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Bfritz

Since 03 Oct 2012
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PostWed Aug 24, 16 9:13 pm    Squamish BC? Reply with quote

Anyone ever kited in Squamish? Just watched a video on it and it looked sweet! Also can't beat the biking up there as well and wondering if it is worth the trip to kite up there.

Cheers!

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sagebrush

Since 31 Oct 2009
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north,van,bc
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PostWed Aug 24, 16 9:38 pm    kiting and biking Reply with quote

Its awesome,but your money is worth to much!!!

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kss

Since 24 Apr 2006
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pdx
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PostWed Aug 24, 16 10:32 pm     Reply with quote

Had it today and was freaking rad!

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WindSki

Since 14 Dec 2012
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Portland
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PostThu Aug 25, 16 6:51 am     Reply with quote

World class scenery with the rocks in the backdrop BUT the water is the worst in the world. Cold, muddy water, just don't look down when you're out! Smile
It's worth a visit despite the water. The people are great, the scenery and the visit to Vancouver is worth your time.

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chrissmack

Since 08 Jun 2005
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portland
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PostThu Aug 25, 16 7:18 am     Reply with quote

"worst water in the world"?

worse than the brown trout at Sauvie Island?



kited there once, loved it. fan-like 9m wind. a slick behind the jetty. go for it. unique spot.

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Slappysan

Since 13 Jun 2012
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PostThu Aug 25, 16 9:19 am     Reply with quote

Squamish is worth the trip if you can handle the cold water. Until way out in the bay it's pure fresh river water that was snow only a few hours ago so it's freaky cold. You can kite out in to the bay to get to the warm salt water but the best part of Squamish is boosting in the "honey hole", pure flat water with a decent size audience feet away.

Here's a vid of the Richman brothers ripping it up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssQ-CTqMxXA

There is also an active hydrofoil racing scene there if that's what you are in to.

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Sasquatch

Since 09 Mar 2005
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PNW
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PostThu Aug 25, 16 12:13 pm     Reply with quote

chrissmack wrote:
"worst water in the world"?

worse than the brown trout at Sauvie Island?


That is actually Brown backed Corn trout. The corn could be locally Sauvie's grown and it could be either Yellow or White.

Razz

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D-Krep It Kiter

Since 18 Jul 2011
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PostFri Aug 26, 16 11:47 am     Reply with quote

If you do make the trip, put aside some time to climb the Squamish Chiefs... (the big rock faces you can see from the highway). Great views from the top and you can freak yourself out looking over the vertical drops... don't slip!

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Bfritz

Since 03 Oct 2012
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PostSat Aug 27, 16 9:16 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for all the info! Think we will definitely have to make a stop there!

Cheers!

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Wind Slither

Since 04 Mar 2005
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The 503
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PostWed Aug 10, 22 10:33 am     Reply with quote

Heading north this Friday for a week with stops in Vancouver, Bellingham, Squamish & Whistler. It's mostly a mountain biking trip but will have wing gear with me.

I was wondering about nabbing a wing session at Squamish but it seems like a hassle.

Anybody launched near Vancouver?

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kiteboard117

Since 02 Mar 2005
448 Posts
PDX
McLovin



PostWed Aug 10, 22 11:56 am     Reply with quote

Nice! I haven't been winging up there yet but I hear plenty of folks are riding in Kitsalano/Jericho beach - not great for kiting with light winds and crowds but could be pretty excellent with a big wing

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Slappysan

Since 13 Jun 2012
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PostWed Aug 10, 22 4:40 pm     Reply with quote

Wind Slither wrote:

I was wondering about nabbing a wing session at Squamish but it seems like a hassle.

Anybody launched near Vancouver?


Since they removed the Spit road to help the baby salmon it's now $50 CDN per day to launch at the Spit. You have to take a small zodiac ferry to get there and back unless it's low tide.

Lots of kite foilers and wingers out at Spanish Banks every sunny day in Vancouver. The launch is at Tolmie St. and it gets a 9-12 knot thermal any sunny day.

If the Squamish thermal is fully setup you can get decent wing sessions at Porteau Cove for free. No cold water either.

I've heard of people wing surfing Alta Lake, but don't have much info about it.
You might be able to wing on Green Lake but it's stupid cold.

It's the same thermal that drives up the valley:
Porteau -> Squamish -> Alta -> Green

The Vancouver thermal is mostly created by the heat of the city next to the cooler ocean water.

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Wind Slither

Since 04 Mar 2005
2509 Posts
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PostSun Aug 21, 22 9:50 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Slappysan! Your mention of Porteau lead us to Porteau Cove marina for a perfect afternoon of SUPing and winging. There was room to park my car + 22' trailer. The northside is wind protected for SUP and lounging in the sun. Water was warm and the wind fan steady in the low 20's. Thumb's Up

   Porteau.jpg 
   Wing it then drink it.jpg 

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