Monthly Archives: May 2012

2012 Cabrinha Drifter

Date: May 13th, 2012
Location: Manzanita, OR.
Wind: 19-29 mph, on-shore/slight side shore
Kite: Cabrinha Drifter 9m
Board: North Pacific Epoxy 5’10 strapless

Not TJ ripping it up. Photo: Cabrinha Kites

This was my first week-end out to the Oregon Coast, riding legitimate waves with one of my favorite kites for 2012. The 9m Drifter does exactly what the name reflects: Drifts down the line, even when lines get slack. Not only does the simplicity shine in this three strut kite, but the performance is instantly recognized once the kite is in the sky. Faster turning speeds allow for clean down-loops, and the medium bar pressure is sure to extend your session.

The 2012 Drifter has already proven itself here in the Gorge, for both hooked in and un-hooked swell riding, and incredible flatwater freestyle/wakestyle. The Drifter will be packed with me for any/every Oregon Coast mission. Come demo one this summer from Big Winds!

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May SUP Demo – Fan Appreciation

Hi there,

I just wanted to say how much fun it was to learn to SUP yesterday! I’ve long wanted to try it, so was thrilled when I saw that a free demo day was being offered by you. I have to say too that the staff on-site at the event site, were WONDERFUL! Karen took the time to help me get fitted in a wetsuit (even patiently correcting me when I first put it on backwards!) & holding the board while I climbed on. Mike paddled along beside me, giving words of encouragement while my legs felt all wobbly & shaky. I probably would have quit & turned back were it not for his words of encouragement! Then I entered the calm waters where Jim was on hand to give some great tips & demonstrate proper stance & paddling techniques.
It was a GREAT experience for me — primarily because your staff were just top-notch in both knowledge & kindness. I will definitely be back to rent from you over the upcoming (calmer!) months! :-)
Thanks again,
~ Lynne

2012 Boardworks Raven 10’6

I had a chance to take the new 2012 Boardworks Raven 10’6 to the Klickatat River for a paddle in the calm, yet swift moving water. This board is very impressive right off the bat. 23 lbs. makes this bamboo beauty easy to get to the water and back onto the car racks.

With plentiful volume, the Raven 10’6 was nice for staying high above the currents of the river, lending a sense of comfort and stability for navigating over the river eddy lines without tipping! Extra volume would allow you to carry gear on the nose under the conveniently included bungee system.

The Raven carries its speed well and tracked a very nice, straight line. I think most people looking for a board in this 10’6 to 12’6 category, with no intention of surfing it, might opt for the touring style boards with a canoe shaped nose and displacement hull. Come check them out at Big Winds!