This is an online blog journal of all my kitesurfing activities. I blog and log every kitesurfing session and provide information on skills progression, gear, weather and locations. I am based in Melbourne, Australia where we are blessed with good winds and some wonderful kitesurfing. I also take kitecam photos and video. I also record many sessions with a GPS.
I called down bayside last Monday after returning from Sandy Point. A good westerly was blowing so I checked out the action at Brighton then Hampton. I'm still nursing a cracked rib so no kiting for me, which is very frustrating. Its healing though.
There were two guys out at Brighton on twin tip boards have a good time.
Hampton was crowded by comparison - about a dozen kiters on surfboards enjoying the bay swell whipped up by the westerley.
Four of us planned a kitesurfing and windsurfing weekend at Sandy Point from 12-14 November. Unfortunately I was bowled over by my brother's dog the week before our trip and cracked a rib on a veranda rail. Ouch, its very painful. My GP told me there were very few things he could state with absolute certainty in medicine, but he could say there was definitely no way I would be kitesurfing on this trip.
I left my kitesurfing gear at home in case I was tempted to go out and took my camera and fishing gear. I took a lot of photos, but caught no fish.
Saturday - some wind at the inlet and on the surf beach
Stuart (kitesurfing) and Grant and Stu (windsurfing) had some nice runs in the inlet in light wind. There was just enough wind to get going and it was nice and sunny.
These immature pacific gulls were resting as we left the inlet.
Stuart headed out in the surf at Waratah Bay in just enough wind. The beach is very wide so launching is easy and the surf very predictable. It would be great in 20+ knots.
Sunday - down to Walkerville and Venus Bay
There was no wind on Sunday so we drove to Walkerville for a look. We headed down to Bear Gully where Grant and Stu surfed a small reef break. Stuart and I walked along the wild coastline and eyed off the possibility of a great downwinder back to Sandy Point. You would need a southerly and the distance is about 17km. You could keep going down towards Wilsons Prom too!
Monday - more wind at the inlet
There was more wind (just enough) on Monday so Stuart and Grant got another session in at Shallow Inlet.
I detoured via Corner Inlet and Port Franklin on the way home. Its a curious place - similar in many ways to Western Port - but very limited potential for kitesurfing.
Session 156, Wednesday 2 November 2011
Back in Melbourne after our epic 4 day trip to Inverloch, Stuart messaged me for a kite in the morning. We headed out at Hampton in a light wind at about 10:50, with nobody else around. The wind backed off so we headed out and downwind to Green Point. It was nice to go for a short tour. The offshore squalls were not bringing much wind with them.
When the wind dropped further, I started heading in to the beach at Brighton, but then it picked up. We were able to get back upwind past Green Point, Middle Brighton and back to Hampton. The wind konked out again just as we returned.
It was a nice not-too-strenuous session where upwind technique was really all that mattered. I headed to the Yarra for a coffee and muffin, followed by a brief paddle in my sea kayak (the last photo). No kitesurfing on the Yarra (yet)!
That makes 4 days of kitesurfing over the last 5 days. Bliss . . .
Stats Location: Hampton Beach, Melbourne Kite: Noise 12m Wind: 15 knots, SW Time: 9:50 to 10:50 Board: Naish Haze