Sunday, August 05, 2012
Kitesurfing Frankston before the winter storm
Session 185. Sunday 5 August 2012
At last, some more wind! A good westerly was on so Stuart and I headed for Frankston and got on the water about 9:30am. The water was very clear and noticeably warmer than last time. There was even some nice sunshine. It was great to fly my 10m Switchblade again, I like it.
The small bay surf was fun on the surfboard. I did several gybes - its starting to come together with a bit of practice. I am doing a "pre jibe" (switch feet before turning) when riding toeside and a "post gybe" (switch feet after turning) when riding heelside.
The wind was over 20 knots for the first 20 minutes, then it backed off a bit. A couple of guys were doing a downwinder to Frankston so I kept my eye out for them.
Stuart headed off after a lull, and I took off to do a short downwinder past the pier.
It was nice riding the small surf along the sandbar of the beach, then I tacked out past the pier keeping a wary eye on it. I came back into the beach and followed it down towards the Nepean Highway, realising that landing options were not so good. The beach was narrow with a wire fence close to the water.
Right near the road it widened a little however, and the wind obligingly dropped so I got the kite down without any trouble. I packed it away then walked the considerable distance back to the car.
Some more kiters had shown up by then and the wind was good again. I could see some squalls in the distance ahead of the large front that was forecast. Later in the afternoon it arrived, as you can see by the wind graphs. This highlights the need for great caution when kiting in winter storm conditions.