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post Jun 30 2007, 11:07 AM
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going for work July 22 through the 25th. considering staying a couple more days to kite, but concerned about finding a good beginner spot, an affordable place to stay, a cheap rental car, and not getting skunked....

If anyone has any input or has a friend out there that woudn't mind hangin with a newbie, I'd really appreciate hearing from you.

This place caught my eye as it sounds pretty consistent:
http://www.bayareakiteboarding.com/about817.html

I'll be staying here, in San Jose while working, but would move to a more affordable place on the 25th: http://www.bayareakiteboarding.com/about817.html

thanks for the help....
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post Jul 2 2007, 02:51 PM
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the wheels are in motion laugh.gif i thought I'd post for anyone interested.

3 day economy car rental from Alamo with unlimited mileage: $148.61. Pick up is at San Jose Airport July 25th @ 3:00 pm and drop off is at San Francisco Airport July 27th @ 10 pm.

I'll be kiting the Sacramento River near Sherman Island. A kite instructor (named Nat) from Delta Windsurfing will drive me 2.5 miles up wind for $25. Here's a link to the location: http://maps.yahoo.com/broadband#trf=0&...56404&mag=5

On this map you should see Sherman Lake. Sherman Island is on the East side of the lake and an unnamed island is on the west side. Nat will pick me up from the north western edge of Sherman Island (this is Sherman Island Park) and take me two and a half miles west. I think this will put me at the north western tip of the unnamed island. It's also possible to launch from where Nat is picking me up, but from what I hear you've got to have some pretty descent upwind skills. I'm going for the 2.5 down winder and I'll practice my upwind skills on that.

As for where to stay, there's a place 20 minutes away called the Vista Royal Inn for $58.10 per night. BUT, I think I'm either going to sleep in my car at the park (they allow this and it's 4 bucks to get into the park) or pitch a small one man tent at the park.

As a courtesy to those on the plane I will try to find a place to shower prior to the flight home :wink:

As for gear, I'll probably bring both kites (10 m Havoc and 14 m Menace). Hopefully I'll get some more time in on the menace before the trip as I'm still not as comfortable with that kite. I'll probably bring my smaller board, which is a 136 liquid force recoil, because it will be easier to carry around than my 151 proof would be.

If anyone has any tips on traveling with gear I'd appreciate hearing them. Is there a certain board bag that I should buy, for example? Is that golf style kite bag really a good investment?

With regards to safety, hopefully I'll see others while I'm doing the downwinder. 2.5 miles would be a long way to go without seeing anyone. I wonder if I could get a water proof case and bring a phone (wonder if I'd get reception....)
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