Thursday, August 25, 2011

No wind, wind, wind, wind, wind and Santa Ana heat!!!

No wind, wind, wind, wind, wind, then a hot spell!!!

There was no wind last Saturday.... that was OK since I couldn't get to the beach due to a funeral. BUT there was wind on Sunday and pretty good wind too. And lots of folks made it to Belmont: Kristin (Dan had just returned from Las Vegas), Rosemary, Dr. Al, Jorge & Pilar, Michael, Annmarie & Billy, and many many more. As a matter of fact at times it was a traffic jam out on the water.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were kiteable days at Belmont, some days better than others. Unfortunately today was hot as heck here in Long Beach and we had a little wind for a little while.... but it was not so good. It was side-shore for the most part.

Today I took the dogs for a walk to check out the beach conditions. There were very few kiters and the wind was coming from the West. It was very hot and dry, very much like Santa Ana conditions.

Gabor dropped his kite in the water a couple of times. In this shot he was sitting on his board as the wind pulled him to shore.

Look at that perfect form. Gabor is using his feet to make his new North race board ride very flat and he was able to stay up-wind in fluky side-shore conditions. Check the direction of the ship in the background. It's pointing West.
Yesterday we had a little wind so my friend Russ came down to kite. Unfortunately he was only able to get in a couple of rides before the wind died. Then we practiced self-launching and self-landing.
I told his wife June I would take a picture of Harley and Bebe in their cute new shirts. His says "I love my Daddy" and hers says "Does this shirt make me look fat?"
With the sunlight fading I turned them around on my neighbors wall and took a front shot. Aren't they cute???
Many times people ask my friend Klaus "What do you do?" This shot is one from a job he is doing in Illinois. It shows the inside of a dairy that Klaus and a few others are installing all new equipment. He makes the metal conveyors that the product rides in.
But we all know that Klaus would rather be kiting. Here he's getting some GIANT air at Belmont.

Maybe we will have good wind tomorrow......


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