I managed to get away to Nitnaht Lake on Friday morning and stay through Sunday while Sharon was off to a Burning Man party near Squamish BC. I had several great kiteboarding sessions over the weekend with Saturday being the standout day. This summer has been a bit grim compared to 2010 and I can only assume the less than stellar weather forecasts have kept people away because the lake has been so empty compared to this time last year. It doesn’t bother me a lot since fewer riders means more space for me to play and the wind continues to blow…=-)
Because it hasn’t been as hot and sunny as usual inland the wind isn’t blowing as hard as last year so I am riding one size kite larger. That’s generally not a big deal except that I don’t have any light wind gear with my biggest kite being a 10m Ocean Rodeo Rise. I’ve used my old 12m Naish Code a couple times, but I’m over that kite as it really is a slow turning school bus and it has so much bar pressure my arms end up sore after 2hrs!
My kite budget for 2011 is accounted for so I won’t be making a move until 2012, but that gives me some time to research and demo a light wind setup. Given how gentle light wind riding is likely to be any gear I buy will last a long long time so I want to make sure I make good choices.
These are the companies in the running so far:
- Flysurfer makes light wind specific foil kites and kiteboards.
- Ocean Rodeo makes a light wind specific version of their Rise kite [same model as the 8m & 10m kites I fly now]
- Slingshot makes a light wind specific kite and kiteboard.