IVO wrote:Scoty,with great respect to all surfers here,I failed to see single guy take off on a bigger wave than I(we)do kite on Lake Michigan yet when the condition are at full peak,its not even comparable.It is not that they dont want to,its because they cant get to them...
That same wave you speak of when kiting cannot reach true peak power until the wind toppling effect and currents have left. It may seem big out there and something to marvel at, but will not have the same power/energy that the next shallower sandbar in will give it when the wind has stopped. The absence of wind gives it a chance to reach peak, interval time, form and cycle out this climax of energy with out wind interfering or taking away from it. Dont be mistaken, that once this small window of opportunity has occurred in cooperation to the wind having ceased, it might be smaller to the eye, but far more powerful. The mt baldy wave is pretty protected so we get some great form when the wind is up, but once the wind has left even that wave will, bowl a little more, throw out a little further, and ultimately deliver far more power. I guess you might say it does not get smaller just less big and sloped as more tubed and box like.
Your right, many surfers cant paddle out there when theres wind but wait around next one, once the wind dies and check this whole power thing for yerself.
Ive seen Mt baldy on its biggest days and even MC last week was huge, but not until the wind stopped was it truly imploding/barreling with plumes way into the air 2nd sandbar. Since you are just getting into surfing, I hope you stick around when the wind dies to see what goes down. The currents die off and its pretty easy to jump off the piers anywhere to be as deep as you can handle. try it then we can talk!!
And yes for me its one mission wheter on a sup, surfboard or kite: apples to apples