Monday, June 13, 2016

Kitesurfing in glorious winter sun at Mornington

Session 378. First kitesurfing session at Mornington. The northerly was stronger here than at Frankston.  I arrived at around 4pm after another family bike ride.  Stu S, Stuart W and James were already on the water and the wind was good. Joy oh joy!

Getting off the beach was tricky - there is a reef at either end of the short beach.  I walked back towards the pier to get a better tack then took after in pursuit of Stu S who was exploring up the shoreline.  We kited up as far as Sunnyside beach past the mansions perched high on the bluffs.

Coming back we surfed some of the rollers. I headed towards the pier. Lots of mooring there so I didn't go in close.  Lots of fun in the good sized bay surf that was rolling in.  The next beach up had some good waves and the reefs were not so gnarly.

Great winter sun again - a golden yellow light.  The sunset was superb with the You Yangs visible across the bay in the distance.

A great spot, but not for beginners.

Getting out pat the reefs, 

Sunnyside beach

Melbourne city skyline in the distance, due North

GPS log

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kitesurfing Frankston winter wind in wonderful light

Session 377. I went for a bike ride in the morning to give our dog Pixie a good run.  The forecast south westerly change came through mid afternoon but the wind looked dodgy at Brighton, so Stu, Jop and I headed to Frankston.

It was blowing a gale when we arrived but had backed off by the time we got to the beach and pumped up our kites.

There was plenty of wind though and some good waves.  The light was superb. The yellow Winter sun highlighted the clean water and sand.  After a couple of runs I was enjoying the waves so much I kept surfing them down to the Seaford Pier.

The wind conked out on the way back so I walked along the beach for a while. I headed out again when it picked up and made it further back. After another short walk I did another couple of upwind tacks in strong wind with a squall approaching.

I nearly made it back then the wind died again so I walked the last few hundred meters.

Its so nice to be out in the elements again.  I felt nicely tired after this session and slept really well.

GPS log

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Kitesurfing Rosebud, first session with my Union 8

Session 376.  We went to Rosebud to get the good northerly wind, along with just about every other kiter in Melbourne!  I took out my 8m Airush Union for the first time and was very happy with it.  It is very similar to the 10 but a bit more nimble.

Look at all those kites!

The wind dropped a bit so I came in and swapped it for my 10. It was nice to have some more power and the waves were building in size.  I did a run up to toward the pier as it was very crowded further south - there must have been 300 kiters on the water!

It was enjoying being on the water again.  Then I tried a backroll that went wrong. My kite crashed hard leading edge down and burst the front bladder.  Should I have let go of the bar when the trick went wrong?  Possibly.

Luckily I had locked of the centre strut where the camera mount was so the kite stayed afloat.  I attached my leash to my board footstrap, wound in the lines and swam in.

The wind picked up again so I finished the session on my 8m kite.  The depower has a good range so I think this kite will work well in wind up to 35 knots, maybe more.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dawn patrol winter kitesurfing at Brighton, great to back on the water!

Session 375.  First session after returning from Norway, really keen to get on the water. Tarren, James and I met at Brighton before work and scored some nice winter wind.  There was just enough to have some fun.  The northerlies this year seem a bit tame compared to previous years.

A great way to start the day and so good to be kiting again.