Category Archives: Kiteboarding

Kite boating

As planned, Dad D and I took the sailboat out yesterday. We first took the boat south to rock harbor and then looped up to the buoy which marks the spot where the SS. James Longstreet was sunk and used for target practice by world war II planes.

Cormorants (perhaps?) on the Targetship buoy

Sadly, the boat is now fully under the water. When we were little, the sun would set directly into the middle of the busted liberty ship.

Dad D Manning the Helm

And then we decided to have some bonus fun. We looped into shore where I launched my kite and jumped on the back of the boat. My dad extended the tiller and moved deeper into the boat. I flew my kite off the back, trying to maneuver it in such a way to provide some extra pull for the boat. This was challenging.

100% Drag Action Shot!!

Mostly, we had a hard time finding efficiency. My kite is very basic and only provides the best pull when the wind is coming from the back of its flyer. Sailboats are quite the opposite. As such, usually my kite was only hurting our forward speed.

We did find one orientation where I was able to swing the kite in a sinusoidal pattern and provide some distinctive umph to our forward progress.

The most exciting part of our kiteboating adventure was diving my kite under the boom whenever we changed directions. My Dad would shout that he was changing directions and I’d duck my head and swing the kite low for the change over.

So hilarious!!

Next up, we’ll have to try this with a big kite and anchor the lines to the boat. Of course, this will dramatically increase the potential for broken boats and broken bones – but such is life.

Kite flying is under-appreciated.

Yesterday, my sisters, brother in law, and I drove up to Provincetown for breakfast and some shopping. Provincetown is super quaint and it was an extremely relaxing day. Upon our return, however, I learned that the wind was blowing mightily and I was missing some prime kiting time. Theresa and I headed down to the beach with my kiteboarding practice kite to have some fun. Theresa took pictures!

The wind was awesome! With my mere half meter kite I was being pulled aggressively whenever I carved my kite through the power zone.

Who likes kite flying? This guy!


With a two string kite, you can easily control the direction of your kite. And on beautifully windy days like yesterday, the kite will scream as you zoom it around.

(Kites for kiteboarding are four string which allow you to also adjust the power of the kite.)

The Kitebar

Back when I first got the kite, Ryan Schenk recommended that I add a kitebar to make the flying more closely resemble kiteboarding.  By pulling one side of the bar back towards your body you can get the kite to carve in the direction of the pull.

Insane wind!!

This is what vacation is all about.

Seriously.  Kite flying is bliss.


Saturday morning, Ryan and I headed out to Chapin beach in Dennis to try and get in some kiting. I threw on my 3/2 wetsuit and Ryan let me borrow his hood. We got out there and found the beach occupied by about two dozen kiters


Chapin is a great beach for beginners. The water is quite shallow and, except for a small area of rocks, the beach is clean and open. I met a few of Ryan’s kite friends, specifically Ed and Roger. They were both out there on slightly larger kites. Ryan was all sorts of excited because he had just purchased a fantastic 11m off e-bay. Soon, he would rule the school with his sick tricks.

wetsuits tend to have slimming capabilities

We pumped up our kites and Ryan got me out there with a 7.5meter. The wind was working, but my attempts were mostly weak. I was unable to do much more than struggle out of the water. I’m not highly disappointed because it was my first time out this season, and I’m just pleased to have been on the water. I was also a bit paranoid about neighboring kites. But, I’m going to just have to get used to it.

The other kiters seemed to be doing pretty well. There were even two real life Kitechicks there (real in person!). Apparently they had taken the Real ZERO 2 HERO training course in hattaras, and were now riding strong. All the more reason why I really need to get to kitecamp.

After struggling for about 30-40 minutes, I headed in to grab my camera and Ryan took off to do some mad jumps including a just where he was able to fully remove his foot from the straps, pose for glory, and then strap back in before landing on the water.

Ryan getting some air

It was a pretty great day for kiting.

Ryan Schenk is sick and he loves Kiteboarding

Mike D: What part of you is sick? do you have a fever?
Ryan: no fever anymore
day 1: sore throat, fever
day 2: sore throat morphing into sinus, fever
day 3: sinus, cough, no fever
day 4: cough, sinus death
Mike D: Death eh?
Ryan: yes, death
Mike D: if you die, can I have your bow kite?
Ryan: no
Mike D: Come on!
Ryan: i’m taking it with me to the grave
offshore wind, just strap my dead corpse to it and sent me out to sea


From May 17th – 24th 2008 I think I’m going to try and plan a trip to Hatteras NC for kite-boarding camp.

mind you, that says 2008.

Planning Vacation is so ridiculous. This is especially true when you have a 3 year calendar on your wall with class dates scheduled through February of 2009. I get about 11 weeks off over the course of a year, which isn’t terrible. It’s just a matter of timing. Outside of the four weeks in August, there aren’t really any breaks of consecutive weeks without class.

Anyway if you’re interested in learning the ways of the kite, you have about 9 months to think it over. We’ll talk about this again in January of 2008.

Also, potential new t-shirt silk screen design. Comments?


I don’t know if I like the text. It might be better with just the image.

An Exchange

Ryan Schenk wrote a program called CapeWind to be used as a Widget. The program reports back wind speeds at various buoys across Cape Cod so that windsurfers, sailers, and kiteboarders will know when the right conditions exist to rock out.

Earlier today, Ryan received the following e-mail:


Your product “Cape Wind 2.1” has been tested by the Softpedia labs and found to be completely clean of adware/spyware components.

We are impressed with the quality of your product and encourage you to keep this high standards in the future.

To assure our visitors that “Cape Wind 2.1” is clean, we have granted it with the “100% FREE” Softpedia award. Moreover, to let your users know about this certification, you may display this award on your website, on software boxes or inside your product.

More information about your product’s certification and the award is available on this page:

Your product review page is located at:

please feel free to link to us using the URL above. If you choose to link to the award page for your product, you may use the award graphic or a text link such as: “100% FREE award granted by Softpedia”

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

The Softpedia Team

This was Ryan’s response:

Dear Softpedia Editorial Team.

Your claim, that my product “Cape Wind 2.1” is completely clean of adware/spyware components, is, frankly, untrue. It is riddled with spyware. You see, Cape Wind version 2.1 periodically sends me the sail and board size of every Cape Wind user’s quiver. The readings displayed by Cape Wind are “doctored” to display conditions that are just barely too light to prevent the user’s largest sail and board setup from planing. That way, I can be guaranteed an uncrowded sailing beach.

Versions 2.2 and above, still in development, will not only send me the *size* of their sails, it will literally send me their equipment!! Now that I have a user base approaching 4,000 users (who the hell knew there were that many windsurfers on Cape Cod??), Cape Wind will soon enable me to assemble the most extensive gear collection the world has ever seen.

-Ryan Schenk

Softpedia has not yet responded to his e-mail.