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Those Useful Oregon Coast Winds, and Those
By Guy DiTorrice
|Kite-boarders make use of late summer winds in Manzanita
(Newport, Oregon) - Walk on any Oregon beach, any time
of the day, and you're impressed with two things:
One - The beach is pretty clean, save for the occasional
pile of driftwood, dead (and smelly) jellyfish and seasonal flotsam and
jetsam populating the shore.
Two - You'll have a breeze blowing. Its direction pretty
well determined by the time of the day and the month of the year.
These two ingredients provide the perfect recipe for a
full menu of activities - from cooling off from those hot, summer days
"in the Valley" to high-flying recreational antics. There's
even a side benefit hiding in there when it comes to avoiding the nerve-wracking
dive-bombings of seagulls.
|Hang gliders over Newport
Burrowed deep in the stored memory of my youth, I recall
windy summer months in the Midwest, trying my hand at a homemade kite
with instructions provided by the latest edition of the BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE.
(My parents were really strong believers in the "Look it up"
method of teaching us.)
Parts were simple: a crossed-frame of lightweight wood
or plastic, even lighter cover of plastic or cloth, the obligatory tail
of ripped rag cloth and the trickier task of tying some sort of bridle
to that precious roll of twine.
Tree-free locations were tough in the city parks of the
Midwest - a problem seldom encountered on our many sandy shorelines, waysides
and state park campgrounds. The good news is that oceans of air are always
moving around us; it's a basic function of the land usually having a different
temperature than the Pacific. (Good thing, too!).
|Above Oceanside: this spot is frequently used by hang gliders.
Summer months, we get these nice healthy breezes during
the day coming out of the northwest (winter months from the southwest).
We can also count on the wind blowing back out to sea after the sunsets.
But, let's leave more detailed study of currents, winds
and temperature to the Weather Channel and the host of weather wonks entertaining
us on Portland TV (who manage to seldom properly guess what our coastal
weather will do).
Back to breezes and the recreational opportunities presented
on the beach. We can all agree on kite flying, with retailers along the
entire Oregon coast aptly stocked with the widest array of colors, designs
and prices to accommodate the child in each of us. Forget the standard
single-string kite design with the skies full of streamers, boxes, foils,
deltas, and socks as well as nylon-shaped animals, our favorite cartoon
characters (personally partial to Betty Boop), the family crest and an
occasional live person.
|Hang gliding near Pacific City,
You read me right: one of the latest rages on the Oregon
coast is kite-boarding. Stop thinking about those Hood River sail-boarders;
these are serious surfers looking for even faster thrills at the double-cord
end of large kite sails.
The phenomenon has even got the seagulls re-thinking their
white-encrusting bombing techniques when faced with the high-speed controls
of a surfer ripping across the water at hair-raising speeds thanks to
a car-sized kite. (I would not want to be a seagull caught either by this
kite flying through my traffic pattern or behind the slipstream it creates,
any time of the day or year...)
|A seagull in Newport, probably looking around for someone to poop
Naturally, our sandy stretches of breezy beaches from Astoria
to Florence provide some of the best kite-boarding conditions for basic
beginners to top-flight professionals. Short boards are preferred, designed
more along the lines of a Cascade snowboard, with the additional attachment
of some important hardware, high-tech lines and the nylon sail (or chute).
I've come to really appreciate kite-boarders working portions
of the surf when I'm on the beach. Not only do they provide the thrill
and excitement formerly limited to sail-boarders, they've added the extra
sky patrol element of pushing the seagull population well away from their
white-encrusting strafing runs on the beach where I'm walking.
Thank you kite-boarders!
Guy DiTorrice lives, works and writes in Newport
on Oregon's Central Coast, where he frequents local beaches to relax and
enjoy the state's most attractive natural resources. He’s also known
Fossil Guy,” giving beach tours of prehistoric bits and pieces
to be found on the coast.
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