We regrouped on the beach then walked back via the BP (stop for refreshments) then caught the train back to Aspendale.
One board was lost about halfway between Aspendale and Frankston. It is likely to be blown into Seaford or Frankston. It has kiter's phone number on it. Please call him or call me if you hear about it being found.
Lessons learned today and tips:
- When you are self rescuing and you have wound your lines in, detach your leash from the bar and attach it to your board by looping it through a footstrap. You can then concentrate on sailing the kite without juggling the board.
- Northerly winds are fickle. Don't go to far off shore. Always think "how will I manage the swim in if the wind conks out here"?
- Summer is here - my calves got sunburnt with my shortie wetsuit on. Its time to wear full suncream and my tropical suit (full body, 1mm).
- Learn how to downloop to get maximum power when the wind backs off.
- Make sure your name and number is written on your kite and board.
- Use a larger kite if there is some chance the wind will drop off
- Carry some thongs or sandals in waterproof backpack - sand and tar roads can be extremely hot under your feet on the way back!
- 2 waterproof layers are recommended for valuables (e.g. put your mobile phone in waterproof case or pouch then put than in a waterproof backpack).