Ok Meetup Kite Comrads... as of this post, we have 55 members and most seem to be a clean slate with no gear or experience... only a desire to get moving into this wonderful sport! We have others who have gear but are just getting their start and a few with some good experience and just wanna ride with other kool kiters! Lake Michigan and the Chi area is an excellent place to kite... especially if you are an advanced kiter! Don't get me wrong, beginners can have great experiences around here but our good, consistent winds are more prevalent in the Fall, followed up with a Spring season right after the big lake thaw. Especially in late Fall and early Spring, water temps can be frigid and waves can be HUGE & powerful. Strong winds and huge, clean, surfable waves are what many experienced riders drop everything & squeeze into a warm wetsuit for. But since beginners spend more time in the water rather than on it and there is so much to learn while you're sitting in that water, low temps can be a hindrance and the waves can be pummeling! But alas there is a solution... a fun one!!...... take a trip to a warm place with clean, consistent winds and flat shallow waters! You might ask, does such a paradise exist?! Why yes it does I say!!! ... and it's the only place I know of in the US with a dedicated kite/windsurf beach... yes that's right, you're not allowed to wander on to this beach unless you are, want to be, or are with a kiter or windsurfer (and have purchased a membership for a nominal fee)!!! That place my friends exists on South Padre Island Texas! The fall winds are also consistent there but the temps are much warmer than here and in the laguna, we have 7 miles of shallow water that you can stand up in!! This, my beginner buddies, provides the perfect conditions for focusing your time on learning kite control, safety, board starts & riding! Now for the more experienced, SPI provides wave riding areas on the outside or you can hang in the flats and hone that next trick or new technique. But there's more!!! ;) ...we all have the opportunity to kick back & fraternize with peeps on the same wave! The greatest thing is, if we do this in the Fall, accommodations will be very reasonable, especially if we share.
Check out an aerial of this sweet locale; http://www.southpadreislandkiteboarding.com/kitespots_photos.html
Here is info on the organization that holds the rights to this access and provides the memberships; http://www.spiwindsurfing.com/
I will arrange the condo or other accommodations comfortable for all and make sure we have at least one kite instructor avail for lessons. I just need to know who's interested and then we can start nailing down a time-frame. Please respond as soon as possible as this will take a great amount of coordinating to pull off effectively. Who's in?!!