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  • Jon Bolt
    Feb 1, 2011
      I was wrong in last report guessing yesterday would be thermal winds 12-14m stuff.  Started way weak barely fourteenable but about 3pm the beginnings of coming el norte arrive and in 30 minutes it goes off.  Those on 12's OP'ed and flock in to rig down.  Powered 9-10m until dark.  With El Norte now here again, today probably even more...8am and already whitecaps.

      ...ceviche from the shrimp boats was absolutely world's best.  Far better than the ceviche served at Bruce's after double cross.  Naturally those marineros would make the killer ceviche.  Doin' the camarones tonight.



      On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM, Jason Brickner <jasonbrickner@...> wrote:

      LOVE IT!!!
      Just what I needed.  Thanks for sharin' the stoke.  I sure hope to make that trip again someday.

      From: snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com [mailto:snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Tighe
      Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 6:27 PM

      To: snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com
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      Keep those reports coming.  Since I have no time to get near snow and/or Mexico / DR / any other warm sites are out of the question until May, I crave your reports. 

      James R. Tighe

      Gem State Gymnastics  Academy & Tighe Gym Sales

      5420 W State St.

      Boise, Idaho 83703

      208-853-3220 Gym; 208-859-1397 Cell



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      From: snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com [mailto:snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jon Bolt
      Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 11:53 AM
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      Subject: [snowkiteidaho] La Ventana report...


      Yesterday 10 to low 20's I think, thermal wind, smoooooth.  Epic sesh on 2009 Eclipse 14m Thruster.  8 mile downwinder from hot springs to Baja Joe's.   4 anchored shrimp boats to pass...get real close and jump to compare height against main mast.  I'm the only rider jumping next to boats, w/ epic conditions for huge air.  Trying to sail over stern corner of the boats.  Shrimpers come out to watch & hoot & ask for encores.  Workers on first boat motion me close and ask if I want some camarones !...CLARO QUE SI !  I do a few more laps & huge airs hitting mast tip height while they put the goods in empty milk jug.  I slowly creep past stern and he reaches way down and I up as far as I can to grab the jug.  Then not much air & no tricks while holding jug, but on to the next boat where I throw the jug up to workers on the stern to hold (llevar para una momento) while I do another round of airs & tricks for their entertainment (and mine).  They add a load of ceviche to the jug and one worker holds the other's legs as they hand it back down.  Then off to nearest kiters on beach @ Cap'n Kirks to get them to put the jug in their fridge, so I can go back to free hands for tricks & airs for rest of the session.  Land at Joe's then pickup mariscos on way back to property...camarones don't get any fresher than right off the boat.

      Few days ago we entered the "double cross" race from hot springs to island and back to campground (22 miles total) on 9-10m kites.  What a trashing on a twin tip...thigh killer.  Crazy crowded launch (36 entrants) so I wait for craziness to end and I'm last to leave the beach.  I end up 19th in 53:29 and am second twintip rider to finish (other right in front of me).  4 did not finish due to lost boards, equipment failure, and just turning back from the pounding.  First two were windsurfers, first kiter 3rd who had a custom made race board (made by him).  Most all kiters used wave boards, which don't pound thighs so bad because you ride more on top instead of having to dig in the edge.  About 2/3rds of way out to island in middle of channel taking a pounding from big chaotic waves.  Totally focused on what's coming right in front of board, so no sight seeing.  Suddenly a giant ray erupts out of the water about 40 feet right in front of my path, rocketing double overhead then splashing back down.  Recharges the adrenaline to finish the race.

      Mother & calf whale playing in the bay very near shore this morning.  Probably another thermal wind today, hoping for as good as yesterday.  Can't wait to get powered up again on the 14.

      Todo para ahora...

      More later.

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