However, the kite was not flying well with the left front line shortened. It turned to the right very fastbut stubbornly resisted turning to the left! I got out behind the waves and headed after Adam.
I was reluctant to get into the surf with the kite control compromised so I scooted along behind the waves.
Coming into the Peregian Beach I dropped the kite, relaunched it, then dropped it again. I released the safety and floating in, releasing the second safety when the kite was filled by a wave.
A messy pack up of twisted lines and a soggy kite in the fading light, then we walked up through the small shopping centre and caught a bus back to Castaways, which was very convenient.
In hindsight, heading off with the kite line shortened was not a good idea, but Adam did his first downwinder and was very happy to complete it.