When I go on vacation to kite I hope the weather will be windy and the water warm or the snow powder. To get more specific, I like strong steady wind with warm turquoise water or 18” of 1% powder with smooth moderate wind. This recent trip, to Maui, was the former strong wind and pleasant water. I have found myself pumping the 5-meter kite day after day. If you do not kite a 5-meter kite is the size of well, a napkin, it looks like a speck or a hummingbird up in the sky, it is plain tiny which means the wind is honking if some chooses such a small piece of fabric to pull them around. I went out a few times on my twin tip just for amusement sake but I find the surfboard is what kiting March Maui is all about. There is something to be said for being pulled into a head high wave by a juiced up hummingbird. Heck, it is hardly any effort at all and the kite just drifts down the line because the wind is so strong, I think I would call it ego kiting and right now, just so you know, I feel pretty good about my kiting ability. Yep, doing all this in a bathing suit just adds to the experience, no frostbite here, just flaming pink sunburn, pure kiter bliss. Read more
Here is Joes final instalment of his trilogy of Montana kitning, enjoy.
This weekend Frances and I traveled just 2 hours down Interstate 90 to the GTO. Cole Russell put on a wonderful event with course racing, speed and distance trials and a freestyle competition.
There are experiences or events that I experience where the sum is truly greater than the parts and this weekend was one of those happy and great take aways. On Saturday morning I got out of bed and started organizing for the weekend at 5:00 AM. I was hoping that Frances and I could have a 6:30 departure for Georgetown Lake and the Georgetown Open, affectingly called the GTO. This was the final snowkite event for this season, put together by Cole Russell. Cole has worked hard to put this event on for the past six years as he has diligently built his snowkite business, Underground Kitesports, in Phillipsburg, Montana.
I am driving the Toy-ot-ta, not the Vee-dub-youa, the transmission of the Vee-dub-youa made a horrible noise when two very large bolts fell on the ground after an oil change. Packy got to ride in a Bow-wing to Hawaii, he headed there to help his parents start making the transition for a move to San Francisco, or at least that is what he says to his parents, I think he is planning on kiting as much as he can, he took three kites and bought a surfboard. Read more
Here is episode 2 of Joe’s 2012 triology. Thanks Joe for another great video! As some of you may have noticed Joe is a semi-regular contributor to this blog and he has given permision to display his work on these blog posts.