Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sleepless at First Encounter

Some would say that it takes a special kind of lunatic to get up at 5:00 in the AM to go kiting when the forecast is for light winds dropping to nothing, but my bones said it was going to be windy and my bones never lie. Besides it can be fun rolling out of bed, driving to the beach, waking up and wondering how you got there.

My bones didn't have much to say during the drive though. There wasn't a breath of wind stirring the tree tops. I thought, what happened to my pillow? And how come I seem to be driving my truck somewhere?

Imagine my surprise when I woke up at the beach and discovered that there was some wind. Awright! I was too tired to kite but it was great looking at the nice whitecaps as I drifted back off to sleep in my truck.

First Encounter, Kitesurfed, 10-20, N, 17M Zephyr/6' Caution Surfboard strapless, Solo.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kite Zombie

I'm a kite zombie. I started kiting around 8:00 AM. I was kiting hard, working on all the stuff I'm working on, pushing myself. After a couple of hours my legs started to cramp up and my arms felt spongy. I thought maybe I should stop.

The wind kept picking up. The waves were getting fun. Some kiters came and went. I thought O.K. now it's time to stop.

The wind built to 30 MPH. I was still on my 13M kite. A new crew of afternoon kiters came out. I decided to stop.

Brad and I kited to the end of the beach, hunting for the best waves. The wind started to drop off. I had to work the kite to stay upwind.

Finaly the wind died. Good thing. It would have been stupid to keep kiting.

Now I'm a zombie. I'm really, really relaxed and I don't walk like normal. I float. That's how I know I'm a zombie. Zombies float. For now being a zombie is fun but I hope to return to normal by next weekend. So I can do it again.

Revere, Kitesurfed, 10-30, SE, ESE, 13M Octane/ 6' Surfboard & Flx 136, with Igor, Brad, Flo, Peter, Paul, Dave, Scott, others. 5 hour session.

Picture- I was surprised that the beloved Revere bathrooms were closed on such a nice day.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kiting the Horse

I had a nice kite session at Horseneck Beach with Jean and Peter L to celebrate Marathon Monday. I've windsurfed at a variety of spots up and down this beach, never kited here. This is a beach that can get big, surfable waves. It can also chew you up and spit you out like a watermelon seed. I came thru mostly unchewed. That was a nice surprise.

Beautiful Day for a Horsey Ride

Now I know I can kite the Horse, at least on a moderate wave day!

Horseneck, Kitesurfed, 20-30, SW, 12M Varial & 9M Octane/ Flx 136, with Jean, Peter L.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Tiny Little Bit Obsessive

Kiting makes me feel like this! Alex at Revere.

I've been a tiny little bit obsessive about kiting lately. I think about kiting when I get up in the AM. I think about it when I'm drifting off to sleep at night. I think about it for most of the time in between. I'm just a poor kite slob. A bozo on the bus. To be pitied, not scorned.

Just kidding! I don't really think about kiting all the time. I'm not that obsessive. I think about windsurfing too.

Rev- Was great today. This is what makes me obsessive, nice sessions! I saw a few rocks at dead low, (astronomical low tide). Who knew there were rocks out there? I decided to ignore them and see if they would go away.

Revere Beach, Kitesurfed, ESE, 20-31, 9m Octane/ Mako King, Flx 136, with Igor, Frank, Jamie, Andrey, Colleen, Flo, Kate, Wo-Jo, Kevin, Bennie, Johnny D, Jeremy, Rod, Scott, Alex, Sergey (nice loops), Others.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Signs of Spring

Peter gets pumped
Spring is here! These are the telltale signs- Iwindsurf meteorologists have awoken from their long Winter sleep. Clusters of scantily clad beachgoers are sprouting on Revere Beach. Best of all, the Revere bathrooms have flung wide their doors so all can enjoy their vernal splendor. No need to pee on the sly. Ah, I love Spring!!

Welcome Back-
And I love Revere thermals. This is the first one since the Fall. It's so good to be back. I took the straps off my surfboard for a strapless session. It was fun for about 1/2 hour, but tiring, switched to a bunch of other boards for a taste test. They were all fun!

Revere Beach, Kitesurfed, 10-22, ESE, SE, SSE, 17M Zephyre/ 6' surfboard & Mako King & Flx 136 & Surf 152, with Frank, Andre, Sam, Peter, Benny, Skipper, Others.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kiting with Poop Discs

There was a good crew of kiters on the water when I went into the marsh to kite in the slicks. When I came out there was no one left. Kites, boards, everyone, was gone. I thought that my lack of shower and shave in the AM might have scared everyone off, or that there had been a nuclear disaster nearby, or an earthquake and tsunami. Igor came down to land my kite. Thanks Igor! He told me that everyone had left for stronger wind on the south side of the Cape. I should have known. It's all about the wind.
What a day-
I was on the water for 5 to 6 hours- in the ocean, in the tidal pond, in the back marsh, on the surfboard getting some jibes, getting improved jumps on the Underground Flex. It was way too much fun!

Chapin Beach, kitesurfed, W, WSW, SW, 15-28, 10-18, 15-28, 13M Octane/Flex 136 & 6' surfboard & Surf 148, with Igor, Patrick, Greg, Colleen, Kevin, Matt, Others.

Picture- I saw this poop disc/mini frisbee washed up on Chapin Beach from a sewage plant leak in N.H. I thought these evil discs had scared everyone away.