Wind: 25 knots, SW
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 (1h)
Board: Naish Haize twin tip
My neighbour Alistair, visiting Melbourne for a few months with his family, came along to check out the action. He took all the photos in this post - kiting shots I never normally get.
I did a few runs to the concrete marina seawall and back into the surf zone, where some ridable waves were breaking. It was good wind for jumping too as there was plenty of boost and some good lips to launch off.
I spent some time practicing jump transition turns and got a few happening. My approach was to cut off some speed, edge, jump, rotate the board downwind, then land and keep going. I found it difficult to generate enough power from the kite to finish the turn and bogged in a couple of times, but I did get a few happening. I was turning the kite upwards, not doing a down loop.
The surf certainly makes it fun. There were about six other kiters out and everyone was having a good time.
I think it pays to keep at least one sealed off to maintain some buoyancy in this type of circumstance. Its something I haven't been doing routinely for a while.