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Postby FSP » Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:36 pm

saw the cam come out and had to had to get all up in it.

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Re: casino frothiness

Postby IVO » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:03 pm

Sc,is this that labor day swell?Great pic!!!!!!!




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Re: casino frothiness

Postby West » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:25 am

I can remember about 6 to 7 yrs ago when most thought that it was not possible to ride the Lake Michigan waves......determiniation and the development of kites changed all of that!!!!!!!!!

Leading the charge was Scottie G, whose bottom turns I would study and try to copy....many faceplants later I had an AHAAAAA moment, and it all seemed to flow from there....Scottie G, V, Greg and myself began focusing on trying to rip up the Big Lake's offerings....we tried to find the locations around the lake that had the best ridable kiting waves. Scottie had a wealth of knowledge from his many years chasing the wind and waves as a windsurfer, and began to apply that wisdom in our kiteboarding adventures (I hold to the idea that Scottie and my buddy Matt Mulligan up in TC know the lake better than anyone....each have somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 yrs experience "sailing" Lake Michigan, and now that I think about it, Mulligan has sailed, windsurfed and kited the lake for over 40 yrs!!!! :shock: WOW)

As the years have gone by many kiters have acquired the skills to ride Lake Michigan's waves, and most of these kiters have turned to the surfboard in order to do so. Cory was the first to start this trend, bringing it in from Hatteras; and if you have never seen how nimble the big fella is on his board, it is something else to behold, he RIPS!!!!!!!! Leno came back from Florida sporting a "squash tail" and Herbie from Green Bay was on this path as well. Jens, Ryan and the Sheriff started to pick up surfboard skills, and began pushing their abilities riding the waves. Sometime around the day this photo was taken, I was down at the Casino watching Ivo, Pier, Slavi and Leno just "killing it" on surfboards.....VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! It has been awesome to see so many kiters focus on riding what once seemed elusive....the Great Lake Wave. Hell, last time up at Pt Betsie there were over a half dozen guys with Mulligan and Rorke, "slicing it up" on surfboards on their downwinders!! KUDOS

HOWEVER...............I still maintain that LAKE MICHIGAN'S waves were made to be torn-up by a twin-tip. The shorter frequency of our waves dictate that turns be tighter; the ability to kick out of a close-out, jump the next one and turn on the following wave is possible on a twin-tip; landing an off-the-lip into a screaming bottom turn is not only possible but plausible on a twin-tip..........that being said, look back at Scottie G's off da lip in photo 4......"perfect" form, extreme concentration, in the right spot, ready to land into another bottom turn and back up the face, or maybe he is gonna quickly turn and head back out and boost a 20 ft rail-grabbing forward.....ooooooh the many options available to the wave riding twin-tipper on the Big Lake!!

I am stoked that kiting offers so many ways to SHRED and to have FUN!!!!! Whatever board you choose to ride, keep pushing yourself, keep safe, and keep an eye out for your buddy as you ride WAVES on one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. I just wanted to take the opportunity to give a little background on the history of kiting Lake Michigan's waves (from my Chicago-based perspective and recollection). And most of all I wanted to commend Scottie G on helping all of us to realize that it was possible, after all!! :wink: Keep on leading the charge Scottie.....GREAT photos!!

LONG LIVE THE TWIN-TIP!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: casino frothiness

Postby FSP » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:53 am

Yeah, I still cant understand why in anything less than perfect Oahu or Fiji, why kiteSURFERS who choose the wave, dont favor the precision of a TT??? Yes, there are times it is lighter and I will equally be stoked to use my custom mutants, but still they are just bigger adaptations of a twintip.

Kelly Slater is not only dominating competitive surfing everywhere right now but doing it on his own boards that are smaller than ever used before! His precision and cutback power on these tiny boards are just mental. I’ll bet he would even slip into a footstrap if he could figure out how. That said, I want to see kitesurfing show surfing even more precision and power. Sure we could settle for "soul surfing" the wave, but for me that is not enough. We have the potential to do cutbacks and aerials off the lip so wicked your mind has a hard time catching up.

Definitely not according to industry fashion, But I want to use everything in my power including the footstraps, rails, small surface area, etc... to maneuver and feel that wave in the most intense/ powerful way possible.

Again, 20 knts on oahu in perfect 6 ft hawaiian you might use a surfboard, but in anything more wooly, why not want the precision and rail to rail, top to bottom mind blowingness of a TT? And if that is not enough then throw your shoulder into your heels at the lip and blow out a goiter with a kiteloop to land back on the face? You wont see that with a surfboard.

With the TT, we have a whole new dimension to explore and I cant wait to see where it takes us. I know the BRO kite boards are specifically designed for what we are after and West is taking this to a level that most wont relate to, but be sure to keep an eye out for the differences. I have a little more exploring to get out of my blood and then onto a BRO kite for the grand finale.
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Re: casino frothiness

Postby jensmadwind » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:30 pm

i like the ability to rip on both

i plan on doing a little more than soul surfing on friday.
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Re: casino frothiness

Postby IVO » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:39 pm

West and Scottie,once again in helm of TT.


Yeah, I still cant understand why in anything less than perfect Oahu or Fiji, why kiteSURFERS who choose the wave, dont favor the precision of a TT??? Yes, there are times it is lighter and I will equally be stoked to use my custom mutants, but still they are just bigger adaptations of a twintip.



There is very simple answer to this,would you go out and tell bass player,that you dont like his music,but he might be better off on spanish guitar?To a carpenter,that he is way to slow and not efficent enough to keep up with automated line?:)

What people choose or do,what tools they use is not the most important at the end..What is actually important is how they feel making stuff with own hands,singing for joy and of course riding surfboards on Lake Michigan..lol

Is TT more efficent for our waves?Definetly!!But that doesnt mean I have less fun on surfboard that every other guy next to me on TT..I actually love riding both,different skills and chalanges as Jens was saying,kitesurfing is about stoke,doesnt matter what you riding as long it makes you happy and you both know this very well!!!!!!!!

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