Sunday, March 31, 2019

Kitesurfing weekend with howling wind and giant surf at Sandy Point

Session 471. Eight keen kitesurfers converged at Sandy Point for another kitesurfing weekend.  Stu W, Stu S, Tarren, James, Dobbo, Adam, Anthony and myself.


















Very strong 30+ knot wind on Saturday provided epic surf conditions. I did a couple of  sessions on my 8m Union kite.  It was good having plenty of power as the waves were huge, so big that I didn't make it right out the back.

I swapped to my 6m Wave for the third session, it had plenty of power and was better for riding the waves.  Definitely a small kite day!

The wind was around 23 knots on Sunday and the surf a bit more manageable, I got out the back and rode some big waves several times.  Traversing out the back I thought I was past the break, then a monster loomed up.  There was no way I could over or behind it so I rode it in.  Massive power in the wave then I got munched but I kept my kite flying.

Lots of tired and happy faces over lunch, then I headed home.

In my estimation Sandy Point is the best kitesurfing beach in Victoria.  Its wide and has nice shallow flat sections before the surf and you can pick your way out in big surf then catch some big waves.

More video footage to follow . . .


Saturday Session 1




Saturday Session 2



Saturday Session 3



Sunday Session 1



Sunday Session 2

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Kitesurfing a northerly on a hot summer day at Frankston

Session 470. Kitesurfing again after a long break, feeling better after a protracted chest cough.  A nice session in a northerly at Frankston. Rode some big swells and tested out my GoPro with the Quark stabiliser.  Check out the video.

 So nice to be on the water again!







Saturday, February 23, 2019

Kitesurfing scary big waves at Gunnamatta

Session 469. Gunnamatta has been on my go to list for ages.  Jeff Steele advised that late afternoon the wind should be good to a group of four headed there.  The waves were very big but the wind was light at 15 knots when I arrived at 4:30.  The wind improved around 5:15, Jeff decided to try it out. 


I got my gear and walked onto the beach watching Jeff heading down a big wave that closed out. He got munched and his kite went down. His lines tangled around another guy (surfer) who was in the water but he swam in OK. Jeff later said he hit something (weed?) and his board stopped dead.





I was cautious heading out and picked a gap. Even so, climbing up a couple of big waves was exciting, then past some surfers to clean deep water out the back.  I did a couple of runs in to check it out and get back upwind, then I headed in.  The swell steadily built as I got in a scary big wave which was a great ride.  

I got in ahead of a big wave on my second ride in.  The wind was dropping a bit so I headed in, not wanting to have a long swim in.  The others came in not long after struggling with the strong rip heading west along the beach.

Its been a while since my last session. I got a bad cough early in January and saw the doctor.  One round of antibiotics didn't fix it so I took a second course.  The cough was still persisting though.  I am now now on a third course of antibiotics and taking it easy.  Great to be on the water again after several weeks of feeling terrible.

The combination of big waves, deep water, very strong rips and ocean frontage makes Gunnamatta a very serious location - its not a place for beginners or even intermediates.







Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Back to the future on a twin tip at St Kilda in 25 knots

Session 468. Arrive at St Kilda with the foilboard at 4:45 pm keen for more practice but the seabreeze was honking at around 25 knots.  The waves looked too big for easy foiling. 

I have had a nasty chest cold for several days but was feeling better today and really keen for some kitesurfing.

Paul from The Zu Boardsports lent me a Airush Switch twin tip board, I pumped up my Union 8 and asked a guy with a harness on to launch my kite.  He didn't know how to with my lines upwind and got them tangled, so I ended up self launching.

Once out past the beginner kites close to the shore I found the board really nice. It edged well and was smooth in the water without sinking in much.  Its been a few years since I used a twin tip so I spent some time getting used to it.

Jumping was weird, I seemed to lose forwards momentum half way though the jump. I tacked out to the channel the Spirit of Tasmania uses then returned.  Surfing the bay swell was strange too, the board turns well but bogs down on waves without the kite pulling.  I rode toeside both directions which was OK but I felt "locked in" to the stance.

I kited past some moored yachts into the Kiddies Pool to play dodgem cars with the 15+ other kiters who were fanging around there.  It takes a bit of concentration with kiters jumping (some close the the pier) and all vying for a fairly small patch of water.

An enjoyable session - something different.





Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Kitesurfing crosswinder tour Ricketts to Aspendale and return

Session 467. First day of the new year and a good seabreeze in the afternoon.  I have got a nasty chest cough and wasn't feeling too well but this was an opportunity to good to miss.



Got out from Ricketts then a few tacks to get around the reefs, following by a long haul to Aspendale, almost as far as Gnotuk Ave.   The bay surf was great all the way down to Mordialloc pier.

A great way to start the new year!

This video shows some of the action - but its not motion stabilised, next time I will use my Quark stabliser!

Having a rest tomorrow, the chest cough has got a hold of me.













Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Weak seabreeze, only good for foil kites and boards

Session 466. I am determined to get up and going on my foil board.  Headed to St Kilda hoping for a 15 knot sea breeze but less than 10 knots came in.  No inflatable kites could get going, but Natalia and Ivan were going well on their foil kites (13m) and foil boards.

Foil kites are expensive though - around $3,000 + bar! 

I stayed for a while hoping for the wind to build but it didn't.  Sea breezes have not been very consistent so far this year.

I got my Union 10m kite flying but couldn't get enough power to get going on the Double Agent foil.

Someone left a wetsuit on the stone wall near the kite caravans - contact me if its yours.




Saturday, December 22, 2018

Kitesurfing downwinder from Frankston to Mordialloc, lucky with the wind

Session 465. Five of us converged on Frankston after setting up a car shuffle at Mordialloc.  There was wind when we arrived, Stuart and I did a couple of runs, then it died completely when a small rain shower came through.



The steady 15+ knots that was forecast had disappeared.  We waited for a while, thinking that the southerly at South Channel was not getting into Frankston.  Immediately after I deflated my kite the wind sprang up.

Stu W was on the water and off downwind, I got going soon after and was pleased to get some nice fast downwind cruising then some small bay surf closer to the beach.  The water was clear and the sun was shining.

Near Gnotuk I headed out towards Ricketts Point until I was off Mordialloc Pier than tacked backed and finished with a run down the surf to the beach just south of the Mordialloc Creek.

James and Stu S were on the beach and said they got less wind, while Stu W and I lucky to ride a good patch of wind all the way down.