Saturday, August 07, 2010

Bali wave camp day 6 - a good last day in mellow surf

Session 99, 7 August 2010

Kite: Switchblade 14
Wind 15 knots
Waves around 1 to 2m .

The wind came in again at noon, which made it six days in a row.   The waves were not so big today so getting out was easy.

Once out I again focussed on getting upwind, which was not too difficult early on.  I got in good position for some waves and rode a couple in.  There were not many big sets however so I didn’t ride any very big ones.  I was switching feet again so I surfed in goofy footed.

I didn't try sending the kite down the line as I thought I would keep some speed up and stay in front if the wave got bigger.  Having the kite flying with no pull down the line and then just surfing the wave takes a bit of getting used to.

I stayed out most of the day.  I have got used to the waist harness so it doesn’t bother me now and feels quite comfortable.  I saw a few fish out in the blue water past the murky river water.

It was a lovely sunny day and the wind kept up for most of it.  After I finished I tried unhooking on the beach; it worked fine.  I got overpowered a bit once but grabbing on the chicken loop and rehooking it works well.

All in, a great finish for the trip.  We have had wind every day and some great waves.

My skills progression for directional boards is to master toeside riding upwind - in hindsight I should have done more of this before coming.  

1 comment:

Boris Terzic said...

Sounds like a good week of skills work.