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Fall Sailing & Kiting at Wind Power October 25, 2014

This fall has yield good conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers on Lake Winnebago.  Here is a video of put together by the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) – Thanks Dan!

Winds were WNW (west-northwest) 20 mph gusting to 35 mph.  See the data in Weather Center History.  The wind had quite a range and gusts were strong.  We had a couple windsurfers and half a dozen kitesurfers.

 

Wind Power is traveling to the WISSA Snow and Ice World Championships!

Hey everybody,  Check out the WISSA Snow and Ice World Championship web site.  This is the first time since 1995 that the WISSA worlds have been in the USA.  In 1995 Team Wind Power attended the awesome event in Madison WI.

It was a very fun event, especially with the mix of Europeans there.  Learning to communicate with them and checking out the equipment they use is very interesting and a lot to learn.

So again Team Wind Power is going to have fun and learn, meet new friends from across the big waters.

Checkout the WISSA web site for race results and media coverage.  If you have time come and join us for some fun on the Ice.

 

Wind Power had fun at the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago

Wind Power spent Jan 26 – 29th at the Largest Sailboat show in the Mid-West, Strictly Sail.  For the first time ever, with a booth at this famous yearly show. During the 4 days we were constantly busy with questions about all of our toys.  Other exibitors said we had the FUN BOOTH.  The Wind Power booth had 4 sections: SUP (stand-up-paddle), O’pen Bic youth sailboat, Windsurfing, and Kiting.  Wind Power gave a away a lesson package and a Bic Jungle SUP.

Natalia House a windsurfing student of Wind Power riding the Indo balance board.

Wind Power display with the O'pen Bic youth sailboat (see Poka da Shark)

Wind Power display for Windsurfing

Wind Power display with SUP (Stand-Up-Paddle)

We also took our Winnebago Shark as a mascot and for the kids to play with.  Well on Sunday morning we got a ransom note.  The Kidnappers wanted beer and rum.  The shark got a new name Poka da Shark.  It now has a facebook page with it in the remote sailing pond.  In the kids tent and many of the other vendors booths.  We tried to find and capture the shark back but to no avail.  Finally when we were packing up we got a business card that said the Catch of the day was at Crowley’s ( a booth of a Chicago vendor).  I would like to thanks Dan Thornton who helped load setup and work the booth, Mike Reed and Mark Robinson (Bic Rep) who helped setup and worked the booth a few times, and finally Andy and Ann Gratton who helped in the booth and look for the Shark Sunday.

Team Wind Power: Mike Reed, Kevin, Captain Franken Dread (show's one man band), Dan Thornton

Crowley's Catch of the Day (Poka da Shark) Winnebago Shark

 

 

Wind Power goes to the Strictly Sail Show at the Navy Pier in Chicago!

Wind Power will have a booth at the 2012 Strictly Sail Show in Chicago.  The Show will be held Jan. 26 – 29 at the Navy Pier.  Strictly Sail is the largest yearly event for Sailing craft and related equipment held in the Mid-west. This is the first time Wind Power has been to this show.  Plans are made to display the O’Pen Bic youth sailboat, Windsurfing gear summer and winter, Kiting equipment, Kayaks and the latest rage in water sports, the SUP or Stand Up Paddle.  Wind Power has donated a lesson package for Windsurfing or Winter Kiting and a SUP to give-away at the show.  To sign-up for the drawings or to get more information on the show got to: http://www.strictlysailchicago.com/attendees/features/promotions.aspx

Wind Power has a New Weather Center!

The Wind Power web site has a New Weather Center! 

On Monday June 20 the New Weather Center was added to the Wind Power Web site. The Site has it’s own URL at WindPowerWeather.com .  A Weather Center link is available on Wind Power home page and under Information pull-down menu.

As you can see in the picture above the Wind Sensor is mounted much higher than in the past.  It will give a more realistic reading in more directions due to the added height.  My brother Andy donated an A-Scow mast which we put on top of the shop.  The Wind Sensor is on top of it which should put it at 60 plus feet.  This is around the height of the neighboring trees.

But that is not all that the Weather Center is about.  It has a very detailed graphs of the wind speed with gusts,  direction and speed, temperature and wind chill.  There is also a tabular data.  Forecast are available from several popular weather links.  Water Temperature is also available.  There are graphs with a detailed history of the past weather. Personally I like to see the peak gusts.

A local advisory tells you what launches are good for the current conditions as well as the type of equipment to use.  Don’t forget to add the Wind Power Weather Gadget to your desktop.  It will keep you up-to-date with the wind conditions on Lake Winnebago’s south end. WindPowerWeather.com/gadget

The Weather Center is dedicated to Stellablue, a longtime companion of the developer of this site. Stellablue was a yellow Labrador retriever and learned to windsurf as a puppy and loved cruising on the long-board. As you can see in the photo, she was ready to go, but was not much help up-hauling the sail. The Weather Center is dedicated to her memory.

The Weather Center was many hours in development and deciphering data find what would work best for Wind Power. Some of the unique features are the recommended Launch Sites and desktop gadget (for Windows). The Weather Center not only provides weather data, but provides a lot of explanations and educational information. Check out the Information and Sensor pages for example.

We are excited to bring this new service and it’s features to you.  Feel free to blog back or contact us with any comments and suggestions.  Enjoy the weather Center and make the most of it to increase you fun in the WIND on Lake Winnebago.

Kevin   USA 8

Summer 2011 is just around the Corner

Have you blown the dust off you soft water sailing equipment?  Well it’s time.  Lake Winnebago opened on April 7th, as far as we could see to the north from Wind Power .  The water temps are in the upper 50’s already.  A few more warm days and you can put the drysuits away.

Spring is a great time for those with experience to get out and enjoy some high wind action.  Be sure to check all you cold weather gear so it’s going to protect you as designed.  Don’t forget to also check over your equipment; u-joint, lines, all screws.  Breakdowns can quickly become a much bigger problem with colder water temps.

Wind Power enjoyed it’s annual spring trip to Hatteras. A great group of 14 enjoyed warm temps in the 70’s and lots of wind.  I windsurfed overpowered on my 4.2 and kited with an 8m.  Christy, Pat and Greg, new kiters, worked on getting rides on soft water and Debbie learned how to Windsurf.

Wind Power’s Online Store has been busy this spring and new items are being added daily.   Check it out at http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/shop/ The Mid-West largest used inventory and replacement parts will soon be showcased in the online store!   The road construction on Winnebago Drive (in front of the shop) is completed and it’s a big improvement to the area.  Come and enjoy a sail out of Roosevelt County Park.

School will be out Soon! Wind Power is currently taking registration for the Kid’s Classes on wed.  Starting Wednesday June 15th there will be a morning kids class from 10:00 to noon and an afternoon class from 1:00 to 3:00.  Last year the classes were full.  We will add a Thursday program if there is enough demand.     Call Kevin at Wind Power or see the web site for more information: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/lessons/windsurf#kids

Are we having FUN yet?

Wednesday night will be the Advanced Windsurf classes.  This program covers all levels, from those who have just learned to the aspiring racer.  If you are nervous and not real comfortable out in the water, this is the class for you.  Kevin will get you relaxed and having fun while learning how to windsurf better.  Class curriculum is adjusted to the students level and the wind conditions of the day.

Beginner Windsurf Lessons are available anytime just call ahead to set a lesson time.  Wind Power prides itself on having the best lesson equipment available.  We want you learning experience to be easy , fun and fast! Roosevelt County Park has a nice shallow sandy area where the beginner lessons take place, it’s an ideal location.  See our web site for more information: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/lessons

Kiting Lessons are available, Wind Power supplies the equipment if you don’t have it.  A large Pontoon boat is the launch site and a Jet-ski is the chase vehicle.  Contact Wind Power for more information and to setup a time.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Lessons and equipment are also available.  If the wind dies stop over to the shop and pick up a paddle.  Paddling along the shore checking out the houses is interesting, you can paddle back in the channel behind Wind Power or cruise up to the Light House and even go in Supply’s marsh.

Jay and Dr. D

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Wind Power’s Utah Snow Kite Masters Summary

Sign me up for next Year!  Bob and I had a blast and we are making plans for next years event.

Group photo

We had 3 days of freeriding with the best snowkiters in the US.  I saw gliding for the first time and it is really awesome to watch.  On the way down the mountain the kiter lifts off and then just glides in the air at times reaching heights twice as high as the trees.  The kiter must work his kite properly to maintain the glide or they will drop like a rock.  I only saw a handful of kiters attempting this maneuver.  Bob is fortunately hanging out with the best kiters in his area and he is starting to glide.  Maybe by next year he will be gliding across the road like his friends.

Gliding over the trees

Chasta, the Snowkiter from France, that put Snowkiting on the map was in attendance.  He used his smooth kite skills and understanding of the mountain winds to place 1st in the Snowboard division.  Brad Gordon from Utah won the men’s Ski division.  The Winduro race was a grueling 4 mile course with the first leg upwind, up the lee side of the mountain.  Then a blazing fast reach followed by a downwind, down hill broad reach to the finish.  Bob got 6th in the Ski division, I was happy to just finish the course.

Heather and Brian Shenck from Windzup put on a great event with Ozone as the major sponsor.  The emphasis was on fun and not as much on competition.  The fun vibe was definitely there with a snowkite type of Easter egg hunt.  Instead of looking for eggs you were looking for bags with coins in them.  2011 Masters intro with video from 2009

On Monday following the Competition the winds were light so Bob and I decided to meet some longtime friends and ski with them.  Dick and Arleen Ward from Chicago were some of my best students.  I meet them in 1985 when they drove their motorhome past Roosevelt County Park with their windsurfers on top.  I saw the windsurfers and waved to them.  They turned around and within a half an hour I was giving them advanced lessons.  They continued to come to Fond du Lac for lessons, even meeting me in the Gorge one year to do a clinic I was helping Mistral run.  They retired in the late 90’s and moved to Corpus Christie to Windsurf.  In the winter they move to their mountain home to ski. It is very inspiring to see a couple in their 80’s who still ski and windsurf. I was very happy to catch-up with them.

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Kevin & Bob at Snowmass

On Tuesday the winds were back so we traveled to Strawberry Reservoir, Bob’s favorite place and we put some major miles on.  The terrain was beautiful with rolling hills a flat lake and several different sized half pipes, remains from an old railroad.  All in all I had a great trip, many thanks for Bob putting me up and putting up with a rookie.  I will be back next year!

Stay Tuned for our next travels or event.  Please leave comments and check out our new YouTube channel.

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