Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Freshwater kiting on Lake Albert, South Australia in the New Year

Session 119, 5 January 2011

Kite: Switchblade 14
Wind: 18 knots, SW
Location: Lake Albert, South Australia
Time: 1h

Photo: Duncan Groenewald

Photo: Duncan Groenewald

On our recent road trip to South Australia, this was the only kiting session I managed to score.  It was very different kitesurfing in Lake Albert (near the Murray River mouth) in freshwater.   The grassy launch site just north of the town of Meningee was a bit confined but worked out o.k.

There were a couple of fishing nets strung out under small buoys which I had to watch out for.  Other than that, I was powering out through the small chop and then screaming back to shore.   I popped a few small jumps, but was cautious.  It was shallow close to shore and it would have been a giant swim back from the middle of the lake.

This good sea breeze was blowing across the Coorong lakes and also the beach at "The Granites", so kitesurfing would have been possible at other venues on this day too.

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