Sunday, August 17, 2014

Day After Day

Nothing is like it used to be. I know I'm not.

But, here I'm talking about the weather. The last winter season was milder than ever and now the summer is unlike any that I've seen here in San Carlos. Day after day I wake up to flat seas, clouds, and lots of humidity. And very little wind.

Usually the wind comes from the southeast in the winter. It comes straight up the Sea of Cortez and brings with it some of the turbulent tropical weather. It normally pushes waves up coming from the Pacific Ocean and the storms down south. (It also brings us the Portuguese Man o' War.) For nine years I lived in front of the sea. I always had wind and always had waves crashing against the sea wall. Not this year.

This year the wind has come mostly from the southwest. From Baja. Light winds, calm seas. Should be good for the fishermen but I hear the Dorado season has been poor. No waves at the beach to play in. Most folks don't bother to go to the beach until after 5pm. Too hot. Water temperature has been 90 degrees for a month already.

What's next?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another Day of WNW?

The forecast keeps changing. We were promised some wind for today but this morning it says not so much. However, now Buoyweather is saying WNW 12 to 17 for Wednesday afternoon. Now, if I can just get my kite to hold air - the valves keep coming unglued, one at a time.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More NW

Marcos and I got out yesterday on his 13M kite. (My 12M kite had a leaking valve.) Light conditions but it was great to get out on the water in the summer. We were joined by a kid from Phoenix that had a 17M kite. Just a nice day!

Today the forecast is saying NW wind but even lighter. I don't think it ever got up to 15 knots yesterday so anything lighter is going to be tough. Buoy says 9 to 12 WNW.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

NW

Surprise!

We got northwest wind in July!

It is supposed to blow even better tomorrow!




Sunday

The wind forecast is looking good enough for Sunday to go out and play over by Condos Pilar. Forecast is for more wind in the afternoon but I would advise getting out there early, like before noon. You'll want to rig bigger than the wind feels, southerlies have less punch than the cold, dry northwest wind of the winter months. Let's have some fun!

Hmmm......just noticed that the forecasts are saying WNW wind today and tomorrow. I guess we'll see. Maybe we'll be kiting at Algodones....in July!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Sunday

It's Sunday, 5:00pm and the wind is blowing. A bit westerly but that would be fine over at La Manga. It didn't start blowing until 4 or so. I was busy by then so I'm missing the session today. Hope to make it out there tomorrow.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Forecast

The forecast looks real good for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Can it be trusted?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Light Wind

I'm glad I picked up a 12M kite this year. It's been a year of lighter wind and we are still getting light wind heading into the last week of May. Yesterday there was enough wind to go play. I was held up for a while with a valve separation but was able to re-glue it and get a nice session in.

John was out there tearing it up on his surfboard as usual:


Forecast is calling for another nice day tomorrow, Friday the 23rd of May.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Wind

Middle of  May and there is still some great wind. I'm in Tucson and missing the past two days but here are a couple of posts from a few days past that others have posted of me!

First, from Darren:

And from Joshua



Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bonus Wind

We've been getting more wind than the forecast has been saying. Let's hope that it continues. Water is still chilly - what's up with that? The beach was almost empty yesterday!


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Wednesday

Today looks promising and may be followed by a couple of light air days. Big kites rule. For years we had little use for big kites but now we seem to be having lots of days when they come in handy.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Last Week

Last week was very nice but it will probably be the last good week that we'll have. We'll get a day or two once in a while during May, but the end is near.


Beautiful beach days and just enough wind - but what is that kite doing over by the rocks?


Oh, that's Darren doing a little rock surfing.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oh No! It looks like we're about to have the best three days of the year and I'm stuck in Tucson.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Big Kites

Get out the big kites. The forecast is calling for light winds the next few days and then more wind for Tuesday and Wednesday. Light wind seems to be becoming the normal here. One advantage of having a big kite is that it makes kiting in the summer possible as well. For most of us a 13M or 15M kite should be plenty - you big guys might try a 17M. Years ago we all had a big kite in our quiver - usually between 17M and 20M. I still have a 30M from those days. Back then we were happy just to get out on the water. I used to kite up to 200 days a year.  I guess I got spoiled over the years with season after season of high wind excitement and got in the habit of waiting for the "good days." The adrenalin rush is addictive.

The forecast is showing that some days the wind may be a bit westerly. If so, the wind next door at La Manga will be much steadier.

I wish I could be here this week but I've got an appointment in Tucson for Monday, so I'll probably stay a few days up there.

Watch out for people on the beach and fly safe.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Is It Over?

Forecast says no wind all week until Saturday and I wouldn't count on Saturday until the forecast says so for a few days.

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.