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