Memorial Weekend 2016 Kiteboarding Forecast

Last Week – Close:  We did have a thermal on Saturday, but it never got any higher than about 12 to 14 knots.  The other days were light.

Tally So Far:  Nailed It – 2, Close – 6, Way Off – 0

Water Temp:  Mid to upper 50’s now and I would expect low 60’s for the middle of the lakeshore by Sunday or Monday.

Today:  South wind with thermal enhancement to the north of Whitehall and at the points for the rest of the afternoon.  Should be 20 knots or more.

Saturday:  South wind again and starting out early.  Daybreak to the afternoon should be wind in the 15 to 20 knot range with a little extra up north at the points, LSP and Pt Betsie in particular.  Holland State Park might get light later in the day, but further north should stay up.  Good spots to ride would be Holland and Grand Haven early before the beaches get crowded.  Watch for people in the swim zones there.  Muskegon, Meinart Park, Ludington St Park, and Frankfort.  It will probably be crowded everywhere.  The points don’t have much beach for launching and landing either.  It could be tough anywhere to get out in the afternoon because of crowds and limited beach space.

 

Sunday: More south wind!!  Should be close to a repeat of Saturday.

Memorial Day:  The south wind comes to an end and it turns westerly.  Winds will be light, maybe getting up to 15 knots mid afternoon, but most of the day, not much for kiteboarding.

Have a great long weekend!  Should be a good one.  Also, watch for a pop up thunderstorms for the next couple days.  They will be few and far in between, but could happen anywhere at anytime.  We don’t need any more kiters getting injured!

Yesterday we got out for a dawn patrol session before work.  Nice wind for the big kites and it felt like summer.  It’s light enough now by 5:45 to really to start rigging and get out.  It’s a great way to start the day and feel good heading into the office.

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3 comments

  • We got three good days in the week, a couple of good ones at the point and one really good on at our spot.

    • Great to hear, Mary! How was the wind at the point? Was it fairly stable? It’s been pretty gusty the last few times I’ve been there.

  • Nice report. Good to see the reminder to watch out for non-surfers. -John Veach

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