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Awesome Predictions Lately

Today the peak was supposed to be at ~ 6:00 PM with gusts to 18 MPH.  The gusts even hit 20 at about 6:15!  Unfortunately I was not lucky enough to get out to enjoy this - and yes it hurt :-(.

Also note that Georgian Bay was going off all day.  Check it out:…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on July 8, 2012 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Lightwind Day to Play

Pretty marginal weather today - but certainly enough for my CB16 and monster door.  However, I must say, after nailing myfirst back loops on Saturday, riding the door just wasn't quite what I was looking for.  I brought along a 1986 Cobra 260 windsurf board from an era long long ago. I never tried a directional board, and I don't have a surf board - this was the closest thing.  

It's pretty hard…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on July 3, 2012 at 12:16am — No Comments

Lame Father's Day

Seriously, maybe an hour of kitable weather.  I only caught the last 10 minutes :-( on my CB16 and Monster Door.…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on July 2, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

My First Back Roll

OK, so I'm a pussy that I never even tried before today, but I've been working on getting good air and stoming the landings.  I got out on my SB12 today with some decent kickers from pretty big boats.  I got some pretty nice air early in the session and was nailing the landings, so I thought wtf - it's so warm, windy, beautiful - let's go for it.

I started going for it.  Every time I even tried I dropped the kite.  At first I was having trouble making it around.  The wipes…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on June 30, 2012 at 9:55pm — No Comments

2012 - The Season of the 9M

Today I got yet another 9M day in!  It was great.  I got on the water at Keswick at about 4:00.  The direction wasn't great so was a bit gusty, patchy, shifty.  It filled in with nice gusts.  Around 5:00 it really filled in with more of a NW shift.  There were some nice kickers out there which made for some sweet boosts.  I was doing well landing most - some pretty hard!  Had a couple that went down and under water before popping up - a bit too much of a nose first landing ;-). Had a couple…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on June 25, 2012 at 10:23pm — No Comments

A truly EPIC day

What a gorgeous day it was today!  The wind was supposed to turn on ~3:30 at Keswick.  Like clockwork, it came on. I arrived about 3:20 and it was already going.  Dave Lovett, Dave Marshall and Big Ian were nearly ready when I showed.  Dave on his usual 10, Dave M on his 9, and Ian on an 11.  I quickly pumped my well exercised 9m and began launching the guys.

Being the last to get launched can really suck.  I tried to drift launch and my bridle got snagged on a strut and it…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on June 12, 2012 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Saturday is looking promising

Anyone headings out this Saturday?

Added by Ryan Tyndall on June 6, 2012 at 7:09pm — No Comments

2 Summer Days in a Row

Well today was another treat.  I got up to Keswick around 3:15 and it had just kicked up big time.  I raced to get my gear together.  I decided to go a bit big with my 12 because it didn't look like the wind would last.  Boy was I right.  Unfortunately when I was all ready to connect my lines I saw that I had a broken bridle pulley!  Well of all the places for this to happen, on the ground is definitely the safest.  Meanwhile I was losing valuable wind time.  

I quickly got my…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on May 29, 2012 at 9:39pm — No Comments

a mid summer hot session in May

35 degrees C in may! I had a great session this afternoon on my switchbade 12 with my monsterdoor.  i had to work a bit but the gusts were sweet  and even had some nice jumps.  the water was shockingly warm for this time of year.  so nice to not wear a full suit!

Tomorrow may…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on May 28, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

December 15, 2011 - A Personal Record Breaking Day

Today was warm and windy making a perfect opportunity to smash my previous record set on December 4 1994!  Back in '94 it was a beautiful sunny Sunday at about 13 degrees Celsius and blowing about 20-25 knots.  Sixteen years later I still remember that gorgeous day when a dozen or more die hard windsurfers sailed Keswick one last time for the season.

Today was supposed to be windy and 11 degrees Celsius.  All morning I worked feverishly as I watched the wind blowing at my…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on December 15, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

First winter storm in Haifa

Added by Andrew Trossman on November 27, 2011 at 10:48am — No Comments

Trip to DR, Cuba or Jamaica

since Hatteras this fall is a bust.....no roads yet... I'm looking at booking an all inclusive week for kiteboarding in DR, Jamaica or Cuba sometime within  the November 4 to 24 window.  Anybody from the LP crew interested in getting on board somewhere in that time frame?

Added by John Verbakel on September 25, 2011 at 6:33pm — 7 Comments

Anyone find a bar in TP???

yo guys and gals... just wondering if anyone found a bar in TP this week!!! guy came by looking for one he had left... its a slingy!!! let me know.... he hooked me up with his info!!!

Added by YOSH on September 11, 2011 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Keswick tomorrow - been jonesing to get some wind

Modest Northerlies.



All hinging on Irene and the hurricane turning Tropical Storm to the east should be big enough to push against the ridge of high pressure to the west and give a persistent North flow.



 ·  Timing is in question. If Irene wobbles to the east as some models show, we may see significantly less winds especially on Huron. Higher confidence in the flow on Georgian Bay and Simcoe. …



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Added by Andrew Trossman on August 27, 2011 at 9:11pm — No Comments

LP great on Sunday

LP was blowing steady all Sunday afternoon. I was fully powered on my 12M Havoc and small board....small crowd of only about seven kiters. Ran into Jimmy ( not literally ) and rode until 5:00 just before it started to rain.  

Added by John Verbakel on August 8, 2011 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Big Win for the OKA



New Dedicated kiteboard launch sites at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park Beach Area 5 and Wasaga Provincial Park Allenwood Beach



– Two of the busiest kiteboarding beaches in Ontario will now have designated kiteboard launches

– Current launch site at Beach 5 and Allenwood will be increased in size

– New beach signage and "kiteboard area" buoys to be installed see pics: http://cl.ly/1W1i461b3W3Z190V0X1L and:…
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Added by Andrew Trossman on July 1, 2011 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Un Moderated Blogs are Back!

Thanks to the complaints, Ning has removed the lame restriction forcing all blogs to be approved by me before showing up on the site.  Feel free to blog responsibly related to our sport

 

Have fun on the water!

Added by Andrew Trossman on June 21, 2011 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

Getting the feel again

This afternoon was a sweet, sweet treat.  I got out on my SB12 with the Mako.  It was a bit up and down for the first hour or so, but then it filled in nicely for the rest.  At first I really struggled to get my pop back.  Sometimes I'd get a really nice pop and other times just all wrong.  Some were really nice boosts but most were messy. 

 

I focused on my toe-side with heel-side turns.  They started to get pretty nice.  Some were nice tight powerful turns with great exit…

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Added by Andrew Trossman on June 12, 2011 at 10:14pm — No Comments

TP today or tomorrow?

...anybody?

Added by John Verbakel on May 17, 2011 at 7:17am — 10 Comments

TP Tuesday or Wednesday

...anybody heading out ?

Added by John Verbakel on May 16, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments

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