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|7:00 AM. I'm on my way to the Cape when my cell phone rings. Peter says, "hey I just passed you on the highway. Wanna join us for a downwinder?" "You bet!" I've never met a downwinder I didn't like.|
Kitesurfed- WNW, 15-25 MPH, 10M Rally/Mako150, with Peter, Eric, Eric's student.
Good idea at low tide. Not so good at high tide. Part way around I encounter some channels in a marsh that block my way. Boots off. Pants rolled up. I cross. The last one is too deep. Cloths off, held up high. I cross. Cloths back on before I send any unsuspecting dog walkers into cardiac arrest.
Further around the sandy beach turns into a rock wall for 1/3 mile. Crap! The online review of this hike didn't mention this stuff. C'mon hiking boots. Do your thing. I make it past.
The rest of the walk is easy. I'm running out of gas by the end but that's what I like. That stupid tired feeling is my pay off. It anesthetizes my brain. Doing this hike at high tide wasn't so smart. It turned out to be fun though.
Yeah, the Cape gave me what I came for. It was a great day of losing myself in sun, sand, and the quiet laughter of the sea.
Weather- This is what kiters come here for. The beautiful OBX weather, which means windy. Solid N/NNW/NNE wind every day except Wed. Oceanside has been mostly side off and dirty. We kited Buxton Slicks and Frisco Turnout all week, one aborted attempt at an oceanside downwinder.
Surf & Turf- I stopped at Shenandoah National Park to hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains on my way down, camped there. Loved it. The Skyline Drive was spectacular.
Credit to Chris L for the photo of my board off attempt. Thanks Chris!!!
|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.
|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.
|Beautiful day! Sun, wind, warm temps. Is this Winter kiting? I'm a little confused.|
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.
|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.|
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.
Windsurfing Photo- Chris
Something in the water- rocks
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.
|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.
|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.|
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.
|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
|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.|
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.