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. I am going to take it easy though.





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.



I also feel small when I watch my sanded and rocked kite lift off and blow across the channel into the marsh. Thanks Brad for swimming across to help me relaunch! Now it's your turn to do something stupid so I can repay the favor. I have a feeling I've said that before.

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, 25-40? 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.

 
Don't worry. I'm not going to post a picture of my butt.


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

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.

 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Drought

It's mid summer and the winds in this neck of the world have mostly dried up. Lots of people I know are having sever withdrawal symptoms. It's a sad thing to see.

But it only takes one windy weekend day to bring relief and restore hope for so many! Or at least for me.

Hardings, Kitesurfed, WSW, 15-22, 10M Rally/Mako150, with Peter, Others.

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.