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Posted on: Mar 17 2010, 10:34 AM


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Hey, I need some help to borrow a GPS tracker in Ann Arbor area this Sunday.

For my non-profit work I need to carve-out, capture and document a swerving 30 acre property line out of a 145 acre parcel. I need to be able to walk the property and then come home and print out where I was to be used as a discussion point with the local parks and rec department. Can anyone help me get this job done? Its one day! I would be grateful.

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Posted on: Jan 7 2010, 11:02 PM


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08' LibTech Travis Rice 157 MAGNETRACTION SnowBoard

Must have for ice and lakes. Used one michigan kite season on frozen lake only.

$300

Here is my post from other year.

http://www.kiteus.com/forums/index.php?sho...amp;#entry42136

I am selling because I got next years model and graphics.

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Posted on: Oct 18 2009, 03:10 PM


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If you want to join the surfing crowd and don't have a board yet... here is a local opportunity...

This is fun strap and strapless, full padded 2008 Underground Freewave 5'8" surfboard easy to surf, jump, jibe and grab.

I loved it!

I am trying a newer brand and want to pass this deal locally before I hit Ikitesurf.

$400 with bag. Tom 734-276-5677 ($800 retail w/o bag)

Catch the last waves of the year.

See video, review and pictures below.

http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2351028

http://kitesurfing.ie/index.php?name=PNphp...462&start=0

http://vimeo.com/4779909

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  Forum: Where are you riding on the Great Lakes? · Post Preview: #49676 · Replies: 0 · Views: 485

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Posted on: Dec 9 2008, 06:55 PM


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LibTech Travis Rice 157 MAGNETRACTION SnowBoard

Must have for ice and lakes. Used last kite season on frozen lake only.

$375

Here is my post from last year.

http://www.kiteus.com/forums/index.php?sho...amp;#entry42136

I am selling because I want to get this years model and graphics.

Tom
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Posted on: Jul 3 2008, 09:38 AM


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This is an FYI post for some of the new kiters.

Yesterday at metro was fun as heck and definitely challenging with the up and down winds for new kiters.

Someone on a neon yellow kite headed for the public beach and proceeded to either walk their kite, OR actually kite, right through the swim area along the shoreline all the way down the public beach heading toward the point. Gotta believe he didn't know...

Definitely not a good idea for any of us. The public beach needs to be left to the public. Don't even kite over off shore if you are not fully competent at avoiding it. Dropping your kite in an emergency on the west side of the beach away from people is one thing, kiting right through the people is another.

Drop an FYI if you know this guy.

Peace...




  Forum: Where are you riding on the Great Lakes? · Post Preview: #44399 · Replies: 0 · Views: 551

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Posted on: Jun 3 2008, 11:06 AM


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Yesterday FellowCountryMan was out in his boat when he noticed the southerly wind was picking up so I took a chance on a session even with a zero forecast.

I figured it was such a beautiful day that I would have fun just being in the water. Turns out there was enough wind for the flysurfer SA2 and Nobile ext. The wind shut off for a few minutes then came back up again. Turtle joined me with his big kite and extensions. Very serene day, relaxing but still some power up top to try new tricks, jump, forward backward rolls as well as some indescribable body contortions while in the air.... wiping out was refreshing. Lots of fun for an afternoon in the sun. Left by 4pm so I don't know what happened afterwards. What was amazing to me was that all the local readings were showing basically no wind, yet metro still drummed some up. Looks like it may have picked up later around 6 but someone else is going to have to relay.
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Posted on: Jun 1 2008, 06:35 PM


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I enjoyed the company...
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Posted on: May 31 2008, 12:02 PM


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Wow, 12 posts and only one is actually about the kiting.

Yes, to see 25 kites in the air is a really surreal but beautiful sight. I love that metro phenomenon where the wind is only up high... 10meter extensions, big kite, big board, lofty jumps and lots of fun. Its fun when if feels like there is no wind and then you jump to heights that exceed your expectation. Saw Kuban throwing some excitement around when he exprienced the line extensions for the first time.

It also makes a good day for trying new stuff. Swapped boards around and was experimenting with forward rolls enjoying the learning process. It picked up mid afternoon and the smaller boards and shorter lines got into the game.

The only drawback to this phenomenon is when you drop your kite out of the sky. The pileup at the west side of the bowl was helarious to everyone excep to those who were in it. It was like quicksand in that everyone who went in to help got caught in it too. On the positive side it made some room for the other kiters to throw some tricks.

I left at the same time as Turtle so someone is going to have to take this from there. Amer said he left close to 10pm.
  Forum: Where are you riding on the Great Lakes? · Post Preview: #43892 · Replies: 41 · Views: 9,131

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Posted on: May 28 2008, 07:22 AM


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N wind 25mph. 6 people left ft gratiot, 4 people finished on kites, 2 (including me) on foot. Waves were fun, big jumps going out, wave slashing coming in. Rob had a great first surfboard wave session and Amer ripped it up with his big slashing style. About half way down I decided it would be fun to bowtie my kite in mid air, drop it to the water, and thread it through one of the boat lifts with the help of the waves and side shore current which was really fast and strong. (something you don't fully appreciate until you are heading toward a boat lift.) It took some skillful maneuvering but i hit a bullseye. I pulled all the safety cords and after deflating my kite and extracting it from the lift, I noticed one wing looked like swiss cheese. Better the kite then me. So, I then started chasing the remaining 5 kiters down the beach on foot until I noticed only 4 kites left in the sky. Apearantly there was some unhooking going on. Despite the walk/run, the downwinder was a lot of fun. I look forward to doing it again soon only this time I will have a deeper appreciation and respect for all those works of art lining the coastline. I guess there are no boat lifts further north between Point Sanilac and lexington.
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Posted on: Feb 29 2008, 09:18 AM


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Sounds fun you guys

3-4 of us will be at Whitmore lake just north of ann arbor.
  Forum: Where are you riding on the Great Lakes? · Post Preview: #42498 · Replies: 12 · Views: 3,647

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Posted on: Feb 5 2008, 11:31 AM


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Thats my hometown buddy Daryl Drown riding the cart. Grew up surfing with him on Cape Cod Massachusetts. Now he is the owner of Extreme Kites in St Augustine Florida. (oceanextreamsports.com).

Cool guy if you don't know him.

Tom
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Posted on: Jan 31 2008, 02:52 PM


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"Whitmore Lake" Just above Ann Arbor is going strong tomorrow.

Amer and the local crew will be hanging out there.

Its got a great south west basin for an E/NE wind.

On route 23 above ann arbor take Exit 53 and you will see the lake to the east.

At the south west side of the lake there are different parking options.

See you out there.
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Posted on: Jan 31 2008, 02:23 PM


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Amer and I did a side by side comparison between the lib tech 156 skate banana magnetraction (rocker technology with magnetraction) that you show above and the lib tech 157 travice rice magnetraction (traditional board with magnetraction). Alex at Red Belly let us demo both. The day was water/slush on glare ice drysuite slip and slide day.

Amazingly, the both grabbed the ice well and we could basically ice kite without a problem. We swithced back and forth to get that comparison feel. I preferred the stiffer travice rice because I thought it could hold an edge better. To me, the skate banana was softer and seemed too soft in comparison to the travice rice.

And, that was it... we were sold. Both Amer and I picked up a travice rice magnetraction boards, and because of the way turtle described these michigan conditions above, I am so glad I did. Everyday was turned into an awesome day because I could grab an edge. It really makes those ice patchs between the snow fun. It just makes it so much more smooth, stable, comfortable, and satisfying. I even tried a day with a 6m access on glare ice. That was pretty wild too.

The only improvement for me (speculation) might be the skate banana technology (added rocker technology) in a travice rice stiffness board. (doesn't exist yet but maybe next year.)

Alex at Red Belly did a lot of talking but the trying is what sold it.
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Posted on: Jan 22 2008, 04:31 PM


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QUOTE(Luke War @ Jan 22 2008, 01:50 PM) *
How much snow cover is on the lake?


1-2 inches of snow drifting into 3-4" sandbar like pillows from the high winds. 75%snow pillows with 25% glass ice in between.

Need a magnetraction board or a switchblade attachment to your board OR... just wing it and hold on.

Wind was fun. It would hang anywhere from 10-20mph and then there would be long gusts up to 30mph. I was on an 11meter ozone frenzy half depowered sometimes all out with a magnetraction snowboard. Middle of the lake was wild. Love the foil kites. Couldn't get good enough of an edge to jump well but it was about flying with the high winds. Also wasn't to crazy about coming down on the ice.

Good session, glad I got out. I feel released.

Alex, Rob, and Amer are still out and will probabley give a report later.
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Posted on: May 3 2007, 09:37 AM


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6 of us from the Ann Arbor crew are heading to Maumee park.

Be there around 12 noon.

Tom
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Posted on: Jan 23 2007, 09:16 AM


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Here is a Kiteboarding instructor that has a primo spot in Cozumel right on the beach. He will set you up if this isn't what you are looking for.

You can contact him directly after visiting his site.

I hope this helps.

http://www.funseekers.org/cozumelhouse.html
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Posted on: Jan 11 2007, 08:35 PM


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Neither Vlad nor I went out because we lacked time before our afternoon apointments. I thought you were going to cover us Brar.

But... because the wind did drop a little around 5PM I got in a great landboard session near my house. Perfect conditions for me there.

I will keep watching the water....

til next time..
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Posted on: Jan 11 2007, 12:40 PM


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Yes, considering 2-3ish.

Give me a call 734-276-5677.

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Posted on: Jan 8 2007, 10:46 AM


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Well, 32 knots puts me out of my range.

Unless it changes it will have to be later in the week.
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Posted on: Jan 7 2007, 05:50 PM


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I am up for a 13m session on Monday.

West is best... who is up for it.

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Posted on: Jan 4 2007, 10:07 PM


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Wow, what a day.

Our Fellow Country Man was the first one out in about 16mph and started flying on some very lifty air. I think he got more air then water time. Myself, Eric, and Steve got out shortly after and had a great time with a lot of jumping happening sponteneously. Wind was up and down at the end but it was a full session. Easy to get upwind and fun in the jumps.

As we were watching Tom (FCM) doing his thing in the air Eric said get read for some "Metro Magic"

It was a blast for me personally and I am ready for more.

Its not over until its over. Thanks guys for the comradory.

Peace...
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Posted on: Jan 4 2007, 06:53 AM


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I can get there about 11-12noon. Have about 2-3hrs?

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Posted on: Jan 3 2007, 07:04 PM


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Good day guys.

Quite a showing. Started off at the beach on good power with about 16-17mph and and ended at about 3:30 with 11mph. Just in time for the buggy to take over. Hope it was fun.

Lets do it again....

I am up for tomorrow around 11AM.

Tom
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Posted on: Jan 3 2007, 09:18 AM


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So It is... 12-1PM at metro

I expect to see Vlad out today. Thanks for the land support the otherday, much appreciated.

Tom
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Posted on: Jan 2 2007, 05:35 PM


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I will be up for metro at 1pm.

Looks like SSW.

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