This is an online blog journal of all my kitesurfing activities. I blog and log every kitesurfing session and provide information on skills progression, gear, weather and locations. I am based in Melbourne, Australia where we are blessed with good winds and some wonderful kitesurfing. I also take kitecam photos and video. I also record many sessions with a GPS.
Session 472. On the water about 3 p.m, there wind was strong enough to go upwind so I headed for Green Point. There were no good waves there however so I head back surfing the swells. Paul and Greg were out on their foil boards having a good time. We were the only three kiters out.
Its getting colder now. I am looking forward to some bigger waves.
Afterwards I visited James and Heather and Sandringham Yacht Club, they are nearly ready to head off for some more adventure sailing after doing some repairs.
Session 471. Eight keen kitesurfers converged at Sandy Point for another kitesurfing weekend. Stu W, Stu S, Tarren, James, Dobbo, Adam, Anthony and myself.
Very strong 30+ knot wind on Saturday provided epic surf conditions. I did a couple of sessions on my 8m Union kite. It was good having plenty of power as the waves were huge, so big that I didn't make it right out the back.
I swapped to my 6m Wave for the third session, it had plenty of power and was better for riding the waves. Definitely a small kite day!
The wind was around 23 knots on Sunday and the surf a bit more manageable, I got out the back and rode some big waves several times. Traversing out the back I thought I was past the break, then a monster loomed up. There was no way I could over or behind it so I rode it in. Massive power in the wave then I got munched but I kept my kite flying.
Lots of tired and happy faces over lunch, then I headed home.
In my estimation Sandy Point is the best kitesurfing beach in Victoria. Its wide and has nice shallow flat sections before the surf and you can pick your way out in big surf then catch some big waves.
Session 470. Kitesurfing again after a long break, feeling better after a protracted chest cough. A nice session in a northerly at Frankston. Rode some big swells and tested out my GoPro with the Quark stabiliser. Check out the video.
Session 469. Gunnamatta has been on my go to list for ages. Jeff Steele advised that late afternoon the wind should be good to a group of four headed there. The waves were very big but the wind was light at 15 knots when I arrived at 4:30. The wind improved around 5:15, Jeff decided to try it out.
I got my gear and walked onto the beach watching Jeff heading down a big wave that closed out. He got munched and his kite went down. His lines tangled around another guy (surfer) who was in the water but he swam in OK. Jeff later said he hit something (weed?) and his board stopped dead.
I was cautious heading out and picked a gap. Even so, climbing up a couple of big waves was exciting, then past some surfers to clean deep water out the back. I did a couple of runs in to check it out and get back upwind, then I headed in. The swell steadily built as I got in a scary big wave which was a great ride.
I got in ahead of a big wave on my second ride in. The wind was dropping a bit so I headed in, not wanting to have a long swim in. The others came in not long after struggling with the strong rip heading west along the beach.
Its been a while since my last session. I got a bad cough early in January and saw the doctor. One round of antibiotics didn't fix it so I took a second course. The cough was still persisting though. I am now now on a third course of antibiotics and taking it easy. Great to be on the water again after several weeks of feeling terrible.
The combination of big waves, deep water, very strong rips and ocean frontage makes Gunnamatta a very serious location - its not a place for beginners or even intermediates.
Session 468. Arrive at St Kilda with the foilboard at 4:45 pm keen for more practice but the seabreeze was honking at around 25 knots. The waves looked too big for easy foiling.
I have had a nasty chest cold for several days but was feeling better today and really keen for some kitesurfing.
Paul from The Zu Boardsports lent me a Airush Switch twin tip board, I pumped up my Union 8 and asked a guy with a harness on to launch my kite. He didn't know how to with my lines upwind and got them tangled, so I ended up self launching.
Once out past the beginner kites close to the shore I found the board really nice. It edged well and was smooth in the water without sinking in much. Its been a few years since I used a twin tip so I spent some time getting used to it.
Jumping was weird, I seemed to lose forwards momentum half way though the jump. I tacked out to the channel the Spirit of Tasmania uses then returned. Surfing the bay swell was strange too, the board turns well but bogs down on waves without the kite pulling. I rode toeside both directions which was OK but I felt "locked in" to the stance.
I kited past some moored yachts into the Kiddies Pool to play dodgem cars with the 15+ other kiters who were fanging around there. It takes a bit of concentration with kiters jumping (some close the the pier) and all vying for a fairly small patch of water.