But a weekend without some kitesurfing now feels like purgatory!
A strong easterly blew all day. I went to the aquarium with the family in the afternoon, then returned home just before 5. The wind was still blowing so I headed for Mentone. Stuart S and Grant were down there setting up their windsurfers.
There was good wind so I took out my Lithium 9 for the first time. I had plenty of power in the 25 knot wind (gusting up to 30) and the kite fully depowered! I was able to stay upwind without much effort and do some nice slalom turns in the surf nearer to the shore.
I did a few jumps too but was wary of heading for the heavens, and stressing my arm further. I did my first pre-turn gybe to the right too.
The Lithium 9 was very predicable, had heaps of power and turned very well. Although smaller in size than my Switchblade 10 it seems to generate more power.
I also have a common bar between my Lithium 9 and 12, so I can use one bar for both and keep the other spare.
Mentone was great today. Only a few other kiters and windsurfers out, good wind, some waves and nice clean water. My elbow feels fine too, it is certainly no worse. I might try the bridle attachments to "light bar pressure" on the Lithium kites.