Saturday, June 6, 2009

Um... summer... where art thou??

Ha. Well, the great weather came to an abrupt halt last week. However, as Albertans we are pretty resilient, and we've grown accustomed to just rolling with it. Which means: break out the wetsuits/drysuits... and go kitesurfing! It seems like the logical thing to do doesn't it, when it's blowing 30kts, the temp is +5C with the 'windchill', and it's raining intermittently?!
Gull Lake was the place to be this past Friday/Saturday/Sunday. There was a bit of sun and the ambient was quite warm at times, but the best thing was that, due to the wind, there were hardly any people on the beach. Todd rode for hours and hours each day, and I even gave it a go. My water start is working out okay, but riding in the chop was a bit challenging. Combined with a few obstacles (buoys, moored boats, the odd crazy person out swimming!), my attempt was somewhat in vain... after about 45 minutes of thrashing around I went back to taking pictures. But it was fun to get out and fly the kite and get a bit of a feel for the water again.
I'm back to work now full-tilt for the next couple of weeks, but hopefully by the end of the month, summer will make another appearance?? Keep your fingers crossed!

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