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mnpaslay
Posted on: Nov 12 2012, 06:38 PM


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Come to Hawaii instead, Maui is epic...Oahu is pretty good too!
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Posted on: Oct 15 2012, 02:27 PM


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I still check the forum and miss it...and I moved to Hawaii! The facebook page is very lively...but I kind of don't like facebook...it is like a nessary evil these days for me...

Anyway, still hoping some of you guys will make it out here to ride! And enjoy enjoy the nature trail and Tawas. Especially Tawas when you can ride from the open part of the lake into the bay for flat water...

And learn to gybe on flat water while you can...
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mnpaslay
Posted on: May 14 2012, 12:13 PM


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No, just not as many riders since kites are new, not intentional...I don't think they changed the results of the poll.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2012, 01:52 PM


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List doesn't seem too crazy, although Epic may have been under represented, I have not tried Dmitri's new kites, but I'm curious about them...
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Posted on: Apr 30 2012, 01:49 PM


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Probably not cheap, but Maui, Hawaii is pretty consistent...flat riding as well as waves...
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Posted on: Nov 22 2011, 01:43 PM


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I'm working on learning to Jibe a direction and can't help but think how much easier it would have been to learn at Metro, Tawas, or some other relatively flat water riding spot. So...my advice is to start riding a directional and learn to jibe on flat water while you can!

I'm learning strapless on an 6 foot surfboard, I think I need to practice on an actual kite specific directional or larger surfboard. I did try one once and it was substantially easier...

Wishing everyone the best!
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Posted on: Oct 28 2011, 07:35 PM


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Hey, this is Nick! Yeah, Hawaii should have some wind in October, last year it was great! For the most part Maui is the best bet for wind, it is windly almost all of the time there. The terrain funnels the trade winds and you can generally expect wind at Naish or Kite Beach. On Maui you can expect to see people on 7m and 9m most of the time. Oahu, which is the island I live on, usually has lower wind with most people riding 12m or 14m. On Maui the places to go are all around the airport for the most part. On Oahu, there are two main location, Kailua and Mokuleia.

Kailua is a great safe spot on the east side of Oahu with a fantastic beach. There are mild waves in most areas, but you can ride to spots with larger waves. There is also an island that stops many waves creating a flatter area to ride in.

Mokuleia in general has higher wind speed and if it is sunny it will thermal and produce a metro-magic like effect. However, there is shallow reef area all around and also that is what the waves crash into, so it is a more advanced spot. There may be a path out to the water, but most people start on the edge of the sand and send the kite when a wave comes in. This is one of the few spots I have kited where a much larger percentage wears helmets and everyone wears rash guard to protect them from Reef. The Maui spots I have ridden are fairly flat, but I have heard the waves breaking areas on Maui are fairly dangerous.

Let me know which island you are going to and I can tell you more...
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Posted on: Sep 28 2011, 11:54 AM


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What is your favorite spot?
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Posted on: Sep 22 2011, 05:28 PM


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There is a lost LF Proof posted in the Lost and Found, maybe this is that board...Cheryls?
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Posted on: Sep 22 2011, 05:26 PM


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Is this it?

http://www.kiteus.com/forums/index.php?sho...amp;#entry52900

Posted in the main forum...
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mnpaslay
Posted on: Sep 21 2011, 07:14 PM


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I offered them 10k in early 2008 I think, before the economy really took a dump. I said something like "the economy is bad" and they said "not that bad". I think it is now, my offer would be maybe $5k now...
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Posted on: Aug 22 2011, 12:47 PM


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Anyone heading up?
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Posted on: Aug 4 2011, 11:41 AM


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Hey all,

I will be staying in Tawas in 3 short weeks, August 25-29th, hoping to see all you guys and get some kiting in!

Nick
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Posted on: Jun 13 2011, 12:18 PM


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If you are going under then kite is definitely too low, I keep in similar to where it is when I ride, maybe slightly lower. I was trying some new things last friday and I lost my board a ton of times, including face down. Most of those times I could get to in 2 body drags (tacks). A lot of times as I fall I go right into a body drag, knowing I will need to. As someone else mentioned, longer tacks will get you more upwind. If I see I'm really far away from my board I will do longer tack, I would say 30 seconds - 1 min. I'm usually faster at getting the board in higher wind, usually higher wind allows you to go upwind better and blows you board downwind faster. May want to check that you are going upwind when you are body dragging, remember get yourself low in the water and as straight a line as possible. Then, really look upwind, where you look really affects your direction of travel. That is true when body dragging as well as riding...

I did get really far away from my board and had to spend maybe 10 min body dragging, I lost it in a crash trying a backroll and my kite looped, which took me very far downwind. Then, another rider was in the way and going to hit my kite so I had to go even farther downwind...at least I didn't get stung that day!
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Posted on: Jun 9 2011, 06:26 PM


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I got stung again yesterday...good motivation! Except, this time I was in the water holding a kite that had a line break and tangle that was keeping the kite powered up, even thought the rider had it leashed to 1 line. I was holding the kite and a man of war washed up onto my freaking arm...not cool Stingy, not cool....

It was not as painful though, so I'm hoping getting an immunity...
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Posted on: Jun 7 2011, 03:24 PM


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I was not body dragging when I got stung by the man of war (not recommended). It was right as I started going again after falling. I was working on gybing on my strapless surfboard and had just messed up going right foot forward and had gotten back to my board.

What I do now as I approach my surfboard is flip up my feet and yell, "Monkey Feet!" to harness the powers of the monkeys and use my feet and toes to spin the board and get it into position. I'm getting pretty good at that and spend very little time getting going again. So, I apporach my board with my kite at 1-2 o'clock in normal body drag position, then i flip my feet up to go feet first, do my monkey war cry (it really helps), and then when my feet are good I move the kite from 1-2 across to 10-11 to go in the opposite direction. As I started going forward I got stung (ouch). I figure the bugger was right in front of me...I never saw him...as as I went his tentacles must have grazed my belly under my harness. I was not sure if it was trapped or not, so I rode into the beach and landed my kite. The other regulars there pointed at the welt on my belly and said, "man or war!" Then, they gave me a beer and we all exchanged war stories. Some of them have gotten them stuck in their lines above the bar and the dangling tentacles continue to sting them...not cool...

At first I was angry at the man of war, whom I'm going to call "Stingy," but then I realized Stingy is just trying to coach me on my strapless gybing technique. Stingy was implementing punishment for my failed Gybe Technique. With Stingy's help I will get Gybing down in no time, Stingy is a great kiteboarding coach and available to any that wish to visit Kailua, HI.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2011, 01:17 PM


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Check you body dragging technique. You should be able to usually get your board in 1 or 2 drags. Keep the kite low with the bar pulled in to power the kite, but not so low you are getting water in your mouth. Make you body low and in a line, you are like a daggerboard...then look upwind. Also, if it gets hard to walk around in less deep water, just start body dragging, sometimes it is faster than walking...

Also, when you switch directions move the kite slowly or at the edge, so you don't loose any upwind ground...
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Posted on: May 12 2011, 08:48 PM


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Tom, that was hilarious! There is a good mix of kites here, I've seen Best, Liquid Force, Naish, Slingshot, and there is a guy on a foil, a "foil Mike". The launch is better than metro, but very narrow, which makes foil launch and landing look difficult, there is no room downwind to launch and land, only on one side of wind window. I have not seen much of North or Ozone here. What I have seen is a far higher percentage of girls kiting, some days I think even 50/50. I theorize it is the cold weather in MI that keeps the percent down...
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Posted on: May 11 2011, 12:44 PM


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Occured last friday here in Kailua, brought back memories of Metro...if you look carefully there is a person near the kite in the tree that was able to free the bridles. The "Bill" of Kailua...

Nick
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Posted on: Sep 2 2010, 07:23 PM


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I meant it...in fact there is a great forecast for this holiday weekend and united is at 488...great deal
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Posted on: Sep 2 2010, 03:40 AM


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I'm thinking east side, supposed to blow all weekend...

http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/kailua
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Posted on: Aug 29 2010, 09:20 PM


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because after seeing this picture, you will want to fly to Hawaii...

Epic day kiting in Kailua Bay Hawaii today. The water is soo clean, clear, and warm...it is actually fun to body drag...
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 05:18 AM


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QUOTE(Cruz @ Aug 16 2010, 09:16 AM) *
How many couches do you have? ohmy.gif


We could seriously probably handle 4-6 no big deal. We have a 3 bedroom 2 bath now, but could easily move the kids to our room, leaving 2 rooms open. One would get a full size bed and the other inflatable matress, once we have our couch, we could to 2 in one bedroom, 2 in the other, and 2 on the couch for 6 easily...and, the couch could really take 3! It has a fold our full size which leaves a normal sofa...

I just kited Kailua bay today and watched the sunset while kiting, it was amazing, the view made me crash! The sun sets behind two massive mountains, making it light up like a volcano. I absolutely love it here! I do miss all my peeps in michigan though. And, not everyone here is awesome rider, I rode upwind maybe .5 mile to check out flat island, it is a sweet little spot in Kailua and was telling a guy I met about it....

Me: "so, flat island is pretty sweet, huh?"
Him: "yeah, but it is so far upwind..."
Me: "oh, so you are just starting out?"
Him: "no, I've been kiting for 7 years, got most things down"
Me: "well, going upwind shouldn't be too big of deal after than long"
Him: "well, I mostly had chase boats, how do you go upwind?"
Me : "Well, do you feel powered up and still can't do it or are you underpowered?"

rest is a interersting conversation, but made me feel better about riding here for sure...but still think north shore 30-40 foot waves would kill me, but can't wait to check em out. Met a surfer here that does a lot of "pull ins" with wave runners. He is realdy to "pull me into" a 30 footer on north shore...I'm thinking my family needs me...
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Posted on: Aug 14 2010, 05:07 AM


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Nice...and I thought you would maybe just delete the thread...I'll work on moving the locals from their forum after they like me smile.gif I seriously hope to see my MI people here in Hawaii soon. There are a bunch of flights for around $600 in sept-early december....come on out and represent!

So far my new job is great, our living area is great, and things are way better then I could have imagined. The only thing that sucks is missing all the great people in MI! I'm working downtown and using the bus to commute, for some reason I like it. With the perfect weather all the time the normal things that piss me off just kind of blow over (like verizon trying to tell me I was canada roaming when I was in the ren center).
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Posted on: Aug 13 2010, 03:02 AM


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So, it looks rideable everyday looking forward as far as the forecast goes. Who is up to meeting up in Kailua Bay?
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