After a few more runs the wind picked up and I was able to work my way out past the reef. I passed close to a turtle who was not perturbed to see me. Its tricky getting past the reef though, I passed over it a couple of times.
|Cruising past a sea turtle!|
There was one kite way upwind above the Mowbray River, but I was still tacking in towards the river mouth, which is not a great place to linger as there are crocodiles in the rivers and quite a few rays in the shallow water there.
Then the upwind kite headed back down towards a group of kiters, including Jouko, that had congregated near the creek at the far end of 4 Mile.
I cranked some slalom turns and scooted down there, wary of the sand bars closer to shore. After a few fast runs in the flat water I continued on back to starting point. This was a big session. Lots of great scenery and quite a lot of distance.
I got some chafing above my hips from my harness though my rash vest. I should have brought my shortie.
After a short break I did a downwinder along 4 Mile Beach to the surf club. There was a reasonable wave in several places although I found the wind direction odd. I did a self landing on a quiet section of beach just up from the surf club then carried my kite to the grass and packed it away. Lena and Chloe were in town so I walked along Macrossan Street to meet them.
This one day made bringing my kite gear well worthwhile.
GPS log - upwind tour