 28th. This is the strongest opening in our history. Snowmaking has been… www.cascademountain.com/regular-season-begins-friday-november-28th
  • Kevin DeLorey shared a photo.
    3 days ago

    Yesterday Frankie, Michael and I braved the arctic waters of Clinton Lake for a better than forecasted session.

    Frankie The water was VERY cold. There was ice in the Marina. These last two weeks of below freezing temperatures have really cooled the lake off.
    3 days ago 1
  • Frankie
    3 days ago

    We really need to do a snowkiting trip this year.

    That Invisible Force - 100% GoPro

    That Invisible Force is subtly talking about the air around us and its use as wind. Promoting the use of wind in recreation is a large part of what the Jackson Holeā€¦

  • Frankie linked a video.
    4 days ago
    Episode 2 - Where The Wind Blows

    Where The Wind Blows continues eastward as our group of women chase wind along the Columbia River Gorge. The girls display there diverse skill set as conditions proved tough; gusty winds and fierce currents kept the ladies on edge. Being a complete kiteboarder requires performing well in all conditions, Colleen, Sensi, Laura and Lindsay, show the power of collective energy, as they push each other to bring a high level of riding to the session. This is Where The Wind Blows.

  • Frankie linked a video.
    4 days ago
    Where The Wind Blows - Episode 1

    Where The Wind Blows is the story of four diverse professional kiteboarders, who despite their exotic winter adventures, find their way back to the Gorge each summer. Their friendship, passion for kiteboarding and sustaining health connects them in a way that will inspire all viewers. The Oregon summer experience is a multidimensional story that is rich in wholesome food, beautiful scenery, and great adventures. Join us as we follow Colleen Carroll, Lindsay McClure, Laura Mayer and Sensi Graves through the rich fabric of the Columbia River Basin, Oregon Coast and beyond

  • Frankie
    4 days ago

    We had better than forecasted conditions at the Marina today. The wind was cranking from the SW when we showed up. I rode a 9.5 Kahoona and Armada 138, then later switched to the BWS 12 when the wind let up a bit. Late in the session, I dropped and rolled the BWS 12 during a backroll. The I think the lines went too slack, not really sure. The kite twisted and the canopy had a ton of water on it on one of the wing tips. I had to pull the kite to me to fix it, and that screwed up the lines. I had to swim into the beach just South of Bird Island to fix it. I got the lines sorted out, relaunched and head back upwind to the marina. Then I had the P-Line break on the bridle while out in the middle of the lake. I managed to fly the kite back to shore. Last time this broke, the kite spiraled out of control. This time I knew what to do. This is the second time I will have to replace these lines. I now know why they eliminated this from the following year's model.

  • Frankie
    5 days ago

    Looks like a good day to play to the water. Anyone coming out with me?

  • Frankie shared 2 photos in the Clinton Lake album
    1 week ago

    I drove over the Parnell bridge this morning. On one side, steaming water. On the other side, snow covered ice in the distance. The West winds are bringing the warm water into the area, keeping the ice from forming.

    Ken Moyer Thanks for checking I was wondering what was happening
    1 week ago
  • Frankie linked a video.
    1 week ago
    Snowkite 2013

    Out behind the house, on the snow-covered soybean fields, we kited with our snowboards last winter. This session was just as good as any session on the water. Perfect conditions.

    Get ready for the snow season.

  • Frankie
    2 weeks ago

    Ice too soon.

  • Ken Moyer
    2 weeks ago

    Sorry I missed it .Thats why they invented bow kites .Cant believe Hugh missed out on a down winder

    Frankie My Bularoo kites did the same overflying the window and falling back. Low aspect kites with drift are better behaved in gusty conditions because they stay back in the wind window. This is why I switched to the Kahoona kites. I should have been on the Kahoona 9.5, but I wanted to try my new 7m. I had a good time figuring out how to relaunch and get back to the Marina. It felt like an adventure.
    2 weeks ago 1
  • Frankie shared a photo.
    2 weeks ago

    I had an adventurous session at the Marina today with offshore winds from the SSE. Kevin and I rode up to the main pool and kept heading up more and more. Once past the narrows, the wind was steadier. WE played around for a bit, but we eventually decided to try to make a run to the dam pool. The wind backed off as we got closer to the narrowing right before the dam pool. I was riding my 7m Best GP, which is not very friendly in gusty winds. it dropped out of the sky twice in a row and inverted each time. My lines were tangled so I drifted into a cove where I could fix the lines. Once Kevin saw I was having troubles, he turned around and left me for dead Anyhow, I got my lines straightened out and relaunched out of the cove. I made it past two coves, and then my kite came crashing down again in the gusts. I walked around the next point, and relaunched in yet another cove. With the kite back up in the air, I body-dragged out away from shore. I had to keep the kite moving quickly to keep the lines tight and to keep the kite back in the window. If I kept it forward, any gusts would cause it to fly too far forward and then drop on it's back. Once far enough away from the shore, I got back up on the board and rode back downwind to the Marina. The wind wasn't even close to 7m conditions at this point. I just kept looping the kite all the way downwind and charged into the sailing cove.

    Frankie Stolen by the same guy that left me for dead.
    2 weeks ago 1
  • Frankie
    2 weeks ago

    Tomorrow could be the last "warm" day for quite some time. It would be a shame to pass it up. The campground is closed this week, so the beach is not an option. We can still launch at the West Side. It's always sketchy to launch there, but I've done it many times. If anyone else is up for it, let me know.

  • Frankie
    2 weeks ago

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  • Frankie shared 7 photos in the Clinton Lake album
    2 weeks ago

    Today was pretty good at the Marina. I rode the 11m Best GP and Armada 138. The wind was the steadiest we've had in a few weeks. A good three hour session. Lots of air time and energy spent. I had to take a nap when I got home.

  • Ken Moyer
    3 weeks ago

    Headed to marina soon
    Maybe let it warm up a bit first

    Frankie I'll see you there. I hear the wind chimes starting to sing in the gazebo. I may be out around 11am.
    3 weeks ago
  • Frankie
    3 weeks ago

    The Marina will be the place to be tomorrow from 12-4pm.

  • Frankie shared a photo.
    3 weeks ago

    Mascoutin Campground will be closed tomorrow Nov. 9th through Saturday Nov. 15th.

  • Frankie shared 3 photos in the Misc album
    3 weeks ago

    Got my new 7m Best GP yesterday. Kite, bar, bag, pump, and leash for $500.

  • Frankie
    3 weeks ago

    I went out for an hour at the beach. Rode the 11m GP nicely powered up with steady wind. Didn't do anything special out there today. Just needed to get my fix for the day.