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2019 05 26 - All in at Seaford, bar the king

Great turnout at Seaford - with James, Dobbo, Pete, Stu, Mike, Rich and eventually Adam all coming down for a session.  Just a shame that the king of Seaford couldn't make it - Tarren got hit by a car while riding his skateboard on Friday night and is in hospital with a broken verterbrae.

Nice little waves, powerful wind so some nice jumps, lots of rotations and all round fun.

2019 04 28 - Hampton footy

Early morning solo at Hampton with nice wind and a whole bunch of footy players doing recovery.  Patches of rain, but pretty good wind and little surf.

2019 04 27 - Aspendale Westerly with Rich

after a movie viewing session last night, the wind popped up so I jetted down to Aspendale, met up with Rich and hit the water.  Inverted my kite and it flew inverted which was a bit scary.  Half landed 4 rotations on my weaker side, but the kite lines were so twisted it powered up and did scary stuff again.  Got smashed and dragged for a bit, and had to search for my board for a while.  Fun session.

2019 04 21 - Easter bunny at Rye

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Fantastic turnout at Rye for some great wind....at times.
It kicked up for 2 fantastic sessions.  Landed a couple of triples, frontroll transitions with loops, backroll to toeside on my weaker side - it was all going on.
We had Job, Luca, Rich, Rich's son, Tony, Stu, Anthony, James, Athol, quite the turnout.  I think we nailed some amazing footage too.

Athol was onhand for spectactular photos as ever.





2019 03 31 - Kiting weekend Sandy point 5

Last session and heaps of fun with James' camera, Taz chose the land board and learnt that water is softer than land.  Practiced the jesus walk which was heaps of fun - you have to crank the speed to keep it going. 
Cream on top of the cream on top.

2019 03 31 - Kiting weekend sandy point 4

Switched over to the twin tip for the second half of the session - I still find the twin tip is heaps better in waves for riding and getting around the chop.  Had a ball.

2019 03 31 - Kiting weekend sandy point 3

Sunday morning, hit the water with Stu's mutant.  A real struggle at first as I thought you could only ride toeside and getting out through the big surf was a nightmare.  I finally worked out how to ride heelside both ways - which unlocked big waves on a surfboard.  Heaps of fun tracking to get out the back, ride the monsters all the way in, then do it all again.  Nice board !

2019 03 30 - Kiting weekend sandy point 2

After the standard sausage in bread, backed it all up with another session in the surf.  Classic.

2019 03 30 - Kiting weekend Sandy point

An inauspicious start with tonnes of rain, but upon arrival at Sandy point the heavens cleared and a truckload of wind greeted us.  The forecast was for around 40 knots and the sky showed that it was going to deliver.  Great to be on the water, lots of big air and holding down the kite when the bigger gusts came.  At one stage I did a big run down the beach to escape some ominous storm clouds.  As ever at Sandy point, the water between the waves is heavenly flat and the waves are primo for surfing.  What a spot !

2019 03 24 - Ripping Northerly at Brighton

Met up with Job and Luca - and later joined by Mike - down at Brighton.  Heavy northerly, with looming frontal clouds in the distance, and some folks with no clue launching on the windless side of the beach.  Once out with the small kite it was hard going - very strong wind with some heavy gusts.  Took a little getting used to but still heaps of fun.

2019 03 17 - San Remo

Forecast looked great, but it just didn't quite make it.  Beautiful beach with views to the island, but it really needed more of a southerly to work.  Very swirly wind made my kite do all sorts of weird things.  Fish and chips and beers on the foreshore was the highlight, plus great to catchup with james on the commute.

2019 03 15 - St Kilda perfection

Cracking 18-20 knots at St Kilda, solid as a rock, so I tried every rotational trick in the basket.  I'm starting to get my head around triples.  Forward 360 transition with hand in water is sorted, as are doubles on my weaker side.  Had a lot of stacks but a super fun session.

2019 03 11 - Missed it by that much

St kilda just got out in the middle, then the wind died.  Rubbish.

2019 03 10 - Perfect timing

After an excellent snorkelling adventure with Darren and the kids, the wind came in hard.  Setup the small kite and had a blast - big air, nice waves, the whole deal.  Went down to the south where there is a fantastic flat water section leading in to some great waves, beautiful setup in a westerly.  Was a bit heavy at times, so after it started raining I headed in so that I could still land the kite.  Great opportune session.

2019 02 28 - Round two - big kite time

and a triple back on the non preferred.  And a crash

2019 02 28 - Big no small

probably should have been big

2019 02 23 - But wait...again

And again packing up and wind picked up a little.  Back out for another mini session.

2019 02 23 - But wait...

As we were packing up the wind changed direction and picked up a little.  Tarren and I went out and suddenly had enough wind to play with.

2019 02 23 - Pines funnel

Anthony, Tarren, Mike and I met up at Pines following an amazing forecast.  On arrival there was not much there, you could see whitecaps in the distance but it wasn't getting to shore.  Eventually a puff more came in, and after much work, Mike and I were able to go slightly up wind.  Most of the wind was centred in one funnel, enabling me to go out to the reef.  Lots of rocky outcrops to avoid.  Its a very strange wind effect at Pines - probably better to go to Point Leo in future.

2019 02 18 - Port looping magic

Got the heli loops really happening now.  Glorious session at Port with James, quick run across to South Melbourne and wave o clock with the small kite. Just loving rotations and loops right now.  Very close to having the double back on my weaker side nailed.  so much fun it kinda should be illegal.

2018 02 04 - Hampton back on the X

Great to be back on my normal board with the new/old bindings.  Joyful.  Lots of loops and transitions and rotations.

2019 01 27 - Hampton

with James and the Jaime.
Great board, just not quite as good as the x ride.  Hard to grip on when going through chop, and not as easy to hold a line toeside, otherwise very good.

2019 01 26 - Ricketts to Brighton

With Mike, Job, Luca and a friend of Job's.  Rode the Cab Ace - which was not ace.  Zero pop, heavy and big.

2019 01 23 - South Melbourne

Just another glorious run to south melbourne with James.

2019 01 20 - 3d dodgem cars

Tricky traffic at Mordialloc, but beautiful water and....
1 double frontroll with backloop
1 frontroll transition with front hand in water and forward loop
and a partridge in a pear tree.

2019 01 13 - Dream run at Point Leo

300 out of 10.  Beautiful setting, clear, clean water and some little waves greeted James, Stu and I on Point Leo beach.  It made quite a contrast to the stink of my wetsuit, still slightly wet from the last session at Port.
The wind was charging in so we all went small kites and launched from the point.  It was incredible that people were still hanging out at the beach, it would have been pretty unpleasant.  On the water, it was ramp city and air o clock.  After a couple of runs we followed the wind down the beach to surf some of the small breaks.  Glorious, just glorious.  Stu had to pull in and depower, then had to pull in again after hitting an exposed rock and killing one of his fins.
The Pines was the highlight for me, such a great little break with lots of fun waves.  Got some great footage on the gopro with James just behind me, can't wait to edit it and make a mini movie.

2019 01 08 - South Melbourne wave session - oh yeah

James, Taz and I hit up Port and James and I were quickly down to South Melb for a glorious session in the waves.  I've got the heliloop going and the amazing ramps were all setup for some high flying joy.  What a cracker !

2019 01 07 - Port Melbourne Gangsters

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Another great session with James, Taz and Athol, with Aidan joining us a little later.  Athol had a quick session then grabbed the camera, which lead to mayhem as we all jockeyed for position.  Great fun and amazing shots as ever.









2019 01 05 - Grinding it out at Port

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Marginal wind, but inspired by the ultra kiteloop videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHP4QQ2dUqM) I had to get out and give things a shot.  Athol came down and took some shots, which is always great inspiration to try and kill myself on the shallow sandbar.  Did a double back with kiteloop, dunno what I was thinking but came down flat onto a few cms of water.  Athol got some amazing shots as usual.  Wind picked up later in the session for some fun transition jumps, and managed to get quite a few heliloops in which are easy to do and give no yank factor whatsoever.








2019 01 01 - Roundwinder

Big crew - James, Stu, Mike, Pete, Job, Luca - met up at Ricketts to attempt the mystical round winder - up wind to Mordy pier then back home.
Fantastic session, crossing the bay was fun across the big rollers, but the waves and beautiful water around Mordy pier to Aspendale was the highlight.  Landed a double on my weaker side that I was wrapped about.  Rode a million waves, so much fun.
Amazing way to kick off the year.