Wednesday was the classic reason why I LOVE kiting Lake Michigan. Awesome forcast, sunny skies, not a sole on the beach but the kiters, and a 23 mile downwinder from St. Joe to South Haven!!!
What made it so damn special is the group of kiters..........I've been doing downwinders with the South Haven crew for several years now. Todd G. lives for 'em, and does more than anyone I know (along with Shopping Cart up North).
You can always bet that Big T and Blueberry Bob will be along for the ride, and Jimbo (if only in spirit)!!!!! The South Haven crew is a "tight" group....like the Sheboygan clan, the Madtown boyz, and the TC kiters!! That's what makes it all so damn great......that's what makes our sport, our hobby, our passion so awesome. The camraderie of the kiters is the key!!!!
Todd G. is reknown for bringing a full cooler of pop, beer, and water; "hot" food on the COLD days, and having his lovely wife Angie pick us up wherever we land!!! NOW that is hospitality!!!!! Search the world over, and you'd be lucky to find that combination anywhere.
On Wednesday it was chicken noodle and on Thurs it was chili (hot sauce for both!!!)......the smiles when the bowls are filled are contagious!! When you hear that first top pop, they get even bigger....and then the stories start rolling.....
Did you see the jumps Adrien was sporting (board-offs, rail-grabs, cloud-boosters)?; how about when I almost twisted lines with you Big T. when we were so damn close on that wave?; have you ever seen a bigger shit eating grin on someone, as the one on Bob anytime you see him on a downwinder?; who in the hell showed Todd G. how to turn that board like that?; If Greg does a crowd-pleaser and noone is looking, then is it really a crowd-pleaser?; how many miles does it take to constitute a downwinder?; whoa, what about those waves at the "bomb shelter"?;.....whoa, what about those waves at the power plant?......
The stories are endless, just like the big ass smiles on our faces at the end of every downwinder.....even the ones you don't finish!!!! WHY, you may ask.....cause of the chemistry, cause of the camraderie, cause of the shared passion in our pursuit of happiness by flying a kite on the water with our friends!!!!
That's what makes kiting so damn special, and that's what makes the downwinders classic in my book. Sharing the BIG LAKE with your buddies!!!
Thanks to Da Haven crew for bringing me into their fold, and letting me bring along some of my friends....it just don't get any BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!