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FALL 2015 COURSES AND EVENTS

LESTER RIVER BOARDSPORT SAMPLER
This is your chance to try stand-up paddle boarding, longboard skateboard land
paddling, freeboarding and take in the beauty of Lake Superior’s North Shore. Our
boardsport staff are dedicated riders who enjoy sharing their knowledge. The RSOP
Lester River Surf & Kayak Shack serves as our headquarters and it provides the
perfect lakeside venue for chillin, grillin, outdoor movies, illuminated night paddling and
generally developing your boardsport skills. Local riders, retailers, equipment reps and
leaders from related UMD student organizations are often at our sessions to provide
additional information. It’s time to grab a board, pick your stance and
start riding!
SATURDAY 3-9PM - SEPTEMBER 12
We Provide: Instruction, boards, wetsuit,
lifejacket, paddles, helmets, kneepads, gloves, snacks, beverages, plates, utensils,
open grill, transportation by request.
You Provide: Swimsuit, towel, shoes to get wet, warm clothes, closed toe shoes for
skateboarding, food to grill or re-heat for dinner.
Meet: At the Lester River (60th Ave. East & London Road) or the RSOP Trailhead in the
SpHC Lobby at 2:30 if you have requested a ride.
Cost: $15 UMD Students / $50 Others
Deduct the Sampler fee if you’re hooked and decide to purchase an annual pass.
See page 23 for pricing. The Sampler is available to RSOP Surf/SUP Pass holders.

SURFING BASED STRENGTH &
CONDITIONING - POOL SESSIONS

Learn about paddling technique,
awareness of board trim, turning skills,
ducking waves, how to pop up into
a stance and balance. Strength and
endurance will be developed through
interval training on and off the surfboards
with basic submerged hypoxic training to
help you improve your comfort
under water. We will surf on the wake
behind a water-ski boat at Island Lake
and utilize stand up paddle boards
propelled with specialized paddles to
broaden your board skills. This is also a
great chance to meet others interested in
surfing, learn about equipment, and how
to get equipment. Attendance for at least
one hour during each session is advised.
FALL SEMESTER:
FRIDAYS (8:30- 11:00AM)
SEPTEMBER 11, 18, OCTOBER 2, 9, 16
We Provide: Boards, Accessories,
Instruction
You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel
Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center
Cost: Surf/SUP Pass $45 Annual for UMD
Students / $115 Annual Others
SPRING SEMESTER:
WEDNESDAYS (2:00- 4:00PM)
APRIL 6,13,20
*Spring Only Surf Pass: $25 Students

KITE INTRODUCTION SESSIONS 205100
Learn to be a safe and efficient kite
pilot with Professional Air Sport
Association (PASA) Trained Snow Kite
Instructor Randy Carlson and staff. We
will introduce equipment design, safety
concepts, kite launching, how to fly
precision patterns, de-powering the
kite for landing and harness use. When
you put it all together, you will be able
to use the kite to pull yourself on short
controlled reaches across the softball
field.
TUESDAYS , 11AM–1PM
NOVEMBER 3, 17, 24 & JANUARY 26
FRIDAY, NOON–2PM JANUARY 22
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Instruction
You Provide: Pants that can get grass
stained, warm clothing that may include
winter boots, snow pants, jacket with
hood, mittens, hat, sunglasses.
Meet: Hallway outside the RSOP Day
Office, 153 SpHC
Cost per session: $8 UMD Students / $15
Others . Transferable to an alternate date
if wind is less than 10 mph. All sessions
available to RSOP Snow Kiting Pass
holders. Deduct the Intro Session fee
from your annual pass if you’re hooked.
See page 23 for pricing.

KITE INTRO & ONE LAKE OUTING 108005
Add one small group lake outing to your
Intro Session. Deduct the fee from your
annual pass if you’re hooked.
Cost: $25 UMD Students, $70 Others
LAKE OUTINGS
Lake kiting for all UMD RSOP Kite
Members. If the forecast calls for at
least 10mph winds, it’s time to strap your
equipment to your feet and learn to glide
along using the kite’s power. Stay upwind
by flying the kite with precision in the
power zones while carving. Try flying the
kite in a pattern that lifts you up in the air.
Feel the rush of a downwind speed run.
At Island Lake a snowmobile will assist
beginners that need help getting back up
wind. What a rush!

RIP ACROSS WILD RICE LAKE
THURSDAY 11AM–5PM DECEMBER 10
SATURDAY 11AM–5PM DECEMBER 12
RIP ACROSS ISLAND LAKE
SATURDAY 11AM–5PM JANUARY 23, FEBRUARY 27
THURSDAY 11AM–5PM FEBRUARY 18
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Helmets,
Instruction with snowmobile support on
Island Lake.
You Provide: Alpine or Telemark skis and
Boots or Snowboard and Boots, Helmet,
Snow Pants, Jacket with Hood, Mittens,
Hat, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Lunch/
snacks
Skill Level: All Kite Pass holders may
attend. Must be able to safely launch,
steer, de-power, & relaunch kite before
traveling away from launch area
Meet: Designated lake, Maps will be
provided
Cost: Must be RSOP Snow Kite Pass
holder. See page 23 for membership
pricing.

PRIVATE SNOW KITING INSTRUCTION
FOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF
NORTHERN MN

Schedule a full day of snow kiting with
your own instructor. Our on-call waiting
list serves one or two people at a time.
We will call you one day in advance of a
full day kiting session to check your
availability and make sure the wind
forecast is reliable.
COST: $150 PER PERSON/ $130 WITH TWO
You become a Snow Kite Pass holder after your
private session.
CONTACT RANDY CARLSON
218–726–6177 or rcarlso6@d.umn.edu
for more details.

BIG HORN MOUNTAINS, MONTANA
SNOW KITE TRAINING TRIP

MAY 7-14, 2016
Cost: $425 UMD Students $695 Others
*Must have specific snow kiting skills to
participate. See Randy for details.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF & SUP TRAINING TRIP - 108002
March 4-13, 2016
Spend a solid week surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, beach combing and observing
marine life. In So-Cal, surfing is built into the lifestyle. So much can be learned here.
From our campsite at San Onofre State Park we can hit several surf breaks like the San-O
Trails, Dog Patch, Old Mans, Churches, Middles, and other nice breaks in North San Diego
County. We will watch the pros at Lower Trestles, visit the Surf Heritage Foundation, eat
at the local hot spots and visit surf shops. In La Jolla we will paddle our SUPs with the
leopard sharks, seals, garibaldi fish and other marine life.
Cost $425 UMD Students $695 Others
Info Sheet
Roster

 

 

 


 

 

Spring 2015 Activities

KITE INTRODUCTION SESSIONS 205100
Learn to be a safe and efficient kite
pilot with Professional Air Sport
Association (PASA) Trained Snow Kite
Instructor Randy Carlson and staff. We
will introduce equipment design, safety
concepts, kite launching, how to fly
precision patterns, de-powering the
kite for landing and harness use. When
you put it all together, you will be able
to use the kite to pull yourself on short
controlled reaches across the softball
field.
FRIDAY, NOON–2PM, JAN 23
TUESDAY, 11AM–1PM, JAN 27
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Instruction
You Provide: Pants that can get grass
stained, warm clothing that may include
winter boots, snow pants, jacket with
hood, mittens, hat, sunglasses.
Meet: Hallway outside the RSOP Day
Office, 153 SpHC
Cost: $8 UMD Students / $15 Others
Transferable to an alternate date if wind
is less than 10 mph. All sessions available
to RSOP Snow Kiting Members. Deduct
the Intro Session fee from your annual
membership if you’re hooked.
See page 23 for membership pricing.

KITE INTRO & ONE RIP OUTING 108005
Add one small group lake outing to your
Intro Session. Deduct the fee from your
annual membership if you’re hooked.
Cost: $25 UMD Students, $70 Others
RIP OUTINGS
Lake kiting for all UMD RSOP Kite
Members. If the forecast calls for at
least 10mph winds, it’s time to strap your
equipment to your feet and learn to glide
along using the kite’s power. Stay upwind
by flying the kite with precision in the
power zones while carving. Try flying the
kite in a pattern that lifts you up in the air.
Feel the rush of a downwind speed run.
At Island Lake a snowmobile will assist
beginners that need help getting back up
wind. What a rush!

RIP ACROSS WILD RICE LAKE
RIP ACROSS ISLAND LAKE
SATURDAY 11AM–5PM JANUARY 24, MARCH 7
THURSDAY 11AM–5PM FEBRUARY 19
We Provide: Kites, Harness, Helmets,
Instruction with snowmobile support on
Island Lake.
You Provide: Alpine or Telemark skis and
Boots or Snowboard and Boots, Helmet,
Snow Pants, Jacket with Hood, Mittens,
Hat, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Lunch/
snacks
Skill Level: All Kite Members may attend.
Must be able to safely launch, steer, depower,
& relaunch kite before traveling
away from launch area
Meet: Designated lake, Maps will be
provided
Cost: Must be RSOP Snow Kiting Member.
See page 23 for membership pricing.

PRIVATE SNOW KITING INSTRUCTION
FOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF
NORTHERN MN

Schedule a full day of snow kiting with
your own instructor. Our on-call waiting
list serves one or two people at a time.
We will call you one day in advance of a
full day kiting session to check your
availability and make sure the wind
forecast is reliable.
COST: $150 PER PERSON/ $130 WITH TWO
You become a Snow Kite Member after your
private session.
CONTACT RANDY CARLSON
218–726–6177 or rcarlso6@d.umn.edu
for more details.

ANNUAL SNOW KITING WEEKEND ROAD
TRIPS TO EVENTS

Snow Kite Members are eligible for
transportation and equipment supprort as
we visit a few local events to broaden our
skills and interact with the kiteboarders
throughout the Midwest and Canada.
FEBRUARY 28, 2015 - CHEQUAMEGON BAY, WI
MARCH 7, 2015 - MILLE LACS LAKE CROSSING, MN

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF & SUP TRAINING TRIP 108002
March 13-23, 2015
Spend a solid week surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, beach combing and observing
marine life. In So-Cal, surfing is built into the lifestyle. So much can be learned here.
From our campsite at San Onofre State Park we can hit several surf breaks like the San-O
Trails, Dog Patch, Old Mans, Churches, Middles, and other nice breaks in North San Diego
County. We will watch the pros at Lower Trestles, visit the Surf Heritage Foundation, eat
at the local hot spots and visit surf shops. In La Jolla we will paddle our SUPs with the
leopard sharks, seals, garibaldi fish and other marine life.
Cost $425 UMD Students $695 Others
Info Sheet
Roster

SURFING BASED STRENGTH &
CONDITIONING - POOL SESSIONS

Learn about paddling technique,
awareness of board trim, turning skills,
ducking waves, how to pop up into
a stance and balance. Strength and
endurance will be developed through
interval training on and off the surfboards
with basic submerged hypoxic training to
help you improve your comfort
under water. We will surf on the wake
behind a water-ski boat at Island Lake
and utilize stand up paddle boards
propelled with specialized paddles to
broaden your board skills. This is also a
great chance to meet others interested
in surfing, learn about equipment, and
how to get equipment. Thirty minutes of
each session will be devoted to dryland
instruction of surf related topics.
Attendance at each session is strongly
advised.
WEDNESDAYS (2:30- 4:30PM)
APRIL 8, 15, 22
We Provide: Surfboards, Accessories,
Instruction
You Provide: Swimsuit, Towel
Meet: UMD Sports and Health Center
Pool
Membership Cost: RSOP Surf/Paddle
Board Only Member
$45 Annual for UMD Students / $115
Annual Others OR RSOP
Combined Surf/Paddle Board & Kite
Member $70 Annual for UMD
Students/$175 Others
*Spring Only Membership: $25 UMD
Students (205101)



pool surf

SCHOOL YEAR MEMBERSHIP
Snow Kiting Membership Information Page
Surf & SUP Membership Information Page

DEVELOP SURF, SUP, LONGBOARD SKATEBOARD AND SNOW KITE SKILLS FALL 2015 SPRING 2016
Instructional sessions are designed to serve beginner to
advanced skill levels. If you have limited time, sign up for a Lester River Boardsport Sampler or try a Kite Introduction Session then deduct the fee from an annual pass if you’re hooked. Choose the Annual Surf/SUP Pass or Snow Kiting Pass for $45 if you are a UMD Student and $115 for Others to achieve full access!
Memberships are limited to the first 40 students and 10 nonstudents registered.
Surf/SUP and Snow Kiting Pass holders will be able to attend all of the scheduled programs during the school year at no additional cost. Most importantly you will receive e-mail invitations to roughly ten additional sessions whenever the conditions are favorable. E-mail invitations are offered at two different skill levels. We travel to a wide variety of locations to encourage skill
development for all.

Longboard Land Paddling outings will also occur in 2015-2016 for all Surf/SUP Pass holders. Most of the longboard surf and standup paddle board outings occur from late September through early November, then the kite action heats up in December and runs through March. Surfing resumes in April and early May.

 

stand-up paddle board

surf lester
Surfing Facts: Did you know that....
When the wind blows over Lake Superior from the Northeast, Duluth becomes a legitimate surf town. Park Point, Lester River and Stony Point are local hot spots that draw surfers into the cold water to ride fresh water waves. We have the surfboards; the wetsuits and the enthusiasm to get you involved with surfi ng in the Duluth area and beyond!

snowkiting
Kiting Facts: Did you know that....
Frozen inland lakes and the St. Louis River Basin near Duluth offer steady winds and open spaces for you to explore the excitement of snow kiting. The concept behind snow kiting is very basic: use the power generated from a large controllable kite to propel yourself across the snow or ice while riding a snowboard, alpine skis or even ice skates. Kites come in many sizes for use in specifi c wind conditions and are designed with open cell foils or infl atable chambers. Equipment consists of a kite, lines, control bar, harness and helmet. A Minnesota winter is the best time to learn the basics and snow kiting skills are very useful for those who wish to persue kiting on the water. Come on out and join the fun!

WIND speed and direction in Duluth!

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Manitoba Surfing
YouTube Video

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Kiting Lake Superior
Quick Time Movie 1.6mb

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Fox 21 News Story
Quick Time Movie 5.0mb

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RSOP Kite Expo 2009
Quick Time Movie 9.8mb

Kite and Surf Slide Show

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