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.
Session 412. After a long period with almost no wind, some wind at last! Hampton was great once again. I first did a short tour to have a look around and enjoy the scenery. I went to Green Point first and peered down to Brighton, then I got a nice tack past the Sandringham Yacht Club up to Black Rock.
I like cruising, getting the kite set nicely, then enjoying the scenery and the solitude. Some speed runs back add variety too.
After a short rest the wind picked up again so I went out again for a few nice runs up to the SYC breakwater.
Session 411. We arrived at Frankston at 7am but there was no wind - the northerly was not coming in there. Stopped for a coffee and chat at Cafe Moto, then I had a look at Paterson River. The wind was picking up. I drove to Aspendale and could see wind action on the waves but it was a bit offshore so I drove down the Chelsea where the wind was cross-shore. It was good so I rigged up and set off.
No other kites were out but there were some windsurfers. I took my waterproof backpack hoping to do a downwinder. I did a long run out then back to check out the wind. There was a lot of wind further out and less close to shore.
I alternated between surfing the swell with my kite lightly powered with speed runs and big jumps. Its really nice trying out different techniques and mixing up the styles.
I saw some kites on the beach next to Seaford pier and went in for a look. The wind was light so a I tacked out again then surfed the swell into Frankston with some download turns as the wind strength dropped.
Every downwinder is a good one! I packed my gear away then walked to the Frankston train station through the central area. A quick train ride took me back to Chelsea.
Session 408. Some welcome wind made for a good session at Hampton. There was a good bay swell and some nice rollers to ride in. I did some longer tacks out and some nice jumps to get upwind then surfed the big swell back to the beach.
There was about 8 kiters out so it wasn't crowded. Paul and Greg appeared on their foil boards coming back from a tour up towards Black Rock. Its easy and apparently effortless to cover huge distances on them.
I was a bit rusty after a couple of weeks of the water but my gybes are now almost effortless. I can switch my feet together now without the one-two motion. Just thinking about a Duck Tack still does my head in though.
Its getting colder so it was my first session in a full length wetsuit for a while. Daylight saving ends tonight so some Dawn Patrol sessions could be coming and possible even a Kite to Work!
Its a lean time of year for wind as the sea breezes are dropping out.