Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 03 05 - wow

awesome afternoon at Hampton after the family christmas at the Allans.  Beefy 20 knot plus wind, so some good air.  Sorted out kiteloops on landing, piece of cake, just don't put the kite too far back in the window.  Did a lot of doubles - both forward and backward.  Landed a toeside backroll with kiteloop - absolute piece of cake.  Tried a deadman and got dunked.  Fantastic wind.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 02 25 - Mentone is not often good...

...but when it is, it can be spectacular.  Met up with James, Dobbo and Mike at Mentone.  The wind was cranking, probably around 25, so perfect wind for some wave riding and big air.  Stu sailed in from Beaumaris headland to say hi also.  
Had a fantastic time, did get smacked big time though going for a double backroll, entered a loop as I was completing the final rotation, fully powered flying backwards into not much water.  Worked out ok but could have been super nasty.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 02 19 - Seaford - magic

One of my favourite locations on the bay is Seaford.  It's the whole deal - the water is great, beautiful sand, generally windy as hell if we go to Seaford, plus there are always sausages ready after the session in the supermarket carpark.  And once again, it ticked all the boxes.  Met up with Tarren and we both had a ball.

Tarren took a knock to the head in a spectacular crash where I saw him flying through the air with arms and legs going everywhere.

I went for 2 big kiteloops on coming down to power out of landings which didn't work real well - I was tracking my kite way too far back which lead to really hard landings.  Got to work on that.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 02 12 - Aspendale to Mordy and back

Awesome windy day gave me a chance to test out my new (old) 7m kite - picked up for $350.  Stu and I hit aspendale to grab some great waves in beautiful water.  New kite was fantastic.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 01 29 - Ricketts to Aspendale and back

We had a few words with the big man in the sky (Job) to organise some great wind for the afternoon for an adventure.  After some teething problems with the recipe, he really turned it on.
Stu and I went down to Aspendale to start the session - but there wasn't quite enough wind - so we went up to Ricketts to join Grant as we figured we could catch more of the southerly funneling up the bay.

We went out and there was just enough wind to keep a line.  Still fun with Stu and Grant on the water.  After about 30 mins it picked up a bit, enough to allow us to cut up wind.  We had agreed to wait for James prior to setting off on any big adventure, but it seemed he wasn't coming as it was after 3 and we were going to meet on the beach around 230.  We figured he must have went out at Hampton.

We cut up into the wind - I had to work real hard to keep up with Stu on the nugget.  My quads were burning already.  We managed to get beyond the reef and there was clean water between Ricketts and pretty much anywhere.  The angle of the wind meant that we could easily make Mordialloc pier - so we headed there.  There wasn't much discussion - just seemed like the right thing to do.  Cranking wind out in the middle gave us a heap of opportunity.  Excellent fun going on a great adventure without having to shuffle cars or any of the non-water activities where you are just hanging to get on the water.

On approaching the beach there were heaps of kites - but none of them were in the air - all on the beach.  I fortunately pulled in to the beach where a couple of beautiful girls were sunbaking topless and reapplying sunscreen - what a welcome !

We then learnt why no kites were up - whilst the wind in the middle was fantastic, close to shore there was not enough to stay upwind.  We had to battle to get upwind enough to clear the pier.  After about 20 mins of tacking, I noticed there was another kiter way out to sea.  As he came closer we recognised James - who had made a late start but caught us up.  We had to get James in to touch the beach, so we rendezvoused right next to Taz's ocean paradise in Aspendale.

The trip home was fantastic, heaps of wind, I landed 4 doubles in a row (backs and forwards), got to Beuamaris and raced Grant a couple of times.  My legs were burning, so I was very happy to pull in to shore and celebrate an epic little trip - 50kms and a couple of hours.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 01 24 - Double trouble

Did quite a few doubles - backwards and forwards - in excellent wind at Port to South Melbourne.  Absolutely love that section at South Melbourne.  Got crunched in a wave and lost a pair of seaspecs though - totally worth it !

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 01 14 - Refuel and reload

After a great catchup with the Gonad man, dim sims and a jam donut, I hit the beach again for a great follow up session.  Magnificent.