Sunday, June 30, 2013

Late afternoon kitesurfing in paradise at 4 Mile Beach Port Douglas

Session 234.   There was about 10 knots of wind at 4 Mile Beach, just enough to tempt me onto the water. The water was warm and the sun was strong as I headed out tracking toward Snapper Island in the far distance. The wonderful panorama opened up with Black Mountain to the left, the long line of 4 Mile Beach and the massive Thorntons Peak in the Daintree visible behind the Port Douglas headland.

I wasn't holding ground though - even further out the wind was not strong, so I turned and returned to shore, coming back to the beach about 700m down. Its a nice walk back. Christian, who is managing the Windswell kitesurfing school for Brett, was going well on his Sector 60, and a woman with good technique and a light physique were both holding ground in the light wind.

I packed my gear away and headed for a swim at the Ramada resort pool - my daughter Chloe's favourite spot.

We checked out the Sunday market. It has many stalls and lots of visitors. The fresh coconut was great. You drink the cococut milk then they crack the shell and you can east the coconut meat.

Late in the day we went to the lookout on the headland. The Council has allowed a new construction to proceed there. When finished, it will obscure most of the view from the lookout! So a few knobs staying in crummy villa will then get the view that thousands used to from the lookout. Not a good outcome.

But I spotted kites out at 4 Mile, so we scooted back. I got out on the water at around 5pm in nice wind and had a great short session until dark along with 3 other kiters.

I figured that there might be no more wind so a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush.

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