Jetty is up camping at Wilderness State Park this weekend and brought his kiteboarding gear so by all means I hope the wind is better than I’m forecasting. Take a look at the satellite map for Wilderness. Those little fingerlings off Sturgeon Bay look like they would be perfect for some flat water riding. Plus check out all the other bays. Rideable in any wind direction if you are willing to hike!
Last Week: Close, As predicted there was no wind last Saturday in West Michigan for kiteboarding. On Sunday the wind never shifted from Southeast to South and Lake Michigan was butter smooth so Jetty was off on that prediction. Great weather for boating but not wind sports. I was out practicing my wake surfing skills(need lots of work!).
Tally So Far: Nailed It! – 3, Close – 8, Way Off – 0
This Weekend: Today(Saturday): your best bet for a kiteboarding session is at Little Sable Point. Wind will be out of the south, and increase as the day goes on. I expect up to 20 knot winds at the point but not much more as overcast skies will prevent normally strong thermal winds. Bring your big kite! I also think that the wind will be strong enough in Frankfort to pull out your 17 meters. Wind is too much out of the south for Point Betsie. Waves will max out around 2 feet by evening so you might be able to get a few rides on your stand up paddle board in Northern Michigan’s surf capital.
Sunday: Light winds out of the southwest at 10 knots along most of the Lakeshore. Head to point Betsie to tack on another 5-10 knots to that forecast as the southwest wind direction is perfect for that area. Waves will be almost non-existent so leave your surf gear at home. Hopefully next week shapes up for some better winds for kiteboarding in Michigan.
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