South Padre Island Kiteboard Trip!!!, Nov 14-22

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South Padre Island Kiteboard Trip!!!, Nov 14-22

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Here we go once again!! Headed South towards the border, November 14th-22nd, all the way down to one of the premier kiteboarding spots in the world, right here in our own USA, SPI!! If you are unfamiliar with this kiting spot, well here...

Lake Michigan and the Chi area is an excellent place to kite... especially if you are an experienced kiter! Don't get me wrong, there is some great kiteboarding for beginners around here but our good, consistent winds are more prevalent in the Fall, followed up with a Spring season right after the big lake thaw. Especially in late Fall and early Spring, water temps can be frigid and waves can be HUGE & powerful. Strong winds and huge, clean, surfable waves are what many experienced riders drop everything & squeeze into a warm wetsuit for. But since beginners spend more time in the water rather than on it and there is so much to learn while you're sitting in that water, low temps can be a hindrance and the waves can be pummeling! Alas, there is a solution... a fun one!!...... take a trip to a warmer place with clean, consistent winds and flat shallow waters!

You might ask, does such a paradise exist?! Why yes it does I say!!! That place my friend exists on South Padre Island Texas! The autumn winds are known to be consistent there but the temps are much warmer than here and in the laguna, we have 7 miles of shallow water that you can stand up in!! This, my beginner buddy, provides the perfect conditions for focusing your time on learning kite control, safety, board starts & riding! We will be offering the same affordable kiteboarding lesson packages to further enhance this opportunity for those looking to learn or advance more quickly from their current level. And the best thing is our most cost effective lesson package is less than half the rate charged by many SPI kite schools! If you’re on the lesson roster, join us to extend the season and return a more safety savvy, independent kiteboarder! If you’ve been wanting to start lessons but haven’t gotten around to it, well this could be a great opportunity for you. We can teach you from the ground up in SPI so let’s get you off to a flying start in one of the most awesome kite spots in the world!!

Now for the more experienced, SPI provides wave riding areas on the outside, downwinders or you can hang in the flats and hone that next trick or new technique. But there's more!!! ...we all have the opportunity to kick back & fraternize with peeps on the same wave! The greatest thing is, doing this off tourist season, accommodations will be more reasonable, especially if we share.

Check out an aerial of this sweet locale; http://www.spadre.com/padrephoto.htm

Those that have done trips with me know these are always a great way to meet others in the scene, connect with those you already know, and improve your kiteboarding while experiencing some of the most premier kiting spots in the world! It always seems those interested in kiting are on a similar wave so sharing experiences from kiting, to cooking together, to hanging out is always a blast!

For those learning to kite, most of the more experienced riders are always happy to offer tips and help. The camaraderie on these trips is ubiquitous!

For experienced kiters, as well as beginners who are up & riding... and if you aren't currently, SPI is THEE place to make that right of passage!!...

So here's the deal... along with coming together as a group for a complete "kiter" experience, we will be offering lesson opportunities to people looking to learn form scratch or improve their skills. All kiters are welcome to join whether you are coming down to learn or just coming down to enjoy a place with a reputation for reliable winds and warmer temperatures. I will be securing a nice house with all the amenities and plenty of room for all. Some will fly and some will drive and there are ride share opportunities. We are also encouraging those who want to bring their significant other to do so! SPI has some great non-kiting activities to offer, including SUPing, beach biking, etc, and for this trip, our delightful Jodee with be there to help entertain the non-kiters who would like to come along for the ride.

Here’s a little review of a previous trip…

“How NOT to sound cheesy... Well, I won't even try...
I can't think about many other circumstances (other than being stuck in an elevator) in which a Ph.D. writing software for MRI machines, a lead signer in a Van Halen tribute band, a financial adviser, a high-power corporate attorney, an CPA, a building contractor, a translator, a computer security guru, and a wonderfully free-spirited kiting instructor would be united in a common purpose. Not to mention the age, national origin, or income differences ... None of which mattered...

Even though timing for me was all wrong (tons of work I couldn't reject > very short sleep to get some kiting > being both dead tired and unpleasantly high on pure adrenaline), kiting was awesome. I did 6 downwinders that taught me a ton, had some flat-water fun jumping higher than ever before, and a true pleasure seeing people progressing from what-the-hell-I'm-doing-here to eeeeehhhaaa!

Mike, you're a true charmer - of people and Elements.

See you all on the beach!

Tom “


Please reply here and send email to address in my sig right away if interested and I will get back and go over accommodation options, discuss lessons if needed, and, if you’ve never been, make sure you will be prepared to make the most of your time down there.

Lookin' forward to having you join on the island of fun & wind!!
Kiteboard Mike
3ME/WindyCity Kite Sports
Fully Stocked Shop, Demo Center & IKO Certified School
eus@3mekite.com
708.341.0003
http://windycitykitesports.com/

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Re: South Padre Island Kiteboard Trip!!!, Nov 14-22

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Kiteboard Mike
3ME/WindyCity Kite Sports
Fully Stocked Shop, Demo Center & IKO Certified School
eus@3mekite.com
708.341.0003
http://windycitykitesports.com/

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Re: South Padre Island Kiteboard Trip!!!, Nov 14-22

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what an awesome post! You ROCK Mike, and stoked to see Chicago crew again this Fall!

btw our last few 2015 demos kites are looking for good homes, and don't forget to stop by South Flats and take a brand new 2016 BLADE TRIGGER for a spin


Brett
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Re: South Padre Island Kiteboard Trip!!!, Nov 14-22

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Looks like we still have a spot open in the houses. Forecasts look good!! So far wind every day & 70/80 degree temps on the island! Would anyone like to swing it last minute?!
Kiteboard Mike
3ME/WindyCity Kite Sports
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http://windycitykitesports.com/

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Re: South Padre Island Kiteboard Trip!!!, Nov 14-22

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Thank you to those who joined on the South Padre Island. We had warm weather this round and great winds as usual! The kite crew was our customary eclectic bunch with one great thing in common…. the strong desire for wind!! We had a large group of beginners this round and every single one of them made great advancements… so good to experience the smiles & animated enthusiasm when plateaus were reached. We rode everything from 6M-19M kites every day, had the opportunity to demo a plethora of the latest gear, did tandem kiteboard rides, paddled SUP’s, savored good island eats, partook in karaoke and other nightlife debauchery, hosted a top shelf made from scratch margarita party and were even scholared in wine selection. Thank you to all who pitched in to make this outing successful and a blast!! We are looking forward now to the Winter Mexico trip! Let me know if you’re interested.

During this trip, excellent prices were offered on current model year equipment as well as unheard of discounts on brand new 2016 gear… gear that WE were one of the 1st to even see live, let alone try! Many went home with excellent additions to their quivers for some pretty sweet deals. I would like to extend the trip deals through Cyber Monday (Nov 30th) on the few things left as well as, with the support of CrazyFly, offer deep discounts on gear ordered by the midnight Central deadline. This is a great opportunity to grab extremely sweet deals on the stuff that has JUST been released as well as what has not even been shipped from the manufacturer yet! Bargains like this are almost NEVER seen at the beginning of the year, at the head of a product line release. You typically have to wait until the end of the model year and on whatever is left, which is usually the least desired items. Below is a lost of what’s left.

2015 Spleene RS 135 demo board: $599

2015 Spleene Door Lightwind Machine board: $764

2015 CrazyFly Elite 136 single layer carbon performance board: $1099 (like riding a cloud and excellent opportunity for a hard to find discount!!)

20% off any 2016 CrazyFly kite!!…rare deal!! Deeper discounts on any 2015 kites still left. Excellent time to add an all-around, performance of lightwind kite to your quiver. Check out the line: http://www.crazyflykites.com/cf2016/kites

$75 off any 2016 CrazyFly board. Deeper discounts on any 2015 boards still left. A tool for whatever job you’re looking to conquer!: http://www.crazyflykites.com/cf2016/kiteboards

Peruse and let me know if you have any questions are interest.

Enjoy a few of the pix....

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Kiteboard Mike
3ME/WindyCity Kite Sports
Fully Stocked Shop, Demo Center & IKO Certified School
eus@3mekite.com
708.341.0003
http://windycitykitesports.com/

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