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Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby cairokid » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:37 pm

Hi does anyone have a recommendation for a kiteboarding trip in early July ?
Need a place that is also good for a beginner to learn and hopefully not expensive airfare
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Re: Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby buckidge » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:09 pm

Hood river, OR. A.k.a.'the gorge'
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Sherman island

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Postby jwest21 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:37 pm

Don't leave wind for wind!

Bodega bay is a great place to learn when the tides line up with some solid NW winds coming off the North Pacific High.

Save the airfare and get a cheap place or camp up there for a few days when the conditions will be just right.
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Postby tgautier » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:43 pm

What jwest said. A week of downwinders at Sherman could not be beat.
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Re: Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby turbinedude » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:49 pm

Sherman is definitely not a safe place for beginners or someone flying an unfamiliar kite to launch kites - you have to trek down a trail with logs, rocks, and shrubs to get to landing/takeoff pad. Plus getting off the island requires immediately upwind skills for the general wind direction.
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Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby sc-surfer » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:45 am

Gorge!

Warm water, safe shallow water behind the sand bar. Easy camping. Not to bad of a drive.
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Re: Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby cairokid » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:11 pm

What is the wind like in the Gorge? Is it gusty?
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Re: Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby NCKite_Ryder » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:31 pm

the wind is strong and the river moves fast.... its a strange treadmill effect, you can ride super small kites because the water is pushing you up wind. think about it, the water runs towards the ocean at 5-8knts and the wind blows upriver at 25kts+. the gorge is not a beginner friendly spot, its more difficult then Sherman. do you research before blindly entering the water there.
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Re: Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby Frappes » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:34 am

Lessons at Sherman are great - they will take you upwind ~1 mile to a very nice launch so you have a long ways to go before needing to get picked up by the boat again. Going there without lessons is a whole 'nother story though...
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Re: Kiteboarding trip for July

Postby Sonny » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:54 am

Never leave wind to find wind. :::)
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