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Marcus O

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PostSat Nov 30, 19 7:09 pm    Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

Do very many people kite Lot D at Fort Stevens during the colder months (late November-March)? I was out there riding solo for three hours today and was surprised that no one else showed up. Too much tryptophan from all the turkey?

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Sasquatch

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 10:30 am    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

Marcus O wrote:
Do very many people kite Lot D at Fort Stevens during the colder months (late November-March)? I was out there riding solo for three hours today and was surprised that no one else showed up. Too much tryptophan from all the turkey?


Marcus O: Glad you got a Turkey session in! All speculation on my part, but I think that less people go to the Ponds these days for a # of reasons. More people are foiling, less people are riding TT's and skim boards.

The Ponds can be magical, but quite the haul for a flat water session, unless you live nearby.

The Ponds are a great alternative if it is too windy (with east winds) around the western part of the gorge.

I don't foil, but I also think that the Ponds area is too shallow for foiling unless one is riding right at slack tide and or more out into the bay/mouth of the Columbia.

And yes, the temps do weed out the weak and those less tolerant of the cold.

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McLovin

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 1:58 pm    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

OK I'm interested - bit of a drive but for winds as STEADY as these...sounds FUN

bring back the TT Thumb's Up

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Marcus O

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 3:26 pm    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

Sasquatch wrote:
Marcus O wrote:
Do very many people kite Lot D at Fort Stevens during the colder months (late November-March)? I was out there riding solo for three hours today and was surprised that no one else showed up. Too much tryptophan from all the turkey?


Marcus O: Glad you got a Turkey session in! All speculation on my part, but I think that less people go to the Ponds these days for a # of reasons. More people are foiling, less people are riding TT's and skim boards.

The Ponds can be magical, but quite the haul for a flat water session, unless you live nearby.

The Ponds are a great alternative if it is too windy (with east winds) around the western part of the gorge.

I don't foil, but I also think that the Ponds area is too shallow for foiling unless one is riding right at slack tide and or more out into the bay/mouth of the Columbia.

And yes, the temps do weed out the weak and those less tolerant of the cold.


Yeah that’s kind of what I figured. It didn’t seem like there were any hazards that would have kept people away. Looks like the wind will just blow you down into the grass if things go bad. I live in Portland and Rooster is getting a bit risky with combined air/water temps being below 100 now. I don’t really like to bend the 50/50 rule unless it’s a spot that’s shallow or where you’ll just blow back towards land. To me it’s totally worth the day trip to the coast to snag a sweet bonus session during winter. Do you know if it’s safe to ride a bit outside of The Ponds or is that asking for an unwanted trip towards the bar?

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Marcus O

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 3:38 pm    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

McLovin wrote:
OK I'm interested - bit of a drive but for winds as STEADY as these...sounds FUN

bring back the TT Thumb's Up

Mc



Yeah dude it was like a blow dryer when I was out there last Saturday!

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Sasquatch

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 3:45 pm    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

Marcus O wrote:
Sasquatch wrote:
Marcus O wrote:
Do very many people kite Lot D at Fort Stevens during the colder months (late November-March)? I was out there riding solo for three hours today and was surprised that no one else showed up. Too much tryptophan from all the turkey?


Marcus O: Glad you got a Turkey session in! All speculation on my part, but I think that less people go to the Ponds these days for a # of reasons. More people are foiling, less people are riding TT's and skim boards.

The Ponds can be magical, but quite the haul for a flat water session, unless you live nearby.

The Ponds are a great alternative if it is too windy (with east winds) around the western part of the gorge.

I don't foil, but I also think that the Ponds area is too shallow for foiling unless one is riding right at slack tide and or more out into the bay/mouth of the Columbia.

And yes, the temps do weed out the weak and those less tolerant of the cold.



Do you know if it’s safe to ride a bit outside of The Ponds or is that asking for an unwanted trip towards the bar?


The bar is bad news. Sure you can go out into those waters, but if you have a breakdown, drop your kite (especially during the ebb tide) . . . etc you're going out to seas towards Hawaii and Japan.

It think there is a post somewhere in this forum about a windsurfer that broke down in the mouth/bar and barely survived to tell his tale.

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 5:10 pm    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

Sasquatch wrote:
Marcus O wrote:
Sasquatch wrote:
Marcus O wrote:
Do very many people kite Lot D at Fort Stevens during the colder months (late November-March)? I was out there riding solo for three hours today and was surprised that no one else showed up. Too much tryptophan from all the turkey?


Marcus O: Glad you got a Turkey session in! All speculation on my part, but I think that less people go to the Ponds these days for a # of reasons. More people are foiling, less people are riding TT's and skim boards.

The Ponds can be magical, but quite the haul for a flat water session, unless you live nearby.

The Ponds are a great alternative if it is too windy (with east winds) around the western part of the gorge.

I don't foil, but I also think that the Ponds area is too shallow for foiling unless one is riding right at slack tide and or more out into the bay/mouth of the Columbia.

And yes, the temps do weed out the weak and those less tolerant of the cold.



Do you know if it’s safe to ride a bit outside of The Ponds or is that asking for an unwanted trip towards the bar?


The bar is bad news. Sure you can go out into those waters, but if you have a breakdown, drop your kite (especially during the ebb tide) . . . etc you're going out to seas towards Hawaii and Japan.

It think there is a post somewhere in this forum about a windsurfer that broke down in the mouth/bar and barely survived to tell his tale.


I wouldn't mess around with anything on the north side. This is the area I was referring to. I’ve heard there can be wicked strong currents but wasn’t sure if that’s just on the north side or also around the outer portion of the lagoon. I ended up launching off the east end of the beach since the tide was flooding and I wanted to be sure I'd have a spot to land my kite when I was done. Seemed fine riding there but like I said the tide was inbound.


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Saildoogie

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PostMon Dec 02, 19 10:00 pm     Reply with quote

I kited off the beach on the north side right by the ponds on a easterly last year in November. Did a few long upwind runs with some nice runs down wind. I ended up self landing on that little point between the river and the ponds.
Breeze was very steady with some small chop.

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Bill C

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PostTue Dec 03, 19 4:53 am     Reply with quote

I windsurfed back in the day on the north side with a NW wind and ebb tide thinking it would be fun 'gorge effect'. I lasted about 4 tacks before realizing the water moved with such mass and power, it was too much risk.

We packed up and went to the jetty.

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PostTue Dec 03, 19 1:42 pm    Re: Lot D (The Ponds) Reply with quote

Marcus O wrote:
. . .

I wouldn't mess around with anything on the north side. This is the area I was referring to. I’ve heard there can be wicked strong currents but wasn’t sure if that’s just on the north side or also around the outer portion of the lagoon. I ended up launching off the east end of the beach since the tide was flooding and I wanted to be sure I'd have a spot to land my kite when I was done. Seemed fine riding there but like I said the tide was inbound.


I found it. Well kind of:

Quote from wylieflyote:

"Very similar to a mid-90s windsurfer story out at the last Columbia River/Ilwaco buoy... next stop Taiwan. Windsurfer got trapped in dying-dead winds, very strong out-going current, looses board/all. Just barely snags the final buoy (buoy #12?) at the Columbia River bar. Windsurfing buddy is back near Warrenton pre-cell phone era. After hours of near death the friend calls the USCG at Ilwaca Station. It turns out that a Seattle television station was doing a ride-along that day.
Scene on live TV is of this guy curled up in the helicopter crying his eyes out once they hoisted him on-board.
Wish I could find the story. It was big on rec.windsurfing newsgroup back it the day."

3rd page of this post. . .

http://nwkite.com/forums/t-41240-0-asc-34.html

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