MIDP here filling in for Jetty this week.
“Summertime…. and the livin’s easy…”
Tally So Far: Nailed It! – 9, Close –7 Way Off – 0
Last Week: Nailed It! – Kiters
were riding in Holland last Saturday.
Today: There were rideable conditions early with a moderate West wind in the 15 knot range for most of the west coast of Michigan. Expect the West wind to continue and taper off a bit as the day goes on. Direct onshore conditions and light wind for most of the Lakeshore will making kiteboarding difficult.
Tomorrow: Your best bet is to wake up early and try for a DP session on a WNW wind in Muskegon or South Haven. The rest of the day the wind will fizzle out. I think it will be a teaser wind in the 10 knot range. Enough to make you think about getting your gear out several times throughout the day but not enough to ride!
Sunday: Mid morning to early afternoon on Sunday look like the best chance to ride when a south southwest wind will blanket most of the lakeshore. Best winds look to be from Muskegon to South Haven. Coast Guard Festival is this weekend so steer clear of Grand Haven. Little Sable and Point Betsie should also be solid but if you are going there keep in mind there is almost no beach to launch and land. Manistee has been getting lots of wind this past week so I’d keep an eye on that wind meter as well.
The forecasts are showing another marginal weekend for wind but this past week I’ve been surprised several times with more wind than expected. Surface water temperatures are 70 degrees and summertime riding conditions don’t get much better than this. Keep checking the wind meters and surf cams over the weekend so that you don’t miss out on tropical kiteboarding conditions on Lake Michigan. -DP
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