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.
My friend was keen to have a go on my Fliteboard. We headed down to Aspendale for an early start before a breeze kicked in.
Greg is a keen skier and has good balance. He was standing on the board quite soon enjoying the flat water. He got some good speed up with the board low to the water. He rose on the foil a few times but lost control fairly quickly.
The micro forward and back adjustments are very tricky when learning.
Riding the board flat on the water helps getting used to the speed.
"Micro flights" - getting on the foil and quickly bringing the board back down - helps you learn the small weights shifts needed to rise on the foil and descend back to a plane.
Kitesurfing session 559. We got a lift in the van again to Kaliantan around noon. We parked near Tampa Boleq again (easy access for the van) and walked the short distance to the kite beach. The vehicle track to the kiting location is rougher.
I took my 10m kite but there was less wind around 15 knots - I could have used my 12. Taking both kites is best!
I tacked out to the reefs, then did a slalom run back to the beach then some speed runs in the lagoon.
The water was clear and warm and the weather was good.
Stu S dropped his kite in the light wind and got dragged through one of the aquaculture constructions. Somehow he threaded his way through it and managed to relaunch his kite.
The two Stuarts and I took an outrigger canoe to the Inside Ekas surf break in the morning. There were around 15 people surfing there. People come across from Kuta by boat and also from access point below Ekas Surf Resort (who have one SUP for hire).
The reef break was clean but not too easy to catch. I wasn't having much success on my the surfboard I rented from Ekas but it was great to be out there watching others carve up the waves.
I eventually caught one and got a good ride in then headed back to the canoe feeling quite tired. Surfing is hard work for me - lots of paddling and my sternum was tender from the harness pressure in yesterday's very strong winds.
Some days there is no surf at this location. Outside Ekas reef break generally has bigger waves.
We headed back to Kaliantan in the afternoon for more kitesurfing.