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biffmalibu



Joined: 30 May 2008
Posts: 445

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 10:20 am    Post subject: Maryhill-Rufus 5/28 Reply with quote

Hey, did anyone attempt to kite or windsurf between Maryhill and Rufus yesterday? Just curious what it was like with the heavy current plus strong wind, and an anecdote (you were there and tried) would be appreciated. Thanks.
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ldhr



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
Posts: 106

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's the skinny:
must be averaging 30+ with gusts over 40 to develop swell in the Wall corridor.
Rufus to the dam - no swell.

The flow is down 10% (500k - 450k) from when this report was written.

full story with pictures and graphs:
http://nwkite.com/forums/t-43739.html&sid=52beb1d4a8158668b04aad2fe0f58462

twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles
And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each
One was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach,
The getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that's not to
Mention the aerial photography.
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biffmalibu



Joined: 30 May 2008
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 11:36 am    Post subject: Rufus kite report Reply with quote

Thanks for the eyewitness kite report. Apparently no windsurfers attempted it; windsurfing may be "on life support" in the Gorge! I am sure the strong current is less of a problem for kiters than it is for windsurfers (as long as the kite stays airborn). Good to know the current is waning a little bit.

What is this new fenced area at Rufus for? To separate fishermen from wind/swell junkies and reduce hazards for both? Thanks.
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surfersteve



Joined: 24 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: life support?.... Reply with quote

Biff,
This has been the best May I have ever had in the Gorge. No life support whatsoever. Just have to be at the right location.
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surfalex



Joined: 08 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. Best May ever
Hatchery can handle the current real well. No problems whatsoever, swell has been epic
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biffmalibu



Joined: 30 May 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:46 pm    Post subject: Yes, an outstanding May for strong wind. Reply with quote

However, the number of windsurfers has been obviously meager (compared to years past) at every beach this May. Therefore, "windsurfing is on life-support". I remember, not so many Mays ago, several (perhaps boneheaded) windsurfers would have gone to Rufus to at least TRY windsurfing in the strong current. Kiters now rule Rufus.
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combs



Joined: 01 Apr 1997
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree best May ever. I sailed more days this year in may than the last 10 years! Maybe Biff is on life support??
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surfersteve



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't jinx it Biff. The more open water the better.

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wyattmiller



Joined: 23 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only kiters go to Rufus. The Wall is a million times better, due in small part to the fact that kiters canít launch there.
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ericandholly



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One Million Times Better!! Maybe even a Billion?


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