Saturday, July 26, 2014

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Play

If your schedule is 99% work, 1% play, like mine, you a need a fast acting, concentrated recreational activity. It should be quick, reliable and effective to maximize the return on your play time. Kitesurfing! It's like a mini vacation every time.

Summer beach scene. Yeah, this is definitely not a scene I'd see at work.


Hardings, Kitesurfed, SSW, 14-20, 12M Rally/Mako 150, with Frank, Andrey, Colleen, Chriz, Sam, Denn, Others.  

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kiting in a Bottle

Some day scientists will develop a pill that captures the kiting experience...  To live life to the fullest take BOOST- 5 Hour Kitesurfing. But until then I'll have to do it the old fashioned way. By actually kitesurfing.

Pic- A big crowd doing it the old fashioned way at Chapin, out on the sand bar at low tide.

Chapin Beach, Kitesurfed, NW, 12-22, 14M Rally/Mako150, With Andrey, Colleen, Chriz, Chris, John, Noel, Jermy, Jean, Tom, Eugene, Ivan, Lotsa others.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Not Telling

I can neither confirm nor deny the rumor that there was wind at Revere this afternoon and evening.



 All I can say is Yee Haw!  

Revere, Kitesurfed, S, 12-22, 14M Rally/Mako 150, with Donny, Andrey, Colleen, Sam, Others.

Top Photo- Colleen jumps over the camera with a smile.
Bottom Photo- Andrey captured in a painting by Van Gough.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nice Doggy

Dog Beach- Everyone knows the mean dog. Gusty, scrappy, will bite you if you give it half a chance. Today we have the friendly dog. Steady wind, perfect tide, sunny, warm. But only for 1 hour. Then the old dog comes back.


1 hour is enough for a round of smiles for those that got here early enough.


Dog Beach, Kitesurfed, 12-24, NW, 14M Rally/Flx 138, with Dylan, Frank, Jamie, Andrey, Colleen, Tom, Others.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Outer Elbow Downwinder

Downwinder. Nauset Beach to Chatham Light. We're out in the middle of nowhere when Jeff's kite springs a leak. Bad luck! He gets a ride back to the starting point from a saintly fisherman in a 4x4. Good luck. Otherwise a great trip, total 8 miles, 3 to 4 hours, lotsa waves- biggest were about head high.

We ended our trip at, "The Cut", one of my ol favorite windsurfing spots.





Photo- The Cut, head high waves on the outside, slicks on the inside, Great Whites in between. 

Kitesurfed, 15-30, NNE,10M Rally/Mako150, with Brad, Walter, Jeff, Peter.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kiting in the Gene Pool

Barnstable Harbor, Sandy Neck, Chapin. I put a few miles under my board today. Kiting has a way of bringing out my wanderlust. It's not my fault though. This kinda stuff runs deep in my family. I can't be held responsible for this. I blame it on my genes.



Barnstable Harbor, Kitesurfed, NNE, NE, N, 10-20, Rally12M/Mako150, Solo.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Live to Kite Another Day


Conditions are just right for a session in the mouth of the Merrimack River. Yee haw! Then they aren't. The wind shuts off. I have a healthy swim.

Salisbury/Newburyport, Kitesurfed, SSE, 10-20, 12M Rally/Flx138, Solo.


 
My consolation prize is a sunset session at Horseneck.

I lose my prescription sunglasses in the mouth of a predatory wave. It spits me out and my sunglasses are gone. Damn! I go in and get my other glasses. After my session, when I reach up to take off my wetsuit, there's my sunglasses, hanging around my neck. Hah, they live to kite another day! We both do.
Horseneck, Kitesurfed, SSW, 15-25, 12M Rally/Mako150, Solo.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Gloves are Off




Warm session! No drysuit, no gloves. Seems strange kiting with naked hands. It's almost too easy to grip the bar. I guess I'll just have to adapt to the hardships of Summer kiting.

I have fun circumnavigating Woodbridge Island at low tide. Almost no water in the channel but the slippery mud helps me get through. The slick in the lee of the island is like glass! Wind is gusty, completely dieing at times, but still a very fun session.

Plum Island- Newburyport Harbor, Kitesurfed, W, WNW, 5-27, 12MRally/Flx138, with 1 other (on a Flysurfer).

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Love and the New Cut

It's so beautiful out here! I start at Hardings, kite upwind, around Monomy Island, and out thru the newest cut in South Beach. I'm playing in the tiny liquid glass waves rolling in over the sandbars. I go in one cut and out the other, then back again. The dunes, made of fine windswept sand, are constantly shape shifting. Their smooth white curves recall a sunbathing woman reposing in the nude. I'm in love.

Nature loves to play tricks on us poor kiters. She teases and taunts. She's coy. But not today. Today she's stretched out in the dunes, blowing us a kiss. This is nature at her best.

Harding's/Monomoy, Kitesurfed, WSW, 15-37, 8M Rally/Mako150, with Keith, Des, Luke, Eric, Others.

Picture- Eric working on his strapless jumps at Harding's Beach.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Roman Candle

Romain, from Canada, Lit up Chapin Beach today even though the wind was light. It's inspiring watching what this guy does with a kite! He uses it like an anti-gravity machine.

I also do a downwinder to Sandy Neck parking lot, take a taxi back. I've been wanting to try this for awhile. The taxi idea opens up a lot of possibilities! It's all about that feeling of freedom.

Chapin, Kitesurfed, 6-18, N, NNE, NE, 12M Rally/ Mako150, with Romain, Fariz, Noel.
Downwinder, Chapin to Sandy Neck, 17M Fat Lady/ Flx 138, Solo.

Click on picture to see full size.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Big Kite, Little Wind

This is not an adrenaline session. Josh, Matt and I make the most of what little scraps of wind we can find. At least we get some beautiful Spring sunshine to whet our appetites for the warm season coming up.

 Revere, Kitesurfed, NE, E, 8-13, 17M Fat Lady/Mako King, with Josh, Matt.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Don't Tangle With a Kiter


I'm at Hardings beach, laying out my lines. An elderly man approaches and asks in an earnest voice, "are you insane"? he looks at me quizzically. I don't tell him that this sunny, warm day feels tropical to me after kiting all Winter. "Some people say I am," I reply, "but I'm happy." That seems to satisfy him. He walks off right through my gear, getting himself completely tangled up in my lines.

2 Sessions
-First Encounter, Kitesurfed, WNW, 8-22, 12M Rally/Flx 138, with Charlie, others.
-Hardings/Ridgevale/Monomoy, Kitesurfed, SW, 13-23, 10M Rally/Mako150, with Keith, Lisa, others.

Picture- Ridgevale Beach Slick

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Magic trick in the Newburyport Breakwater

It's a snotty, rainy, gusty day. We're kiting inside the Newburyport Breakwater, offshore wind, strong outgoing tide. I've never kitehammered my kite hard enough to pop a valve. I decided this was a good time to start.

It's a few runs after the kitehammer when my kite starts to flutter like a wounded bird and it occurs to me that something might be wrong with it. My wounded bird hits the water belly up. Before I have time to swear more than 10 or 20 times, Jay materializes out of thin air and pulls me to shore. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Jay the Joker.

Thanks Jay! I didn't feel like visiting China today. Nor did I feel like releasing my kite and watching it float out to sea although I would have. You pulled a rabbit out of your hat by getting to me so quickly.

After the excitement, I take a few cautious runs on Brad's 6M kite, then finish off the day on my 8m in Hampton Harbor. Some days you tame the wind. Some days the wind tames you. I'll be back though.


Salisbury State Park/Newburyport breakwater, N, 15-35, 6M RPM/Mako 150, with Jay, Brad, Christophe, Jim.

Hampton Harbor/Harborside Park, 10-25, 8M Rally/Flx 138, Solo.

Top Pic- Boostin' Brad 
Bottom Pics- Jay the Joker



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Going Downhill Fast

Sunday River- It's 29 F., snowing. The skiing is great. The hot tub is bubbling. Life is good.

I hear it was 60 F., sunny in Boston today, 30 degrees warmer than here. I'll bet one or two kiters I know got out on the water.

After this snowy weekend, I'm feeling acclimated to Winter. It's going to be sad to see it coming to an end. I guess I'll just have to adapt.









Sunday River, Ski Weekend, With Al, Josh, Mom.

Photo- Al, Josh

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose

The minute I step into the water to kite I know there's something wrong. My right foot gets cold immediately. Uh oh! I know that feeling. That's the feeling of water leaking into a drysuit bootie.

But it must be a slow leak cause I start kiting and I don't get hypothermia and die. In fact I have a fine session. It's a solo session cause I got here late and everybody packed up when they saw me starting.

When I peel off my drysuit at the end of the day I have a surprise. There's no leak. My left foot has 2 wool socks like always. My right foot has 2 cotton socks.

It's tough growing old and losing your mind. Apparently, I can't even dress my self anymore. No wonder nobody wants to kite with me. A kiter without a mind is a hazard to everybody.

I'm relieved and happy though. It's much better to lose your mind than to have a hole in your drysuit bootie.



West Dennis, Kitesurfed, 10-20, SW, 12M Rally/Flx138 & 6' Surfboard, Solo.