Showing posts from February, 2011

18 Feb 2011 Stormfront at Altona

Location : Altona Kite : 10m Switchblade IDS Conditions : 18 knots easterly

Got the three amigos together (Tarren, Pete and I) for an afterwork trip to Altona - the first kiting session for a couple of weeks.  It was a bit of a race to ensure that wind was still up and the rain had not yet hit.  Luckily we were able to hit the beach at about 5 with plenty of kiters out.  I was very excited to get out again - it felt like it had been a very long time coming.  I am still quite sick with bronchitis, but just had to do some kiting.

So, coughing and spluttering I set up.  Wind appeared quite light, but on the water it was perfect, enough to cruise and do some small jumps, which in my condition was about all I could handle.  Spent a lot of time coughing and finally managed to clear my lungs and started to feel good for the first time in 24 hours.  Being on the sea certainly helps.  
After some fun runs, looked up to see a massive spiralling storm front coming over.  I pointed it out to Tarren, w…

06 Feb 2011 Aspendale - end of the rain

Location : Aspendale Kite : 10m Switchblade IDS Conditions : 18-24 knots southerly
First time out after some big rain.  I went south to Aspendale expecting the water to be blue and the beach clear - unfortunately it looked like the Yarra river - heaps of debris on the beach, including a plastic street barricade (the kind you fill with water).  The water was brown.  I forgot that a lot of flooding occurred in the se suburbs, the Patterson river was apparently awful. The wind was good most of the time, it would drop off every now and again to around 10 then come barrelling back.  Very choppy.  No real progression today, I'm still pretty sick with a hell of a cough.  Great to get out and active though.

01 Feb 2011 St Kilda - big front

Location : St Kilda Kite : 10m Switchblade IDS Conditions : 18-20 knots southerly
Managed to land my infamous backroll to faceplant trick.  Still can't land the backroll to toeside.  Worked on my weaker side rotations, pretty confident now doing most but have not managed a 720 on my weaker side yet.  No progression today, but lots of fun !