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Pismo Beach KiteXpo: Final Update and Weather Forecast

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Updates 3/25/09:

RACING CLINIC WITH CHIP WASSON

Racing season is starting and pro rider Chip Wasson has some great tips to share with you. Come check out what’s new in the racing world at Chip’s Clinic on Sunday, at 1pm under the big tent. Also, don’t forget about pro rider Felix Pivec’s strapless surf clinic on Saturday, at 1pm under the big tent!

VICTORY TROPISKIN, SURF SHADES USA NEWEST EXHIBITORS

Victory Tropiskin manufacturers a wide range of apparel and waterwear featuring the company’s exclusive KoreDry technology.  This material when immersed in water will remain dry at the fiber’s core, enabling the garment to continue insulating and while out of the water, dry incredibly quickly. The KoreDry U.V. tested at UPF 50+ (equal to SPF 150+!) factor both wet and dry, giving it a rating you can depend on to protect your skin against the damaging rays from the sun when in or out of the water. The company wants you to get in the water with their gear and see for yourself what a difference Kore Dry tech can make. See www.victorytropiskin.com for more info

Surf Shades manufactures and distributes polarized sunglasses designed specifically for surfing and all watersports. Stylish both on and off the water, Surfshades come with an adjustable elastic head strap, neoprene leash and collar, anti-fog spray, a microfibre cloth and case, and a one year guarantee — if your Surf Shades are lost in the ocean during use, Surf Shades will replace them at no charge except for shipping. Or, if you don’t think theyare the best watersports sunglasses you’ve ever had -return them for a full refund. See www.surfshadesusa.com for more info.

Vendor Update: See updated map pbexpo09_exhibitor_layoutupdated32509.pdf

Kite Companies:

  • Advance: Check out the new Lamba-shaped Kaiman kite and foldable travel board
  • Best: Come demo the new Kahoona or the retuned Waroo (11m Waroo raffle prize)
  • Cabrinha:  Try out Cabrinha’s new IDS system and check out NPX’s new line
  • Caution:due to unforseen circumstances, the Caution crew will not be demoing this year. We’re sure we’ll be seeing some Santa Cruz locals down this way and thank Caution for their support of the event!
  • Eclipse: Take advantage of Felix Pivec’s strapless surf clinic! 1p Saturday under big tent. See registration for details. 
  • F-One:  See and try the new line of bamboo directional boards and patent pending Bandit Dos
  • Flexifoil: See the new 2009 kites for the first time including next gen Ion’s and new Neutron’s
  • Liquid Force: Check out LF’s extensive board line, new safety system and accessories
  • Naish (Sol Kiteboarding): Try out Naish’s SUP boards and next gen sigma shaped kites
  • Ocean Rodeo: Check out OR’s new Diablo kite and Mako board (140 board in raffle)
  • Ozone:  Ozone’s fearless leader Matt Taggart wants your feedback on the new 09 kites. Take advantage of Chip Wasson’s racing clinic on Sunday, 1p under the big tent. 
  • RRD:  Check out RRD’s SUP board, Screw It footstrap system and 09 line up
  • Slingshot: See for yourself if SS’s RPM kite gives you the best of both worlds between the Rev and Fuel
  • Underground: All the way from New Zealand, see what Underground has to offer for the season
  • Vari Kites: See and try out the new Condor One kite for the first time
  • Wainman Hawaii (Kite Naked): Test the new Blunt boards and try out the 6.5 Gypsy (Gypsy raffle prize) 

SUP/Accessory Companies:

  • C4 (Boardworks):. C4 has eleven SUP’s in their 2009 line and will be raffling off some killer swag including a new carbon paddle.
  • DaKine:  Check out the new 2009 accessories line from DaKine including harnesses, footpad/strap systems and more
  • Global Surf Industries:  Headquartered  the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, GS offers seven SUP boards in their 09 line up for you try test
  • Mystic Boarding: Try on the new harnesses, impact vests, wetsuits and other accessories for size
  • Solo Paddlesurf: SoloPaddlesurf will be raffling off their new Carbon Fiber paddle and will have all five of their new SUP boards available for demo.
  • Surf Shades: Stylish, made for the surf/kitesurfing and very reasonably priced
  • Victory TropiSkin: Test the products in the water and check out their Kore Dry tech yourself
  • A new SUP-dedicated company, SoloPaddlesurf has been in the works for the past year and a half and is launching its first boards at the Pismo SUP and KiteXpo demo event!  Based in Southern California, the team is composed of guys with varying ocean sports background in windsurfing, kiteboarding and of course, surfing.  Check out www.solopaddlesurf.com for more info.

HYPERFLEX ADDED TO RAFFLE PRIZES!

Hyperflex USA has generously donated two AMP 4/3 fullsuits to the raffle! The AMP 4/3 is a cold water wetsuit designed for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. It is 3mm in the chest, back and leg panels, and 2mm on the shoulder and arms. Suits retail for $269.99 each. For more info, see www.hyperflexusa.com.

Main Raffle Prizes and sponsor donations:

  • 2009 11m Best Waroo kite
  • 2009 6.5 Wainman HI Gypsy kite, courtesy of Kite Naked
  • 2009 140 x 140 Ocean Rodeo Mako board
  • Headhunters sunscreen has generously donated a bunch of the good stuff to keep you protected!
  • H20 Audio has donated four ipod cases and headphones!
  • Donkey Dick Kiteboarding has donated their new kitesurfing watches with kite graphics!
  • Hyperflex USA has donated two 4/3 AMP wetsuits
  • FCS has donated some rack pads and changing robes
  • Cabrinha has donated the Cabrinha Travel Trolley Bag
  • Carbon paddle from C4
  • Carbon paddle from Solo Paddesurf

WEATHER REPORT

So far, so good! We use a combo of Noaa, our local forecaster from the nuclear power plant and local knowledge.

 .TODAY...NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 35 KT.
  COMBINED SEAS 9 TO 11 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS.
  .TONIGHT...NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KT WITH
  FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 KT. COMBINED SEAS 10 TO 12 FT DOMINANT PERIOD
  9 SECONDS.
  .THU...NW WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 KT. COMBINED
  SEAS 11 TO 13 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS.
  .THU NIGHT...NW WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 KT.
  COMBINED SEAS 10 TO 12 FT.
  .FRI...NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 25 KT. WIND
  WAVES 2 FT. NW SWELL 7 TO 9 FT.
  .FRI NIGHT...NW WINDS AROUND 15 KT WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 25 KT IN
  THE EVENING...BECOMING VARIABLE 10 KT OR LESS. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR
  LESS. NW SWELL 7 TO 9 FT.
  .SAT...WIND VARIABLE 10 KT OR LESS...BECOMING NW 15 TO 20 KT. WIND
  WAVES 2 FT. NW SWELL 9 TO 11 FT.
  .SUN...NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT INCREASING TO 25 TO 30 KT. COMBINED SEAS 11 TO 13 FT.
POWER PLANT FORECASTED WINDS AS OF 3/25:

An
upper-level trough will pass our area today producing sustained strong
to gale force (25-38 mph) northwesterly (onshore) winds this afternoon
through Thursday night.

Gentle to moderate (8-18 mph) and at
times gusty northeasterly (offshore) winds are forecast early Friday
morning, shifting out of the northwest late Friday morning and continue
at gentle to moderate (8-18 mph) levels through Friday night. 

Gentle
northeasterly (offshore) winds are forecast on Saturday morning, then
increasing out of the northwest to moderate to fresh (13-24 mph) levels
on Saturday afternoon and night.

Strong to gale force (25-38 mph) northwesterly winds are forecast on Sunday through next Thursday.

OTHER

BBQ:
There will be a great BBQ and bonfire on the beach Saturday night where
we will also raffle some prizes! The BBQ will be held on the beach on
the right side of the Grand Ave beach ramp. You can park in the lot or
drive on beach and park on left as no cars are allowed on right of
ramp. BBQ is $10 per plate and quantities are limited. Email cgherb@aol.com
for reservations or see registration. Sorry but due to increased
liablity issues/insurance requirements, we will not be providing kegs
this year. Please BYOB.

Kitecycle trade in your kite program:
Now with 501c3 status, donate your old kites, windsurf sails or
paragliders to Kitecycle and get a nice tax write off! Kitecycle is
also looking to set up other collection centers. See Lydia/Kitecyle
near registration. 

Alternate wind plan: The forecast is great
but just in case the wind shuts down at the event site and is better
down south, participating kite vendors have the option of moving down
the beach. We will make this call between 1 and 2p. If we set up
another informal demo site downwind, just look for Kinsley Xtreme Big
Air truck and flags. It will be located somewhere between the Grand Ave
and Pier Ave beach ramps. NOTE: It is snowy plover season. DO NOT
LAUNCH OR LAND SOUTH OF THE PIER AVE EXIT. YOU MUST LAUNCH/LAND NORTH
OF THE BATHROOMS. YOU CAN KITE PAST THE EXIT AT YOUR OWN RISK (IT IS
LEGAL BUT YOU RISK NOT MAKING IT BACK UPWIND) BUT CANNOT STEP ONTO THE
BEACH OR YOU WILL RISK A HEFTY FINE. 

see http://www.xtremebigair.com/kitexpo for complete info. See you here!!!

					



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