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 …
Its just an awesome setup. Arrived at Seaford and it was bucketing down, soon enough the rain cleared, blue skies opened up and Taz and I hit the beach. Solid 20 knots, which peaked up to around 25 at stages. At one stage when the wind was high I got a nice bit of air, looked across and Taz had followed the same pattern coming the other way - quick wave to acknowledge the highlight !
Excellent water, and nice runs beside the pier. Did quite a few jumps with kiteloops, still haven't quite nailed it yet, but getting there. Snuck in a darkslide and lots of rotational jumps. Magnificent session. Stu Styles joined late in the piece, but the alure of the sausage was beckoning so we retreated to the carpark.
Oh - and I stuffed up the launch and drifted my kite almost into the fence down there. Its such a narrow beach - hate having the wired fence so close too. It's the only downside to a magnificent location.
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…