Saturday, July 31, 2010

Summer in the City

Revere Summer Scene

Revere has a great Summer scene- people of all sizes, styles, and shapes enjoying the beach, swimming, rollerblading down the sidewalk, playing volleyball, hangin' out at the many restaurants and ice cream shops, and asking endless questions about this newfangled sport- kitesomething.

This is where the untamed sea brings some wind and wilderness into the city, and it's a sweet kite and windsurf spot. I think I'm going to really enjoy getting to know this beach better.

Revere Beach, Kitesurfed, 10-15, E, 15M Flysurfer/ 152 Ply Board, with Frank, Sammy, Andre, Colleen, Skipper, Paul, others.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

After Work Delight

SSW was side shore, a little gusty, but very nice after work session!

Andre and Paul stayed out after sunset to try to take advantage of a full moon but the moonrise was too slow. They gave up when they could just barely see enough to derig.

Revere Beach, Kitesurfed, 10-20, SSW, 12M kite/ Slingshot Surf 138, with Andre, Paul, others.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Walk for Kiting

The end of the road at W Dennis is still closed for Plover protection so we made the 1/2 mile schlep on foot to kite point. During the walk the wind really picked up so I had to turn right around and do it again for a smaller kite & board.

Then the wind got up to 20-30 and my smaller kite and board were too big. I had some nice crashes though.

Yeah it was a lot of walking and schlepping of gear but it was for a good cause- fun.

West Dennis, Kitesurfed, WSW, 15-25, 20-30, 12M kite/ Slingshot Surf 148, with Frank, Jamie, Jay, others.

Photo- Starting my drive home. The 1 1/2 hour drive took 2 1/2 hours.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mad Cow Disease

Big Beefy Board

Alright, I finaly tried my Mad Cow. I made this massive board, (180x60), months ago as a half joke, half experiment, didn't bother putting straps or fins on it. It's pretty hard to water start like this. I got 1 run on it and decided it was crazy. I guess I'll have to put straps on, maybe fins too.

Fun Session! The gustiness of Waq Bay didn't bother me that much today. It felt just strong enough to keep me going on my 152 board. I even got some jumps and very short toeside runs during the gusts.

Waq Bay, Kitsurfed, 10-22, SW, 12 M kite/152 Ply Board, with Frank, Rich, Alex, Amine, Others.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Demolition Derby at Pleasure Bay

I've been a little scared to kite at Pleasure Bay because it's supposed to be experts only. I'm no expert. I can't even body drag back to my board effectively. If I lose it, I usually really lose it. And I know how ridiculously gusty this place can be from windsurfing here.

So I took my time pumping up, considered bailing out and rigging a windsurfer instead. In the time it took to set up, I saw 2 separate line crossing episodes, with the ensuing yard sales and swimming after gear. This place is crazy!

While pumping I noticed that the wind was completely blocked by the wall. It felt like there was no air movement, glassy water and all. I had to launch the kite a little hot to get it up into some wind. The minute the kite was up it was really solid, very strange feeling. For about 1 hour the wind was super steady! I couldn't believe it.

I didn't try any jumps or tricks for the pony show. There was some great action happening from everyone else. I was just happy to successfuly weave thru the crowd, about 10-15 kiters on the water in very limited space, and not cross anyone's lines or drop my board or kite.

Then a thunder boomer moved in and shut us down. Not bad for an after work session and my first time kiting in the high speed P Bay traffic jams.

P Bay, Kitesurfed, SSW, 12-24, 12M kite/ 132 Ply board, with Sammy, Greg, Johnny, Skipper, Amine, others.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sit Down Paddle to Paradise.

Got skunked, didn't have much time, so I went for a sit down paddle from Plymouth Beach to the mouth of Plymouth harbor. I'd heard that there was a windsurfing/kiting Shangri-La out there somewhere with miles of secluded sand bars, waves and channels waiting to be explored.

As I approach the mouth of the Bay I can see a long stretch of beautiful white sand in the distance. I can't tell if it's the fabled sand bars in the middle of the opening or a beach on the far shore of Duxbury Point. There are no people in sight anywhere, just a few boats way off in the distance.

It's the sand bars! I pull up on one that is barely out of the water, small waves breaking on the outside of it, glassy currents swirling on the inside. In the distance, I can see the long white sandbar that had been visible from far away. It is protruding much further above the water. What a fantastic playground for sailing/kiting in any E wind, with low tide! Wavesailing on the edge of the bars or gliding thru the slicks on the inside, take your pick.

During the paddle back I keep thinking about how much fun it would be to get out here in the right conditions. But how? Windsurf or kite a couple of miles to get here? Take my little boat? Hitch a ride with a Plymouth resident on the 4x4 road? Also, Is anyone crazy enough to join me for a surfari out here? These are the hard questions in life.

Note- I see from the Plymouth rules for Long Beach that kiting is prohibited on the end of the beach from April 1 to Sept 15 in honor of Piping Plovers.

Picture- my old windsurfing board is a little tippy- stand up paddle in flat water, sit down paddle in the ocean.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Head to Head- 19M vs 9M

Here comes Da Crew

Saturday- W Bay was a little light and gusty, still fun. I got to see a 19M Silver Arrow Flysurfer, Jermy I think, boosting big jumps while I was on my 12M with 152 board, and someone else was on a 9M with a 132 board, all at the same time. Typical W Bay day.

It felt good to get planing again after all these skunks!

Waq Bay, Kitesurfed, 10-20, SW, 12M Royal/ 152 Ply Board, with Frank, Jamie, Sandie, Jermy, others.