Pandemic Post 11 :: An Epic Weekend

The weekend started early with Kantar (my employer) adding recognition for Juneteenth as a company holiday this year for the first time.  I was able to clear my calendar after 10am and I spent the rest of the day learning about the different experiences of People Of Color (POC) and Whites. I read about it. I listened to a podcast about it. I watched 2 videos about it. That theme continued through the weekend with additional reading and listening.

While I listened to the podcasts, I worked on the screen room sewing. I finished the sewing just in time to head out to MBSP for an hour kite-foiling session. After the session, we just chilled out in the trailer for the rest of the day. I put the bed down for a while and Endo and I laid there watching the world go ’round. Endo went for a swim and we did a couple of laps of the park with the longboard.

I’d have stayed for the sunset, but I was getting hungry.

Sunday started with a workout.  WOD 2 didn’t happen because it took me 40+ minutes to do WOD 1. George Floyd will have to wait until another day to get his.  I did this workout outside because it was only about 80 degrees and there’s just something super gratifying about dropping the bar when you’re done with a set.  Endo guarded the barbell between sets.

Then, we hooked up the trailer and towed it out to MBSP for another afternoon of fun. This time, we mostly played with the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). I had worked with Endo in the living room to get him to stand on the board. I had worked with him in the yard. I had even rocked it side to side to get him used to the motion of the waves.

When the rubber hit the road (so to speak) and I asked him to get on the board in the water, he didn’t hesitate. He trusted it and trusted me completely. He dug his nails in a bit at first, but he was quickly distracted by a stick floating nearby and an irrepressible need to retrieve said stick.  I used that distraction as an opportunity to use the paddle to propel us toward the object of his desire. He didn’t mind it one bit.

After some floating around in the little inlet, we paddled out to the other side of the rocks and over to the next inlet. He was fine the entire trip. In fact, we did it a couple of times and he was ready and eager to jump back onto the paddle board each time I asked him to.



We capped off the awesome day with some frisbee and made some new friends. Everybody loves Endo. I’m pretty sure that only 5 people still love Raymond.

Pandemic Post 4 :: Three on the Water

It wasn’t a great day. It wasn’t a warm day. It wasn’t a day when all of the locals showed up to kite. It wasn’t even a good wave day. But, it was a bonus session on a day that was supposed to be saturated with rain from early morning until… well, until Wednesday.

Ryan, Jay and I rolled in to MBSP parking lot shortly after 10 am and debated for far too long about which kite/board to employ. Eventually, Continue reading

Six Hours Under a Kite

Ryan and I were the early crew. We rode foils for about the first 3 hours. Then, the forecast delivered and we switched to twin-tips. At one point, there were 5 kites on the water. I think there were 8 of us throughout the day. Andy, Bobby, Luke, Joel, Jen, Stephan, Mark, Ryan, Me. Yup… 8 kiters and one windsurfer. I can’t believe none of the other windsurfers showed up.

I can’t remember the last time that I spent 6-hours kiteboarding. I’m exhausted. As usual, there’s no pictures of the cameraman.  Ryan did get some drone footage of me kiting, but we’ll have to wait to see if there’s anything worth sharing.

Here’s the video of me riding with Mark Musgrave of Red Sky Surf & Snow… My adrenaline dealer.

Six Hours Under Kites

Today, I spent 6 hours at the beach – most of under the kites. This is all I have to show for it. Well, this, and sore forearms from holding the bar. It was an absolute EPIC day.

It’s so good to be me.

This, by the way, is Ryan.

A New Challenge Under the Kite

I recently bought the aluminum foil kit from Clearwater Hydrofoil. The kit came with an aluminum mast and fuselage. I also ordered the surf wing (largest wing below), kite wing (middle one) and the tail. And, I ordered a short aluminum mast which will make learning much easier

The wings were just plain wood so I needed to fiberglass them before I could use them.  This required so many hours of work! I wasn’t close to prepared for what would be required.  There’s a 4-hour curing time for each of the following steps…

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Mid March Madness

Well, the wind was forecast for between 30 and 50 and I think it delivered. This time was much cleaner wind than last time, too. Unfortunately, I was the only kiter. Ryan had something come up at the last minute and John, well… something about taking a delivery and back doors or something like that.  Who knows with him. He might not even be a kiter any more.

Mark and Gary represented the windsurf crew with some ancient gear. For Mark, it was the Big Wind Wednesday board which had been hanging in the shop since 2002. And, other than the lack of grip on top, I think he did OK on it.  Gary was on a 3.0 sail that just looked too small. Though, I’m sure he had his ass handed to him a few times. It was that kind of day.

At any rate, here are the pics I managed to grab.

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Kiteboarding Luna Pier

The first picture is actually from last week at Maumee Bay State Park, but I couldn’t let that one go un-posted. I love the spiral spray from the board. I only wish I was closer when I took it (or that I had that $2k lens that has me salivating). Sorry, no good shots of Brian who we met at LP that day. Maybe next time!