December in Wyoming

Snowkiting in the US

Big Horn Snowkite Summit

While some kitesurfers escape winter to hit their favorite sunny destinations, some of us chase the powder and the mountain winds. This December, the place to be is Big Horn Wyoming.

Wyoming will host its 5th Big Horn Snowkite Summit from Dec 4 – Dec 10. Make sure to read the 2016 report by Noah in the Kiteboarder Magazine. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
This year should be spectacular as always, bringing a great gathering of back-country snowkiting addicts. I know folks from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Montana, Oregon and even California who will make the trip. How exciting!
Snowkiters from the area have mastered snowkite gliding from the top of mountains. It’s really cool to watch and totally worth the trip. I can’t wait for this year’s event and hope to see you all!

October & November: Go to South America

Kitesurfing Brazil

It’s too early to go to the Caribbean or Asia and it is starting to cool off in Europe and USA. However, it’s the peak time in Brazil!

Brazil is well known for being one of the best kitesurfing destinations due to its phenomenal and reliable wind from July until end of December. From flatwater lagoons to awesome downwinders and ocean wave riding, Brazil has it all. Make sure to leave your 17M at home as you won’t need it.

My plan was to go from October to mid-November. In early September, I found cheap tickets from western Canada for $1,200. I totally missed the opportunity to train like hell and meet the pro-riders. But for all of you who decided to go, enjoy the awesome wind there for me!

September: Sweet home…Alberta!

Kitesurfing Alberta

After putting over 12,000km on the car this summer, I have decided that my location of choice this September is home….in Alberta and the prairies.

September in Alberta brings intense winds and some warm weather, especially in the south. I will be mostly heading to Keho and Old Man River Dam, with some hope of a weekend at Abraham Lake in the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains.

To add to the fun, here are some kitesurfing events not to be missed: (1) “Expression Session” mid-September at Keho Lake (Alberta); (2) “2017 Provincials” competition by the Saskatchewan Wind Riders on September long weekend; (3) The Manitoba gang hosts its annual event (name?) on the weekend of September 23rd.

No break for me in September!

August: Oh Canada!

kitesurfing Nitinat

August brings warm weather and great kiting across Canada. My favorite place in Western Canada is Nitinat on the Vancouver Island; you most likely will find me there at some point for an early morning foiling session. At the end of July, Nitinat will host their 2017 WindFest. An event not to be missed which is hosted by the local crew; you will see some spectacular strapless prodigies out there.

 

Eastern Canada has also some great spots such as the Magdalen Islands and Prince Edward Island. I have never been there but some of my friends will be spending some time at those two spots.

Enjoy the warm weather in our Canadian land, folks!

July: Kite for a good cause in Hood River

Kitesurfing Hood River

If you are looking for some great wind and kiting action in July, Hood River is the place to be.

Expect tons of activities

Kite demo days at the sand bar, pro-riders hitting the Slider Park, awesome freestyle competitions, a bunch of new hydro-foil kiters crashing in the morning, fireworks at the event site on July 4th, and some nice vibe at night at Double Mountain Brewery.

Expand the fun and participate in an endurance fundraising event: Kiteboard 4 Cancer on July 15-16, 2017. This is an insane event where 250 kitesurfers go around a tiny course for 6 hours. Kite tangles are guaranteed or you get your money back.

Break the bank at all the gear shops and swap-meets.

Make sure to read about Phil & ME on the road.