Now that is WIND!!!

I’m sure you’ve heard me talk before about the blobs.  Those color zones from WindAlert that show strength of wind for various parts of the state.  Usually we get excited by yellow and oranges.  Every once and awhile there is a dark red blob (26-28+ mph), but it is small and rarely near us.  Today was the exception.  The dark red blob covered more than half the state.  There was even a step up from dark red, grayish red that was massive.  There were warnings put out for high wind alert…the crew grew antsy.  It was to be a big day we didn’t want to miss.  Chad made the call to find a spot on Pepin that would work for the WNW winds.  Pepin city was again, the spot to be.

 There were warnings put out for high wind alert…the crew grew antsy.

The wind was howling…I mean howling.  Constant pressure on your face, on your body, and on your eyeballs, from that direction…up there…up wind.  Squinting was necessary to keep your eyeballs from hurting.  It was a good crew of windsurfers and kiters.  Chad, Kevin and Bryan had driven down together.  Jim and Pete rode down as well.  Jason and Jim stopped down from riding up near Stockholm.  Brian, Bill S, Mike, Pete and a few other windsurfers were slashing around out in the big swells.  Mark and Chris stopped down but didn’t have gear small enough.   Lots of smiles on and off the water.  We all rigged our smallest, 6-9m.

Squinting was necessary to keep your eyeballs from hurting

Out on the water was an unreal experience.  First of all that lake is massive, flanked on each side by bluffs.  There is something about being out there, with this incredible power roaring down the river, the surface below you slowly going up and up and down and down as the swells rolled down the river.  A small flick of the bar and you were floating up and up and up, with plenty of time to eye the glossiest wave face to kiss on your way back onto the liquid.  The color of the kites popped against the light grey sky.  Every once and awhile the river upwind would fade to white and shortly after your face would be pelted with droplets flying horizontal.  The whole experience was just intense…and finding the zone in all that was extra special.

The whole experience was just intense.

What an amazing spot to ride.  So fortunate to be able to share this big day with such a great crew in such a special location.

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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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