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Tawas Point MI Kite Trip

Ok, we're long overdue and it's time to shake things up around here a little bit! Welcome to all the new members. For a while I was trying to greet each and every one of your personally but that has gone out the window lately. Been EXTREMELY slammed, short on help and trying to take advantage of some of this local wind at the same time so I'm waaay behind on trip planning! Anyone need a job???.... seriously, positions open, apply within! I would really like to make this 3rd weekend in July work even though it's 2 short weeks away. Prob is, right now, there is only 1 camp site avail for the entire weekend on only the Thur night. This can change daily but because this is prime season, it could be tough. There are other options in the area but camping at the state park has always been inexpensive, the most convenient... 1/4 mile from launches!... and most fun! In the past, some have procured there own accommodations or partnered up with others and done so at cabins or houses. We could all try to align with something like that. Worse comes to worse, we can camp free in the National park about a 1/2 hour drive (I believe) from the launch. I've never been but I think 1 or 2 of you may have so perhaps you could reply back with more info. If we camp, we will need some REAL campers to pitch in with camp stoves, perhaps pots/pans/utensils, etc. I only have the camping basics and usually camp with friends who have all the other gear. As we build the guest list, there should be plenty of opps for ride shares as well. If any of you have some time and some planning talents, by all means... partners welcomed!

Tawas Point, in East Tawas MI, is located on Lake Huron and about a 6 hour drive from Chi. It is the perfect spot for learning and any level of riding. The launches are on either side of the point... wind direction determines which side we are on. One side is a very large flat water bay with shallow waters. The other side is known as the "Lake side" but it differs from most Lake Michigan launches in that there are less pummeling waves, is shallow further out from shore and even though when staring out over the lake you're looking at Canada, is surprisingly a bit warmer than our Chi waters at times because of how shallow the waters! Since we can kite on both sides of the point, this spot works in every wind direction! Now for the real magic... besides the great companionship that always gather on these trips... Tawas is great for thermal action! Many times you can ignore the wind forecast... usually all we need are warm, sunny conditions with a Southerly flow and like magic, we have wind!! But we've had it good on some Northern directions too. Many times we've made this trek and there was NO wind around Chicago and the 15-20 of us there were cruising the Huron waters with perm-a-grins!!

Here are some past pix -n- stuff;
http://chicagokitesurfing.com/kiteboarding_messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=9181
http://www.chicagokitesurfing.com/kiteboarding_messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=10992

In the past, we brought kite instructors with us for those who are just learning or want to learn. But I couldn't align with their schedules this time. These trips have always been for all level kiters, especially new beginners just learning the sport. I have some options to arrange for lessons so please let me know right away if you will need them and I will post further info. And if you're just getting in to kiting, please contact me so we can make sure you are geared up properly so you can take full advantage of the trip! Please don't wait until the last minute.... even though I am with the planning. :)

Bottom line… everyone's welcome!! So who's in?!

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  • Michael

    Sorry for the delay... I take a trip... I gotta get caught up when I come back! This and still have to chase the wind when it arrives around here. Whooo, a few unbelievably good for July days this last week!:)

    We had a glorious group with wonderful winds, terrific temps, sizzling sun and some nasty nightlife... what happens in Tawas stays in Tawas... ;)

    This all added up to some incredible kiting on the bay as well as lake side for our group of 11! We have brought back with us 3 new kiters who are up and riding as well as a brand new female orientation!... WhooHoo, we need more girls out there with us. Congratts people! Check out the uploaded pix.

    Look forward to having you all, as well as the one's who couldn't make it this round, for 2013 part II in August!

    July 30, 2013

  • gustavo g.

    I had a good time and really injoyed meeting the other boarders.looking forward to more of the same.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How did it go? You guys looked very relaxed in the photos.

    July 22, 2013

  • gustavo g.

    What's up guys,,,were is the main launch spot ?

    July 18, 2013

    • Michael

      Look for the lighthouse. You at the room? We'll see you in about 15 mins!

      July 18, 2013

  • Michael

    Off to see the wizard!!! See you all there!!........

    July 18, 2013

  • Michael

    End of the week forecasts for Tawas are looking up every time I take a peak! Should be some pretty amazing bayside riding all day Friday... we may even be on smaller kites!! Then should switch around NE for lake side Saturday and hopefully Sunday. If you haven't made your plans, come on out!

    I have also made arrangements for PASA 2 certs for those of you riding a solid intermediate level and wanting to get your Montrose streamer. Please contact me for info and reserve your spot with me in advance.

    For very economical accommodations, a few are staying at the KOA in Oscoda. This is about a 30 minute drive from the point but would be the most economical accommodations. Let me know if you are making arrangements there so we know who to look for on the beach and who to include in our other activities! http://koa.com/campgrounds/oscoda/

    2 days until departure to see the wizard!.....

    July 16, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    Looking forward to getting up and riding and meeting some new kiters!

    July 15, 2013

  • Michael

    WhooHoo... the forecasts are looking favorable for the end of the week in Tawas! Right now we have a good SW predicted for Friday. Add in the typical Tawas thermal and this should bring out the true Tawas magic! This also means we should be able to kite the very shallow bay or the lake side or either depending on how much West it has in it. I suggest those leaving Friday leave very early as the wind should start picking up by 10a and peaks about 2p. Hopefully with the thermal we should be able to ride all day but better to be there in case thing change. Still have room in the house and for lessons. Don't miss this opp!!

    July 14, 2013

  • gustavo g.

    Ashley,,,,I'm plan on leaving at 7am Friday so I can get some kite time in that evening,,,,,if you can make it email.....me. Cfdgoose@ yahoo.com....

    July 12, 2013

  • Ashish

    Hi Mike,

    Im down for this! im looking to score some lessons (1 day camp) should be good for me and would need accommodation. Also, i don't have a car but i'd be willing to rent and split with anyone that needs a ride.

    July 11, 2013

    • Ashish

      I can ride down on friday afternoon/evening

      July 12, 2013

    • Michael

      Hey Ashish! A trip to Tawas for you should have you coming back a rider! You will have use of a board and the appropriate sized kite during your lesson but I would strongly suggest you consider bringing a board so you can spend time practicing outside your lesson to maximize this opportunity. I have some great CrazyFly boards in stock that are perfect as a 1st board and a great match to your kite! I even have 1 used 2012 CF board if interested. Please email right away to lock in your lessons and accommodations as spots are almost filled. Also, the earlier you can get there, the more you will maximize your chances for ride time. Remember, Tawas can be a magical place for wind, but we are at the complete mercy of mother nature. Since you only have an 11M kite, you will need a very particular range of wind speed to ride so you will want to be there when it happens. Many of us are leaving Thursday if you can swing it.

      July 12, 2013

  • Michael

    Hey there! Lesson spots and accommodations are filling up fast. Only a few spots left. If you are still contemplating, this is a great opportunity to learn at the closest beginner spot to Chicago. We travel here in the summer because this place has the best chance of wind during this time. Many times it has been completely dead all around Lake Michigan and we've been kiting our hearts out on thermal winds in Tawas. If you want to join us, please secure your spot right away!

    July 12, 2013

  • Michael

    Ok, not much luck with getting in to the State Park camping this round so I have secured a large cabin with 6 beds that technically sleeps 9. 1st come, 1st served on the accommodations so please let me know right away if you need a place to stay. This will probably be the best deal in the area...

    $130 Fri/Sat nights
    $160 Thur/Fri/Sat nights

    And if you and a buddy or sig other or special friend don't mind sharing a double bed, here are the rates for each...

    $100 Fri/Sat nights
    $130 Thur/Fri/Sat nights

    It is still a little far in advance for accurate predictions but looks like some good weather scheduled! Right now it's saying we will have a good setup for the Tawas magic... thermal winds that is!!

    Let's lock this in!!

    July 10, 2013

  • gustavo g.

    I have books my room at the riptide inn......it looks like a good spot......there is a volleyball court. .....and a camp fire to enjoy the evening together with some cold sodas....i will be showing up friday around 1...i live on the north west side of chicago if anyone wants to car pool....Jefferson park.....

    July 10, 2013

  • Michael

    Ok, I like to gab and there's a lot of info. So because of the 1000 character limit meetup imposes here, I had to break this up in to 5 posts. So start 5 posts down and read going up! :)...

    Hopefully this also answers the couple questions below but if there are any others, by all means, talk to me!

    I look forward to hanging with you all and bringing back some new, safe and independent kiters!!

    July 9, 2013

  • Michael

    Ultimately, if you have already caught the stoke... you WILL if you haven't yet, once you get a taste ;)... and know you will be in the market for gear, it would be nice if you had gear so you can fill your weekend with lesson AND practice time. This place we are traveling to is very beginner friendly... much easier than Lake MI... so the more time you can spend honing your chops there, the easier it will be when you come back here. If you are interested in kite gear, I have some great quality stuff and even a few deals on lightly used gear only a season - 2 seasons old. I am glad to discuss what would be the best gear for YOU. When buying your 1st kite quiver, it definitely pays to know what you're buying and/or talk to someone who can advise you properly. This goes a LONG way in how well you ride, how safely, how quickly you pick it up and can GREATLY minimize frustration with learning.... and eliminate frustration from buying the wrong stuff!

    July 9, 2013

  • Michael

    With lessons, kite, board, harness & float vest are included while your doing your lesson. You will need to purchase a wetsuit if you don't have one. Even though it's summer time, the water is still chilly, especially when you will be spending a lot of time in it. There are no refunds if you can't continue because you're too cold so PLEASE contact me RIGHT AWAY for any personal gear. I have some deals. If you don't have any kite gear, you won't have any gear to practice on while not doing a lesson. This is another reason the 2 day camp is the best idea. You might even consider 3 days.

    July 9, 2013

  • Michael

    In order to secure your time, full payment needs to be sent. Please contact me via message for payment options. Of course refunds or partial refunds can be given if conditions just don't work but that is rare. When just starting out, there is a certain amount of ground school, safety, getting comfortable with the kite and even body dragging that must be done and require little to no wind. If you are interested in lessons during this time in Tawas, PLEASE contact me immediately to secure your spot. Of course these are 1st come, 1st served so if you've been wanting to learn, we need to lock you in! I have had a lot of interest in lessons through other channels for this trip. This will be a great opp to meet other meetup peeps as well as other Chi, or soon to be Chi kiters. And I must say... I've been doing these trips to Tawas a few times/summer for 4 years now and we meet and hang with a lot of friendly locals as well!!...

    July 9, 2013

  • Michael

    Ok..... for those interested in kite lessons, I now have some certified PASA instructors worked out and some lesson rates!;

    2 Day Camp: $499
    1 Day Camp: $299
    Hourly Lessons: $85/hr

    If you are brand new, without experience, or perhaps have had some kite experience but have never ridden or have not had a ground lesson and learned safety, etc, I highly recommend the 2 day camp. Book at least a 2 day and conditions line up like they should, very good chance you'll come off this trip a-riding!! Even if you do have some experience or are even already riding, a 2 day camp can take you well beyond the level you are now. These rates are for single person lessons so the focus will be on you and your specific needs. There are opportunities for 2 person lessons but I only recommend these if you are learning with a friend and you both are at the exact same level. If we have pairs interested in this, please let me know....

    July 9, 2013

  • gustavo g.

    Whats up boys and girlsi found a motel on the water about 20 min.from tawas beach Kiteboarding shop..they do have rooms available.info....riptide inn[masked]-6562...looks like a nice local spot....they do have a web site..

    July 9, 2013

    • Michael

      Way to go Gustavo! I know there are many hotels and cabins avail for rent around the lake. I'm still pressing away at locking in camping but at this point, it might be smart to have people start booking and/or sharing rooms.

      July 9, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    Hi Michael,

    I'm intrigued and think I would be able to make this, but I have a couple of questions...

    If you were to be able to arrange for instructors to be there, is that something that would require a lesson fee or rather are these people who would just be along to help the newbies for free? If it matters, I actually own all my own kiting gear.

    Regarding the camping gear, I have pretty much absolutely nothing. I'd be more than happy to help out by buying food/drinks but would need to rely on another person(s) with proper camping gear. Is that an issue?

    Let me know. I'm pretty intrigued. I've actually been to Tawas before to take lessons with Brian LeFeve a number of years ago. I still definitely need a lot of instruction though. If our group didn't have instructors, I might look into whether he'd be available for some paid lessons.

    Thanks!

    July 8, 2013

  • gustavo g.

    I'm in.I will be arriving around noon on Friday the 19....looking forward to some kite time.....

    July 6, 2013

  • laura c.

    This sounds amazing. I am in if someone is willing to give me a lesson. I am a displaced Floridian, and severely miss surfing. I have kiteboarded a couple times, but never windsurfed- - - so I don't have any gear.

    July 5, 2013

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