Kite: Switchblade 14m
Wind: 15-20 knots W
Duration: 1:00 to 2:30pm - 1.5 hours
- Max speed 42.3 km/h
- Trip odom 21.2
- Time 1:17
- Average speed 16.5 km/h
Some frontal weather patterns brought strong westerly winds this morning. By afternoon they had moderated to around 20 knots so Stuart and I headed down to Hampton.
We initially planned to do a downwinder from Middle Brighton to St Kilda and back, but the wind dropped just as we got on the water. Stuart kited back to Hampton while I packed away my 10m kite and drove the short distance back to Hampton.
I took the Switchblade 14 out and had a ball. Njord (the Norse wind god) smiled and provided some good wind and a moderate swell. The westerly wind was blowing right in towards the harbour entrance so I was able to crank up some good speed on the flatter water.
I landed a few good jumps too in either direction, but didn't attempt anything more ambitious. Easing back into it.
Ivan was kitesurfing the shorebreak along with about 8 others. It got a bit crowded in close at times.
I took out the GPS, kite mounted camera and helmet cam.
Here is the video
And here are the photos