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! But 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 friends 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 buddies, provides the perfect conditions for focusing your time on learning kite control, safety, board starts & riding! 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.southpadreislandkiteboarding.com/kitespots_photos.html
Those that have done any the trips with Amanda and I know these are always a great way to get to know others in the scene, meet up with your buds whom you already know and possibly 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!!...
I will have demo gear available to try. This gives you the chance to try different brands including Ozone, Royal, Spleene & CrazyFly. I will also have a kite buggy that we can have a little fun on! Some of the larger flats in the launch areas of SPI are perfect for this!!
So here's the deal... Marilys, IKO Level 2 instructor, and I are looking to bring a group down in November. Marilys will be offering some lesson packages at a great rate to further enhance this opportunity for those looking to learn or advance more quickly from the level you are now! 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. We will be securing accommodations for those interested in sharing, otherwise you are certainly welcome to secure your own but still hang with the Chi group. Some are flying and some are driving so there may also be opportunities to ride share. If you plan to fly, this might be a good time to use some of those miles!
Right now we are planning to be in SPI from Saturday 11/10 through Sunday 11/18. If the interest is great, we may add the week before to the agenda, from 11/3. I will provide more info as people lock in.
Please post here or contact me direct for if you would like to join. If you are interested in lessons, please contact me direct via one of the ways below.
Lookin' forward to having you join us!!