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.
A personal speed record at Altona in the late afternoon
Session 85, Saturday 3 April 2010
Kite: Switchblade 14m Location: Altona Wind: 15-20 knots SE Duration: 6:01 to 7:21 pm - 1h 20 minutes
Max speed 47.0 km/h
Trip odom 28.6 kim
Average speed 22.3 km/h
The forecast SE was building up late in the afternoon so Stuart and I headed to Altona. We arrived at about 5:30 with lots of kites on the water, but the wind was a bit light on so many were struggling to stay upwind.
I stuffed up the shallow water start (more practice required) then did a long run up along the beach and back. The flat water is nice, but I find it difficult to go upwind when travelling at speed. On the return leg I came into shore gradually and eventually had to stop and walk out again.
Then I was able to kite right up into the mouth of Laverton Creek, turn and return. Quite a few other kiters about but they all knew what they were doing so there were no major mishaps.
Then the wind picked up about 5 knots and it was on. I did some really fast runs back into the flat water - and clocked my fastest ever speed of 47.0 km/h. With the tide in the sandbars were all covered, so the flat water was great.
A couple of tacks through the surf were nice too. I was able to get upwind enough to return the beach where we started. With the wind pumping I headed out a short way and did my highest ever jump, which was quite a buzz. The landing was good too. After a few more jumps it was time to pack it in.