First Wake Foiling Session

We have been foiling a bit both behind the kite and on a standup paddleboard behind the boat, but this was a whole new experience. Riding the shorter boards with a foil behind the boat was a really fun time. The shorter board was a lot like the feeling when kiting a foil. It was fast, snappy and lively. The boards we rode were a little wider than I have used in the past which helped prevent making drastic weight adjustments.

We first rode right behind the boat where we would normally ride a wake surfboard. This was similar to how we rode in the past just with different gear. You had to be careful to not ride too high onto the wave or catch too much speed to catch up to the boat. Given the size of the wake, it was easy to retain speed and feel comfortable dropping the rope. Then we pushed back to the following wave behind the boat. This took a bit of commitment as at first we didn’t have a rope long enough so you had to drop the rope then drift back to catch the wave. It was a pretty crazy feeling. From 2′ up it doesn’t look like much of a wave, let alone have enough power to propel you. But it does and it was amazing. We all had much more fun on the 2nd wave back which felt more like surfing a longboard. It was a little slower more cruisy feeling. I would have to do a pump then a couple turns followed by another pump to get back to the sweet spot on the wave and repeat.

We rode the Slingshot Alien Air Foil board with the Slingshot H2 foil on the second wave behind the boat and the Slingshot WF1 board with the Slingshot H5 foil right behind the boat. Both foils were really fun and very different. The H2 was a bit less maneuverable from side-to-side than the higher performance H5 foil. Carving was much easier and more fun on the H5 (higher performance foil). You are able to generate a lot more speed from pumping on the H2 than the H5 foil. This allows you to more easily catch back up to the wave if you drop too far back or allows you to create your own momentum with little to no wave.

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A Rare Summer Surf on the Great Lakes

A big North front came into the region. It gave us a nice break from the hot humid temperatures. It also happened to deliver us a few hours of joy on Lake Huron. The crew headed out for an evening paddle. We were out there for a good 3-4 hours. It is hard to stop when we don’t get waves that often in the summer.

Everyone caught their share of fun waves. The wind started to die out just before sunset and the waves started to glass off a bit. The size started to drop but not before it was dark. We topped the night off with a dinner and called it a day!

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Sailing with Team Kokomo

I was invited to sail with Team Kokomo. They raced on Wednesday in the Traverse City Bay. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a boat. So, it was great to be on the water again.

The crew was preparing for the Chicago race coming up in a few weeks. Everyone on the boat was very nice. We arrived around 5:30 to see the crew start to prepare the boat to leave dock. We headed out into the bay as the sails for the event were chosen and raised.

The course was announced over the radio. The boats jockeyed to start the race and then with a sound of the horn the race was off. With the light wind the sailing became technical. They closely watched the water and clouds to find the strongest winds. There were a few reaches we had some solid wind.

The team raced well and finished in 2nd place. We missed 1st by some 30 seconds. I had a great time and thanks for having me onboard.

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Evening Summer Skate at the A2skatepark

Great evening skate with some of the locals and Mike in from CA for the Dave Tuck Skate Jam. Looking forward to Saturday’s event.

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Grand Rapids Bike & Wake Day

It was a power Sunday. Jon, Edgar and I headed to Grand Rapids to ride mountain bikes and then hit the cable park.

It was a perfect Spring day with the sun out and temps in the 70s. We first went to the Merrell Trail North of Grand Rapids. It was a really fun flow trails. It featured really nice down hill runs with relatively mellow climbs. We rode about 10 miles and loved it all except the ride back to the car.

I then packed up and meet Casey to ride the new Action Wake Park just South of town. It was the first clock-wise cable I have ridden. The place is awesome. solid features and nice people. I was pretty wreaked from the trails earlier but had a bunch of fun laps. Thanks to Casey and Edgar who took a few shots. All in all an amazing day!

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Ann Arbor Spring Skate

It’s been a fun few days with warmer weather. Here are a few to prove it.

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Ice Kiting on Whitmore Lake

It has not been a great winter for snowkiting. But the lake finally froze so we decided to head out for a little fun. The wind was really light but it was more than enough to ride around for a few hours and practice shooting with the drone. Here is a look at out morning…

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Fall Wake Session In Dexter

We had a great time at Aaron’s place. It was a perfect early fall evening. The water was still warm and the sunset was perfect. The company was terrific. Everyone got a ski or wake session behind the boat before we all went surfing. Always a great way to end the day!

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Evening Skate Shoot

Grabbed a quick skate then took a few photos on a great fall night.

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Summer Walled Lake Session

We had a fun wake session. It was a hot summer day with stormy skies. The wind kicked up a bit which made the session a bit bumpy but we made up for it with the great company.

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