Kite: Noise 12
Wind: 15 knots, SSW
Location: Hampton Beach
Time: 10:30 to 11:45 (1h)
Board: Naish Haize twin tip
Its getting cooler in Melbourne now. I arrived at Hampton just after 10:00am. There were a couple of kites on the beach and lots of yachts out past the breakwater. One kiter went out and downwind and walked back up the beach.
I rigged up as I was keen to try out my new kite camera - the Casio Exilim EX-G1 - and to get out if the wind picked up a little.
I headed out some distance on my first tack to get the better wind that was blowing well clear of the breakwater. The Noise 12m kite handles light wind well - this was about 15 knots - so I was able to get in a few tacks. It then dropped out a bit so I did some kiteloops to get back to the beach (downwind) then walked back to my gear on the beach.
I got out for some more runs about 10 minutes later. Once again, the wind was better further out, but it certainly wasn't strong. Here are some of the kitecam shots.
|Scooting past the groyne (just)|
|Back to the marina|
|Looking out across Port Phillip Bay|
|Hampton Beach looking towards Middle Brighton|
|The Walk of Shame|