I refitted the footstraps to the surfboard as conditions looked quite choppy, and I was glad that I did.
Rick was on the beach and hoping for the wind to drop as his smallest kite was a 10. Most kiters were out with 8m or smaller kites. I had no trouble getting out through cross onshore shore break and headed out, climbing over the big swells.
Its a whole different experience kiting in such strong wind and bigger waves. I even de-powered the 7 for a while! There was a good surf rolling between the two rock groynes. I shared the waves with 5 other kiters, most of them on surfboards. I got a few shots of them with my kitecam and helmet cam.
I ended up on the beach a couple of times when my board was washed in after a stack, but getting out again was easy in the strong wind.