Hood River OR – PT2

15 07 2009
Kurt practices power strokes on the sand bar...

Kurt practices power strokes on the sand bar...

We are back from Hood River, OR. We learned a ton down there – thanks to Jim & TJ at New Wind Kiteboarding.  The sport as a whole is taking a lot longer to learn than we expected, but at the same time the fact it’s not something you can jump into overnight is attractive as well.  It has been nice to see a progression in our skills and how comfortable we are with our gear.  When we started the power of a 9m or 12m kite kind of freaked us out and now that we know how to safely handle them these kites are just tools of the trade.

No wind?...no problem!

No wind?...no problem!

One thing we learned about kiteboarding is that some days the wind just sucks so have a plan B.  We had longboards with us and used them a lot, but it would have been way better if we had bikes on the trip.  That way a bad kiting day could have been a great biking day.  Lesson learned!  We won’t go kiteboarding again without bikes in our quiver.

New Wind Kiteboarding our school in Hood River

New Wind Kiteboarding our school in Hood River

We are back in Calgary at the moment regrouping, doing some mountain biking and figuring out our next move.  Most likely we’ll leave for a week of kiteboarding in British Columbia starting next Tuesday or Wednesday.  The two leading spots so far are Squamish, BC and Nitinat Lake on Vancouver Island.  Squamish has great mountaining biking [Whistler BC] for the bad wind days.  Nitinat Lake offers a more chilled out vibe with beach camping and zero driving required once there. We’d take Santa Cruz Nomads to Squamish for all mountain fun and our faithful Surly Pugsleys to Nitinat for crawling over rocky beaches.  Either options promises to be fun…=-)





Hood River OR

10 07 2009
The sandbar at Hood River can get hectic!

The sandbar at Hood River can get hectic!

Our Hood River photos are at the bottom of this Flickr set.

Kurt signing way his life.

Kurt signing way his life.

Pumping it up.

Pumping it up.

Kurt surfs the parking lot.

Kurt surfs the parking lot.

Flying a 6m kite.

Flying a 6m kite.

Body dragging.

Body dragging - you gotta start somewhere!





Adios Amigos – PT2

7 07 2009
Most likely not what I'll be doing....=-)

Most likely not what I'll be doing....=-)

Kurt and I are off kiteboarding in Hood River, OR for a couple weeks.  I’ll have a laptop with me and continue to post trip reports from the GDR as well as some *gasp* kiteboarding content….=-)

More my style!

More my style!