What a gift!  another great gathering.

I don’t know what it is, but there is something really special about this simple gathering in the middle of summer. Summer is our time of doldrums, time to get chores done, to plan things on weekends…because we just don’t get that many windy weekends in July…typically. Each year though we throw a dart at the calendar and choose a weekend in July…and crazy as it is we typically get a weekend of wind. Is it our belief that brings in the wind? I don’t know…I personally believe the power of shared belief is pretty powerful. It’s just such a wonderful gift.

there is something really special about this simple gathering in the middle of summer

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I was the first to arrive on Saturday. Soon Travis and Bill arrived, full of stoke. Katie, Todd and Kason pulled up and the party got started. They brought music and left overs from their wedding. What a playlist! David from Rochester joined the fun, as did Kevin from Milaca. Soon a big white truck pulled up and a lot of clowns rolled out…Randy, Keith, Geo and Chad ; ) the East side was representin’. Dean and???, Mr Grace zooms in on his bike, Mike and Alison, Jim and Patty, Jim and Annie and dogs, the Dunklees, Eric P., Brian..Stoke! All through the day the stoke kept arriving with the building wind and others showing up and making their way to the water. Great to meet Andreas and Micheala from Rochester. So great to have significant others and family of riders joining us. Great to see Leah join us too. So many smiles…sorry names slip away.

When we first hit the water, it was capping and a few of us tried to make 12s work…too early. We mowed the lawn a bit then came in to rig up, all the while knowing we needed to pace ourselves through the day…the orange blob was coming, the orange blob was coming. We had a blast on the big kites, the big troughs made for fun slashing and long carves into the wind to load up for a launch…oh yeah… the fan was ramping up.

we needed to pace ourselves through the day…the orange blob was coming, the orange blob was coming.

Soon the 12s and 10s were needed. As we rigged the trees got louder and louder, oh this was going to be good. Oh it was good. Something about riding in lit conditions, it is almost easier, you feel light, so free. Everyone was boosting and throwing down. What a show. John was in the water shooting. Nothing like a photographer to bring out the craziness…I took the bait. Can’t wait to see what he was able to capture.

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We rode until we quit, not the wind. The sunset session was so amazing, with the orange streaming out to the west and the undersides of the leaves glowing as they folded back in the wind. Some of us stayed the night camping with the wind howling in the trees overhead.

Sunday
Everyone was moving a bit slower on Sunday morning, or at least I was. New faces showed up who weren’t able to make it on Saturday. Kevin, EuHan and John, Barry, Stroh, Alfie and others… New stoke! Yes! The wind built through the day as it did the day before. By mid afternoon 9-12s were the call. Here we go again…yes! More boosting, more smiles, more sun, so much fun.

Here we go again…yes! More boosting, more smiles, more sun, so much fun.

It was great having students learning through the weekend. I helped out a bit with friends teaching. So great to see stoke building in others. Chad/Dynamik Kiteboarding was zipping around on his jetski all weekend working with students getting their first rides. Big smiles for sure.

The weekend came to a close with the wind howling, the sun shining…as it did all weekend. Such a gift.

Check out the two galleries below. As always I am usually out riding in the best wind. Tried to get what I could. Sorry if I missed catching your big air or your smile. Next time eh?

Tim Dunklee and Bryan Sieve and a few others have contributed to these galleries.  Thank you all.

Please give photo credit if you repost any of these shots.

WHAT A GIFT. Let’s do it again next year ; )

 

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About the author

Tighe

Tighe Belden has been riding the wind for over 30 years. He has been active in the windsport community for over 3 decades, as an instructor, event coordinator, creator of Lakawa and now End of Session, and stokes people on the latest gear as a Tech Ambassador for Slingshot Sports.

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