6740Re: CJ Sunday report
- Sep 7, 2010Since you asked--the GORGE was EPIC this weekend.
Got in superlate Thursday night for a much needed crash session to awake to building westerlies at the Sandbar. Mtn biked Post Canyon trails, alot of berm & rock drops with some serious gaps & downhill sections. By 4 the wind was blowing 20-25, rigged up the 10, Monty & Chrizzo on 12 & 10 respectively and sessed till the sun went down.
Sat was forecasted nukage blowout so Erin & I went to Manzo for the night and got in a late evening strapless session in 12-14mph. Totally fun when you're the only one with a kite big enough to get a session. (Thanks Idaho winds for that) Monty/Chrizzo and crew went to the secret spot east of HR where it was 6meter fury with gusts into the 40's and massive megaloops for the uber-skilled and crazy peeps.
Sunday repeated sat with clear skies at the coast and nukage out east. We kicked it at the beach in Cape Arch waiting on wind while the others killed it on their smallest kites near Bingen on the Washington side. Monty's photos say it all--40-50 feet off the water or more! Insane.
Got the last of the goodness as it died off late evening on a 13m & skimboard at the Sandbar--plenty of wind for the taking.
Mon, labor day called for weak gradients so we headed east to Lyle and wow if you haven't been here go ASAP. Perfect flatwater in the cove and big swell in the channel with acres of smooth sand and knee-deep water to play in. Rode hard with the crew and packed it in around 4 for the drive home.
Mission accomplished, epicity achieved.....Hood River always puts out!!
Pics to follow: Laters ya'll
--- In email@example.com, "Jason Brickner" <jasonbrickner@...> wrote:
> Great day at CJ. 9M Fuel for 2.5 hours. A bit gusty but strong for CJ. If
> I'm on a 9m in Idaho, and Grandview shows 20mph, it's blowing upper
> twenties at CJ. Billy got there first. He was just going out when Steve B,
> Eddy, and I arrived. Eddy helped him launch and he was LIT!. I was worried
> the 9m was going to be too much. Steve B went out next on his 8m Naish, me
> next, and Eddy on his 9m with surfboard. We went upwind, we went downwind,
> we went back upwind looking for that good swell Eddy told us about.
> Couldn't find it. It may have been because the wind was more from the North
> than usual. Regardless, it was a great afternoon.
> Can't wait to hear more about the Gorge trip.
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> On Behalf Of Tom von Alten
> Sent: Monday, September 06, 2010 7:30 PM
> To: 'Boise Sailors'
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [snowkiteidaho] CJ Sunday report
> Since I was the lone windsurfer (amongst 4 or 5 kite boys), I guess I
> should say something about what you missed by going to the Gorge.
> (Then maybe you'll be kind enough to tell me what *I* missed over there?)
> I arrived right about 4:00, which by the AFB numbers looks like it was
> at the end of a solid 4.5 sort of afternoon. My 4.7 was powered up,
> to the point I stopped to flatten it, even gave a thought to being
> on my 4.2... but then was slogging on the starboard reaches, ended
> up swimming in a ways, and walking up the shallows back to where I'd
> launched (just upwind from the resort, along with the kiters).
> 7:55pm 63 NW 16
> 6:55pm 65 NW 20G28
> 5:55pm 66 NW 22G31
> 4:55pm 66 NW 23G31
> 3:55pm 66 NW 26G37
> 2:55pm 66 NW 25G32
> 1:55pm 64 WNW 24G36
> 12:55pm 64 NW 29G36
> 11:55am 60 NW 28G37
> 10:55am 59 NW 24G31
> I could've rigged to 5.1 (or more likely, 6.0), but it had that
> petering feeling, and I'd never found the zone of milk, honey, and
> non-washing-machine-chop that Eddy promised, so I packed it in.
> "You shoulda been here earlier."
> The kite guys were having a blast on 8 and 9m foils. Saw Eddy pull
> (and land) a nice little loop, all it took was a little girl on
> the beach to shout "do a trick!"
> Tom von Alten http://fortboise.org/
> tva@... <mailto:tva%40fortboise.org>
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