Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 08 20 - Seaford - mystical wind temple

Somehow we've had a lot of luck at Seaford.  Beautiful beach, great water, and it turned it on again today with fantastic wind.  Pretty sketchy at first, but picked up nicely and was blowing about 22 by the end.  managed a double back rotation on the goofy side today, got to work on height now.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

2013 08 11 - Walk of shame

Mt Eliza - Not quite enough wind - direction was great, but only about 16 knots, so it was quite a battle to stay upwind.  

2016 08 10 - No beach, perfect start

I was down at Mt Eliza on a course, so took the kite along and was rewarded with a good 20 knot breeze.  Very limited beach, so launch was a little dodgy on a grassed area.  The beach is massively eroded - there are new beach boxes which have water lapping at them already - crazy stuff.  Wind was nice and consistent, I played pretty conservative as I was out solo.  Got some good air and did a few rotational jumps - just great to be out first thing before charging through the day.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 07 30 - Seaford - Taz goes into orbit

Its always a great sign when you are approaching the beach and you see kites of the guys you know flying back and forth.
Rendezvoused with Stu Styles in the carpark and headed down to see James and Tarren having a ball.  Tarren called out so we looked to the sky and the crazy fkr was flying as high as I've ever seen him, huge air that looked like he wasn't going to land before the beach.  Great signs for Stu and I as we pumped up our small kites.
Once we got out it wasn't quite as heavy as we thought, so it took a bit of working the kite to stay powered.  Tarren and James had a rest, then by the time they came out again it was cranking again.  Managed some decent big air, but nothing crazy crazy.  Copied a move of Tarren's of letting the kite fly way back in the window on jumps then looping it back through - works a treat and not really a massive yank at all.
All up it was about 1.5 hours of session - magic to turn a frustrating day of Chadstone shopping into bliss.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

2016 07 23 - Aspendale rainbows

2 hour session in very strong wind with the small kite.  Nice little waves, lots of jumping opportunities.  Met up with Stu, Pete, Mike, mate of mikes, Anthony. Great fun mucking around in the waves.  The scenery was at times spectacular, big fronts coming through with occasional rain, rainbows in the distance over Frankston. Had two massive blisters on my hands by the end but happy as a pig in sht.

2016 07 09 - Brighton power

Very strong wind, gusty as always.  After the Townsville experience I was stoked to be out in enough wind.

2016 07 03 - Townsville mud

Dodgy session in mud.
I've carted my kiting stuff to Townsville 3 times now and haven't had one decent session - its kinda crazy.  The forecast for this session was fantastic, I arrived at the beach and it seemed like it was game on.  It's very deceptive there - the wind appears strong, whitecaps arrive but the warm air doesn't really have a lot of push.  Most folks talk about great sessions in 17 knots up there so obviously we are playing in a different ball park.
Foil kiting has really taken off due to the light winds - so heaps of guys on foils.  Unfortunately even the guys on foils struggled, one ditched his kite for about 20 mins and had to swim in.
It's a dodgy proposition in Townsville.  One of the foilers had the back of his board bitten off by a tiger shark the week before - there is apparently a tiger shark breeding ground just off Magnetic island.  He now has a little electromagnetic device on the back of his board.
Given those kind of stories, and the fact that there are crocs around, wading through the brown water holds an element of surprise.  The foilers body drag about 500m out so their life is full of adventure.
After traipsing across muddy sand banks I had one run, but there are constantly little rocks and roots and all sorts - which can be easily confused for crocs.  Had a couple of runs then had to pack up - once again dissapointed and with muddy gear.