He ain’t no hodad Squidlips! The fall winds 2015, where & when.

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“…In the old days, I remember a wind that would blow through the canyons. It was a hot wind called a Santana and it carried the smell of warm places. It blew the strongest before dawn across the Point. We would sleep in our cars and the smell of the wind would wake us. And each morning, we knew this would be a special day.

The summers passed with each year. I don ‘t seem to remember them anymore. I remember the fall and the coming of winter. The water got cold. It was a time of the west swell. A swell of change. A swell you usually rode alone.

The north swell was cold and lonely and dangerous. It was a powerful swell that marched down the coast in the winter. We used to ditch school, go down to the Point and watch it break.
There were light breezes and low-tide afternoons. I remember the rocks and the clear, cold water.
But now it all seemed to be behind us. The change wasn ‘t in the beach or the rocks or the waves.
It was in the people. Some got married, some moved inland, some searched for a new spot and some died.

Who knows where the wind comes from? Is it the breath of God? Who knows what really makes the clouds? Where do the great swells come from? And for what? Only that now it was time and we had waited so long.”


121 Responses to “He ain’t no hodad Squidlips! The fall winds 2015, where & when.”
  1. Mark says:

    well, that went fairly well, pretty lit up & not too cold!

  2. Red Sky says:

    NEWS ALERT!!!!!! Gary is the 1st one to put in this year. He got out yesterday, 2/3. Waaay overpowered on his 6m sail. He thought he was going to die………….but he didn’t! Way to go Gary, 1st in honors -again!

  3. pete says:

    Kites? We don’t need no stinkin’ kites…

  4. Red Sky says:

    I do believe Ryan O is in the lead for last in the water honors this season. Pete & Ryan rode Saturday at MB & I believe Ryan was the last out of the water. There is still time to beat him & grab last in honors for the year.

  5. Red Sky says:

    Gary just got done riding, put in a hour of so on a 6.0 sail, up & down but still a score! He is the leader so far for last in the water for the season!

  6. Mark says:

    I think the season is still open

  7. Andy says:

    Saturday and windy! Just saying.. Anyone, anyone, Buuuuellller, Buuuuuellller.

  8. Brad says:

    Anyone heading out today? I like putting on wet wetsuits on days like today. Same spot in Catawba if I can find someone that’s in. There was enough room on the beach yesterday for kite, but not sure if there still is today

  9. Mark says:

    Edmund Fitzgerald memorial ride on Thursday????
    “Twas the witch of November come stealin’
    In the face of a hurricane west wind When the gales of November came slashin’
    When afternoon came it was freezing rain
    In the face of a hurricane west wind When the gales of November come early”
    Kinda sounds like Thursday & Friday…..


  10. Ryan says:

    Waiting for the wind to roll a little North and headed for MBSP

  11. Brad says:

    Any reports if MB will work today. Thinking about a session around 4.

  12. Brad says:

    Anyone heading to Catawba today. Thinking about 4 if wind is still around

  13. Patrick says:

    So who is riding tonight? My guess is LP

  14. Mark says:

    the worst direction of all, the dreaded WSW! Thinking of it then remembering how far the limp is to clean wind on a WSW. Water temp. is 52 degrees-make good choices.

  15. jay says:

    Is any considering bb on monday?

  16. Patrick says:

    Anybody thinking MB after work? Might be time to get a proper session on the big boy kite. Kinda cold=dwindling motivation

  17. Mark says:

    the horrible WSW forecast, no good anywhere unless you have time to head east, I hear Brad is looking for volunteers.

  18. Andy says:

    Anybody gonna get their Willy’s chilly today? I’m gonna check out MB after work today, eta 5:30

  19. Mark says:

    Gary, Pete(sorta) & myself. Marginal 5.5 & 6.0 sail, up & down, good in the gusts not so much out of them. Would have been 13 kite. Pete forgot a pump & aborted the mission, probably a wise call.

  20. Red Sky says:

    a little edit from 10/1 at Maumee Bay, Don & Mark’s dawn(ish) patrol.

  21. Brad says:

    Thinking about heading to MB around 4. Any takers or wind reports

    • Red Sky says:

      Jay was looking to get out, I’m holding until Sunday/Monday

      • Pete says:

        I was planning on it, but I got a UPS delivery and I’m busy playing with my new toys. Plus, I don’t think the wind is happening today. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Also, Monday! Monday! Monday!

  22. Ryan says:

    Don and I found BIG waves at Huntington Beach in Bay Village

  23. Pete says:

    What’s the plan for today? I woke up to the sound of wind and instantly smiled. Then, I looked at the radar. We should probably get it in early.

  24. Mark says:

    Rd. 3 anyone? Looking to hit MB around 3ish.

    • Ryan says:

      I’ll be done before then. Any takers for the first shift today?

      • Red Sky says:

        My earliest could be 1ish-waiting for the relief work crew. Prefer the later for warmth.

      • Brad says:

        Heading to Marblehead around 1. Looks like I will be solo, but its so worth it. Last chance Mark. come on.

        • Mark says:

          your such a tease!

          • Red Sky says:

            Ryan report from MB~ solid 6m kite, he has just called it from the AM shift! Be careful out there, it’s going to be ugly!

          • Patrick says:

            so you are saying solid 10m for the fatty

          • Ryan says:

            Solo session 11:15-2:15 on my 6m Fuel. I love that kite. It might be time to lose the bridles on the 9 and 13. I really miss the direct responsive feel. I had to go without again to realize how much better it is. Packing the surfboard tomorrow for some wave riding

          • Mark says:

            well, I rode with my 3 favorite peeps, me, myself & I. 4.5 sail OK to pretty lit up from 4-6. Me was killing it, I sucked & myself was all about himself, you know, ” did you see that big air, did you see that sweet wave I caught”. Then Patrick & Lenten Sr. showed up. And, yes, Patrick did put up his 10! Rd. 4 on Saturday is going to be good!

          • Brad says:

            I survived but I’m spent

  25. Mark says:

    It’s time for Rd.2~ doing the morning shift at MB with Don, ETA around 11

    • Red Sky says:

      This is from Vin he is on Erie on Coast Guard duty:

      9:12 AM (59 minutes ago)

      to Redsky
      Out at the Harbor light , it is stacking up pretty Good. We are seeing 6 footers with a rogue 7 .

      • Andy says:

        I’m planning on hitting MB the late shift. Eta 6. Maybe save something for tomorrow

        • Patrick says:

          My goal is about 5:30

        • Red Sky says:

          don and myself over powered 9 kite and 5.5 sail in the a.m. Lightening up @ 2:30.

          • Ryan says:

            Perfect 9 kite session. Nice Swell. Brad, Pete, Andy, Patrick, Jay, someone else, and I. We rode until sunset again.

          • Mark says:

            I don’t know how I’m going to take 2 more days getting beat up. Gonna have to tough it out, i’m feeling todays 3 hours of abuse! Don received a good finger cut also, we fixed it with stickers & ripstop material.

  26. Ryan says:

    On my 9 until sunset. Glad I went back out. Jay joined me for the final session. Saturday looks HUGE

    • Brad says:

      I’ll be kiting MB after 4:00 today. Thinking about sailing the big waves at Baypoint Friday early afternoon. Let me know if anyone wants to join the wave party.

  27. Pete says:

    My ETA on Wednesday is 1:00pm.

    Went tonight expecting a solo session but found Patrick just finishing up on his 14. I talked him into staying and pumped my 13. It was great 13 M kite conditions with huge floaty jumps. There was already swell at 7pm.
    The next 6 days are going to be huge. I can hardly wait.

  28. Patrick says:

    Anyone going to MBSP tonight?

  29. Mark says:

    “Only that now it was time and we had waited so long.” Almost prophetic, It looks like THIS is our fall wind, this might be the best we’ll see until next spring. Like the guy said, “And each morning, we knew this would be a special day.”

  30. Tom says:

    Very nice Mark!

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