Sunday 4-10-2011

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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby Pier » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:03 pm

adseguy wrote:Strange that the wind showed SW....It was for sure South by the afternoon because I was heading at the jetty quite easily on my way in which means it was slightly on-shore.


I believe that the Waukegan meter is off +45 deg (approx), I started to observe this right after the meter has been fixed last year.

I have noticed multiple times that when the other meters in the area (i.e. Kenosha/Racine etc) were showing consistent directions Waukegan wasn't.

During the last summer I didn't ride in Waukegan at all but when finally got there this spring, after two sessions I had the confirmation of my thoughts.

A week ago I was riding on a straight onshore wind (ESE) when the meter was showing SE and yesterday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm we were riding a SSW but the meter was showing SW.

Hope this helps

Yesterday it was short but sweet for me, can't wait for another session!
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby shudawg7 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:09 pm

A couple pics...

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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby ChicagoGlobeRider » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:26 pm

I'm sorry guys, but the SW winds at Waukegan this time of year can switch straight off shore in a heart beat. Over the years, i have seen this happen many of times. The water this time of the year is only 40 degrees, You guys would of been screwed if the winds shifted offshore. With water temps being so low, you should only go out if the wind is blowing side on.
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby alarmclock71 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:44 pm

ironben wrote:some facts from yesterday

I did not know my 9.5 kahoona can take such gust. having smaller kite be much better but i not felt like pumping 3th kite.


Here is a bigger kicker. I did not realize I was riding on 12m til 2:00pm; not until a friend of mine pointed it out to me. It seemed to me that for the wind speed my 9 should behave a little differently (be more gentle), but then again, it was my first day this season;. I was pretty sure I took the 9m bag out of my car trunk. Both of my kites have the same colors and out of this excitement did not notice it. Lessons learned: 1) My 12m can take much stronger winds than I expected (with my 150lb weight, that's a big deal), 2) Pay attention not to the bag, but to the kite :-)
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby rmanecke » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:00 pm

I was pretty hot on my 16! I really didn't believe we would get more than 16 knots. The 12 worked much beter. That's the WARMEST I have ever felt in 40 degree water. I only quite kiting from sheer exhaustion.

The point about offshore winds and COLD water are well taken. You just have to dress properly and be mentally prepared ditch your kite and swim home for your life before things get out of hand.
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby kytbord » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:54 pm

I shot a bunch of stills on Sunday at Keegs - hoping some of you will recognize yourselves

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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby beetlehead » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:43 pm

What a great season opener. I'll get video of my buggy runs on here soon. I need to edit them first, it's a lonnngg beach!
In the mean time, enjoy these videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXLOchvy86g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDS3EZXySVM
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby ironben » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:43 pm

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thanks for taking some pics. i had a really good time on 13.5 purple kahoona before really got strong.
looks good! :twisted:

Adrian's Dead man looks even more impressive on video. he makes things look so easy! 8)
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby Safe_Cracker » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:58 pm

adseguy wrote:Strange that the wind showed SW....It was for sure South by the afternoon because I was heading at the jetty quite easily on my way in which means it was slightly on-shore.


That's what I was talking about. All the buoys and the Keegan meter all read SW/WSW all day beginning to think that maybe it is defective! Looked like a great day just wished that I read more than the Where to Ride and For Sale sections maybe I would have known about the get together BEFORE and not AFTER :roll: :wink: :D

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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby qomat » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:47 pm

For next time anyone

Please post a message on forum.
Thought its off shore whole day...just waisting time and waiting when I could have some fun :)

Use phones, blueberries, peaches whatever..just share

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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby beetlehead » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:55 am

Ok, here's a quick buggy vid. I especially enjoyed the rooster tail. I'm glad I put a mud flap on it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3BAV7wvEkI
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby adseguy » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:01 pm

Thanks for the vids and pics guys! I'm editing the ones I have too. I usually like going all out with my edits, but maybe this time I shouldn't and just get it posted haha.

ChicagoGlobeRider wrote:I'm sorry guys, but the SW winds at Waukegan this time of year can switch straight off shore in a heart beat. Over the years, i have seen this happen many of times. The water this time of the year is only 40 degrees, You guys would of been screwed if the winds shifted offshore. With water temps being so low, you should only go out if the wind is blowing side on.


We were all watching each other. Another impressive day of everyone helping each other out by grabbing boards, asking if the re-launch will work, etc. No one, that I saw, was left out alone for long. I think the water being so cold actually helped the South winds even more. A thermal effect was most likely happening sucking in the cold air to fill the rising hot land mass.
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby adseguy » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:31 am

To everyone that went to Waukegan Sunday. I got a video up ----> viewtopic.php?f=12&t=9872
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby ssauve66 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:57 am

nice vid adrian. i like the camera pass to the bystanders. the hand-drag backroll kiteloop transition... one of my favorites. STYYYYYLEEYYY!
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby kytbord » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:40 pm

ALL the still shots I took Sunday can be found here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1026600972 ... directlink

Dutch, adseguy, ironben & others - enjoy!
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Re: Sunday 4-10-2011

Postby gbleck » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:41 pm

Went down to the beach Wed the 13th. I'm not sure the wind meeter is reading the direction right.
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