2011 Kiteboarding Season Is Coming!

March 6th, 2010 Cleaning off my boards after
the first session back in the water!
Thanks to the snow for holding my
boards up while I could hose them off.

     Since my last blog post I didn’t get a snowboard or even a chance to try snow kiting, however I did get to enjoy the 60+ temperature days here in New Jersey!  Since it is warming up it is almost time to get back on the water so snow kiting for me will have to wait till maybe next season.  The Sandy Hook Bay water temperature today reported 40.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sounds cold but with the right gear perfect time to get on the water.  Cold water gear such as a drysuit or wetsuit make it possible to ride in the coldest conditions.  The coldest condition I have kiteboarded in was probably in the Decemeber of 2009 at the hook.  The water temperature was in between 32 – 35 degrees Fahrenheit, while the air temperature was in between 40 – 50 degrees minus the wind chill with the wind blowing 20 – 30 miles per hour.  With the water temperature so cold I wore a 5/4/3mm thick wetsuit with a wetsuit hood, gloves, and booties.  The combination of gear keeps your body so warm that it is amazing just how cold of conditions it is possible to ride in.
     The picture to the right above was taken after my first session back in the water last year, March 6th 2010.  This year looks like I may be able to beat that day if the weather stays warm like the last couple of days!  Within the next few weeks I should be able to get in my first 2011 kiteboarding session!

More pictures from March 6th and 7th 2010:

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