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.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kitesurfer injured at Marlo

A kitesurfer was injured on 19 December at Marlo.  Reports indicate his leg was impaled on a large piece of wood that was in the water while he was travelling at speed and possibly jumping.

Stay safe while kitesurfing.

Kite surfer thought he would die after impaling leg in high-speed crash, 7 News

Monday, December 17, 2018

Kitesurfing a fading sea breeze at Hampton

Session 464.  A promising sea breeze looked good at Hampton.  Headed out on my Union 10m kite and tried a few small kiteloops and a long run out towards the channel.  

The wind dropped out though with kiters returning to the beach, except for the guys on foil board who kept going.  Greg said the did a run up to Black Rock and back.

The water wasn't too bad after the recent very heavy rains and water quality warnings.

I need to get going on my foil board . . . 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

GKA World kitesurfing tour at Torquay, sensational wave kitesurfing

The first ever GKA World Kitesurfing Tour event in Australia was held at Point Danger, Torquay in Victoria from 12 to 16 December.

Mens Final - Jan Marcos Riveras (front) & Keahi De Aboitiz (rear)
The world's best kitesurfers waited patiently for the right combination of wind and waves.  A tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria disrupted weather conditions right down Australia's eastern seaboard, resulting in several days of very heavy rain, storms and no sea breezes.

However, it all came together late on Saturday afternoon when the wind picked up at around 4:30pm and the sun shone with big swells rolling in.

I arrived at 4 pm on Day 4 with not much going on. Keahi De Aboitiz was playing table tennis.

I spoke to Mike Walker of Kitethrills from the Sunshine Coast who we met on our recent kitesurfing trip there. Mike got 4th place in the Australian Kitesurfing Wave Championships that were held at Torquay just before the World Tour event, with James Carew getting 1st place.

Point Danger, Torquay
Keahi De Aboitiz

Point Danger, Torquay

Keahi headed out on a 15m Contra at when cross offshore wind picked up at 4:30 and caught some big waves.  Matchu Lopes followed him out and they both were going well.

The mens final event between Keahi Aboitiz (Australia) and Sebastien Ribeiroo (Brazil) then started.  They were both catching big waves, smashing lips, getting good rides in and making it look easy.

The mens mini-final between between Mitu Monteiro and Matchu Lopes (both from Cabo Verde) for 3rd and 4th place was equally dramatic.

Further womens events started after these but they were called off when wind conditions changed.

Presentations were held for the following places:

Mens singles finals results:
  1. Keahi De Aboitiz
  2. Sebastian Ribeiroo
  3. Matchu Lopes
  4. Mitu Monteiro
Sebastian Ribeiroo (2nd) Keahi De Aboitiz (1st) Matchu Lopes (3rd) Mitu Monteiro (4th)
Womens singles finals results: 
  1. Jalou Langeree
  2. Carla Herrera Ori
  3. J - Catharina Edin
  4. Jennie Milton 

Jennie Milton (4th), J - Catharina Edin (3rd), Jalou Langeree (1st) Carla Herrera Ori (2nd)

This event will be held in Australia for the next 2 years.  The skills are superb, the vibe is great and competitors are very friendly.  Its well worth attending.

Everyone at Day 4. Credit: Ydwer van der Heide

See also

Keahi waxing his board

The launch site

Matchu Lopes from Cabo Verde.

Matchu Lopes

Matchu Lopes

Matchu Lopes

Matchu Lopes

Matchu Lopes

Jalou Langeree, Camille Delannoy and Charlotte Carpentier
Airton Cozzolino
Matchu Lopes and Keahi De Aboitiz
Mens super and mini final

Matchu Lopes and Keahi De Aboitiz

Matchu Lopes and Keahi De Aboitiz

Mens Final - Jan Marcos Riveras (front) & Keahi De Aboitiz (rear)

Mens Final - Jan Marcos Riveras (front) & Keahi De Aboitiz (rear)

Mens Final - Keahi De Aboitiz

Mens Final - Keahi De Aboitiz

Mens Final - Keahi De Aboitiz

Mens Final - Keahi De Aboitiz
Mens Final - Keahi De Aboitiz
Mens Final - Keahi De Aboitiz

Mens Mini Final - Matchu Lopes

Mens Mini Final - Matchu Lopes

Mens Mini Final - Mitu Monteiro

Mens Final - Mitu Monteiro

Mens Mini Final - Mitu Monteiro

Mens Mini Final - Mitu Monteiro

Mens Mini Final - Mitu Monteiro (rear) Matchu Lopes (front)

Mens Mini Final - Matchu Lopes

Mens Mini Final - Mitu Monteiro (rear) Matchu Lopes (front)

Mens Mini Final - Mitu Monteiro

Womens event

Camille Delannoy (L) Mitu Monteiro (3rd right) Airton Cozzolino (4th right) and Vivi (5th right)

Jalou Langeree and J - Catharina Edin

Jennie Milton and J Catharina Edin

Matchu Lopes and Mitu Monteiro
Hanging with Matchu

Hanging with Keahi

Hanging with Jalou