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mIKAEL
post Feb 21 2006, 10:49 AM
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any more news on how things went down? Good conditions? Good turn out? Any pictures?
I'm sure Turtle has got something to talk about? :wink:
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post Feb 21 2006, 11:53 AM
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Things at the event were sweet we were blessed with wind friday through monday that was nice and not to gusty we had over a foot of fresh snow and almost 30 riders on saturday it was great

hopefully someone took some pics because i didnt have my camera out there all weekend

we had like a 5 foot high kicker that people were launching huge off of it was sweet

that after party at timberlee was pretty low key everyone was burned out but we gave out tons of swag

overall it went very well and DC and I are now looking at a summer event

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post Feb 21 2006, 12:17 PM
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I am still hanging around in upper Michigan at Boyne Mountain this week. Off to Nubs Knob on Thursday and finally home to snowless Detroit on Sunday.

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We arrived around 3pm Friday to 18 inches of fresh snow and a 3600 square foot rental house overlooking the Kite Derby location. I did not waste anytime and headed right out on the lake (walked down the hill). 3-4 of the Traverse City clan were already riding. Jason and I rigged up the smallest we had (3M & 5M Slinshot foils).

Jason and I both got worked on these small kites. I had flash backs of my Harsen's Island Smackdown, but in 18in of powder. Dave from H2O checked the wind range the day after and it was 25 gusting to 40+. I wondered why when we were walking onto the lake the Traverse City guys were walking off laughing. I just figured they were afraid if a little wind.

SAT
Another 4-6 inches fell Friday night and the wind mellowed to a perfect 10-20. I rode my 8M Slingshot foil all day. I was the 2nd one out and the last one in.

SUN
Wind was stronger 20+, but steady all morning. I rode my 5M Slingshot foil and it was just enough. I got a chance to fly an Ozone Access 6M and rode this demo for a couple hours. It was nice having the ability to depower and power up (got to get one of these).

Attending from Detroit was Mark, Karl, Melissa, Eric, Jason, Cornelius and a couple more. I counted 15+ kites flying at one time on Sat with another 15+ on the ground.

I have an internet connection up here and will try and post a bunch of pictures tonight on www.KiteMI.com. Eric has some great video footage and I won't get that up until I get back to Detroit next week.

Brian from Grand Bay Kite and Dave from H2O Kiter put on one hell of an event (A++++++++). They had demo kites for everyone to ride, a fire by the registration tent, hot coco and a great location site. YOU GUYS ROCK!

When I grow up I am moving to Traverse City.

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post Feb 22 2006, 12:51 PM
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http://www.gtherald.com/herald/2006/feb/22kite.htm

There are no pics online we will be scanning the artical hopefully so we can show the pics aswell

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post Feb 22 2006, 08:44 PM
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I just up loaded my batch of pictures of the Kite Derby to the photo gallery on www.KiteMI.com

If anyone as digital photos send them to me via email and I will up load them (john@medirectinc.com)

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post Feb 25 2006, 10:01 AM
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Priceless.

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post Feb 25 2006, 10:22 AM
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My Summary: FRI
Arrived late afternoon, sessioned with T's B5 til nightfall, 10M would have been suicide, blizzard conditions and over lit on a B5, gnarly stuff but a good decompression session to start the weekend.

SAT
Cobwebs and if I recall first one out. 3-4 sessions in epic snowkiting conditions. New kite tests.

SUN
More cobwebs, body abused, 2nd one out to start day, 10M all day with a lot of gas! Couple of the best crashes of the weekend, maybe these took place on Sat? Bailed early when the body said it's time to leave. My wife Cae caught all festivities from the inside out from the Turtle mansion and was a trooper, she got to know some good people. Good group at home base overall. Great to snowkite with the classics BK and Skip and looking forward to catch westside big lake sessions this Spring/Summer, overall I was at peace with the elements, many classic moments. Thanks to Brian and Dave for putting this deal on. It's nice to get away every now and again and this weekend ranks high in the good times category.

MK


QUOTE(Turtle)
I am still hanging around in upper Michigan at Boyne Mountain this week. Off to Nubs Knob on Thursday and finally home to snowless Detroit on Sunday.

FRI
We arrived around 3pm Friday to 18 inches of fresh snow and a 3600 square foot rental house overlooking the Kite Derby location. I did not waste anytime and headed right out on the lake (walked down the hill). 3-4 of the Traverse City clan were already riding. Jason and I rigged up the smallest we had (3M & 5M Slinshot foils).

Jason and I both got worked on these small kites. I had flash backs of my Harsen's Island Smackdown, but in 18in of powder. Dave from H2O checked the wind range the day after and it was 25 gusting to 40+. I wondered why when we were walking onto the lake the Traverse City guys were walking off laughing. I just figured they were afraid if a little wind.

SAT
Another 4-6 inches fell Friday night and the wind mellowed to a perfect 10-20. I rode my 8M Slingshot foil all day. I was the 2nd one out and the last one in.

SUN
Wind was stronger 20+, but steady all morning. I rode my 5M Slingshot foil and it was just enough. I got a chance to fly an Ozone Access 6M and rode this demo for a couple hours. It was nice having the ability to depower and power up (got to get one of these).

Attending from Detroit was Mark, Karl, Melissa, Eric, Jason, Cornelius and a couple more. I counted 15+ kites flying at one time on Sat with another 15+ on the ground.

I have an internet connection up here and will try and post a bunch of pictures tonight on www.KiteMI.com. Eric has some great video footage and I won't get that up until I get back to Detroit next week.

Brian from Grand Bay Kite and Dave from H2O Kiter put on one hell of an event (A++++++++). They had demo kites for everyone to ride, a fire by the registration tent, hot coco and a great location site. YOU GUYS ROCK!

When I grow up I am moving to Traverse City.

Off to the mountain I go!
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post Feb 27 2006, 05:55 AM
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Here is a link to some footage of the Traverse City Kite Derby

http://www.h2okiter.com/videos/TC_Kite_Derby.mp4

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post Feb 27 2006, 03:38 PM
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Right on w/the video!

MK
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post Feb 27 2006, 04:00 PM
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I can't play the MP4 file. What are you guys using?

Thanks,
Brent
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post Feb 27 2006, 08:50 PM
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QUOTE(notyou)
I can't play the MP4 file. What are you guys using?

Thanks,
Brent


just download the movie to your desktop

mac: right click and click "download linked file" then edit the extention on the file to only .mp4 NOT .mp4.txt

windows: dont really know try right click and "save as" then use quicktime.

hope you get it.

sorry i missed you guys. looked like a great time.


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post Feb 28 2006, 10:13 AM
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I have a older laptop. It worked fine on my home computer.
Thanks for the info.
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post Feb 28 2006, 12:41 PM
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Go to www.quicktime.com and get the newest version and you should be able to play the video fine

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