Sunday, December 26, 2010

Beaumaris late in the day with some extra ballast

Session 117, 26 December 2010

Kite: Switchblade 14
Wind: 25+ knots, SE
Location: Beaumaris, Ricketts Point
Time: 18:00 to 19:00

A reasonable south easterly came in late in the day so Stuart and I headed down to Beaumaris beach at Ricketts Point.  I took some photos when I arrived then headed out with the 14, the S-Quad surf board and the seat harness.  It was a bit cool so I wore my wetsuit.

I was keen to get out to work of a little of the extra ballast I had acquired from Christmas meals, even though I should in theory have been resting my strained back.  I figured a short session with the seat harness would be OK.

It was good fun on the surfboard.  I tried gibing and discovered its a black art.  Its very difficult to switch your feet around while in motion and under power.  I need to read up some more on this to get the technique right.

I did some "power turns" to toeside which were fun.  On one occasion I overcooked it and crashed, then found myself getting dragged back to shore by my kite which was sitting vertically just on the water.  I was unable to relaunch it, until I realised that one rear line was looped over the bar.  Once freed, the kite flew again.

The board felt like a cork bobbing on the bay swell - a big difference from the carving twin tip.  I was able to go upwind well and even depowered the kite when the wind picked up.

I rode toeside for a bit too - even though the seat harness is not ideal for this - you can't swivel the harness around to get the line pull on it more direct.  The bar actually unhooked from the harness too, but I was able to reattach it with the kite above my head.  Its always worth doing your harness up tight before you go out.

I had the best fun cranking slaloms - turn the kite - carve to toeside - turn the kite - carve to heelside - and repeat.  This is good practice for surf riding as it hones board and kite handling skills, enabling quick takeoffs and "turn arounds".  Its a nice way to go downwind too.

Almost crowded



Stuart coming in


Grant with his windsurfer

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