PHOTOS: Kiteboarders ride Green Lake waves
High winds bring optimal kiteboarding conditions to Green Lake on Saturday.
SPICER — Winds around 25 miles per hour, coupled with sunny skies and highs in the low 70s, made for optimal early season kiteboarding weather for a trio of enthusiasts who gathered on the north shore of Green Lake on Saturday afternoon to catch some big waves and big air.
Jerry Sandell, of South Haven, along with Eric Spottke of Loretto and Victor Ruotti of Madison, Wisconsin, spent the better part of the afternoon cruising the shores as large waves were consistently produced by the relentless winds.
Sandell, who has been part of the kiteboarding community for 21 years, kiteboards on open water in the summer and on powdery snow in the winter. He's kind of hooked at this point.
"It's kind of a unique sport," he said. "It's cool to be riding with the power of the wind. It's kind of like a freedom thing out there."
Sandell said Green Lakes' clean, clear water and lack of weeds beneath the surface of the water make it an optimal location to come spend a day kiteboarding under sunny skies.