- Location: Altona Beach
- Wind: 15 to 20 knots, easterly
- Max speed: fast - some flat water behind the sandbars
- Time: about 2 hours
- Kite: Switchblade 14m
- Kitecam: Oregon Scientific ATC 2K
There were a lot of kites on the water and on the beach when we arrived. The wind was coming it at about 15 knots so I pumped up the 14m Switchblade. Stuart provided the following good tip for rigging up the IDS bar:
TIP: Attach the safety leash to the ring on the depower line where it connects to the chicken loop, rather than the main assembly. This way, if you pull the main safety and the velcro fitting that holds the depower line gives way (as Stuart's did recently at Sandy Point), then you are still attached to the kite.
No shortage of power as I cruised out in the small surf.
I did some amazing long runs up to the beach heading west. The small surf provided good jumping and coming closer to shore there was some great flat water behind the sandbanks where fast carving was easy. Some very shallow sections loom up occasionally though so you have to pay attention and flatten the board out if when it gets too shallow. Hitting a sandbank at 30km would not be much fun.
One young kiter did a very impressive jump with some flips and a handle pass then landed on his chest on a shallow sandbank. I asked him if he was OK as I went past. He said he was, but was lucky not to be injured. Jumping in shallow water is not a good idea.
Enjoy the kitecam footage I took
Here is the wind map.
And the location map (approximate, no GPS today)
Kitecam (helmet mounted) video footage to follow.
Kiteboarding is very thrilling and it is the reason why more are inclined to join because of the possibility of flying like a pro. But care to check how are you going to land safely? This is where the safety precautionary measures start - the exact gears and gadgets should be check regularly before and after.
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