Sunday, May 31, 2015

2015 05 31 - Breakfast with the lot

James and I went down to Frankston for an invisible session - that one where you get up at 6, tear down the beach and be home before the wives get up - and were greeted not just with a ripping 20 knot north westerly, but also Pete in super spy mode (i.e. turning up largely unannounced).  We were all wrapped to be on a beach with a good bit of wind and some time on our side - a rare occurance.
The small surf was rolling in at Frankston and was an absolute joy.  The wind wasn't cranking (yet) so I did some backroll kiteloops and a range of rotations with a range of success.
After about an hour, had a chat to James, then Pete and I decided to do a down and back run to Mornington.  All went well on the way down, I noticed that from about Mt. Eliza on the wind was picking up, the jumps I took to give my legs some relief were getting bigger and bigger.  Finally got to the southern point of Mornington and the wind was really cranking - about 30 knots and some big waves were rearing up.  I turned around immediately and realised that I had to get cracking - big cloud fronts were appearing in front of the distant mountain ranges - raising the possibility of even stronger winds.  I was already finding it difficult to hold down the kite, totally depowered I was having to work real hard just to keep from flying away.  I felt like I only had one tiny fin the water and was skimming along, half on the water, half on the air.  I've never been so happy that Frankston has a bit of a wind shadow - as soon as we entered the Frankston bay the wind backed off about 10 knots making everything manageable again.
I was stoked to see James still kiting and enjoying himself - no wonder as the wind had whipped up some fantastic waves.  I had another 20 minutes off carving some waves before giving it a rest after a solid 2 hours.  Amazing session.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015 05 07 - Early bird gets the Jesus superman

Headed down to Hampton to meet up with James and Stu.  I got to south road and saw Pete out on the horizon with his kite.  Pete did the secret agent trick and rolled up early - surprise !
Dan and Mike true to form went wherever we were not - choosing to go to Brighton instead of Hampton - weird.
The session was fantastic, rock solid wind of around 20 to 25 knots.  Westerly to north westerly, so we were able to go upwind with ease.  The section inbetween the rock groynes was beautiful flat water, absolutely magnificent.  With the nice flat water I actually managed to land some riding blind's - probably 3 in total - fantastic to get it happening after so many stacks.  Rotations were a bit of a challenge for me today - I didn't land too many of them.  Did land a couple of double backrolls though.

At one stage I got to see James run his new trick - the Jesus superman.  He landed a jump in that awkward position of back to kite, after which it looped and full credit to him - he pulled through the whole loop.  The end effect was him flying like superman along the top of the water - sensational.

Great way to start the day!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 05 02 - Early morning on the Peninsula

Hit up Rosebud for the early northerly - but there wasn't enough wind on arrival.  I ended up heading south to Tootgarook - the first place that I saw the trees dance in a happy way.  Setup in a nice little car park and soon enough I was out on the beautiful clear water of the Peninsula.

It took about 30 minutes for the wind to build, then it was nicely on.  I managed to land a sequence of tricks that I've had trouble with for a little while - backroll to toeside, toeside backroll.  And topped it all off with a nice darkslide with kiteloop - magic way to start the day.  I even managed to get back in time for Sonny's soccer game at 11am...sweet.