Jesse gives you updates on today's weather, information and advice for other riding spots here in Southern California, and updates to the Vlog!
Sorry for the lag today everybody! Working on fine tuning the videos to get them to you as quickly as I can! Please let me know what you think!
Today's vlog reviews the wind forecast, gives upwind riding tips for kiteboarding in Belmont Shore of Long Beach, and a sneak peak at the Duotone Capa review!!!
Editing away this morning to get this to you all today! Beyond stoked and can't thank Colleen enough for helping kick off our Pro interviews! Hoping for many more of these to come over the coming weeks! Let me know if there are any riders you'd like to see me interview in the future!
Wooo sorry for the late start! I'm fine tuning my video editing skills to get as much content to you as I can this week so forgive my tardiness. Let's start with the wind forecast for today! Currently we have partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. As of writing this post at 11:00 AM wind is blowing 14 MPH onshore from the Southwest. Now this looks to be a really solid start to our day. Our forecast though is calling for these morning mid teens, but with an unfortunate drop early afternoon. I think a lot of us have time on our hands at the moment with all that is happening in the world so get out there if you can. Don't fret though if you can't get there now as it looks like the wind may return in the later afternoon. I also feel with our clear skies and solid wind already pushing in I bet we are going to get a slightly better conditions than forecasted.
Today's video is from yesterday's session in my home spot of Huntington Beach. I was able to get a decent amount of footage to put together more content for you all! This video goes over the new Duotone 2020 Evo and Select Textreme! Tomorrow I have a super special video for all of you with the first pro rider interview!!! Swing by tomorrow to check out Colleen Carroll and more forecasts!
As of writing this post I've not found any definitive information of whether we are or are not allowed to kite in Belmont Shore today due to the Coronavirus. I know here in Orange County there was a bit of confusion created last night with information stating we would be in a full lock down. A public health order released yesterday evening was misinterpreted by some major news outlets as a complete lock down with no gatherings of any kind with the chance of fines or imprisonment. The Orange County health board has since clarified that this is not a lock down, and that the order should be read carefully in its entirety. Here is the link where you can read up more on the situation, and the original letter https://abc7.com/6023579/ This of course made me think what I will be doing with the kite school. I have not been setting up over the past few days, not because of the virus, but due to inclement weather. As of writing this post, the city of Long Beach has not asked outside vendors to close up shop, but most other indoor entertainment businesses have been asked to close their doors. To me personally, being on the beach seems like a decent place to practice social distancing while also being active and healthy, but will respect what the city asks us to do. I do believe though if things continue the way they are that we will be in a situation similar to Europe with no outside exposure. As of today though it looks pretty damn windy so get out there if you can, be careful, practice good hygiene, and happy kiting everyone.
Current weather in Belmont Shore is partly cloudy with cooler temperatures. Wind is blowing 14 MPH side shore from the Northwest. This wind is hitting us a bit by surprise this morning as it's not called for in any off the reported forecasts. Mike Godsey our local meteorologist briefly mentions a Northern flow, but his forecast is calling for the wind out of the Northeast not the Northwest wind we are seeing as of writing this post. I'm sure as the morning continues we will see a shift to calmer winds from the Southwest, but it'll be interesting to see how long and strong this Northwest wind will get. I wouldn't expect too much action as we get into the afternoon in terms of riding today. I'm sure we can expect the usual foil folks out there today as they navigate the debris in the water from all the rain we have received. Don't expect too much for the twin tip people. Don't worry though tomorrow looks like a solid day for some strong winds!
No new original video content today, but should have a few edits ready tomorrow! For now enjoy an awesome Duotone team video exploring Namibia!
Well looks like we can practice extreme social distancing by getting out on the water today! Currently we have overcast skies and cooler temperatures with a few light showers here and there. Wind is blowing 8 MPH offshore from the East. According to the WF-WRF model we can expect cleaner wind earlier in the day, then as the day goes on it gets a bit gusty. Be mindful as well as there may be a few storms rolling in with it. Also be prepared with smaller size kites if we hit the numbers they are calling for in the later afternoon. Even though it's not the nicest weather out we at least are getting our beloved wind!
I've got some fun videos planned for this week so be on the look out for more original content coming out! Today's video is an oldie that Carter through a mixed bag of footage together from 2018. Enjoy and happy kiting!
Bad weather and light wind has me chomping at the bit to get back on the water! Current weather forecast is overcast skies and cooler temperatures. Wind is blowing 9 MPH side shore from the South/Southeast. Current forecast model is calling for mild wind in Belmont from the South. All though these numbers are better than what we have been seeing the past few days the Southern direction of the wind isn't great for riding. Some people may say it's the wrong direction for Belmont which is sort of true, but I would rather say it's not the dominant wind direction for Belmont. You can still ride in South winds, but what you'll find is there is usually a current along with it that travels the same direction as the wind. When you have water current and wind current traveling in the same path it dampers your power on the water. For example if you have a 15 MPH wind with a current traveling at 3 MPH while riding it'll feel like the winds closer to 12 MPH. I know that math is a bit more complicated, but that's pretty much what it breaks down to. I've been out in Belmont when the wind is blowing in the high teens, but to stay up wind I've need to use large kites or ride my foil to deal with the current. My take on the forecast is we will have the mild winds they are calling for which should work for the foilers. Foilers beware though of the amount of debris that may be in the water from all the rain coming in and washing the river beds out. Twin tip people I think we are going to have to keep waiting these storms out for a decent clearing wind day.
I hope everyone enjoyed yesterday's goofy post about Chip. I'd like to keep making goofy videos showcasing him so be on the look out for more Chip action over the summer. Who know's maybe you'll see him shredding his kneeboard in Belmont in the next few weeks ;) For today's fun I've included some older videos Carter Thomas my brother in law/instructor/video editor put together a few years ago. They're two fun short edits of some winter/spring days from the past that get me stoked to get back out on the water soon. Please enjoy and happy kiting everyone!