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2017 04 25 - Hampton at last

What a long lay off.  No wind at all - this is normally a low wind time of year but this has been extraordinary.  We had to call off the kiting weekend as there was absolutely nothing happening.

This one was certainly a surprise session.  No forecast, but I woke at 8 to fairly high wind and a break in the rain.  We hightailed it down to Hampton, met Tarren on the beach but Pete, James, Stu and Anthony were not far behind.  Had a great time trying all the standard fare, and pulled off a darkslide and raley.  Taz was landing some ridiculous unhooked tricks, he's really stepped it up.  Big session - out for 1 hour 45 and packed up just before the rain hit.  Awesome.

2017 08 04 - Brighton as normal

After a dissapointing no show at Seaford - Pete, Stu and I went but the wind didn't - great to get an afternoon in at Brighton.  Pretty solid for the most part, but dropped off at times and also came through hard at times - pretty much normal.  Great to be on the water - certainly helps clear the mind.

2017 04 01 - raley time

Lots of raleys - going well on strong side, got way too high on my non preferred to land.
Also did some backroll kiteloops, fun quick session.

2017 03 05 - wow

awesome afternoon at Hampton after the family christmas at the Allans.  Beefy 20 knot plus wind, so some good air.  Sorted out kiteloops on landing, piece of cake, just don't put the kite too far back in the window.  Did a lot of doubles - both forward and backward.  Landed a toeside backroll with kiteloop - absolute piece of cake.  Tried a deadman and got dunked.  Fantastic wind.

2017 02 25 - Mentone is not often good...

...but when it is, it can be spectacular.  Met up with James, Dobbo and Mike at Mentone.  The wind was cranking, probably around 25, so perfect wind for some wave riding and big air.  Stu sailed in from Beaumaris headland to say hi also.   Had a fantastic time, did get smacked big time though going for a double backroll, entered a loop as I was completing the final rotation, fully powered flying backwards into not much water.  Worked out ok but could have been super nasty.

2017 02 19 - Seaford - magic

One of my favourite locations on the bay is Seaford.  It's the whole deal - the water is great, beautiful sand, generally windy as hell if we go to Seaford, plus there are always sausages ready after the session in the supermarket carpark.  And once again, it ticked all the boxes.  Met up with Tarren and we both had a ball.

Tarren took a knock to the head in a spectacular crash where I saw him flying through the air with arms and legs going everywhere.

I went for 2 big kiteloops on coming down to power out of landings which didn't work real well - I was tracking my kite way too far back which lead to really hard landings.  Got to work on that.

2017 02 12 - Aspendale to Mordy and back

Awesome windy day gave me a chance to test out my new (old) 7m kite - picked up for $350.  Stu and I hit aspendale to grab some great waves in beautiful water.  New kite was fantastic.

2017 01 29 - Ricketts to Aspendale and back

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 …

2017 01 24 - Double trouble

Did quite a few doubles - backwards and forwards - in excellent wind at Port to South Melbourne.  Absolutely love that section at South Melbourne.  Got crunched in a wave and lost a pair of seaspecs though - totally worth it !

2017 01 14 - Refuel and reload

After a great catchup with the Gonad man, dim sims and a jam donut, I hit the beach again for a great follow up session.  Magnificent.

2017 01 14 - Aspendale surf

Cranking westerly had James and I head down to Aspendale.  Fantastic surf, great strong wind, no people, absolutely epic session.  Used my big bar with the small kite - I left my small bar on the beach like an idiot at Port.  It actually worked better than my small bar, heaps more comfortable and great spinning - not sad at all that I lost the bar !

The session was amazing, tucked in to heaps of waves, some nice jumps and all sorts of fun.  Broke out the surfboard - but in that kind of chop its really not that good - kind of boring.  Back on the twin tip and the fun party started up again.  Pete joined late in the session and did a downwinder to Frankston.  I was very happy with a massive 2 hours on the water.

2017 01 11 - Back on the water - woohoo

Port Melbourne with Taz, my small bar and the 10m kite.  Great that the kite handled beautifully, small bar was a bit weird but now I've repaired the normal bar too - all is wieder gut.

2017 01 08 - Half excellent, half disaster

Amazing first half of downwinder from Frankston to Hampton with Pete and Anthony.
Landed a triple back and several double backs and forwards.  It was like surfing one massive wave all the way down the coast.  A real joy.

Going past Mordy pier I realised I was going to run into a stack of fishing lines so turned around and ran straight into Pete's kite.  I hadn't checked that no-one was right behind me - our kites tangled and got all sorts of mucked up.  I hit safety, but it was a steaming mess - both of us got pulled through under the pier.  Kite lost one of the connector lines, and had to cut my lines off the pier pilons.  Crappy situation.

2017 01 03 - Raley

Finally landed 4 unhooked raleys in a row.  Magnificent.  Feels like I've been on that mission for a long long time.  Also tried lots of variations on jumped kiteloops

2017 01 02 - Back in blue

Great afternoon session at Hampton - spins and kiteloops.  Worked on the jumped kiteloop, pulling the loop on the way down to generate power.  Worked out that its better to go early.

2017 01 01 - Triathalon

A weird weather pattern hit Melbourne, so the predicted 20 knots never really arrived.  We'd got over excited and setup for a down winder from Beaumaris to Port Melbourne.  Met Pete, James and Job at Beaumaris - but only got as far as just off Sandy before I got a wing tip stuck in the water and then was unable to relaunch.  Drifted in about 1 km to Sandy beach, then James and I had to walk back.  Rubbish.