Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lake Norman Wind

This spring has been kind to us as far as wind.  There's been some good conditions for both windsurfing and SUP downwinders.  Here are a couple of short video edits and pics...

Lake Norman Windsurfing April 2016 from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

Lake Norman Windsurfing March 2016 from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

SUP downwinder pics below - paddled with Rob Not Rob.  This first pic is from my Speed Coach GPS.  We launched from the Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius and paddled with the SW wind (15-20mph) down the main channel to Eddie's Bar & Grill in Mooresville.  Top speed was 8.2 mph.  1st mile was upwind shlog to the downwind line and last 2 miles was a warm down flat water paddle back to our car.   The middle 6.5 miles were pure downwind bliss.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SUP'ing in the Florida Keys

I had a February business trip to Miami and had some free time outside of work.   Plan A was to go windsurfing.  There is a nice waterfront windsurfing rental business on Biscayne Bay called Sailboards Miami.  It would have been real nice to sail there but unfortunately the wind wasn't quite strong enough that day.  Plan B was to go stand up paddling.  So based on a recommendation from a friend, I drove 1.5 hrs south to Tavernier Key (between Key Largo and Islamorada) and parked at PADDLE, the local SUP shop.  They set me up on a nice 14' race board and showed me a nice route to paddle.  It ended up being approx 8 miles including some mangrove exploration.  Here's a map of my route...

The water was crystal clear and I saw a lot of fish, including several small sharks, mostly nurse sharks and some bonnet heads that were very skittish.  As luck would have it, the SE wind picked up as soon as I exited the mangroves and into open water towards Cowpens Cut, which made for a challenging paddle in cross, up, & down wind.  Great exercise, great sights, and a fun welcome respite from the cold winter days back in NC.  Here's a short video of my paddle, as well as some pictures...

Tavernier SUP from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Come Fly With Me

Lake Norman hasn't had much wind the last 18 months.  Finally got some wind recently...very grateful.  Hopefully that's a good sign of more wind in 2016.  A fun January day on the lake windsurfing with Rob Not Robert - 15-20+mph WNW winds and partly sunny air temps in the 50s.

Come Fly With Me from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

Friday, December 25, 2015

2015 Year In Review

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

2015 video highlights from Charleston SC area, Hood River/Columbia River Gorge OR, Lake Norman NC, & Appalachian Trail/Roan Mountain TN...

2015 Year In Review from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

and years past...

2014 Year In Review from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

2013 Year In Review from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

2012 Year In Review from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

WaterTurtle's Year In Review - 2011 from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.

Best Water Shots of 2009 from WaterTurtle Media on Vimeo.