I made it back from an awesome road trip to Squamish British Columbia and to Lake Nitinat on Vancouver Island. First I spent 4 days taking lessons at the Squamish Spit from Tom at the Vancouver Kiteboarding School. I have to admit I was getting a bit frustrated with how long it was taking me to nail my water starts and get up riding. This is definitely one of the harder sports I’ve learned. Eventually all that time in the water paid off and I could actually get on with learning how to ride the board and fly the kite as I moved around.
Since Kurt’s brother Sean was at Lake Nitinat and we had heard good things about the kiteboarding there we made the trek into the depths Vancouver Island to see for ourselves. Happily it was pretty much the kiteboarding paradise we’d expected. A beautiful campground amongst some giant trees, friendly kiteboarders and windsurfers, consistent wind daily that wasn’t gusty and water that was on the warmer side of things.
Our first day at Nitinat we paid Elevation Kiteboarding to help us get started and follow us in the water using their jet boat. We ended up at the bottom of the lake eventually at which point they gave us a lift back to the launch. Although we didn’t stay upwind we were able to make some ground back up the lake. The next day we scheduled the same downwind service with Elevation, but we were stoked to be able to ride back upwind ourselves so we didn’t need a pick up.
The rest of the week we spent riding on the water everyday working on our skills. We are still total beginners, but at least we are now beginners riding our boards and getting better each day.
I had my Surly Pugsely with me on this trip, but unlike Hood River everyday we were in BC the wind was great and we were able to kiteboard. We did get some bike riding in, but just cruising around visiting other camp sites, ferrying our gear up the beach or running to the store to get supplies.