Woke up and saw pancake ice on the lake this morning up here with water temps at 33 and the air a -4. I guess thatâ€™s it for the season, with Nov. 28th being the last ride for me. Last year I made it a little later to the 8th of December, I believe, but I won't be going out with these ice-cold waters to top it. With this being the first season I could really enjoy the great aspects of kiting like: jumping big air and riding in big waves and just cursing around with zero worries, I tried to ride as much as I could when home.
Looking back on the seasons riding opportunities I would say the following: Couldn't ride early spring because of eye surgery. Late spring and early summer were good, with many days of S.E. thermals in a row, got in 8 days straight in early July, riding mostly 20 and 15-meter kites. I was gone mid summer, rode mid August and September, which were also good, but the winds seemed to be a gustier south.. Though, I had my best day of the year was at this time. It was a super clean northeaster 20-25mph, which allowed for amazing flat water riding behind the pier, big jumps, clean swell and surf 6-8 ft, and warm water. Rode my 12 and 15 a lot during this period. This Fall Oct. Nov was poor a best. With a steady string of northern and southern westerly winds kiting was limited. Did not get the big Northeasters I was hoping for and kind of expected, just a few days of O.K. 12-15 meter riding. Over all though had a great season, rode almost entirely out of Sheboygan, enjoyed meeting and hanging with some great people and getting into a sport that allows me to make the most of lake Michigan. Now I guess we should talk Snow.