Saturday, March 7, 2015

Making Tracks

Oh yeah, it's good to be back on the water! And on the snow. It's a funny feeling to kite up to the beach and just keep going, making tracks across the snow, then back into the water.




















Brad and I finish the day with a short downwinder, 4 miles, pulling out at Pleasant St Beach in Harwich.

It's March. The coast is casting off it's mantle of ice. Temps are creeping up closer to normal. Downwinders are back. The world has righted itself.

West Dennis, Kitesurfed, SW, 17-27, 12M Rally/ Mako150, With Brad, Frank, Chris, Noel, Barak, 32f temp.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Make Your Mark on the World

Winter hiking. It's got everything- physical challenge, otherworldly beauty, solitude, flow, fussy gear you have to figure out.


But the best part is that you get to pee anywhere you want. The whole mountain is your personal
bathroom. I had to get used to stepping over those cheerful yellow holes from previous hikers. It's a special kind of hikers greeting. I like to write my name. Peed by Scooper. I'm finally making my mark on the world.

Mt Monadnock, Hiked, Solo, 4 miles. 2 hours going up, 1 hour sliding down.
Lotsa hikes in The Blue Hills this Winter, mostly 4 miles per session, 1.5 miles per hour.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cliff Kiting

Beautiful day! Sun, wind, warm temps. Is this Winter kiting? I'm a little confused.

We discover a massive cliff to jump on and off at The Cut. Many inches high. 









It's just high enough to lead to some inspired foolishness.







Chatham Light/The Cut, Kitesurfed, SSE, 15-25, 12M Rally/Mako150 and 10M Rally/Surfboard, with Brad, Walter. 50 F.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ice Surfing

Yeah, I didn't kite this weekend. I hiked in the White Mountains, Arethusa Falls. Watched some ice climbers. Ice climbing looks like good safe fun but I think I'll stick to kitesurfing.

Someone should give this guy a kite.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Terror in the Water



Deep Hole- Beware. There's something in the water here. Something sinister lurking beneath the surface. Waiting for prey.

Brad's board was attacked while he was kiting last Thursday. It grabbed one of his fins and cleaved it into his fin box. My board was attacked on Sunday. It ate the center fin clean off. Tom showed me two of his boards that had been broken in half. Today it was Jean's turn. It unscrewed his footstrap screw while he was kiting!

Beware. There's something in the water here. Don't say you weren't warned.


Deep Hole, Kitesurfed, WSW, 25-39, 8M Rally/Mako150, with Brad, Jean, Mitch, Chris E, Others.

Kiting Photos- Brad
Windsurfing Photo- Chris 











Something in the water- rocks

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Deep Sunrise

Deep Hole again. What fun!




































Deep Hole, Kitesurfed, W, WSW, 10-22, 14M, 12M/Surfboard and Mako150, with Brad, Tom.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

White Xmas





Deep Hole- Xmas session. There's plenty of white rolling in to get revelers into the holiday spirit.

Photos- Brad celebrates the season in style.

Camp Cronin- I go to Camp Cronin when the wind switches WNW. The access road is closed and the parking lot is full of rocks thanks to the restoration of the breakwater. Ten minute walk from the gate isn't enough to keep the rif raf like me out. Beautiful day!




Deep Hole, Kitesurfed, W, 10-25, 12M Rally/Mako 150, with Brad.
Camp Cronin, Kitesurfed, WNW, 10-25, 10M Rally/Mako150, solo.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gnarly and Nice

I'm planning on taking it easy today because my pulled muscle isn't feeling so wonderful but I can't resist the chance to to try a new spot.



Picture- Sandwich marsh gets completely covered at astronomical high tide.



Town Neck Beach, Sandwich. Slicks in the marsh, friendly little waves at the mouth to the ocean, gnarly, lumber jack waves on the outside. You can get a lot of variety here in 1 run. I'm taking it easy.

The lumber jack waves are big, fat and ugly. They're the kind of waves that make me feel small and inconsequential. Don't you love that feeling? I'm taking it easy.



Overall this is a fun spot for a NNE wind with an astronomical high tide and a gale but I don't think it made my pulled muscle any better. It feels fine as long as I don't have to sit, stand, or walk. I'm glad I took it easy though.

Town Neck Beach, Kitesurfed, NNE, 25-45? 6M (fully depowered) /Mako150, with Brad, Jay.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Busted Board, Bar, and Butt

I busted my board, cracked the chicken loop on my bar, and repulled the butt muscle that I pulled last Sunday playing neighborhood football with Ben. Other than that it was a great session.

Busted Board and Chicken Loop
Don't worry. I'm not going to post a picture of my butt.


Horseneck, Kitesurfed, SSW, 15-22, 12M Rally/ Mako 150, with Jean, Brian, Christophe, Bill, Peter L, Paul.

Bottom Photo- The morning sun smiles on Peter L.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blinded by the Wind

I'm walking down the path to the beach with me eyes closed. It's fun. And it keeps my corneas from being scoured by projectile sand. If I can make it to the water without being blinded, I'll be able to kite. I'm happy because flying sand is a good sign. I think there might be enough wind for a session.


Horseneck Beach, Kitesurfed, SW, 25-35, 8M Rally/Mako150, with Peter, Bill, Dylan, Jamie, Tom.

Photo- Bill says hi

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ignorance is Bliss

According to most forecasts, a session wasn't going to happen today. I'm glad I didn't listen.



Horseneck, Kitesurfed, WSW, 12-18, 14M Rally/Mako 150, Mako King, Solo.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Winter Light

Temperature barely above freezing, wet snow falling, wind blowing a gale. Perfect day to go kiting. Oh yeah. When the clouds start to lift there is a stormy light show. Photos- Diehard Dylan kites until the last color drains from the sky.







Wingaersgheek Beach, Kitesurfed, NW, 15-35?, 6M Rally/Mako150, with Dylan, Jay, Jean, Joe, others.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coming Home to Chappy

 Peter T riding on the winds of time

Chappy. In prehistoric times, I used to windsurf here. It was mostly a quiet spot with just a few of us poleboarders plying the Buzzards Bay waves. Today it's a gumbo of local kiters, windsurfers, surfers, and 1 bikini clad swimmer with an immunity to hypothermia. Time and technology march on but wind and waves sing an ancient song.

Chappy, Kitesurfed, NNW, 20-30, 8M Rally/Mako 150, with Peter T, Paul M, others.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

TD-11

ThrowDown11 kite weekend brought good wind, bad forecasts, rain and sun. It also brought the Mass kiting community together to raise $5000 for the Dana Farber Breast Cancer Center and to have some good wholesome fun on and off the water. Thanks to all the organizers for putting on a stellar event.

 Sleeping Beneath the Stars

My favorite moment- Chapin Beach parking lot. Waking up in my sleeping bag Sunday morning before the sun is fully up, looking out of the window of my truck to see if it's windy, seeing a kiter walking by loaded with gear on his way to the beach. It's on! I love kiting before breakfast.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Well Suited

Fall is here. Wind is back. Summer doldrums are nothing but a very bad, no good, terrible memory.

I've had a few sessions since August- Hardings, Nahant, Duxbury, Yirrell, West Island, Horseneck. But there are more skunks in that list than I'd like to believe.



All it takes to make a kiter look forward to the Winter is having a new drysuit arrive in the mail! Kokatat. I'm going to put their lifetime guarantee to the test.