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Old 07-20-2004, 06:12 AM
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Default Kiting through Fantasy Fest, Key West!!!


KITERS AT FANTASY FEST!!!



Heading down to the Overseas Highway to Bone Island, Cayo Hueso or as some know it, Key West ...


For some partying during Fantasy Fest with a foursome, and ...


Some shredding in all that calm Keys water!



Fantasy Fest is sort of a Halloween Mardi Gras that captures Conchs and tourists from all over into a massive party.
The party cranks from October 22 through 31, 2004 with the big parade going off Saturday night, October 30, 2004.

More about Fantasy Fest at: http://www.fantasyfest.net/


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Cruising down the Keys, you should plan to stop off in Islamorada about halfway down, say hi to Brad Lange at Sevensports and shred a while.

More at: http://sevensports.com/


Full size: http://www.fksa.org/albums/album20/Islamorada_VR_10.jpg
The Launch.


A view of the world famous sand BAR off of Islamorada. Grab a boat and cruise out to party on a weekend afternoon.


The Bar.


The 2004 Islamorada Invitational

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KEY WEST!


Arriving at KW, crank up at island time ...


Don't forget to bring your horns or whatever other mufti you like to tear around in on All Hallow's Eve.


KW can offer up a mixed serving of nuts much of the year but they generally arrive in droves for the Fest.


You'll get to hang with locals, that is the ones that didn't flee the island for the event. A Keys "Conch" with an early kite leash system.
From: http://www.keyshistory.org/


They have a big parade down Duval every year, complete with floats and ... you get the idea.


You can even show off your new kite design or as this guy managed, do wonders with toliet paper sculpture!


Full size: http://www.fksa.org/albums/album20/KW_VR_3_s.jpg

Don't forget the prime riding. It is possible to ride off of Smathers Beach in KW currently but MAN DON'T SCREW THINGS UP!
They are very close to the road, airport, powerlines and beach goers. Use a kite leash, get offshore beyond
the swimming area marked by pilings and stay there. Keep the happy juice for after kiting. There is too
much at risk reversing the order, particularly here! More about kiting guidelines there at:

http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=189&...asc&highlight=



Smathers Beach
Full size: http://www.fksa.org/gallery/view_pho...0&id=KW_VR_7_s

Keep 'em flying at this incredible launch by NOT riding like a kook or some of the more bizarre locals
will come looking for you!


A pair of Conchs. The guy on the left (like the dozen or so that will come after you if ...) just had a secret Cayo Hueso
booze surprise, the guy on the right is still waiting for his to showup.


Of course you can suck down a can of suds. If you are hot, you can even spray on a bikini as shown here.
HEY, somebody put that fish back in the water or at least give it a beer!


This lady just heard her new black & white kite came in, SHE'S STOKED!


Back at the beach, Paul Menta is just floating along.
NOTE: These photos are from a year ago.
Today, you would likely see him in a helmet. Times change.!


There is a full complement of emergency staff on call for the event so feel at ease.


Strolling down Duval, getting happy!


Well, almost everyone is happy. This guy must have gotten stuck with the wrong blood type.


All kinds out to be sure ...


Just make a fashion statement ... or not.


Riding time...




More to come. This is just Part I!

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Old 07-20-2004, 06:14 AM
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good to hear.
Im taking a road trip myself. Fantasy fest is this weekend. So ill be taking my gear along.
I have never ridden in Key West. Normally behind my house on MM 64.
Know a good stop to ride in Key West??
I've ridden down there through a few Fantasy Fests. Some shots of past trips appear at:

http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=68

You should get in touch with Paul Menta of thekitehouse.com about taking a ride out to the Key West Flats. It is calm with useable wind from all directions. More about that at:

http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=576
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2545

There is Smathers Beach but it is useable for winds from the E to S to WSW. North of that line you are largely out of luck unless you travel north out of KW or head to the flats. There are kiting rules for Smathers at: http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=189

The forecast follows for this weekend:

FRIDAY: SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 3 TO 5
FEET. SEAS INSIDE THE REEF NEAR 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
FRIDAY NIGHT: SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH TO
SOUTHWEST BY MORNING. SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 3 TO 5 FEET. SEAS INSIDE
THE REEF NEAR 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS EARLY...BECOMING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS LATE.
SATURDAY: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST
TO NORTHWEST LATE. SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 4 TO 6 FEET. SEAS INSIDE THE
REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
SATURDAY NIGHT: NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS BEYOND THE
REEF 4 TO 6 FEET. SEAS INSIDE THE REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
SUNDAY: NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS BEYOND
THE REEF 4 TO 6 FEET...EXCEPT HIGHER IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS INSIDE
THE REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
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Originally Posted by waffles
good to hear.
Im taking a road trip myself. Fantasy fest is this weekend. So ill be taking my gear along.
I have never ridden in Key West. Normally behind my house on MM 64.
Know a good stop to ride in Key West??
I've ridden down there through a few Fantasy Fests. Some shots of past trips appear at:

http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=68

You should get in touch with Paul Menta of thekitehouse.com about taking a ride out to the Key West Flats. It is calm with useable wind from all directions. More about that at:

http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=576
http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=2545

There is Smathers Beach but it is useable for winds from the E to S to WSW. North of that line you are largely out of luck unless you travel north out of KW or head to the flats. There are kiting rules for Smathers at: http://fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=189

The forecast follows for this weekend:

FRIDAY: SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS. SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 3 TO 5
FEET. SEAS INSIDE THE REEF NEAR 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE
CHOP. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
FRIDAY NIGHT: SOUTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 KNOTS...BECOMING SOUTH TO
SOUTHWEST BY MORNING. SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 3 TO 5 FEET. SEAS INSIDE
THE REEF NEAR 2 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. ISOLATED
SHOWERS EARLY...BECOMING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS LATE.
SATURDAY: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS...BECOMING WEST
TO NORTHWEST LATE. SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 4 TO 6 FEET. SEAS INSIDE THE
REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
SATURDAY NIGHT: NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS BEYOND THE
REEF 4 TO 6 FEET. SEAS INSIDE THE REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS
CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
SUNDAY: NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS NEAR 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS BEYOND
THE REEF 4 TO 6 FEET...EXCEPT HIGHER IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS INSIDE
THE REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY. ISOLATED SHOWERS.
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Thanks again Rick.
Pulling through with an answer like usual.
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Be sure to checkout Part II of the post at:

http://www.fksa.org/showthread.php?t=126
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Here is another writeup from another Fantasy Fest when Paul Menta put us up over the Grand Restaurant on Duval opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. Paul moved on to Amigos a bit down the street. Still, nice images and great times!

http://www.fksa.org/showthread.php?t=5358
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Here is a video compilation of Fantasy Fest and kiting on Cayo Huesto ...


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This is a compilation of many years of Fantasy Fests and kiting with some diving thrown in. There is a fair amount of one kiter chasing the other, usually Paul Menta by myself, with a video camera in my hand. It is fun down in the Keys, check it out.

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