Surf & Foil Floodway Thu. May 9, 2019 at Birds Hill Park Exit Ramp

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Surf & Foil Floodway Thu. May 9, 2019 at Birds Hill Park Exit Ramp

Post by neilmack » Sat May 11, 2019 7:03 am

Just reporting to all not on Kite Manitoba (Whatsapp) that the Birds Hill Park Exit Ramp is a great spot for water kiting the floodway on a NNE wind. Likely N to NE would be worth checking out to see if the wind direction is right.

Big advantage is close proximity to the water compared to other floodway locations. Lots of flat grass available for rigging. No bridges, no hydro wires located nearby.

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50°01'10.5"N 96°56'47.0"W
https://goo.gl/maps/zWFd9nUGsCNx2k9z9

Parking: I researched on the Manitoba Government website related to parking laws and couldn’t find anything that prohibits parking on an exit ramp to a highway. General wording suggested parking OK unless you were blocking the flow of traffic. This exit ramp is two lanes wide with a wide paved shoulder / breakdown lane. Most kiter’s vehicles were parked with 2 wheels on the pavement, two wheels on the grass.

Don’t park completely on the floodway grass because there are posted signs prohibiting motorized vehicles on the floodway property. Fine is up to $2,000. This rule applies to all floodway land.

Kiting: On Wed. May 8, 2019, Al & Lyle Koop were first to try this spot in the evening on a strong NNE wind. Air temp was around 7oC.

On Thursday, May 9, 2010 - Same strong NNE wind were showing on Thursday morning when Al put out the word he had the “Floodway Fever” .... which set this great mid-day session in motion.

A Floodway Foursome assembled starting around 11:30 am. There were whitecaps flowing upstream on the water. The NNE wind angle was perfect with at least a 45 degree crossshore wind.

Al started out on his 7m and surfboard, ....and for a second session, switched to foilboard.
Myron used his 6m and surfboard.
I used my 7m and foilboard with 36 inch mast & the usual two inline Foothookers
Roland joined with his camera and provided much needed launch assistance.

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Most photos by Roland, some of them clipped from Roland’s videos.
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Myron left, Al right
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Myron 6m & surfboard
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Al 7m and foilboard
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Parking on the loop, kite launch close by
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Warm up break for everyone.
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Group selfie - Left to right Myron, Roland, Neil (me), Al
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Roland helping out with launch & land,
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7m up top. Never too rushed to pose for the camera, background Myron 6m & surfboard
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Foreground, Roland’s thumb. Background, Myron slides a big power turn. Tap on photo to enlarge , view the historical beginnings of kiteboarding as Bigfoot Al hikes out of the primordial ooze.
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In case you missed it above - the dawn of foilboarding - Bigfoot Al hikes out of the primordial ooze.
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Heading out , background Myron
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One out, one in . left Neil (me) , right Al
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