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Mrlaroo

Since 02 Jan 2007
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PostThu Jun 08, 17 7:42 pm     Reply with quote

Dude where do you go for your wind report? I live in Bend and would be nice to kite without having to drive up to the hood and camp at Tucker. I lived on Big Island and chasing wind gets old though.

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dude abides

Since 06 Apr 2014
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PostFri Jun 09, 17 12:25 pm     Reply with quote

Mrlaroo wrote:
Dude where do you go for your wind report? I live in Bend and would be nice to kite without having to drive up to the hood and camp at Tucker. I lived on Big Island and chasing wind gets old though.


There is no exact science with timing at Wickiup.
http://wx.ikitesurf.com/spot/6042
Generally, i use iKitesurf to get the idea for the overall 3-5 day wind forecast, and direction being more important than forecasted wind speeds. It needs to be NW to W. air temps should be above 60 to be comfortable kiting at 4,000 feet elevation. In the late summer/fall, you get the daily NW mountain winds, so it is less of an issue.

A big factor is the water level. I check here for that:
https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/destea.html

it needs to be below ~88% in order to have shoreline to launch. Right now we're at 75%, so the southern shore has good launch. After it dips below ~60-65%, the beach becomes exposed by the east boat ramp with lots of room to launch. If you look back at OC's picture with all the stumps, that is the very north end of the beach. I launch further south away from all of that.

My recent picture is from the southeast section of the lake. which dries up completely below 60% water level, so that launch is only available in spring.

The funny thing with Bend kiters is inability to coordinate. Nobody will commit to a carpool because you don't want to be responsible if it's a no-go and you get skunked. so more often than not I end up kiting alone with the bald eagles. and generally speaking, I'm gone with the fam all summer and usually don't go back to kiting it until Sept and Oct, which actually when I've had the most success and water levels are low. either way, ANYBODY send me a PM if you're thinking of going to Wickiup. Looks like next Wed, Thu or Fri it could go.

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dude abides

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PostFri Jun 09, 17 12:54 pm    Wickiup east boat ramp beach Reply with quote

Some pictures of the boat ramp beach later in August and September. despite the fact there are no stumps in these pictures, the pumice sand/dirt isn't clean of things that will poke holes in your kite, i.e. glass, fishing hooks, sharp lava rocks. all part of the kiteboarding experience out here...

September
 September  20140908_190302.jpg 
September
 September  20140908_190607.jpg 
the beach in August
 the beach in August  20150814_160512.jpg 
boat ramp is lower left in the pic
 boat ramp is lower left in the pic  20150814_160550.jpg 

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PostMon Jun 12, 17 8:46 am     Reply with quote

I may try to get out there today. Is there any beach these days?

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