Saturday, December 28, 2013

I'm Dreaming of a White Horseneck

I love the Horseneck foam. It's delicious. After a good set of waves goes through, the water is covered with a fluffy blanket of white. It's like kiting in a huge beer mug with a good head of hops. I like to crash so I can get a mouthful.

I had some swigs today. Oh yeah, I was feeling pretty good. No worries, no cares. The only thing on my mind was wind, waves, and where that next slug of happy juice was going to come from.

But I'll pay for it tomorrow.

Do I need to go to Horseneckaholics Anonymous?

Horseneck Beach, Kitesurfed, SSW, 16-28, 10M Rally/Mako150, with Walter, Brad, Alex, Peter, Jay, Bill, Dylan, Others.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's Only Stupid if You Die

The Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year. It's always windy on the shortest day of the year. It's compensation for being such a dark miserable day.

This particular Winter Solstice is also warm, with hazy sunshine. A perfect day for kiting deep into the First Encounter marsh. I love the Winter solstice.

I'm having fun popping little jumps over a corner of the marsh grass and landing on the other side. This is great. It makes me feel like I know a little about jumping. Then I see Brad doing it. Brad knows jumping.

Chris L and I watch as Brad comes in fast, jumps an island, maybe 50 to 100 feet wide, and lands in a tiny channel on the other side. A perfect 10 of a jump. Then he disappears downwind winding thru the long channel that goes nowhere. Who was that masked man?

Later Brad says that his island jump was probably a stupid move. It was a bigger hunk of real estate than he thought. Well it's only stupid if you die. Then we have to dig a shallow grave and bury your body at the place of impact with a marker that says Stupid Kiter.

If you live, you're a hero and all the other gunslingers will come from all over the country to test themselves against you.

Certainly all the local quickdraws are going to want to prove that they can do it. Mostly to keep Brad from getting a big head. The marsh may soon be littered with dead bodies.

But don't look at me. I'll stick with my cautious little jumps around the edges. I may be stupid but I'm not crazy.

First Encounter, Kitesurfed, SW, SSW, 15-30, 12M Rally/Mako150 and skimboard, with Brad, Chris L, John L, Walter, Jeff, Peter, Alex. Temp 52F.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This aint no Foolin Around

So it's not winter yet. So I spend the morning shoveling my truck out of frozen snow and slush to go kiting. And my wiper blade brakes off on a hunk of ice when I'm getting on the highway, making it kinda hard to see the snow plows I'm stuck behind. So it's 51 F. on the Cape when I'm home shoveling but it drops to the 30's by the time I start kiting, upper 20's by the end of my session. So what?

This is way too important to let a few minor inconveniences get in the way. This aint no party. This aint no disco. This is kitesurfing.

Chapin/Mayflower, Kitesurfed, WNW, 15-30, 8M RPM & 12M Rally/ Lotsa boards, with Brad, Frank, Kristoff, Chris L, John L, Phil, Noel.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Don't Let the Wind Push You Around

The wind likes to play tricks. Don't be afraid of it. Be firm. Make the wind respect you.

It's been strong all day. A few of us kite the Chapin pools, the Mayflower waves, then into the Bass Hole marsh. Colleen and I are pretty far in, heading out, when the wind decides to take a nap. The incoming tide doesn't.

There is some swim time, some messing with kites on the bank time. Colleen's hot launch on the muddy bank shoots her across the slick surface like she's a rocket on skates, really funny. At least I think so.

I'm sure the wind is enjoying this. We're not deterred.

We end up kiting out through the marsh grass on the far side of the boardwalk, high tide treat. Hah! Take that wind. You thought you could outsmart us but not this time. We showed you who's boss.

I hope the wind learns something from this little episode.

I celebrate our victory with a solo sunset session on my surfboard at Mayflower. How did the days get so short? It must be another one of nature's tricks.

Chapin/Mayflower, Kitesurfed, NNW, 15-25, 14M Rally/Mako150, 6' surfboard, with Frank, Andrey, Colleen, Chriz, Brad. Temp 41F.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Making Change

I embrace change. Change is good. I kite West Dennis ocean side, pond side, then over to South Village ocean side, pond side, then back to W Dennis. Dead high tide, mid tide, dead low. I use my surfboard, my Mako, my Flx, my Sawed Off Board. The wind is mostly light and shifty but it's just strong enough to have fun.

Why so many changes in gear and location? It keeps it interesting. No moss is gonna grow on this kiter.

Picture- Kristof playing in the pond. Click for full size.

West Dennis, Kitesurfed, SE, ESE, 10-16, 14M Rally/6'Surfboard,Mako150,Flx138,SawedOff83, with Kristof, Frank, Jamie, Andrey, Colleen, Chris L, Peter, Shane, Noel, Ivan.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Test Pilot

Chapin- Nice day! Sunny, crisp, windy. I use my twin tip, my surfboard, and my fantastic new experimental piece-a-junk board.

It's a long narrow antique kiteboard that has been carefully re-engineered to look and perform just like a modern, hi tech ride.

I hacked off all the excess board on either side of the footstraps. New size is 83 x 40. No fins.

I can't believe this pie plate works! It's fun. Like kiting with nothing on my feet except straps. It's especially fun when I let my weight get a tiny bit forward on the board. I take an invigorating ride over the handlebars. Maybe I should change the name of this blog to Stupid Shit with Kites. Kerri's idea- Thanks for that.

Chapin/Mayflower, Kitesurfed, NW, 12-25, 10M Rally/ Mako,Surfboard,Pie Plate, with Frank, Andrey, Chriz, Sandie, Kerri, George, Brian, Brad, Ed, others. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dancing with Skunks

W Dennis. Doing the light wind dance. Lots of good kiting discussion. Not much kiting.

Except for Chriz. He's having a solid session on his 19M Flysufer with Franks door. I take it out for a spin. So nice!

Chriz riding his magic carpet

Then the wind totally dies. I go for a SUP paddle in the marsh before calling it quits. Not an adrenaline day but it'll keep me alive for another week, hopefully.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kiting for Pie

I heard rumors of pie at Horseneck Beach. Apple pie. But that's not why I came. I came for the waves. I came to be part of the spectacle of kiters bobbing over the mounds of whipped cream foam. I came for the lions roar of the charging water. The wisps of spin-drift, salt, sand, seaweed.

And apple pie. It's a sign of the season. Rake leaves, ride Horseneck waves, eat apple pie.

Dylan and Ellen hosted the apres kite. Jean provided the pie. It was a perfect punctuation to a satisfying day of kites, friends, laughs and crashing into the lips of waves that I misjudged. Thanks for fattening me up. Oh yeah, the sky was pretty nice for taking photos too.

Horseneck, Kitesurfed, SW, 13-23, 10M Rally/Mako 150 & 6' surfboard, with Jean, Johnny H, Dylan, Kitermike, Skyrocket, Alex, Flo, Philip, Tim, ChLemaire, Nick, JayTheJoker, Other Jay, John, Chucky, Others.

Click on pics for full size.

Pic 1- unknown rider
Pic 2- Jean
Pic 3- Skyrocket
Pic 4- John
Pic 5- unknown rider

Friday, November 1, 2013

Graveyard Shift

Call me the clean up crew. When I arrive at P Bay, most people are getting off the water. Frank, Jamie, Kristoff, and some other slackers are hanging out and talking about the day. A velvet sunset is starting to creep out from behind the city skyline. I don't have time to dawdle. It's time for the night shift to go to work.

Darkness settles in and the crowd thins down to me and 1 other kiter, Andrew, combing the glassy slicks, making sure that everything is in order, tucking the bay in for sleep. The city lights are on. The white spray thrown up by our boards marks where each kiter is in the dark.  

It's quiet time on the water. We stretch out across the blackened bay. Andrew does speed runs behind the wall, clocking 35 MPH top speed. I practice jumps near the launch area. Faint ripples trail out from our boards across the oily black surface of the water.

We are focused, efficient in our work. We don't stop until we are satisfied that the water has been thoroughly swept. Everything is clean, neat and in order. Pleasure Bay is groomed and ready for the next day. Life is as it should be. 

I land my kite. My job here is done. Working the night shift in this city is grimy, tiring work, but I take pride in what I do. I glance at the deserted beach as I pull out of the parking lot. This bay is sleeping like a lamb.

Pleasure Bay, Kitesurfed, SSW, 18-32, 12M Rally/Flx138, with Andrew.

Picture- Chris L working the sunset shift.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Something New, Something Old

Stage Harbor- 10M kite, nice session in the slicks, blah, blah, blah. Fun but nothing new.

Monomoy Island Rounding-  Second session. Something new. 6M kite, Hardings beach has become a sand blaster. Very gusty on the water. Waist high rolling chop.

Hardings Sand Blaster
I'm tired from my first session, head over to the flats to get a rest from waves but it's pretty choppy over here too. I could head back to Hardings and call it quits or...

I could follow Peter for an impromptu circumnavigation of Monomoy Island, about 3 miles round trip. I'm trying to catch up to him to say boo, the whole way, but he stays 1 or 2 tacks ahead of me. Before I know it we've gone all the way around.

It's nice sightseeing. I love exploring deserted spots like this! Poking my board into all the nooks and crannies. No slicks to be found though. It's too windy. Even the chop has chop.

Now I'm tired. Before I was tired but now I'm tired. Rounding Monomoy Island was something new. Feeling wiped from kiting? That's something I'm pretty familiar with.

Hardings Beach, Kitesurfed, SW, 15-30, 20-40, 10M Rally, 6M Rally/ Mako150, with Frank, Andrey, Colleen, Sam, Chriz, Jorge, Mike, Peter, Des, others.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

No Honor among Kiters

I have a nice kite session at Mayflower before the wind dies. Now I'm in the Chapin parking lot sleazing some of Johnny's teriyaki steak tips, grilled in the Magic Bus, that smell better than anything can possibly smell. I'm not going to say how good they taste. You'll have to use your imagination. They add a few years to my life though.

I eat, socialize, recharge. I'm ready for more action. The wind is light. A few of us rig big. The smarter kiters just watch.

Jean says he'll be the sacrificial lamb. He'll leave so the wind picks up. It works! Not long after he leaves, I have to depower my 17M kite. Sandie has to depower her 12M kite. Yee Hah! I kite until my legs start to cramp.

Of course, you might think that I would say the wind picked up whether it did or not. And you would be right. There is no honor among kiters. But it really did pick up. I could have switched to my 6M. Really.

Mayflower, Kitesurfed, WNW, 15-23, 10M Rally/Mako 150.
Chapin, Kitesurfed, W, 10-20, 17M Fat Lady/6' Surfboard/Flx138. 

Picture- Riders on the Magic Bus.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Closing Time

Chapin, Throw Down 10- Yeah, I came to this party a little late. Rumor has it that there were quite a few kites out here earlier. I was on the water for a little while and everyone cleared out. I have that affect on people sometimes.

E wind- at Chapin is a dirty, sneaky, low down wind. Gusty, side off, no wind near shore, high tide. Why is everyone leaving? Guess I picked the wrong spot for a late day session. It was good to see some of the crew, even if just in passing.

Chapin, Kitesurfed, ENE, E, 5-25, 10 M Rally/Mako150.

Pic- Chapin, where did all the kiters go?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Horse with no Waves

Who said Horseneck is good in SE? Somebody said Horseneck is good in SE. Not so good today. Sure, the wind is there, but no waves. This spot is all about the waves.The waves are AWOL.

So I go exploring. I start at the state beach, go upwind to Gooseberry Island, get as far as the trailer park before Gooseberry blocks the wind too much.

I downwind it, riding the imaginary waves all the way to the other end of Horseneck, and cross the channel to the beaches on the other side. I've always wanted to check these beaches out! Lots of rocks. Some really big rocks. It's picturesque. I stop to take a picture then do a few runs among the rocks. In the fading golden sunset light, I can't see below the surface at all. Is this smart? I go slow.

I work my way back upwind to the state beach, and bring it in as twilight pulls it's thin veiled curtain across the sky. It was good. Horseneck is good in SE. Didn't somebody say that? It's just not good for waves.

Horseneck, Kitesurfed, SSE, 17-25, 10M Rally/Mako150, Solo.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Don't Mess with the BBB, (or with Brad)

I get some Buzzards Bay boosting. The BBB. With Brad. It's better than Boston Baked Beans. But now I have B's on my brain. No one should read this. I mean it. It's embarrassing. Just look at the pictures.

Brad does the BBB

Buzzards Bay, Kitesurfed, SSW, 15-21, 14M Rally/ Mako150, with Brad.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bright Lights, Big City

Boston- We aren't going to get many more days like this in 2013, hot, humid, windy! There's a big collection of kites and riders at P Bay. Josh and I are taking turns on the 14M kite, really powered up, as the sun goes down. We aren't going to let a little inconvenience like nightfall ruin our fun.

Kiting  in near darkness can be beautiful, a hazy half moon hanging in the sky, City lights casting shimmering trails on the water's black mirror surface. Glowing jellyfish weave dots of greenish light in my boards wake. So nice. We go until some lightening in the distance rudely interrupts the reverie.

Josh's first time- at P Bay, kiting in such tight crowds, kiting so powered up on the 14M, kiting in dimness. It takes him awhile to get comfortable with the P Bay dance, but he gets it. Then he doesn't want to stop. Sounds familiar.

Pleasure Bay, Kitesurfed, SSW, S, 18-28, 14M Rally/Flx 138, with Josh and lotsa friends.

Top Pic- P Bay scene.
Bottom Pic- Josh in twilight.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wellfleet- Unwind Me

It's one of those weeks that winds you up, tighter and tighter, like a tether ball twisting on a pole. What do you do to unwind?

I drive to Wellfleet, throw some kiting gear and my lunch in the dinghy and motor out to the tip of Great Island, where there's nothing but sand, seagulls, and seals. No tether ball poles.

I explore. I kite. I get lost in the moment. Here's what I find.

1- Breakwater. This spot looks like fun at low tide but is disappearing quickly just 2 hours past low. Wind is light SW. I take a few runs then scramble to derig before it all goes under.

2- Nice slick on W wind, where the plover fence ends, probably has some shallows on any tide if wind is straight W. But wind is light NW. Riding in offshore wind in these conditions isn't smart. I take some runs.

3- I walk upwind nearly 1 mile, do a downwinder on oceanside back to boat, still light NW wind, deep water, pretty choppy. Might have some tidal pools at dead low. Lots of curious seals.

4- A little slick at mid tide, nothing fantastic, very strong N wind now, I need a smaller kite. There's a lot of chop in the harbor, bouncing me around in my tiny boat, as I motor back to the truck.

5- Boat is packed up. I drive to end of Griffin's Island road, park where it says Permit Parking Only. I'm told it's O.K. off season. I walk over high bluffs and dunes, kite with 8M kite. Very gusty from the bluffs upwind in straight N wind, mostly deep water and chop 2 hours before low.

Overall impression of Wellfleet- Lots of seals. Kiting is probably most fun on- SW and low to mid tide, W any tide, NW low tide. Need boat. High dunes and bluffs on all of Great Island to #3 on map limits kiting in spots such as The Gut. Very quiet and deserted out on the sandbars. I didn't see any other kiters anywhere. A good adventure.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

Walters boat in Stage Harbor

2 days kiting on the Monomoy flats, 1 night sleeping on Walter's 42' cottage on the water. Me, Josh, Paige, and Walter. I love it! The adventure, the beauty, the salt crust in my hair.

This is not a relaxing-on-a-sailboat kind of 2 days. We dinghy out from the Barn Hill boat launch, 15 minutes to the sailboat, 2 trips to move our gear and 3 people. Then we dinghy out to the flats for kiting. My tiny dinghy becomes our trusted steed. More like a miniature pony.

Walter's handsome steed of a sailboat is highly civilized. Very roomy, clean, and comfy, hot showers even. I can't whack my head on anything if I try.

It's a good night for sleeping on a sailboat, stormy, windy. My favorite moment- I'm in my sleeping bag listening to the beat of lines against the mast. The boat rocks gently. Faint evening light outlines the open hatches and portholes. A fresh breeze blows in. Water gurgles and whispers around the hull. The only thing missing is a little snoring. Ah, there it is! I sleep like a burnt out light bulb, right through an incredible thunderstorm apparently.

 Mayhem and Madness
Great time. Thanks for sharing your Madness Walter!

Learners Report
Josh- gets solid on both carving and pivoting into and out of toeside, can ride toeside both directions but better in his favored direction. He says he feels all twisted up like a pretzel riding toeside. Welcome to the club.

Paige- finally gets perfect learning conditions. Yay! She does great. She's flying the kite 1 handed, bodydragging downwind, starting to drag to each side. I've never seen anyone go from totally crashing the kite 1 session to flying it easily 1 handed the next. Her water skiing upbringing is starting to shine through.

It was fun to see Brad teaching Kristen out on the flats too. Also fun to see lots of other friends kiting by out there.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Best of Times, and the not so Best of Times

Sandy Neck- 3 miles from Chapin, nothing but slicks and waves as far as the eye can see, perfect wind for a 10M kite, sun throwing silver diamonds across the glistening water, my board taps out a rhythm as I skip across the washboard ripples. Chriz is out here exploring with me. This is good. This is very good. I'm in my happy place.

$50 Parking ticket- There's a very nice officer in the parking lot when I get back. Apparently, if you park at 8:00, before the parking lot attendants arrive, kite out to Sandy Neck, come back at 12:00, you've committed a parking violation. $50 worth of violation. I try to explain about the slicks and waves as far as the eye can see, the silver diamonds and my happy place. Violation. You need to be here between 9:00 and 10:00 to pay the attendants or you're in violation. I'm a scofflaw, a dangerous violater. But the officer is interested in kiting. It looks like so much fun! Yeah it is. Just don't do it in Dennis. You'll be in violation.

Chriz's GPS Tracks

Chapin, Kitesurfed, NNE, 15-25, 10M Rally/Mako 150, Chapin with 60 - 70 kiters, Sandy Neck with Chriz.

Learners Report
Josh- didn't get a session this week but he did last week. Chapin, high tide, choppy. He struggled with riding toeside in the bumps but was getting some good chop hops.

Paige- finally got her body drag session. She got dragged. She got bounced. I forgot that she is so much smaller and lighter than me, probably should have had her on a smaller kite. She was still smiling though.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

All is Fair in Kiting

This Week- Josh and I got 2 weekday sessions after work, Deer Island, Revere, now we're driving all over the Cape with Paige chasing wind. We finally find it, West Dennis, WSW to W, sideshore coming across land, gusty as stink, dead high tide.

This is not an easy launch. Josh is in the water trying to launch the kite, looking for a shallow spot to stand. I have to hold the kite in the dunes. It's not pretty. The kite rolls once and I chase it. No harm done. The second time it goes up. I see the same thing happen to 2 other people. Some kiters decide to wait for the tide to go out.

The meter reads 13-30. Josh is riding 14M fully depowered, way out deep, when the depower rope pops out of the cleat in a gust, slams him. No fun. He makes it back on his own though.

We put up a 9m and it's perfect for awhile, especially out past the breakwater where the wind is stronger and cleaner. Josh and I take turns on it. It's great.

Learners Report
Josh- I can't believe Josh got his first full rides just last weekend. Really?! This week he learned to carve to toeside, stay upwind toeside, pop little jumps, and manage these stupid conditions. It's not fair.

Paige- is a trooper with our craziness today. 3 beaches and we never find the right conditions for her body drag lesson. You can't learn to kite if you never get on the water. Next time. I hope.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Chappaquiddick Escape

Chappaquiddick. Beautiful Chappy. So quiet and peaceful. Where else on the Cape can you find deserted beaches on a hot Summer weekend day? Only in your dreams. I think the second ferry usually keeps the Rif Raf, like us, out.

We snuck onto the island for 4 days. Thurs night-Monday night. The kids were with us for 2 1/2 days.

What we did- Kitesurfed 2 full days, windsurfed, boated, SUP'd, snorkeled, biked, fished, puzzled.

What we didn't do- Unicycled. Not enough time to do everything.

Katama Bay- We boated out to Norton Point Beach, launched kites and I pretended I knew how to teach this sport. The big shallow flats at that end of the bay made a good bodydrag/waterstart/crashing ground. Our inflatable was the chase boat. 2 full days spent kiting here, nice.

Cape Poge/The Gut- We drove to the end of North Neck Rd, walked the narrow path to the Gut, (the mouth of Cape Poge). We could have paddled across with kiting gear on SUP but wind was light at the time. We SUP'd, snorkeled, fished. Later I came back and windsurfed. The 4x4 driving pass to Cape Poge costs $180. No day passes, (like Norton Beach $30/day), are available for Chappy. It would be worth the $180, if we were here for  a week, so we could drive out easily and kite. Cape Poge looks like it has the best kiting slicks on the island, supposed to have better wind too.

Wasque Reservation- Solo session at the mouth of Katama Bay. Nice spot in SE wind! Sandbars, slicks and waves. Mean current though.

Learners report
Josh- A quick learner, had his first fully powered sessions, got his first long rides, first slide transitions, good upwind bodydrags, easily kited upwind on outgoing and incoming tides. It must be nice to be 22.

Ben- The wind lulled every time he looked at a kite. He only had 1 session due to wind dropping on first day. Did many water starts on 2nd day but never really had enough power to get riding. I should have given him a bigger kite. It was an exercise in frustration tolerance, not Ben's favorite kind of exercise.

Paige- Trainer kite session during a gusty spell. She remained in 1 piece, a major success.

Barbara- First time flying the trainer. She didn't crash it once! Maybe this is where the kids get their kiting genes.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Cut- High Tide is for Sharks

Beautiful day! I'm at the New Cut. Some Great Whites were spotted near here recently so of course I'm not going to the outside. No way am I going to the outside. Definitely not.

Sam goes to the outside. Now I have to go. I have no choice. You have to watch your kite buddies back. Otherwise they'll get good waves and you'll be sad.

But it's not good. High tide, deep water, tiny waves, the sandbars that create an illusion of safety aren't shallow enough. We hightail it outta there. It's better to live to kite another day.

Shark bait. The wave in the background is where the sandbar is at low tide.

Hardings, Kitesurfed, SW, SSW, 12-20, 12M Rally/Flx 138, with Frank, Sam, Andrey, Colleen.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Happy with What You Have to be Happy With

Thursday Night- Josh's 4th kite session. High tide, chop, light wind, lots of swimmers- Revere is not user friendly. Josh tries to ride upwind but the wind just falls out. When are we going to get good beginner conditions?! Revere, 8-15 MPH, SE, 17M kite, Mako King. 

Saturday- Not today. Way gusty. The gusts have gusts. Josh does 1 run and gets off the kite. It's even too snotty to get Paige and Darren on the trainer. They man the SUP, Josh windsurfs, I kite, I windsurf. Everyone's happy. I hope. Waq Bay, 10-30MPH, SW, 8M kite/Mako King, 4.2 sail/ Acid 94.

Windsurfing- Hey, this is fun! I'd totally forgotten how great it feels to let it rip on a small sail, strong wind. It feels like I'm just flying across the water! It's also fun to kite while Josh windsurfs. I wonder if I can kite right up to Josh and jump onto his windsurfing board, ride along. That would be fun! If we lived through it.

Thanks to Darren for manning the camera!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Teach Your Family to Kite Week

Who knew that this would be so enjoyble?! Teaching your sons to kite. And your son's girlfriend. I try to get my brother and my wife on a trainer kite too, but the kite police in Essex Bay make us land the kite. Baby plovers are napping in the neighborhood.

Watching everybody get their first rides is a great feeling! About as much fun as riding myself. I love it. Riding with them is going to be really special. Until they get better than me. Then I'll have to go back to windsurfing.

7/6- Ben- Saturday. Ben's first time flying a real kite! Bodydrag lesson, wind dies. 10M, Long Beach, Stratford, Connecticut trip.

7/8- Josh- Monday evening. Josh's second time with a kite, bodydrag practise, first time getting on a board! Wind dies late. 10M, Revere.

7/10- Ben & Josh- Wednesday evening. Ben's first time getting on a board! 14M. Josh gets on a board but wind is too light for the 10M. SSW, 5-15 MPH, Revere.

7/12- Josh & Paige- Friday evening. Paige's first time on a trainer kite. Josh is up and riding with 17M. There's barely enough wind for Josh, even on such a big kite. NE, 5-15 MPH, Revere.

7/13- Saturday. We boat, in Al's boat, into Essex Bay, inside of Cranes Beach. Put up the trainer kite for Al, Barbara, and Paige. We get shut down by a ranger on a 4x4. No kites during plover season. The Plovers own this beach.

What a week!