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hui87
post Aug 24 2009, 10:31 AM
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Hey all, I am about to move to Columbus and was wondering where I can ride within a 2 h drive. Im from chicago and usually have access to 10-15 spots accommodating all wind directions within a 2 h drive. I just tried to dig through some forums and look at satellite maps for locations but there is very little information. After digging through the posts all I can find is St Mary's and Alum Creek. Other then that it lloks like everyone here rides on Erie which is not that practical for me to get to. Im kind of freaking out at the possibility of having to cut back substantially on my water time. Can anyone Help. Any information is greatly appreciated.

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post Aug 24 2009, 12:34 PM
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You might be able to find some info here: http://www.kitesurfohio.com/

Doesn't look like the spots links work and the forum never really took off but you might be able to track down someone else who lives down there. I know they ride those spots you mentioned, not sure how much.


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post Aug 24 2009, 03:33 PM
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That's Ken's site. I rode Alum creek once while down in Columbus for something. He was really helpful about spots and rules!
Too bad I didn't have a bigger kite....my 17 wasn't enough that day. If it's windy enough you'll be better off driving to Erie unless
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post Aug 24 2009, 08:58 PM
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Thanks guys I tried that site and the last post was in 02/17/08 and the post before that was from 06. It dosen't look promising just hope I spot some kites when its windy out.
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post Aug 25 2009, 03:19 PM
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Get in touch with the COWs, the Central Ohio Windsurfers. Their fearless leader, Steve Burkey, has gotten into kitesurfing, and there are a few more who kitesurf Alum Creek.

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post Aug 25 2009, 04:22 PM
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This is the launch on a SW wind. There's a path back through the trees to the point. They said to stay away from the docks and the grass area with kites. Pump up in the grass and walk to the point to setup. Or just skip class and come to Toledo wink.gif Watch here or here for when and where

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&...1&encType=1


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post Aug 27 2009, 08:12 AM
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Thanks for all the info guys. I am most definitely going to hit up Erie when Im there. In response to Redskykiter its not so much skipping class, as I work at nights so I am free during the days. If its windy I usually sacrifice a little sleep to get a fix as long as its within 2 hr drive. In Chicago I usually get an average of 2-3 days a week. It would be perfect if I were moving to Toledo, but it looks like ill have to make the best of Columbus.
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post Aug 28 2009, 11:20 AM
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I just started up this summer and am hooked. I have to head back to school down there and I will be game for tagging along, also there has got to be some open fields around there for the winter time maybe ill grow a pair and do some landboarding.
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post Sep 1 2009, 05:28 PM
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I wish I had better news for you, but unfortunately, kitesurfing in central Ohio is awful.

I have done my share of inland kiting over the last five years and I can say Alum Creek is by far the worst place I have ever kited. This is largely due to the fact that Alum Creek is in a ravine.

I rode Buck Creek (just east of Springfield) for the first time this weekend. It wasn't bad, but it works best on a NW and can be very busy during the summer.

For the best inland wind, St, Marys and Indian Lake are as good as inland lakes get. Unfortunately, there are not any good launch sites. These two lakes are man made and average only 6-feet deep. These lakes were dug in such a way that the water is 6-feet deep when only 6-feet from shore and most of the shore is lined with trees and large boulders similar to the boulders that you see on Lake MI piers.

Another thing about central Ohio is the wind forecast is ALWAYS wrong. That is because it is unbelievably spontaneous. No-one knows when it will go on or off.

The one good thing about kiting in central Ohio, there is a small kiting community where everyone knows each other and everyone gets along. Most of the kiters are Alum Creek windsurfing converts that have many years of windsurfing experience.

According to the central Ohio kiters that I have talked to, the place to kite in Ohio is the greater Cleveland area or the Sandusky sand bar. Most Columbus Kiters will go east of Cleveland. If you don't mind a lot of driving, you can maintain the Lake MI kite lifestyle that you are used to.


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post Sep 12 2009, 07:36 AM
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QUOTE(hui87 @ Aug 24 2009, 11:31 AM) *
Hey all, I am about to move to Columbus and was wondering where I can ride within a 2 h drive. Im from chicago and usually have access to 10-15 spots accommodating all wind directions within a 2 h drive. I just tried to dig through some forums and look at satellite maps for locations but there is very little information. After digging through the posts all I can find is St Mary's and Alum Creek. Other then that it lloks like everyone here rides on Erie which is not that practical for me to get to. Im kind of freaking out at the possibility of having to cut back substantially on my water time. Can anyone Help. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks Hui


Try the beach at Alum Creek Lake. But the lake gets crowded with boaters who dont really know what a kite is or how to avoid it. Also there is Delaware Lake a little further north and harder to get into (beach wise) OR... get a landboard, which is what I did, then go to Liberty Park in Powell or any flat grassy area. Good luck
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post Jul 4 2011, 01:28 PM
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Any updates on the kiting situation?
I'll be moving Cincinnati and it seems like Buck and Alum Creek are the best bets for me. Is it possible to kite in the Ohio river? i.e., are there strong currents, any wind?

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post Jul 4 2011, 06:23 PM
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QUOTE(andydimitri @ Jul 4 2011, 02:28 PM) *
Any updates on the kiting situation?
I'll be moving Cincinnati and it seems like Buck and Alum Creek are the best bets for me. Is it possible to kite in the Ohio river? i.e., are there strong currents, any wind?

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andy I saw your post over in kiteforum too :-). try asking in this blog: http://www.redskytoledo.com/blog/

Im not sure where the cleveland kiters hang out. Kiteus is mostly eastern MI and Canada (western MI is over at http://www.mackiteboarding.com/forums/)
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