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Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015

August 25th

took two lessons from Elevation Kiteboarding school and progressed from body drags to independent upwind sailing this season

I took my brother's 9 meter kite, 4 line system & board out for a spin. I was a little hesitant to use it at first and by the time I had the courage, the wind was waning on me so I was a bit under powered. I had to borrow someone's leash as he does no appear to have one.

I was told 4 lines should be fine as long as I don't crash the kite as it would be totally unrecoverable.

The yellow board launches out of the water quite easily. I love it.

The kite is in good working order but it is quite aggressive. For a 9 meter kite it has the power of most 10 meters. It flies fast and does not park easily. It was built for doing loopy tricks.

There are two emergency releases in the bar & line system which I don't think anyone could totally understand. Normally there would just be one on the harness loop but in this case there was a second on the other side of the bar. What eventually happened is I triggered the second release by accident & it took about 3 hours to self rescue with the help of Louise on a SUP. Soon after that the rains arrived and most of the campers trickled away.

Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 

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Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015

Mon, 17 Aug 2015

Late to join in 1St day; used a Mistral 190L board with EZZY Ride 5.5 meterm sail. Not enough power. Today mast extension, 7.5m Neil Pryde sail & Mistral.

I don't have the high performance 30cm+ fins with me for the lighter boads. My food situation is basically freeze dried chicken, noodles & rice. The Mistral fin I am using is a lil short 4 the other boards to make good upwind progress.

Smoked muscles are good

New technology out here. Kiteboards that have center boards & others with hydrofoils.

Internet is $20/week or 5$/day Campsite 15$/day

Lake seals abound

Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 

Tue, 18 Aug 2015

Having fun

Running out of provisions but having soo much fun out here. 7.5 meter sail yesterday had me a bit overpowered. I noticed that I was pinching to hard to windward but I was flying! I might cut back to 5.5m today on a smaller board, the 7.5m is a heavy, energy saping rig to recover. Also found one of the big fins in the back of the chevy so I am well equiped for any board.

Headed down to reprovision soon.

Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 

Morning of 21st

Cloudy but the wind is coming in earlier than usual. I hope to learn how to water start without uphauling the sail soon. I am using sails 5m to 7.5m & boards 120L to 191L.

Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 

Sat, 22 Aug 2015

gopro

Mistral 191L with 7.5m sail in lighter winds.

Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 

Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Rory Kennedy at Nitinat Lake, Aug 2015
 
Sun, 23 Aug 2015

Sweet winds today. Everyone was having a blast out there. "Yyyeeeehheeeehhaahhaaa!!" was standard salutations on the water. I started on a 7.5 meter sail but quickly knocked it back to a 5.9 meter sail (pictured). Water starting (as opposed to "up-hauling") is actually something I can do in deep water now, sometimes, which feels extremely rewarding. A few days ago I'd watch people do that and it looked nothing short of miraculous.


Windfest 2014 at Nitnaht - July 2014

Two hours down bumpy logging roads, in deep Vancouver Island wilderness, kiters at Nitnat are far outnumbered by bears. Here a community of stoke has grown, with each generation contributing to Nitnat's windy story. The lake is a magic place, with a small and direct opening to the open ocean.

So naturally, there's a 30 ft grey whale in lake. Windfesters found the giant sleeping in the shallows just off the beach. Piercing the early morning calm, the whale sprayed lake water and fish breath into the air. Bystanders exploded into giddy hoots "DID YOU SEE....WHAT THE.....HOOOOLY". as the whale dove back into the 500ft lake depths, remaining unseen the rest of the event.

Windfest 2014 brought together an eclectic family Kiters under one event. On the water foil board champion, Johnny Heinken seared across the lake at speeds over 33 knots to a victory, closely followed by French pro Nico Landauer. "The angles these guys are sailing are just ridiculous" Said Dwayne Strong of Strong Kiteboarding School, event safety director. "We can't hold their events them in the same part of the lake as twin tips, because foils go straight upwind, and straight downwind at warp speed"; A fact kiters are reminded as foil boards and lines whistle through the wind. A huge variety of freestyle events took place dominated by Billie Kipling and Mark Bavis.

Windfest has always been more than the competition. The Ditidaht First Nation opened the event with a traditional prayer, and put on an bountiful crab and sockeye salmon feast. House and Reggae DJ's spun beats deep into the night. Finally, a giant beach bonfire lit up the wild darkness while pro and amateur kiters danced into the early morning.

On Sunday bleary eyed campers awoke to a strong wind line forming on the horizon, Nitnat's legendary thermals blew away hangovers and launched Windfest into the final day of competition.

Videographers- Eduard Wisernig and Rob Smith

Photos at http://flashtestdummy.smugmug.com/WaterSports/Thekiteboardercom/


I filmed this little Kite-surfing video at Nitinat Lake this summer [2014]
Rory Kennedy


2012 Summer of Nitinat - Video:Steve Haynes


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Nitinaht Lake, August 6, 2011 - Photo:Jocelyn Buchart
 
location/venue: Nitinaht Lake, Vancouver Island, BC
date photo taken: August 6, 2011
photographer: Jocelyn Buchart The Jocerazzi Photographer

Mark "2dogs" - Nitnat Lake, Aug 02, 2006 - Photos:Larry Dennis
 
Mark "2dogs" - Nitnat Lake, Aug 02, 2006 - Photos:Larry Dennis
 

Mark "2dogs" - Nitnat Lake, Aug 02, 2006 - Photos:Larry Dennis www.spikephoto.ca

Mark Vincent - Line Slide - Nitinat - CoastalBC.com
 
rider: Mark Vincent
comment/trick: Line Slide
location/venue: Nitinat

A few shots from the end of September - Vic Evans
Bear
A few shots from the end of September - Vic Evans
Chantrelle mushrooms
A few shots from the end of September - Vic Evans
John jibe
A few shots from the end of September - Vic Evans
Rick
A few Nitinat photos from the end of September. I'm finished for this year, my truck insurance has expired ! - Vic
Photos by Vic Evans

A few shots from the end of September - Vic Evans
Rick, Pat, Vic, Soozee
A few shots from the end of September - Vic Evans
Sauna

Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
 
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
 
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
Chicken Mushroom
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
Fireside Visit
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Photos by Vic Evans

Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
Heather, Debbie, Sue, Dinah
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
Heather, Sue, Jason, Vic, Debbie, Rob
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
Hot Dog time
Nitinat Labour Day Weekend - Vic Evans
Yak precautionary

Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Andrew, Karen, John, Heather, Debbie, Rob tea lights
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Chris, Heather, Rob, Debbie kitchen
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Mya's boat
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Ditidaht Longboat
Nitinat Aug 2004 - Photos by Vic Evans

Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Squirrel
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Carol, Natalie, Joel, Bruno, Karen, Heather, Debbie, John
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Carol, Bruno, Vic dinner group
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Flag, kites
Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Marshmallows
Photos by Vic Evans Nitinat campground photos - Vic Evans
Yak flyby

Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Campfire group
Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Mike kite
Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Mike kite jump
Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Peter, Rick log
Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Natalie
Photos by Vic Evans Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Rick, Chris, Vic, Pat toast Min
Some Nitinat pictures to July 5, 2004 - Vic Evans
Yak precautionary

Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans
Beach campste
Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans
Debbie kitesurf
Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans
Debbie lookout
Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans
Fred S boat
Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans
Vic sail
Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans Some Nitinat pictures June 1-11, 2004 - Vic Evans
Vic sign

Nitnat lake August 28 2003. Photo: Colin Green
 
Nitnat lake August 28 2003. Photo: Colin Green
 
Nitnat lake August 28 2003. Photo: Colin Green
 
Nitnat lake August 28 2003. Photo: Colin Green
 
Nitnat lake August 28 2003
Colin Green
Nitnat lake August 28 2003. Photo: Colin Green
 
Nitnat lake August 28 2003. Photo: Colin Green
 
Kiteboarding at Dallas Rd. August 22 2003 Photo: Colin Green
 

James Mackay @ Nitinat in June 2003. Photo: Tanya Mackay
 
Half decent shot from a couple of weeks ago @ Nitinat, wife Tanya testing out the new zoom lens. That me in the front.
James Mackay

Nitinat July 5/6 2003 photo & video by Dave Logan
view of Nitinat
This was a great weekend, saturday had me started out on my 5.7 then moving down to 5.0. And sunday started off strong surfing on my 5.0, a lot of people were down to 4.5. Warm weather warm water and a lot of jelyfish!

Nitinat July 5/6 2003 photos by Dave Logan

Nitinat July 5/6 2003 photo & video by Dave Logan
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Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
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Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 
Nitinat May 10/11 2003 photos by Dave Logan
 

Nitinat windsurfing picture by Roger D Nitinat windsurfing picture by Roger D Nitinat windsurfing picture by Roger D Nitinat windsurfing picture by Roger D
Nitinat Windsurfing Photos © Roger D 2000
Nitinat windsurfing picture by Roger D Nitinat windsurfing picture by Roger D
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