Dawn Patrol!

Moonlight over the Grand Haven Lighthouse

At 5:30 AM this morning I pulled up to the parking lot at North Shore. The moon was bright and it was still a little dark as I put on my wetsuit and got my gear ready. Matt arrived a few minutes later.  The parking lot was surprisingly full but I had a sneaking suspicion that the beach wasn’t packed with kiteboarders. 

Gearing up!

We setup in the moonlight while fisherman cast their lines off the pier. There had to have been at least 20 fishermen out there. From past experience I knew to stay well away from their lines but with so many out there I still had an “oh shit I’m going to get into a fight with a fisherman today” feeling. I enjoy fishing myself but I’ve ran into a couple of people over the years that feel strongly that the Great Lakes were only made for reeling em in. No worries it was all good today.

Friendly Fishermen Lined the Pier

We setup and I put up my new 12m Ocean Rodeo Flite. I felt good and powered and at that moment I knew for sure that it was worth getting up early today. 

Matt on the 10M Razor

This was the 2nd time I’d flown the new Flite and with more wind to play neither I was excited to see what I could do. I was not disappointed. The boosts were lofty and with the right timing I could get almost as high as on my Razor. It doesn’t have the turning speed of the Razor but has a much better low end which is great for a big guy like me. 

The waves to the north were 2-3 feet and just enough to have a little fun and also create some launch pads for boosting. 


The moon faded as the sun started peaking out from the clouds. We had been riding for a couple hours by then and decided to call it quits. I grabbed some donuts for my family on the way home, still stoked from the ride, and looking forward to the rest of the day. 

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  • I remember standing on the ramp at Green Point at 3:00 am with the wind straight in at 18 with the full moon half way down to the west horizon and wanting someone to show up to fly with…

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