Session 137, Tuesday 24 May 2011
Kite: Switchblade 10
Wind: 20 knots, S
Time: 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Board: Naish Haize twin tip
A strong southerly was blowing most of the day. I got down to Hampton late in the afternoon after attending to some domestic chores. There was about 23 knots when I rigged up and headed out on my 10m kite, and 2 other kiters on the water.
It was a magical experience. Kiting out I saw one prominent rainbow, and coming back in I saw another one. Unfortunately my camera was mounted the wrong way in my kitecam rig, so no pictures, which was a bit disappointing.
It was nice to fly the 10m kite again. I popped a few small jumps, but was mainly enjoying the brisk air, good wind and the great atmospherics. The wind dropped after a few runs however, so I came in to shore near the groyne with a kiteloop for more power.
I then did a kiteloop the wrong way and stuffed it right up, crashing the kite next to the groyne. I didn't have time to relaunch it then the kite got swamped. I swam in and secured it. I had to get the lines off the rocks. I will check them tomorrow for any wear and tear, hopefully they will be OK.
A decent squall then arrived and it got dark rapidly. It was great to get out.
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.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Chasing two rainbows at Hampton at the edge of a storm
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