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 →
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.
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…
I tried to get him to go with me, but he just wouldn’t put on his his harness when I asked him if he wanted to go for a walk. I suppose I tired him out when we went to Ottawa Park earlier. Still, that was only 3 miles.
I may have some organization issues with these pics so you may see some categorized incorrectly. I thank photoreflect and lightroom for that. I should have had these done a week ago, but Lightroom has been impossible to work with on my main PC.
Thursday, Phil Carroll put on the first of three scheduled Time Trial races hosted by Team Toledo Triathlon club. Fifteen riders took to the 9 mile course starting and ending at Otsego Park in Grand Rapids Ohio. Ten of those riders did a second lap.
My only compensation for missing out on my regular Thursday night ride and laying on the ground (I got a tick on my chest from that!) to get these amazing photos is your patronage.
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