Weekend Kiteboarding Forecast April 28th & 29th

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Finally time to get the season going again!  What a long winter….

Water Temp:  Upper 30’s to 40 degrees.  Still very cold.  The Port Sheldon buoy which has been recently put out again is reading 40.  The buoys further north are not operational yet.

Today:  There should be a little thermal action this afternoon when the sun is out.  Could be anywhere from 10 to 20 knots out of the NW depending on location and sun.

Saturday:  Clear the calendar because it’s going to blow all day.  Early on it will be more N and then it will come around NNW.  The entire lakeshore will be good and peak winds late morning and early afternoon could be gusting over 30 knots.  The air will be chilly but the sun will be out which will make it feel better.

Sunday:  A light breeze out of the west around 5 to 10 knots

Jeff and I were able to get out for an afterwork sesh this past Wednesday.  It was really good wind and I got to try out my new Ocean Rodeo 9m Razor.  First impression, it looks like a really well put together kite and built strong.  I was really well powered at 25 knots too.  The kite is super fun and turns on a dime which is probably my favorite thing about razors.  Turns don’t require a big loop were you lose power, I can pivot it right in the power zone to change direction.  When boosting you get ripped up off the water for explosive high jumps, but you also come down quite fast.  Takes a little getting used to.  

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