Sunday, October 16, 2016

2016 10 16 - Backin it up with another hurricane

Another heavy forecast, Taz, Pete, James, Stu and I headed to Seaford and we weren't dissapointed.  The wind was ballistic - pretty consistent 30 knots, gusting up to 40 at times, close to hitting the limit of holding down the depowered 7m.  I tried out Taz's new board, which was sensational.  Cuts through the water beautifully, and as its so light, you are able to go even higher than normal in the jumps and hold your legs high.  The only catch is that it is so light that it blew away down the beach!  The wind got so strong after I tried Taz's board I couldn't walk into it at all - Taz had to bring me my board.  Got some big air, surfed some nice waves, and everyone was pumped to be out riding heavy wind.  I saw Stu surf some of the incoming waves beautifully - massive smile on his face.
I came in and self landed - happy to have played with heavy wind again and come out the other side.

Monday, October 10, 2016

2016 10 09 - Massive wind at Rosebud

I arrived at the beach at 930, with gale warning being forecast for the bay.  It was fairly light on the beach - about 17 knots, a far stretch from the forecast of 40 knots +.  I setup the small kite - just in case - and luckily it picked up just as I launched.  Nice consistent probably 25 knot winds, so I was able to do some jumps, rotations and loops.
Stuart, Job and Anthony turned up - happy to have enough wind and that it wasn't blowing its nut off.  I took the opportunity to try out Stu's Drifter 7m. It was very different to the 7m crossbow, a heap less power.  I was having to work it quite a bit to keep going, but as its a wave kite, it was great on the small swell, parked really well so you could play on the wave.  It was also pretty good once you were up in the air jumping, just a bit different in terms of where it got its maximum pull to most other kites I've flown.  Still heaps of fun to be had.
The wind started to pickup about 11 - I'd been out for about 1.5 hours - and then the 7m was pretty well suited to the conditions.  Got some big air, to the point of being close to overpowered.  Job came in first and self landed - which was a great achievement given the heavy wind.  It should set him up beautifully for future sessions - its hard to imagine more full on conditions than 40 knots + overpowered on a small kite without much beach to land on.
I came in absolutely exhilirated - great to be able to put yourself to the test in heavy conditions and have a ball.

2016 10 01 - Dodgy rocks at Point Leo

With a fairly strong northerly I was super keen to get out - but it was offshore at Point Leo.  Managed to work the angle, but any stuff up would have dragged me into the rocks.  Still - nice to have a few runs.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 09 18 - New Kite !

Picked up a new 2016 Cab Switchblade with a 2015 bar.  Awesome.
Met up with James and Pete for the first session.  It is very stable in the air, particularly for rotational tricks - great not to get yanked in crazy directions.  Sits beautifully in position.  The real standout is the new bar - easy swivels to remove tangles and great new lines.  Very excited to have it in the back pocket for the epic trip to Tasmania later in the year.

2016 09 17 - Family day at Brighton

Took Tina and the kids down to Brighton for a northerly session.  Northerlies at Brighton are great - kids can have fun on the beach whilst I have fun on the kite.  Met up with Tarren and his friend Jan, Pete joined us too.  Great northerly - with some solid wind - great to have a totally unexpected session.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2016 09 10 - Morning roarer

Great early morning session at Hampton.  Wind looked pretty heavy at first, so went the small kite.  Fun session in the waves with Pete, Tarren and James.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

2016 09 03 - Toeside forward 360 transition - hell yeah

Dawn session at Hampton with Pete, James and Stu.  South westerly early so we had to go a long way offshore to get wind, but once there it was pretty good.  Still had to work the kite, but pulled a few kiteloops and backloops with kiteloops.  Finally landed a toeside forward 360 transition after many years of faceplants - stoked !
Wind swung pretty heavily west - which opened up some amazing flat water and good power - James and I took full advantage, great fun.  Stu unfortunately got there a bit late so missed the good wind, he smacked his head on his board with an audible thud - horrible to hear.  Seemed ok but certainly put a lid on his fun for the day.