Friday, August 21, 2015

Kitesurfing dawn patrol at Brighton in gusty northerly

Session 338.  This time of year you have to take the wind you get.  James and I got down to Brighton at 7 a.m. with the wind hardly hitting the shore even though Fawkner Beacon was showing 20 knots.  It was a case of "head out and stay out".  James did a few runs but ended up downwind. I cruised out on the Nugget and stayed further out where the wind was stronger.

Its nice kiting as the sun rises and the city lights go out.  The Dandenongs are visible in the distance in some of the photos.

It was gusty wind but quite dense, so I managed a few good jumps.

I waived at a sailing boat motoring past.

Caution was indicated as a swim in would have been difficult.

I stayed upwind and got a good run back to the beach when I came in.  Then I got changed and caught the train to work.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

A surprise session just before dark at Hampton

Session 338. The morning was calm. We watched the wind meteo during the afternoon. 15 knots eventually came in at Hampton so we headed down for a late session.

What a nice sweet session it was!  Consistent wind, smooth water and interesting light. I had plenty of power with my Flite 14.5 and the nugget - enough to do some jumps.  We kited for about 40 minutes until the sun set then packed down in the last of the daylight.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Superb Winter kitesurfing at Frankston

Session 337. Sensational kitesurfing at Frankston again!  Good solid wind, not too gusty, nice bay surf and sunshine really made this session.  The water was cool but not too cold.  James was leaving with a big smile on on his face just as Stuart and I arrived.  We headed out immediately with the wind picking up a bit.

It had been a while since my last session due to some recent search and rescue training commitments.  Just being on the water was great, but the conditions were a bonus.

The Nugget goes upwind so well its easy to ride the waves in, duck out the back, then come back upwind for another go.  One attempted backroll went wrong again so I stuck with gybe, enjoying the waves and a few good jumps.

We came in with big smiles on our dials just as Mr Styles and Job showed up.  Stu was soon ripping up the waves.  Job had a go close to shore and controlled his kite well.

We stopped by Cafe Moto for a coffee on the way home, all stoked!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Surfer Mick Fanning attacked by shark during surfing competition and escapes

Remarkable video footage of a shark attacking Australian world champion surfer Mick Fanning while he was surfing in a competition at Jeffreys Bay, east of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

The shark approaches Fanning with its dorsal fin out of the water then knocks him off his board.  He manages to fight it off, punching it in the back.

Fanning, the world number four and a triple world champion, said he punched and kicked out at the shark as it broke his leg rope.   The 34-year-old returned to the shore unharmed with the help of organisers, with the competition halted.

Quick actions by rescuers may have saved Fanning's life.

Fellow competitor and friend Julian Wilson has been commended for his bravery when he paddling towards Fanning to render assistance.

PHOTO: Chilling moment ... Mick Fanning holds his head in his hands in disbelief after the shark attack as Julian Wilson (R) looks on. (WSL: Kirstin Scholtz)


Kitesurfer reported missing - search called off

A kitesurfer was been reported missing at 11:15am on Tuesday 21/7 after an abandoned kite was found near the Esplanade in St Kilda and a kiteboard was found washed up at Brighton Beach.

Here is photo of the kite (source: Victoria Police, via The Age)

If this is your gear or you know who owns it, please contact Victoria Police to advise them.

The search has been called off as Police believe that someone has abandoned this gear but made it to shore.

Make sure you write your name and phone number on all your kites and boards you can be contacted if they are found!

Update 22/7:  I advised the Water Police that a Seabreeze user had seen the kiter on the shore and got this feedback from them:
  • They eventually managed to establish that the kitesurfer made it in and called off the search. 
  • They do get a few of these jobs and activate all assets straight away whilst establishing the safety/whereabouts of the missing person. 
  • They often get people telling them they saw the MP make it in but until they have confirmation or are confident of witness evidence then they continue to search. 
  • Their job would be MUCH easier if the kitesurfer involved or someone else rang triple 0 to let them know he/she was OK. 
If in doubt, call it in. You may save $thousands. Air time for choppers is very expensive and best avoided.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Winter kitesurfing at Brighton in my drysuit

Session 336. After a couple of weeks off the water I was in the grip of cabin fever.  Storms and cold weather were forecast today across Victoria but I was keen to go kitesurfing if conditions were OK.

Headed to Brighton with Stu Styles.  Just as we got there and pumped up the northerly wind dropped off and some very dark clouds were looming out to the west.  

I donned my bunny suit then my dry suit and headed out on my Lithium 9 just after a couple of kiters left the water.  There wasn't enough wind to stay upwind for a couple of runs but then it picked up a bit and I got some good runs in along the beach.

Stu got some great pictures from the shore with my Nikon.  Conditions were cold but I was toasty warm, even sweating, in my Ocean Rodeo drysuit.

I came in before the looming squall hit then we headed to the White Rabbit cafe in Brighton for a great coffee and muffin.


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Another cracking northerly at Frankston, small kite day

Session 336.  Great winter kitesurfing today in a strong northerly wind today at Frankson.  It was well over 20 knots when we setup at about 8:00am.  With stronger winds forecast, I opted for my Crossbow 7 and was glad that I did.  I had plenty of power and was able to ride some nice bay surf that increased in size as the session progressed.

Stuart took out his 7 too and was also having a great time.  You don't use a small kite often, but when you do the sessions are rewarding.  Stu and Eric both had bigger kites that they sensibly elected not to fly.  They both had turns on ours when we came in for short spells.

It wasn't too cold, but I was wearing gloves, booties and my helmet.

My chin injury from the previous weekend was fully healed thanks to medical super glue.  No dramas today.  I did a few cautious jumps as the Crossbow 7 turns like a gnat.

Surfing bay waves was the order of the day.  Its fantastic to have this kitesurfing so close by.

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