What an awesome day out on the rolling waves of Lake Simcoe. With a gusty South East Wind blowing, we decided to hit Kitchener Park in Orillia. After an hour of cruising the rollers coming into the bay supported by 15 knot winds, we knew this was the right decision. Although the temperature was 0 degrees or -5 degrees with the wind chill, we were warm in our drysuits which is mandatory gear for Canadian kiteboarding in the winter months. The launch at Kitchener Park has a nice sandy section to inflate the kites and setup lines. Its waist deep shallow for about 100 metres out which makes a water launch quite easy. The only downside is the huge flocks of geese and seagulls which inhabit the sandbars and beach areas and leave behind their droppings. If you can get over this and the fact that the Orillia garbage dumpsite is nearby you will surely have some great sessions on this fabulous stretch of water.
Yes thats ice on the lines and straps, with -5 wind chill things ice up quickly. So its important to get your power setup properly early before the ice builds up. Also important is the right outerwear. I wear an Ocean Rodeo Soul drysuit which always keeps me dry and warm.