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by Mike W
Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Scotchtoberfest - 30knot club (but just on a kite)
Replies: 2
Views: 3097

Re: Scotchtoberfest - 30knot club (but just on a kite)

Matt, these speed runs can be fun. Kevin O. and I have been doing some drag racing this season, and we often bring our GPS units along. Early this summer I clocked a 31mph run on my race board with a 13m kite in 10-20mph winds. Kevin had not been able to top that. Last week I clocked a 34.7mph run o...
by Mike W
Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Sunday WBL Action Footage
Replies: 0
Views: 1972

Sunday WBL Action Footage

Here is some WBL action from early Sunday from my helmet cam. Thanks to Roger for loaning me his kite!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xo3g9a32cb6j1 ... y%2027.mp4
by Mike W
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: White Bear Report?
Replies: 4
Views: 2595

White Bear Report?

How is Ramsey looking for Wed.? Has ice blown in from the S? All clear yet?
by Mike W
Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Pepin Report?
Replies: 2
Views: 2044

Pepin Report?

Any chance there will be enough open water for a SE session Saturday? Pete?
by Mike W
Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Winterizing My Dump Valve
Replies: 3
Views: 3133

Re: Winterizing My Dump Valve

Good idea, Barry. Thanks for the tip.
by Mike W
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: anybody have any experience carrying kiting gear w/U S Air?
Replies: 5
Views: 3225

Re: anybody have any experience carrying kiting gear w/U S A

Gary, what Chad says fits with my experiences. I flew USAir to Hawaii last January. Used the NSI Deceiver bag, which I have used for many trips, and was charged $25 normal bag charge. I was careful to keep the weight just under 50 lbs, but they never even looked at the number on the scale on either ...
by Mike W
Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Lake pepin conditions?
Replies: 9
Views: 4665

Re: Lake pepin conditions?

On my way home from dropping my daughter off for college, I stopped in Lake City for a quick session. Launched right off the point. Have windsurfed many times there years ago, but never tried a kite launch. When the river is at normal water levels a solo drift launch is no problem there. The spot is...
by Mike W
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Blade 17M kite demo
Replies: 34
Views: 16728

Re: Blade 17M kite demo

Barry always give very thorough, quality reviews. I think he is spot on. I flew the Zephyr and Fat Lady back-to-back as well. Here are my impressions: The FL feels more nimble than the Z. Lighter on the bar too. The FL has more pop for jumping. The Z sets you down for a softer landing. The Z might g...
by Mike W
Sat May 04, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: WBL is open!
Replies: 3
Views: 2221

Re: WBL is open!

Jim, a dry suit, hood mitts and 5 ml booties. I was not cold at all.
by Mike W
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: WBL is open!
Replies: 3
Views: 2221

WBL is open!

Got a lunchtime Bellaire session in. Let the games begin!
by Mike W
Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Cannon
Replies: 5
Views: 2933

Re: Cannon

Sweet! Thanks for the update, Brian.
by Mike W
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Iowa Sunday 28th
Replies: 5
Views: 2688

Re: Iowa Sunday 28th

We will see what kind of wind the weekend brings-- it is a long way off yet. The whole St. Croix should be open by the weekend too. Clear is nice, but 4+ hours in the car always gives me some pause. Cannon may be open by then too.
by Mike W
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: St. Croix open yet?
Replies: 6
Views: 3026

Re: St. Croix open yet?

Chad, we launched right out of the boat launch in the harbor on the N side of the bridge. It is a tricky launch to be sure, but doable with some experience. Wind direction of 160-180 degrees (S/SE is best). It was 150 degrees yesterday, which makes it tough to get out. I think a drysuit is a necessi...
by Mike W
Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: St. Croix open yet?
Replies: 6
Views: 3026

Re: St. Croix open yet?

Fun opener! I love these early spring sessions even if conditions are not ideal. Something great about chasing around for open water. Here is shot of Kevin
by Mike W
Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Clear Lake Sunday
Replies: 0
Views: 1204

Clear Lake Sunday

It looks like conditions will be favorable for a water opener in Clear Lake Sunday. I will check the radar for rain in the morning before going. Kevin, Barry, and possibly some others will go to. Join us if you can.
by Mike W
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Pepin
Replies: 1
Views: 1432

Re: Pepin

Thanks for the report, Pete!
by Mike W
Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Strictly hooked
Replies: 4
Views: 2341

Re: Strictly hooked

Amen!
by Mike W
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Duluth?
Replies: 6
Views: 3242

Re: Duluth?

I ran up for a late morning session. Solid 10m kiting. Chris was well powered on a 5.2 sail. We must have just missed Randy. Steady drizzle was not much of an issue. Great day! Well worth the trip.
by Mike W
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Duluth Thursday
Replies: 11
Views: 5021

Re: Duluth Thursday

This cam gives a pretty good lakeside view:

http://www.solglimt.com/webcam/webcam.html
by Mike W
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: LAKAWA Chat
Topic: Duluth Thursday
Replies: 11
Views: 5021

Re: Duluth Thursday

Kevin and Barry and I will arrive in the early afternoon. Take the Canal Park exit. Drive over the lift bridge and then go to 22nd ave.