Beach update: With the unfortunate current events across Southern California and other cities across the United States our lesson updates are being pushed back. City resources are being pulled to help business and individuals in need after the looting and vandalism that took place over the weekend. With current curfew restrictions in LA county our lessons, even if green lit, will be pushed back. Our country is looking at some difficult times. We must look to one another to find unity to bring us back up, not what separates us. We are strong enough to push through and find hope that things will find their way back to being better. In the end respect each other, love each other, and find peace with each other.
Vlog: Today's vlog is about the importance of cross training. Whether you kite, surf, bike, play soccer, or any other physical activity change up your daily activities by learning new ones. Over the course of quarantine I finally made the plunge to begin surfing. It has been a long road of progression that still continues, but rewarding beyond what I imagined. It has changed up my daily routine by getting me into the water right away. A morning surf session is a great way to start my day with a clear head. The challenge of learning this new sport has reignited the spark of curiosity. Going on line watching videos and talking to surfers to gain insight is fun and exciting! Learning to surf has also allowed me to change up my kitesurfing and feel even more comfortable in the waves. Building upon what I'm already familiar with has allowed me to become more fluid and confident in my maneuvers while kitesurfing. Using the wave energy to do my turns rather than using the power of the kite is such a great feeling. I'm glad that I've finally put myself out there, and can't wait to see where it'll take me. I encourage all of you to do the same, and find new ways to cross train. You'll be pleased to see what results will come from it. Hope you enjoy today's video and happy kiting everyone!
Beach Update: Still no green light from the city for lessons. I also wanted to address what has been brought to my attention by fellow kiters, students, and new comers. Over the past week there has been activity on the beach with other businesses providing lessons. I know it is confusing to see other schools operating while we are posting that we are not permitted to teach yet, which is why I wanted to bring light to this. To ensure the safety of my students, staff, and maintaining a positive relationship with the city of Long Beach I am following exactly what is allowed. That is providing rental equipment to experienced individuals who can operate the kite on their own without the assistance of an instructor. For the safety of individuals renting equipment and others on the beach we will not provide equipment to those who are still in the learning process without proper supervision and instruction provided by one of our instructors. I want to be sure that I can provide the best possible experience to our students on the water. If they are still learning I want to make sure someone is at their side to keep them safe while following the proper protocols put in place by the city. I care more about safety and this sport than the bottom line. The past few months have been difficult, but I will not compromise safe teaching to make a few extra dollars operating in disregard to a public health order. In the end I love teaching people this sport while keeping them as safe as I possibly can, and I will patiently wait until I am able to do this to the best of my abilities. This was not an easy post to make as I know it may ruffle a few feathers, but at the end of the day I want to be transparent to let you all know why I'm doing what I'm doing. We will be able to be out there again soon, and we have an entire season ahead of us! Thank you for checking by daily for our vlog and updates. I truly can't wait to tell you we are good to go! Until then, I am happy to provide as much help and service as I can within what I'm allowed to do. Hope everyone has a great start to their weekend and as always happy kiting.
Better late than never right? Sorry for the lag in getting the vlog out today. I'm still fine tuning my video/edit/upload schedule. Either way today's video subject comes from one of our students Patrick! He was awesome enough to toss out a few ideas for some vlog videos, and this one seemed like a solid one. I get a lot of questions from students and fellow kiters about how to tackle bar tuning. In this video I go over some general tips that should help guide you in tuning or replacing parts of your bar. If you have a bar that's giving you a hard time, and there's something I didn't bring up that can help please drop me an email. Bar repairs were a bit of a specialty of mine when I worked at Kitesurfari years ago. I know all kinds of tricks and tips to getting them back to working order, and I'm happy to share.
I also wanted to give an update for our beach setups and lessons. Speaking with the city today we still do not have a date when we will be able to teach, but instruction/personal training/day camps are coming up on the docket of discussion. We also may not be out there as much as we'd like for rentals. Due to the city keeping the parking lots closed, including launch ramp gates, it makes it very difficult to get out to the beach with our equipment. The methods we were using to get out over the weekend could cause an issue with the city that I'd rather avoid. I'm looking into ways to be able to still get out there, but over the next few days we will not be setting up. Quite the roller coaster ride we are on, but I'm doing what I can to make it as smooth as possible. Keep checking back for updates. In the mean time enjoy today's video and happy kiting!
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Hoping to see a continuation of the wind exceeding our forecast. We will be in Belmont from 12:30-6:00 today! See you out there and happy kiting!
We are setup in Belmont today from 12:30-6:30. Wind is already blowing above the forecast so should be a solid day for foils and twin tips!
As we begin to get back into the swing of things, I feel it's a good time to restart the weather blog. So let's kick this Saturday off! Current weather is showing clear skies with temperatures in the mid 60s. Our wind is blowing side on shore at 5 MPH SSW. We are also seeing a pretty decent marine layer covering our view of Catalina. Not a bad start to the day, but our forecast isn't too optimistic (for the twin tip crowd). Cooler temperatures have been rolling in over the past few days with a low pressure system that is putting a damper on our West winds from kicking in early. Looks like the foil folks will be pretty happy with this mild wind kicking in around 2:00 PM. For my twin tip crowd it looks like it'll be a late short lived day with big kites closer to 5:00 PM. I personally am going to spend my afternoon with other tasks, but wind is looking promising tomorrow! No rentals or setup today for OTH, but check back tomorrow around 10:30 to see if we will be heading out! If you do make it out today have a safe fun session! Happy kiting everyone!
Beach/Lesson Update: Unfortunately, we haven't received the golden phone call, but I will check back in with the city on Tuesday. On the upside, we are able to provide rental equipment. We plan on heading out this weekend if conditions call for wind. We will update here on the blog when and if we go to setup.
OTH Vlog Update: As we are beginning to get back on to the beach my free time is starting to dwindle in terms of video editing. To ensure that you get all the OTH Vlog fun, and I keep my sanity, the vlog will be moved to Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Sorry I've been all over the place for posting this week. As information flows in I find myself being attached to my phone awaiting updates. I'm hoping dropping down to 2 vlogs a week will allow timely and quality uploads. I will begin doing the weather updates again with tomorrows post as well. Hope you all have a great start to your holiday weekend! Happy kiting!
The city of Long Beach is now allowing us to setup and provide rental services. Although we still do not have an opening date for lessons, this is a push in the right direction! We will be setting up in Belmont Shore over the weekend with our line up of Duotone gear available for rental. To review our rental terms and available equipment please see our Rental tab under lessons. Stoked to see everyone out there this weekend! Keep checking back for more updates! Happy kiting!
I am hoping to add to this later this afternoon, but I wanted to get something out to all of you to keep you in the loop. Since Monday, I've been trying to get a solid update for a timeline of when we can reopen. Unfortunately the city has been very sparing about releasing information. What I do know is lessons are the next step in reopening, but no date has been set. I've been told that we could get this information in a day or a week, and when we do receive the green light it will be at a moments notice with no prior notification. I want to make sure you all have the same information that I have so that you don't feel that you are missing out. To ensure that you all stay up to date I am going to be posting daily updates here in the blog and on Facebook. Be sure to check back here daily or follow us on facebook at OTH Kiteboarding to be notified when we post new blogs. Thank you all for your patience! Happy kiting!