Sunday, February 06, 2011

Some monster waves at Warrnambool main beach

Session 124, 6 February 2011

Kite: Noise 12
Wind: 15 - 18 knots, S
Location: Main Beach, Warrnambool
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 (1h)
Board: Cabrinha S-Quad

I checked out Logan's beach in the morning, where they were finishing the last heats of the AKSA National Wave Kiting Championships.  The surf was big and the wind was directly onshore, so I headed back to the Main Beach for a session.

Some other kiters on the beach asked me about the Noise kite - there is a lot of interest.  The surf at Main Beach is moderated by the breakwater, so getting out through it was quite easy.  Once out I did several shorter tacks and some toeside riding.  This is a great place for learning wave riding with a kite.

I did a longer tack heading east out into the middle of the bay in what I thought was deep water.  Heading back, a huge set stood up and broke right in front of me.  I thought I was going to get smashed, but I managed to get over the huge wall of white water and keep going.

I was careful to avoid some swimmer coming out a long way out from the surf club.  After about an hour I decided to come in.  My chicken loop unhooked accidentally so I threw the bar and then retrieved the kite from shallow water.

Heading out through the surf

Return tack, looking back to Logans Beach

In the flatwater

Monster waves a long way out!

Main Beach

Getting busy

Slideshow - all photos

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