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  • Frankie
    11 hours 41 minutes ago

    Carlyle looks a little better than here on Monday. It might be worth the drive. I'll keep watching the forecast.

  • Frankie
    6 days ago

    $500 for any size Best GP Kite with Bar. 6, 7, 9, or 11

    www.kitezombies.com/gear/…

  • Dave Zager
    1 week ago

    Thinking of maybe going to swim beach tomorrow, Friday. Water still warm enough for a 3/2 wetsuit?
    Dave

    Dave Zager Got there about 10AM and left about 2:30 to come home. Water was still quite warm - 3/2 short sleeve was fine. 11m kite - last knot, sometimes full trim with gusts to 25. Good time. Wind varied, maybe a little too west (not enough north) for swim beach - but good until about 2, seemed to die down then.
    1 week ago
  • Frankie
    3 weeks ago

    Ken, Michael, and I had another session over at Parnell on Monday afternoon. Michael was on a 7.5 Kahoona and his small board. I was on a 9.5 Kahoona and my small board. Ken showed up a bit later than us and rigged a 10 and rode his flight deck. Around the same time he came out, I switched to the Litewave Wing since the wind was getting gustier and backing off. This is the place for westerlies for sure. - feeling happy

  • Frankie
    3 weeks ago

    I just ordered another 9.5 Kahoona from kitezombies. We need two of these for the family. www.kitezombies.com/gear/…

    Hugh Robertson Nice, and the price is right. I might get one before I go to SA in December.
    3 weeks ago 1
  • Hugh Robertson
    3 weeks ago

    Ken might. I think I will go sailing instead, but I could give you guys a ride. I got really cold yesterday, took a long time to warm up again. I'll wait for Cape Hatteras and Cape Town

  • Frankie
    3 weeks ago

    Cold, westerly winds are on the menu for today. If anyone wants to go out, I'm ready. The best launch is by boat up at pipeline beach.

    Frankie Ken and I kited at Parnell. I think I rode for about an hour on my 9.5 and Litewave Wing. I think this may be the easiest launch on a West wind.
    3 weeks ago
  • Frankie link a video.
    3 weeks ago
    'HANNAHLAND'

    Professional Kiteboarder from the UK, Hannah Whiteley in Turkey. An insight into the madness and fun that goes on inside ‘HANNAHLAND”.

  • Frankie
    3 weeks ago

    It looks like we will have cold Westerly winds on Friday. There's a bit of rain in the forecast as well. Lake Michigan and Clinton Lake are both possible right now.

    Jen I will be at work. Maybe out tomorrow?
    3 weeks ago
  • Hugh Robertson
    4 weeks ago

    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
    4 weeks 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 month 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.
    1 month ago 2
  • Kevin DeLorey
    1 month 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
    1 month ago

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

  • Hugh Robertson
    2 months ago

    Wednesday in the rain? I have the day open.

    Frankie I'm okay with the rain, but the lightning is an issue.
    2 months ago
  • Frankie
    2 months ago

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

    Frankie Im saving my time for something more epic.
    2 months ago
  • Ken Moyer
    2 months 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
    2 months ago

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

  • Frankie
    2 months 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.
    2 months ago