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2015 04 26 - Early morning at Aspendale

Met James, Eric and Pete at 7am at Aspendale for a session.  I love aspendale - beautiful clear water, small waves and white sand.  The wind was a bit up and down - kind of frontal - but when it was on, it was nicely on.  No real progression today, it was a bit dodgy to try anything new, but heaps of fun.

2015 04 19 - All over the shop

That was perhaps the most variable session I've ever experienced.  After waiting most of the weekend for a decent set of wind with no hail, a small window opened on Sunday afternoon. Pete, Stu and I dashed down to Mentone.  Just as I arrived a squall set in.  Given that the day had been so up and down, I took out the small kite - and within seconds I was glad that I did.  About 30 knots hit, with rain, but great to be well powered on the small kite.
From there it was all over the shop, 25 knots one minute, 10 the next.  Got some big air, but struggled with rotational tricks given the variability of the wind.  Still managed to push through for 1 hour 20 minutes, just loving being out on the water.

2015 04 11 - Got lucky

Lucky punch of wind from 4 to 5 on a totally unexpected day.  Headed down to Hampton with James, Pete and Eric.  A nice 18 knot breeze was blowing, so I tried the usual sequences - riding blind (fail), backroll to toeside (fail), jumps with kiteloops (yeah!), backroll kiteloops, rotations, backrolls, butterslides it was all going on.  Tried unhooked raleys and was overcome, as ever, of the power of the kite when unhooking.  Got a galey in I reckon, but the whole thing definitely needs some work.

Things were going sweet until Pete got a bit excited with doing downwind kiteloops and very very nearly took me out after 4 in sequence.  He crashed his kite to avoid totally cleaning me up - and got dragged in to green point.  He seemed happy enough with the adventure, I packed up and ran off to Greek Easter.  Magnificent session.

2015 04 03 - Mentone by moonlight

Met Stu at Mentone, but I could only get there at 630 which meant I had about 20 minutes before the sunset.  Setup real fast and had a beautiful session in the dying light in about 18 knots.  Did some rotations, but wasn't keen for any looping given that it was dark and I was the only one out there.  Was still glorious running through the surf, I stayed until about 8pm,  by which time the only illumination was the full moon.  Great way to end the day.