Sunday, August 12, 2018

Very cold kitesurfing at Aspendale in flukey wind

Session 450. A very cold for an early morning session.  The wind was flukey so I headed out on my Ocean Rodeo 14.5.  Plenty of power for a while but it was dropping right off closer to shore.  I had a break and chatted for a while until it picked up again and headed out for a second go.



The wind was better further out was good but I was wary of a long swim in. The waves were not huge, but it was cold and refreshing.

My 2mm Ripcurl Rubber Soul booties both have splits from the top and are not keeping my feet warm.

Tarren and I had a great coffee and chilli eggs with avocado at the Two Farm Girls cafe nearby, they have an excellent menu.



Then I bought some Ripcurl Flashbomb 3mm booties from Mordys Surf.  The thicker neoprene and flash fabric lining should make them nice and warm and the sole is not too thick.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Kitesurfing bay waves Rosebud to Rye with good wind

Session 449. Good solid wind at Rosebud, enough for my Wave 6 kite.  The waves on the outer sandbank were a good size for surfing and the tide was high so it was easy to get out.


After several tacks out and surfing down the line I followed the others for an extended downwinder towards Rye Pier, enjoying the bay surf all the way down. 

It took several tacks to get back, tired but stoked after a great session. 






 








Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cracking winter kitesurfing at Rosebud in "tropical" weather

Session 448.  A cracking winter kitesurfing at Rosebud in "tropical" weather - one of my best there.  Got down there at 9 with James, Stu S, Jop, Luca, Mike and Richard with the wind blowing a steady 20 knots and a high tide.



It was easy to get out to the first sandbar where some good waves were breaking.  Azure green water, sunshine and good wind were a magic combination.  It felt tropical, except for the chilled water.

I did some nice speed runs on the flat water lagoon close to shore with the sandbars all covered.

The waves were so good I did a downwinder towards Rye and got back with a few tacks.

There were lots of smiles on dials after this session! 

Stu S, Jop, Luca and I had a relaxing lunch and coffee in the warmth of The Corner Cafe











Sunday, July 15, 2018

Short winter kitesurfing session and flukey wind at Frankston

Session 447. Another chilly morning and a northerly.  Some of the crew head for Rosebud.  Stu S, Jop, Luca and I decided to have a go at Frankston. The wind was sideshore at Seaford so we drove down to the car park next to Waves on The Beach cafe/restaurant.  There is also a lot of sand on this beach.



We had some nice runs for about 30 minutes but the wind was getting weaker closer to shore - I think it had some east in it.  I stayed out for a couple of more tacks and noticed that the other three were all on the shore with their kites down, so I thought it prudent to head in to avoid a long swim from offshore.

Getting closer to shore the wind dropped right off. Looping the kite got me in a bit closer until it dropped and I walked to the shore. Luca grabbed my kite.

We packed up and went to Cafe Moto for coffee and muffins.

Winter wind can be very fickle, so it pays to be cautious. It picked up gain after an hour.  The guys at Rosebud had good consistent wind.











Sunday, July 08, 2018

Kitesurfing Hampton to Brighton on the big kite, almost made it back too

Session 446. I arrived at Hampton with about 18 knots of wind blowing.  I rigged up my Union 10m but it dropped just before I entered the water.  I wasn't able to really get going so I landed the kite and packed it away in the car.



I was about to drive home but the wind picked up a bit - 16 knots at Fawkner Beacon - so I pumped up my Ocean Rodeo Flite 14.5 (the "Session Saver") and headed out.

Its a miracle kite.  You can get going nicely when there "isn't quite enough wind".  I got out past the groynes then down to and past Green Point.  A couple of kites were in the air at Brighton close the beach.

The sun was shining and the wind was nice and  I kited right through a large flock of birds in a feeding frenzy above a school of fish. Life is good!

I turned around at Brighton marina and dodged through four racing sailing dingys then set a tack back to Green Point.  I didn't quite make it around on the first tack but I did on the second, wary of the reef at the point.

Then the wind dropped. I re-powered the kite to no avail so I came into the beach near a groyne and landed.

Winter wind can be fickle.  I was happy it didn't conk out when I was some distance offshore.

It was really good to get this session after yesterday's no go.






Saturday, July 07, 2018

Over 35 knots and no beach at Seaford or Aspendale so no kitesurfing

There was a strong wind forecast at Seaford. I got there at dawn and it was really pumping. The beach was practically non-existent, so launching would have been difficult, particularly with the fence there. Nobody else showed up so I decided not to go out.

I had a nap in the car and woke to hail on the windscreen.  Definitely winter conditions.  I drove up to Cafe Moto for a good coffee and some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I then checked out Aspendale - the waves were washing right up to the boardwalk and the dunes there too.

Conditions were better up at Brighton but I pulled the pin, visited a mate, checked out some pod campers, then drove home.

Seaford

Seaford

Seaford

Seaford

Cafe Moto

Cafe Moto





Aspendale

Aspendale



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Winter kitesurfing dawn patrol at Seaford, chilly but rewarding

Session 445. Dark, chilly and windy morning at Seaford.  I started with my Wave 6m kite in case the wind got stronger.  I was able to stay upwind for a couple of tacks but was a bit underpowered.  The wind dropped further so I landed the kite and setup my Union 8m which was the right kite for the conditions.

Good waves and some nice winter sunshine.  I used my drysuit which was a bit too warm until a bit of water leaked in through the chest zip - I noticed later that I hadn't closed it properly.   The dry suit is a bit like being inside a car - it really does separate you from the element.  A wetsuit has a better feel and their is basically no chance of operator error with zips etc.

Every winter kitesurfing session is a bonus, its great to get out.

Coffee at the Beach Cafe Seaford (looking down the pier and across the bay) afterwards was excellent too.








Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kitesurfing waves then a downwinder Aspendale to Frankston, always a blast!

Session 444. Nice kitesurfing bay waves in steady winter wind at Aspendale on Sunday morning.  There were very few people about.  There was a good turnout: Stu W, Stu S, Tarren, James, Rich and myself.  The wind was holding up so I got my drypack ready then did a downwinder to Frankston surfing waves the whole way. 



Getting past Patterson River was easy, then there were more glorious waves.  The beauty of a dowwinder is you can scope out good sandbanks and cruise out to them on the way.  Seaford pier is the only obstacle, although there seems to be many more yellow poles in the water (restricted zones) now.

Landing at Frankston near Waves on The Beach restaurant was easy. I packed up on the grass lawn close to Kananook Creek then walked down Wells Street, stopping for a good coffee at Rockatillos sitting outside.

There was a surprise at the Frankston train station - it is closed while being rebuilt.  Substitute buses are available BUT they say no bikes or surfboards . . .  I was lucky that the friendly MET assistants and the bus driver let me on so I could get to Carrum, then catch the train back to Aspendale.











 











Part A: Wave riding at Aspendale



Part B: Aspendale to Frankston downwinder