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How To Predict The Wind

For those with flexible schedules this has been a great season so far for Kiteboarding. So what is the outlook for the second half? Well, Kiteboarder’s and fellow sailors; it looks good. Great news for us but not so much for those looking for calm days on the boat (which can be equally as fun)
There is no possible way to truly predict what will happen wind wise over the next few months. However, based on the patterns thus far. We may have even more wind coming this winter.
As we have discussed in past articles, our wind is mainly driven by  cold fronts and low pressure systems. Currently, there are many active low pressure systems and fronts that have been approaching from both the west coast and the North East. As we get deeper into winter. The temperature gradients will only grow stronger, creating more powerful cold fronts. 
So how can you plan your days to maximize enjoyment? Often, you can look at the weather map and start to see the systems long before the wind forecast sites start to predict with any accuracy. I can often see wind potential 10 days out. That said; nor you or the experts wil be able to predict wind speeds that far out. However, you can give yourself an idea of what’s coming and judge the potential of good wind. 
It will take lots of practice and along with a mental or physical storm journal to really learn the patterns. That said, to get started, look at the “frontal boundary map” on your favorite forecasting site. Look for cold fronts mainly in the Great Lakes to New England region. Next look at the gradient between the temperature in front of the cold front, behind he cold front and the current temp here at home. The stronger the gradient (larger the difference in temperature) the stronger the wind is likely to be. 
There are so many more factors than this but you can really get an idea of what’s coming this way. With a combination of local forecast and your growing knowledge, you can often second guess the computer generated wind models and get an idea of what to expect long ahead of time.

Lessons

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Once a week New Wave Kiteboarding offers a discounted intro to Kiteboarding class. This class will offer a taste of what the sport is about. We will be discussing equipment, safety, setup and the “Wind Window”. We will then practice these skills as we setup and fly a Kite. Class size is Two – Three people Max. Reservation required.  contact us for details!

New Wave offers several levels of training from beginner to advanced.  Equipment is included in all lesson packages. It is recommended to make reservations early,we do book up fast. New Wave does not hold classes during undesirable weather conditions.

2 Hour Traction Kiting Experience:

This lesson is designed for those who just want to experience flying a traction kite. The lesson  begins with a brief discussion of basic wind knowledge and safety. The following step is a short demonstration of basic kite control. The lesson concludes with you in control as you discover the power of a traction kite.

Beginner Lesson – 2 Hours: IMG_5668

This lesson is the first of 3 lessons designed towards getting you on the water and in the air. The lesson  begins with discussions on safety,wind knowledge, and basic meteorology. The following step is a demonstration on proper kite control. The kite will then be in your control as you are instructed to complete various kite skills.

Discovery lesson – 5 to 6 hours:
This is a quickly paced lesson designed to get you in the water. In this lesson we will start out covering all the concepts of a beginner lesson after a lunch break we will return and cover all the concepts of a second lesson as we work are way out into the water.

Water Lesson – 3 Hours:

In this lesson you will put your kite skills to the test as you are taught how to body drag. Body dragging is accomplished by using the kite to pull your body through the water. This will teach you intermediate  kite control as well as proper kite placement. After successfully body dragging, you will learn basic board control as well as proper body stance. Then you will  practice harmonizing your kite and board as you learn to stand up and ride.

Board Control – 2  to 5 hours:IMG_0472 Jonathan

In this lesson you will be taught intermediate board control. This lesson starts with a quick review of safety and board control. Next you will follow your instructor into the water to a location down wind where a car will be waiting. While riding downwind, you will be instructed on different types of board control that will benefit you in navigating both up and down wind.

Advanced Lessons:

This is a great opportunity to get updated on the latest safety and kiting techniques. We will provide short cuts to learning and performing the best of today’s tricks and allow you to try out  the newest high tech equipment available from North Kiteboarding