Weekend Kiteboarding Forecast April 2nd and 3rd

We are back!  It’s not quite full on spring yet, but the beaches have been free of ice now for awhile and the water is slowly warming.

Today: This afternoon from Manistee and north to Frankfort the wind should pick up into the 15 to 20 knot range and out of the NW.  The southern half of the lakeshore will be light.  This will be the start of the cold air that is going to affect Michigan this weekend.  It will be cold and not for beginners or the faint of heart today and tomorrow.

Saturday: The wind will be out of the south west early on during the day.  After noon it is going to really pick up out of the W and then to the NW.  It is looking like gales in the 30 to 35 knot range with gusts up to 40 knots.  It will also be cold and snowy.  This will be for the entire lakeshore.   I’m hoping that it’s not too gusty or too snowy Saturday so I can take advantage of this big wind day.  Muskegon Pere Marquette beach might be a good spot or Grand Haven State Park too.  It won’t be a very long session if I do get out because the wind chill will be frigid and obviously the water is still very cold.  Around 37 or 38.

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Sunday: Most of the wind will be done by Sunday.  It will be a light wind day out of the West in the 10 to 15 knot range.

We’ve actually had some pretty good days in March for kiteboarding and pretty warm too!  At least the air temperature.  The pictures in this post are from two of those days.  One day was a big west wind around 20 to 25 knots and the other day was a text book thermal wind day out of the NNW on a sunny day.

Brian big air styling


Working on toeside



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