The Taylor family is enjoying having their lunch in The Grove. The Grove is Ocean’s Reach secluded picnic area that is perfect for lunchtime any day. It is also the perfect place to have a barbecue, a family reunion, a wedding reception, a small intimate dinner, or just about anything you choose. But most importantly it offers all a chance to enjoy the outdoors just a little more, and after escaping the cold up North, it is something everyone desires.
Andy Kinsman has found another great source of Kiteboarding information for us that he would like to share. This one is through the courtesy of Wikipedia, which is a free-content encyclopedia written by volunteers and is one of the most widely searched reference site on the internet. Be sure and read the article to discover what a “Charlie Browner” is and much more!
Thanks again to Andy!
It is Sunday once again and Andy is continuing to lead us on a tour of the fun, day trips that are available near Ocean’s Reach and the Sanibel area. Let’s join him on his next excursion!
“My next Sunday excursion led me across the street from the Red Sox Stadium to the Fort Myers Skatium. Yes, they do play hockey in Florida. I entered the arena and I felt like I was walking back in time to another life. As a kid growing up north of Boston, my favorite season was winter and hockey my favorite sport. I spent many hours on the ponds around my home and then played hockey all through high school. Today I watched the Edison Academy Hockey team play against a team from North Carolina. I was impressed by the level of play and the soundness of fundamentals. The Edison Academy draws students from all over the country mainly to play hockey. They practice for two to three hours every day while still receiving an education. Many of the graduates have gone on to play Division One hockey.”
For some exhilarating fun on Sanibel or anywhere else for that matter, how about kiteboarding!Â Ocean’s Reach is thrilled to have such an experienced boarder on hand who is willing to give us some great advice on the art. Our thanks go out to Andy Kinsman for all of his pictures, knowledge and research on this subject. Thank you Andy!
Andy’s Kiteboarding Course:
The nearest shop to Sanibel for kiteboard gear and lessons is www.aceperformer.com.Â Â To my knowledge this is the only kiteboard shop in Ft. Myers.Â I think the next nearest is Naples.
You will find the huge kites and lessons to be very expensive.Â A sewing machine and a few hours can allow you to build and learn to fly a small kite in the 1-3 meter size.Â Â Rollerblades and lots of body padding will teach you to use such a kite on an unused roadway, or airport … like the old bridges on the keys.Â Â A frozen lake with ice skates or skis is an even more rewarding experience.Â I make all my own gear as I refuse to pay their prices.Â Â In short order you get pretty good with a sewing machine.Â Some of my specialized ice equipment cannot be purchased.Â I keep 24″ long ice blades that clip into ski boots and skate boards with blades on them instead of wheels.Â Â Kiting on ice or snow requires much less physical strength than kiting on water due to the significant reduction in drag.Â This makes it safer as well, since smaller kites can of course be used and obtain significant speeds.Â My GPS regularly clocks speeds up to 40 MPH with a 5 meter kite.Â Ice is fast!Â Water kiteboarders regularly use 14 meter kites to obtain the power equal to a 40 HP tow boat.
In the past you might have seen me using my power kites to power kayaks along the south shore of your island.Â Lots of fun and saves paddling.Â Â It does require a kayak with a rudder, or a tandem kayak (you have 2 there) so the person in the front flies the kite and the person in the back can steer.
The best way to learn and save money is to obtain a small 4 line kite (less than a meter in size) and learn to fly it at the beach or your local high school.Â High schools work nicely because the kite can be stuck with wind to the large chain link fences that are found at baseball fields.Â The kite is then setup and pulled off the fence and flown and finally stuck back to the fence when you are done.Â This is the safest way to learn to fly a small foil 4 line kite until you get better at launching and landing one safely in the wind.Â With these basic complete, add some rollerblades and experiment on a very flat road.Â Remember to add body armor.Â Knee pads, elbow pads, hip pads, and helmet are standard equipment.Â Â Learn how to break or backwind the kite to slow you down.Â Â There should be lots of vacant subdivisions near you where the roads have been laid out, but no houses installed… they seem to be all over Florida.
When you have that down… learn to snowboard, or waterski on a wakeboard.Â This is similar to the board that will be used for kiteboarding.Â Â Once you manage this, rent or borrow the necessary kite gear and obtain a few lessons.Â Â Â Renting or borrowing gear will allow you to experiment with various kites before making the huge investment in a kite and help you make the right decision.Â Expect to eventually own about 3 kites…Â for various wind conditions.Â Â Most keep 6,12 and 14 meter kites for various wind conditions.
Take your binoculars to the causeway and watch the man from the store listed above in Ft. Myers teach a neophyte.Â Â Watching somebody else learn may give you clues as to the difficulties they are having controlling kite power and board stability.Â Â Both knowledge you may already have if you have used a training kite, snowboard or waterski wakeboard.Â Windsurfing and sailing experience is very helpful as it helps with balance and knowledge of the wind.Â They like to train on a north wind in the area north of the causeway.Â This area is waist deep as far as the eye can see so you are less likely to get in trouble.Â Â Shallow water makes it possible to stand and hold the kite while adjusting gear and removing seaweed from the kite lines.
Hope this provides some answers.Â Enjoy your course.Â – Andy
If you are really interested in building your own kiteboard, Here is a nice site kept by a few MIT engineers. How to build all your own kiteboarding gear, plus a few more of interest!
http://www.zeroprestige.org/ MIT’s site (see ice kite butt boarding video for fun)
http://www.mit.edu/people/robot/zp/bars.html – related site… kitebar making and designs
http://www.surfplan.com.au/sp/ – surfplan software… free software for making huge traction kites
http://kitesurfingschool.org/kite.htm#Peter%20Lynns%20Myths%20on%20Kitesurf%20Group – technical kite data
The Willette family from San Antonio, Texas has been busy collecting mounds of shells on the beaches of Sanibel in front of Ocean’s Reach. Now comes the task of cleaning, which has been made easier by using the new Ocean’s Reach cleaning station.
Making deliveries to your condo is easy with our shiny, new traveling carts! Send your shipments and luggage ahead of your arrival to your Ocean’s Reach condo address. We have shopping carts and luggage carts (pictured) that make your move in and move out extra easy! Ocean’s Reach has many amenities!
Ocean’s Reach offers flat screen TV’s that will provide optimal viewing for all your favorite team’s playoff games. Go Colts all the way!
This picture was taken Saturday before the big playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. Fans from each team wish each other luck, I think…
Ocean’s Reach is not only the perfect Sanibel resort at which to vacation, but everyone is extremely friendly. They will make you feel right at home, and when you leave, it will be with new friends for life. As you read our blog, you will be witness to some of these social gatherings of Owners and Guests. There are golf groups, tennis groups and of course lunch groups that experience the many Sanibel restaurants. Take our online polls and see how your favorites rank!
Girlfriends forever at Ocean’s Reach! Each of these ladies (and more) look forward to their annual winter stays at Ocean’s Reach, not only for the beach and beautiful weather, but for enjoying their best girlfriends from afar. Today’s lunchtime destination is the Sanibel Cafe.
The tennis court at Ocean’s Reach is the place to be during our winter months. Ocean’s Reach has a very active group of players that stay here and use the court daily. Shown playing is Larry Wiggins from Prairie View, Kansas and friends. Larry spends his winters here escaping the cold of Kansas. As a note of personal interest, a few years ago Larry completed the Boston Marathon in the outstanding time of three hours and five minutes. To place this in perspective, this is running a 7 minute mile for 26 miles up and down the hills of Boston. Great job Larry and enjoy your tennis!