Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quiet

Monday was a quiet start to Semana Santa in town and on the beach. Wind was a bit variable but good.


Daren taking a break from kiting to get some work done.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Semana Santa

Wind forecast is looking good for today and Tuesday. Not much the rest of the week. The Semana Santa crowd at the beach and the traffic would have made kiting difficult anyway. Water is still cold although the air temperatures will be in the 80's.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hot Weather, Not So Hot Wnd

The wind is taking some more time off. It hasn't been very good the last couple of months. This week we had okay wind Sunday and Monday. Both days were excellent for a while but shifting winds made part of the afternoons difficult. The rest of the week is looking light - maybe next weekend.

Mid-week sailing, ya gotta love it!

Oh, by the way, the water cooled off. It is the coldest it's been all year. That is nuts! 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Two Day Blow!

Saturday was light but okay. Today it is already blowing in the morning and should continue tomorrow. Buoy Weather is saying 20 to 25 knots. Last Thursday we had a very windy day so maybe the season is going to finish strong.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Good Wind for the Tournament

This weekend is Maviri Wind and Music Festival in Los Mochis. It looks like they will have good wind as will we here in San Carlos.

Glen said Wednesday was nice and Thursday is looking fine - then the weekend and Monday look good.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hmmmm....

Another week of weak wind. Today and tomorrow are forecast for winds in the 10 to 15 knot range. Enough to get out there and have a good day, but not what we have gotten accustomed to during our windy season here in San Carlos. A few years ago the trend was towards smaller kites as we consistently had winds over 25 knots. Now many of us have bought bigger kites to deal with winds under 15 knots. Así es la vida. ¡Pura vida!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Maybe

Sunday the wind was as expected - from the north and not any good for kiting. The beach was protected from the wind by the mountains and the buildings and lots of people came out to enjoy a holiday weekend ( Benito Juárez's Birthday.) The parking lot was full.



Today, Monday, the wind should return to its normal direction. It will be light, but hopefully enough for a good day of kiting. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday Blow

Only a couple of light wind days so far this week but today, Saturday, is forecast to blow 30 knots or so. Sunday is forecast for north wind - if true, it won't be any good at the beach for kiting. Next week it's back to nothing.


Saturday, March 08, 2014

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Not Much

It looks like a week of looking for something else to do. Not much wind in the forecast.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Monday we had good strong wind. Haven't had many days like that this season. It still was not close to being as strong as what we have often gotten this time of the year. Tuesday was light again and nothing much in the forecast.


Sunday, March 02, 2014

Carnaval Sunday

The wind came but so did a lot of tourists in town for Carnaval. Surprisingly, we had less than a dozen kiters show up. The wind varied a lot during the afternoon - up and down and changing directions but it was still good. Tomorrow should be better.






Thursday, February 27, 2014

Not Much Wind - Still a Lot of Fun

There hasn't been much wind the last couple of weeks. Yesterday and today were weak but it was enough to have some great days with loads of fun. It was the last two san carlos kiting days for Gary. Bye Gary. Besides being a nice guy he always brings wind.

The forecast continues to look weak but weak wind really has been enough for many of the kiters. I have a 12M kite so the light air doesn't kill it for me. I've also started to kite a little in La Manga. Haven't done that very much the last few years but it is a nice change, especially when the wind is light.

I usually tell people that it's no big deal to enter La Manga from where the lagoon exits. I may not be advising that any more. Due to several things going wrong all at once, I got washed up on the rock hill at the entrance. No damage done- I had to kick the board off and then managed to time a wave and boosted with the kite to place me standing up high enough on the hill to be above the waves and climbed up and over the rest of the hill. Climbed back down on the other side but then had to go back out to recover my board. Then I walked around the hill and entered La Manga from the hotel side - much safer.

Expecting wind on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Where's my Wind?

Buoy Weather promised me wind. Liar,liar. Maybe later - but it's not looking good.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Coming Soon to a Beach Near You

Wind! Beautiful wind! It's been gone all week but it looks like it will be back on THURSDAY!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wow

No wind the last couple of days. I got used to having wind almost every day and lately during the week almost nobody on the water. Now two days without any wind. So, I check the forecast. What the heck? It says no wind all week. I'm hoping it's just a glitch in the forecast and they'll correct it tomorrow.




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Back to the Desmadre

Saturday was windy so that means a dozen kites on the water. We had our share of kitemares - fun to watch and to make fun of as long as no one gets hurt. Some great jumps and tricks too, especially from Alán, Ryan and Jorge. Whether or not they land them doesn't matter.

Despite the crowded conditions, it was a great day on the beach. There were also a half dozen of kiters doing a downwinder from La Manga Dos.



6:30pm, the sun has set, but still there are kiters on the water!

Friday, February 07, 2014

One Kite

Wind almost every day but some days a lot less than others. Today was one of those barely enough days and there was only one kiter at 3:30pm. Nobody on the beach. Paradise.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Lots of Wind

Almost every day it blows for at least part of the afternoon, often times most of the afternoon. Wind has been chilly but the sun and the water have been nice! This weekend is looking real good although that means it will probably be crowded.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lots of Kites Saturday


Great Weekend

Today and tomorrow look great. A lot of this past week had okay wind. Lots of times there is very little wind in town but it'll blow at the beach. I expect this coming week to be similar - check Glen's wind meter in the afternoons and if it says wind, then there is wind.

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Wind Meter

Glen has installed a wind meter on his house on Algodones Bay and it is awesome. Very reliable at giving us an accurate reading of the conditions. Forget about Chucho. This week the forecasts have shown marginal winds and Chucho has shown very light wind, but it's been blowing almost every afternoon. You wouldn't know it from what it is doing in town. Right now I don't see any indications of good wind off the coast in town but Glen's meter says 18 to 20. I'm heading out there as soon as I post this. http://www.weatherlink.com/user/gwbuild/

OOOps.... I may have spoken too soon. Now it says 13 - which is more in line with Buoy Weather's forecast. Damn.


One of those "no wind days."



Moria, the Spin Queen, doing a 360.




Friday, January 10, 2014

Good Week Ahead

Today, Friday, should be good and tomorrow is forecast for a bit lighter. Sunday is a day off and then we may have a few days in a row of kite days. The forecasts haven't been real accurate and we don't have any wind meters online that are good indicators so about the only way to be sure is to go to the beach or wait for someone to post on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sancarloskiters/.) Weather has been warm, water is still in mid-60's. In fact, the weather has been so nice that it has been enticing lots of beginners to come out and learn the sport. Usually this of the year the wind is cold, strong and gusty - kind of nasty - and not very inviting for novices.

On another note, a great place to set up is just to the east of La Salsa bar. You can park very close, it's sandy, and no wind. Launching at the water's edge is normal, no problem.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

No Wind

The forecast lied, the clouds won. It is 2:30 and no wind.

Is The Wind Back?

The wind slowed down during the week but it still blew a few days late in the day. I don't know how many got to take advantage of it as it often didn't blow until after 4:00 pm. The forecast for today is good but it is an overcast day, which can often limit how much it blows. We'll have to wait and see. The forecast for the rest of the week has improved and we may have several good days! YEA!

Here are a few photos from last week:











Sunday, December 29, 2013

Beautiful Sunday

Nice day today.


Lots of kiters at Algodones



John and Jimeh at La Manga


Fernanda taking pictures


The Wind is Back

The wind was only gone for a day. Yesterday was very calm all day and I took advantage of it to do some kayaking. Beautiful day. Even though we've had wind almost every day the weather has been wonderful -- warm and sunny. Water temperature has cooled off but still a few degrees warmer than normal, about 64 on the surface. There is a good chance it will blow until the new year. Then it'll calm down for a bit.


Tania, my kayaking buddy.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Gift

The wind is giving us a great Christmas present - another week of kitable wind. The water is the warmest I've seen it for this time of year, still mid-sixties.

It's a shame we don't have a good spot to set up and pack up our equipment. The beach near the point is kind of dirty and trashy and there is no wind break at all. Maybe we should experiment with setting up and hanging out further down the beach. Heck, we used to set up at the dunes and either walk or kite up the beach to the point before we had the access road to the restaurant buildings.






Tuesday, December 24, 2013

As Predicted

Sunday and Monday were as expected. Strong and Northerly. The forecast for the next few days has improved and it looks like it might keep blowing until next year! Nice end to 2013.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Week

This week is looking really good. The wind is forecast to be a bit north at times and a bit light at times but now that we've been pushed to kiting closer to the point, those considerations aren't so important anymore. Lately the conditions haven't looked all that great on line or even on the beach, but once on the water it's all been good.

It seems like every year we'll get a few days when lots of kiters show up and we all fear that our little slice of heaven is going to be ruined. And then weeks will go by when only a handfull come to the beach. Friday there were two of us. Today is Sunday, let's see how many come. Forecast is for 15 to 20 knots - perfect! Water is still warmer than normal, about 63 degrees.

Two good bits of news. One is that Telmex finally connected my internet. The other is that we passed the shortest day of the year and every day will be a little bit longer. Yea!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Telmex

I've been without internet for two weeks, waiting for Telmex to flip a switch to bring service to my house. the local Telmex office is completely useless. I need to find time to get to the Guaymas office and I'll bet that when I do, I'll have service within a day. Anyway, we've had some pretty good days. A few times it got crowded out on the water but other days only a few people showed up. Water temp is still in mid 60's - not bad for the middle of December. I worked all day today so I don't know if it blew enough or not. The forecast isn't looking too good for the coming week.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Lots of Kiters, Lots of Kites, not much Wind

Saturday looked real promising but the wind didn't cooperate. A lot of people had faith in the predictions and showed up for a weekend session but it was more of a social gathering. Today is starting out looking like a repeat.



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beautiful Weather

The water is still warm, still in the 70's, but the wind has cooled off the air temperature. We're only getting a couple of days of wind a week. Sunday was nice, even if it was a bit gusty. Monday and Tuesday should be good and then we' ll have to wait until the weekend.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Couple Days a Week

The wind has slowed down to only blowing a couple days a week. Yesterday was nice and today should be just as good. Next wind isn't in the forecast until Monday.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nice Weather

Weather has been great! Warm days, warm water, and enough wind to have a blast. Yesterday's forecast didn't come true and the rest of this week is not looking good. See you all next week.


Saturday, November 02, 2013

Strong Wind

Friday's wind started early and strong. I got wacked. It wasn't nuking but it was blowing a good 25 knots. I wanted to see what damage I could do with my new 12M kite. I was definitely overpowered but I've learned to cope with that.

It was only my fourth jump and I still hadn't dialed in my launch but as soon as I went up, I was flying. While in the air I was moving the kite around, trying to get some control over my flight but this kite turns differently - it pivots quickly and without power. When I was expecting to power up I was instead plummeting to the sea. As I got close to the landing and looked down I realized how fast I was flying. I wasn't ready for a high speed landing - it wasn't expected and no time to adjust. I crashed HARD. My impact vest and helmet did their job, although my glasses shattered and cut my face a little. I was done jumping for the day. Still, I'm looking forward to doing it again.

Adrenalin junkie.



Nice day for windsurfing as well!