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PHOTOS: Kiteboarders ride Green Lake waves

High winds bring optimal kiteboarding conditions to Green Lake on Saturday.

Victor Ruotti of Madison, Wisconsin enjoys winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour as he and friends spent the afternoon kiteboarding along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Victor Ruotti of Madison, Wisconsin, enjoys winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour as he and friends spent the afternoon kiteboarding along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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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.

Victor Ruotti, above, of Madison, Wisconsin, soars in the sky above kiteboarding friend Eric Spottke of Loretto as they spend the afternoon kiteboarding in high winds along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Victor Ruotti, above, of Madison, Wisconsin, soars in the sky above kiteboarding friend Eric Spottke of Loretto as they spend the afternoon kiteboarding in high winds along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

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.

Jerry Sandell of South Haven gets his kite going and lines straightened out before kiteboarding along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Jerry Sandell of South Haven gets his kite going and lines straightened out before kiteboarding along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
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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."

Eric Spottke of Loretto kiteboards along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Eric Spottke of Loretto kiteboards along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

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.

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Victor Ruotti of Madison, Wisconsin enjoys winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour as he and friends spent the afternoon kiteboarding along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Victor Ruotti of Madison, Wisconsin, enjoys winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour as he and friends spent the afternoon kiteboarding along Green Lake outside Spicer on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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