Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chasing two rainbows at Hampton at the edge of a storm

Session 137, Tuesday 24 May 2011

Kite: Switchblade 10
Wind: 20 knots, S
Location: Hampton
Time: 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Board: Naish Haize twin tip

A strong southerly was blowing most of the day.  I got down to Hampton late in the afternoon after attending to some domestic chores.  There was about 23 knots when I rigged up and headed out on my 10m kite, and 2 other kiters on the water.

It was a magical experience.  Kiting out I saw one prominent rainbow, and coming back in I saw another one.  Unfortunately my camera was mounted the wrong way in my kitecam rig, so no pictures, which was a bit disappointing.

It was nice to fly the 10m kite again.  I popped a few small jumps, but was mainly enjoying the brisk air, good wind and the great atmospherics.  The wind dropped after a few runs however, so I came in to shore near the groyne with a kiteloop for more power.

I then did a kiteloop the wrong way and stuffed it right up, crashing the kite next to the groyne.  I didn't have time to relaunch it then the kite got swamped.  I swam in and secured it.  I had to get the lines off the rocks.  I will check them tomorrow for any wear and tear, hopefully they will be OK.

A decent squall then arrived and it got dark rapidly.  It was great to get out.

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