Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hampton in an onshore Westerley

Session 83, Sunday 21 March 2010

Kite: Switchblade 14m
Location: Hampton
Wind: 15-20 knots W
Duration: 1:00 to 2:30pm - 1.5 hours

GPS data

  • Max speed 42.3 km/h
  • Trip odom 21.2
  • Time 1:17
  • Average speed 16.5 km/h

Some frontal weather patterns brought strong westerly winds this morning.  By afternoon they had moderated to around 20 knots so Stuart and I headed down to Hampton.

We initially planned to do a downwinder from Middle Brighton to St Kilda and back, but the wind dropped just as we got on the water.  Stuart kited back to Hampton while I packed away my 10m kite and drove the short distance back to Hampton.

I took the Switchblade 14 out and had a ball. Njord (the Norse wind god) smiled and provided some good wind and a moderate swell.  The westerly wind was blowing right in towards the harbour entrance so I was able to crank up some good speed on the flatter water.

I landed a few good jumps too in either direction, but didn't attempt anything more ambitious.  Easing back into it.

Ivan was kitesurfing the shorebreak along with about 8 others.  It got a bit crowded in close at times.

I took out the GPS, kite mounted camera and helmet cam.

Here is the video

And here are the photos

Landing a jump!


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