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Thomas61
Posted on: Jul 26 2011, 12:37 PM


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QUOTE(KyleK @ Jul 16 2011, 12:00 PM) *
it was sooo bright last night, but no wind.

would have liked to join you on Wednesday but opted to go check Toots and the Mytals instead. Great style though Eric scoring a little Hasselhoff.

have a great trip to Oregon!



Missed ya that night, Kyle. Toots still kills it after decades of raging. I want to know where to get one of those white Canadian Tuxedos he had on.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2011, 09:29 PM


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QUOTE(FellowCountryMan @ Jun 7 2011, 06:58 PM) *
Tommy I see your point and will no longer tell kiters if you feel it's safe to go out after everything you have been told then go for it.

This conversation has me thinking about a incident that happened last year. A beginner showed up at Metro late just as storms where approaching. Everybody was off the water and he rigged his kite as all the experienced kiters where breaking down. I approached him and asked if he knew that a storm cell was approaching and very close to which he confirmed he was aware of it but felt he had time and would be ok. I pointed out that every other kiter was not only off the water but putting their gear away but he still felt he was going to be ok. I then showed him the storm cell on live radar around Van Dyke and told him once again it was a bad idea due to frontal winds and lightning but he still insisted he would be ok. So off he went and about the time he got to the sand bar the wind line from the frontal winds could be seen rapidly approaching. I yelled to him to drop his kite away from shore and pull his safety but he insisted on taking the first gust and learning this one the hard way. Fortunately for him he was able to eject and seperate himself from the kite avoiding injury.

So my point to all this is that experience has not only taught me that it's a bad idea to kite when storms are approaching but no matter how hard you try you just can't convince some people that what they are about to do is a bad idea.



Who launched his kite? tongue.gif
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Posted on: Jun 7 2011, 02:40 PM


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QUOTE(FellowCountryMan @ May 31 2011, 01:46 AM) *
Tommy my approach is to share what I know and have experienced and let them make the decision themselves.


While I respect and understand where you're coming from, I still think we (experienced kiters) should discourage, not encourage, beginners to kite in storms.

Just because you have never been tea bagged into a parking lot, or building, doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

People will always make their own choices, but I think we have a duty to persuade beginners to absolutely NOT go out in thunderstorms. Beginner kiting 101.

When I was living in Florida a few years back there were at least 5 people that were seriously injured, or killed from kiting in storms. Most of them beginners trying to eek out a session because they had the, "hey, its windy and I really want to kite" mentality. So maybe I'm more sensitive to the subject than most.

Cheers

PS Missed you at the shack the other day Tommyboy! Not the same around here with out seeing you first AND last on the water. smile.gif
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Posted on: May 31 2011, 12:15 AM


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QUOTE(FellowCountryMan @ May 23 2011, 04:22 PM) *
I've been shocked ( twice ) and have witnessed other kiter's getting shocked when thunderstorms are in the area. I can't explain the physics behind it but I can confirm it's not a very good feeling. I've also never witnessed a kite in the sky during an actual thunderstorm but who am I to say it can't be done. I've seen some guys come close but Mother Nature has always helped them get their kites out of the sky ( see Ed's post ). So with that being said I say if your up for the task then go for it.



Tommyboy! Are you REALLY telling a beginner that if he is up for riding in a lightning storm then he should go for it? ohmy.gif

David, One of the FIRST things you are (should be) taught when learning to kite is that you should NEVER go out in thunder/lightning storms! Not only does it suck to get shocked, but the fact that there is unpredictable weather nearby while you have a GIANT kite in the air, should be enough to not take the chance.

Everyone remembers the vid of that idiot in FLA a few years ago right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LTwMtLSLM8

That guy luckily survived after a long stay in the hospital, but not everyone is so lucky.

The reason you don't kite in this weather is because the wind can increase 10 fold (in terms of power) within seconds. I'd hate to have a 9 meter up when the wind goes from steady 20 to 50 in the blink of an eye.

Watch out for black clouds, storm fronts, lightning and thunder. (Riding in just rain all good...AND super fun..especially in the ocean with big waves smile.gif)

My good deed for the day.

Cheers!

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Posted on: Sep 3 2010, 03:01 AM


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Leaving wind to get wind?


Faggggs!



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Posted on: Aug 3 2010, 12:46 AM


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QUOTE(dakaunman @ Aug 2 2010, 10:44 PM) *
I was planning on heading up to Tawas today and changed my mind after watching the forcast just tank. I guess I will never learn to just go pray for MAGIC. Tomorrow is another marginal to no kiting day in Tawas, anyone want to go and hang out on the beach with me?



Aaron, I think we got a good crew goin up this weekend...make ur way up, brotha! I want to see some pics from AK!
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Posted on: Jul 9 2010, 06:33 PM


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QUOTE(Turtle @ Jun 28 2010, 06:20 AM) *
Arrived just in time to get about an hour in of steady Atlantis wind with JonTan, Vlad and Rick. Capped off the night with a little cash game poker at the Oscoda Poker Room.

Might head back up to Tawas mid week for an over nighter if conditions look good.

John



Oscoda Poker Room?

Sunday looks like it should be another perfect day at Tawas State Park. Think I'm gonna head up tomorrow. You clowns should come throw down!


Oscoda Poker Room?


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Posted on: May 7 2010, 12:41 PM


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QUOTE(Turtle @ May 3 2010, 10:32 AM) *
Hey, I think the guy in the top left is Saul from Ohio. Can anyone confirm this?



Confirmed.
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Posted on: Apr 22 2010, 02:22 PM


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Im in on the crossing.

Tell me where to meet and when it is and Im there. smile.gif
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Posted on: Sep 29 2009, 11:24 PM


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That sucks Danielle!! Hope you get everything back in order soon, and get ur ass back out on the water!

Tommy
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Posted on: Aug 17 2009, 09:11 PM


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QUOTE(GRJosh @ Aug 17 2009, 07:28 PM) *
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OH MAN!
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Posted on: Aug 13 2009, 02:19 PM


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QUOTE(Saftey Rick @ Aug 12 2009, 02:31 PM) *
I'm not upset with anyone. This problem keeps on popping back up every year. Now that it has pop up again it need to be addressed and I think it is. So this is all you will hear from me on the subject.

Its still on for the MMA at the camp. That just good fun as long as everybody views it that way and when i tap you out you can shake my hand and go to round two. I'm a lot better at MMA than kiteboarding and like just as much.

Three of us are loading up for Atlantis now. Thermal S.



GOD Rick! Why do you have to stir up so much shit!? If it wasnt for you we could all have a good time at the beach and enjoy ourselves without having to duck and cover when you come by, drunk and out of control, on your kite. You need to go to AA, and NA for that matter, and get your life back on track. Atlantis? Rick, atlantis is a myth! You need to stop doing mushrooms and get a grip on REALITY!















Hahahahahahah JK Rick!
Missed ya last weekend..might be up this weekend..i want to see this Atlantis you talk about.
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Posted on: Aug 6 2009, 10:56 PM


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sweet rick..

sounds like a good time if what you speak is the truth.

nothing like dropping in on roaring monsters, looking to take you down and hold you down..beats the hell out of flat water shyte, imo.

hope it cranks on Sunday..see ya then.

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Posted on: Aug 5 2009, 12:21 PM


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sometimes i have no idea what you're talking about...

but did you say you were riding 15ft waves on huron?


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Posted on: Jul 18 2009, 11:39 AM


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QUOTE(FellowCountryMan @ Jul 18 2009, 11:22 AM) *
It seems these west winds have been coming through in the late afternoon lately. Is anybody thinking of heading out today?



nature trail?


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Posted on: Jul 15 2009, 10:37 PM


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Vlad are you in to rage that spot with me this weekend?

Nice find Rick! I figured all that water in there was super shallow, but if you say its deep enough im down to get my kite stuck in a tree for some buttter!

See ya on friday.


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Posted on: Jul 15 2009, 12:00 AM


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"Im more of a wakestyle kiter, i mean, i dont really do tricks, but i ride back and forth wakestyle"

Vlad
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Posted on: Jul 13 2009, 03:02 PM


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high in the middle and round at both ends?

I would have to say Ohio! (yahoo answers)

spot looks cool. want to ride it.

I need a 9m NT session soon!


TJI

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Posted on: Jul 11 2009, 07:53 PM


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QUOTE(suckinseawater_merged @ Jul 11 2009, 07:04 PM) *
Only at Conneaut you should have seen the woman thing stuck in the truck, she's still there for ya Brian ! Pa had 4 teeth Ma had the other one.
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Where is Conneaut?

looks like it could be sick! Whats the low-down on this spot? And what directions are best to ride in the flat water pond?

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Posted on: Jul 7 2009, 11:01 AM


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Nice Elkus! Love to see you on the other end of the camera/spotlight!

Congrats bud..

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Posted on: Jul 5 2009, 09:54 PM


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Anyone riding tomorrow?

ive been going up to Tawas a bunch and want to get down with the Lac. St. Clair crew..

who's in?



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Posted on: Jun 30 2009, 02:49 PM


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damn that things sexy!

id hit it!



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Posted on: Jun 22 2009, 12:54 PM


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QUOTE(mnpaslay @ Jun 20 2009, 03:18 PM) *
Only access is by boat or private property...

Sort of beginner friendly, waist deep but you have to drift launch and water land your kite.



The launching and landing is sketchy at best..not beginner friendly IMO.
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Posted on: Jun 15 2009, 12:38 PM


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Tawas this weekend.

Bring your A game bitches.


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Posted on: Jun 11 2009, 12:37 PM


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QUOTE(joel @ Jun 11 2009, 11:09 AM) *
Parking Garages are fun to bomb. If it has an elevator, its that much better!

We used to hit them up on MSU's campus late night.



I second the parking garages..I was eye-ing the structure at greektown casino last night. Was wondering if its do-able to ride all the way down the spiral drive to the bottom. You would need to speed check on the way down but it would be fun to try anyway.
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