James and I hit a strong and building northerly down at Brighton fairly early in the morning. Got blown some way downwind at some stage - it must have hit around 28 to 30 knots. Water is nice and warm now.
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 …
Headed to Frankston but not quite enough wind, so predictwind redirected us to Mornington which sticks out a little more and should grab more of the northerly. James and I rolled up to the beach, the wind was definitely better at around 18 knots, but the beach was pretty sketchy. Not much beach, beachhouses everywhere and rocks all over the place.
We setup and launched and had to cut up hard to avoid the rocks, cliff face and mooring lines. A nice little swell was coming through so there were some nice waves. We eventually cut past the headland to hit the bay just north of Mornington, nice longer runs there and less obstacles but choppy as hell. Stu and Pete joined us at this point, but I happily headed back to the hazards of the rocks to take in the flat water and surf a few waves. Really fun session but one that had implications - I really played with caution as the repercussions would have been large. Big smiles to have got an hour session in in winter in nice sunny windy c…
The day had been absolutely perfect - an early morning kite, a magnificent day at Bremlea beach with the family, boogie boarding, suping, having a great time with the kids. The wind was forecast to come in for the afternoon - so the stars were aligned. What could possibly go wrong ? A freakin hurricane could, that's what.
With the ladies and kids headed to the Queenscliff market, Pete and I had the afternoon to ourselves, with a 25-30 knot breeze on the go. We checked a couple of locations at Ocean Grove, before making the call to head to Point Lonsdale surf club. I'd walked past it with Darren a couple of months before, beautiful water and some nice breaks - I thought it would be perfect for us.
First impressions were fantastic - strong wind, good surf but with some ominous clouds on the horizon. We'd been out for our share of storm fronts so it did not appear anything to be particularly worried about. On setting up the wind felt very heavy, I toyed with depowerin…