2016 10 09 - Massive wind at Rosebud

I arrived at the beach at 930, with gale warning being forecast for the bay.  It was fairly light on the beach - about 17 knots, a far stretch from the forecast of 40 knots +.  I setup the small kite - just in case - and luckily it picked up just as I launched.  Nice consistent probably 25 knot winds, so I was able to do some jumps, rotations and loops.
Stuart, Job and Anthony turned up - happy to have enough wind and that it wasn't blowing its nut off.  I took the opportunity to try out Stu's Drifter 7m. It was very different to the 7m crossbow, a heap less power.  I was having to work it quite a bit to keep going, but as its a wave kite, it was great on the small swell, parked really well so you could play on the wave.  It was also pretty good once you were up in the air jumping, just a bit different in terms of where it got its maximum pull to most other kites I've flown.  Still heaps of fun to be had.
The wind started to pickup about 11 - I'd been out for about 1.5 hours - and then the 7m was pretty well suited to the conditions.  Got some big air, to the point of being close to overpowered.  Job came in first and self landed - which was a great achievement given the heavy wind.  It should set him up beautifully for future sessions - its hard to imagine more full on conditions than 40 knots + overpowered on a small kite without much beach to land on.
I came in absolutely exhilirated - great to be able to put yourself to the test in heavy conditions and have a ball.


  1. Hejjjj Stu,
    Great to read your story about Sunday's kite session!
    I'm still excited about that morning. It does not leave my brain! Saw today several 8m kites having a ball at Hampton and had an instant stiffie.
    Catch ya dude. Untill next time. Jobbo


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