Well said Roberto.........been kiting Lake Michigan bout 10 years. Went to LSP last weekend....had to borrow a wetsuit cause I left mine in Texas, and it was in the mail. Water at shoreline was in the mid 50's....water 400 yards out had to have been in the mid 40's. I was coooold, and definitely didn't want to break down and swim!!! The water can be 70 one day, and 50 the next at the same exact beach!!
Don't be foolish when learning, you spend alot more time in the water, and you're self-rescuing skills are problably not the best. Safety first. Kite with a friend, and wear the proper amount of rubber. Someone may have a full wetsuit for you, keep asking!
Cold water is a relative thing...it's all fun and games until you have to swim in from 400 yards, 600 yards, 1/2 mile....with crashing waves, with a current, with no help from others....especially when you don't have superior self-rescue skills and you are hoping others will save you....then it can get real cold real quick. Mr. Dutch (sorry don't know your name yet) DO NOT mislead people into thinking that Lake Michigan waters aren't cold. Your experience of the lake is minimal, your skill level may be quite high, but your knowledge of Lake Michigan is quite low!!!!! Don't step on the toes of those who know, especially when advising new kiters....errrr on the side of caution, please!! I believe that was Gerard's point!! If you are loaning the shorty, helping Stephen, watching him constantly, and swimming out to help him when needed....that MIGHT be a different matter. He did say that he just learned in San Juan last month!
I NEVER kite without a wetsuit on Lake Michigan, rarely wear a 3/2 and never wear a shorty. There are many kiters who do those things, that is there choice. I suit up for the SWIM IN, not the ride out!!!