Session 558. Our first day kitesurfing of the trip at Kaliantan was everything we had hoped for.
We headed toff after lunch in a van to Pantai Cemara, the location now favoured for kitesurfing, which is to the east of Kaliantan. The driver took us close to Tampah Boleq as the vehicle track into the kitesurfing location is quite rough. We walked around the corner to get to the kite beach.
The wind was howling around 25-30 knots.
This spot is around the corner from the main Kaliantan beach and has a nice sandy beach. The wind is cross onshore and there is a good tack out into deeper water in the lagoon.
There is a local kitesurfing school operating there. Herman and the friendly guys from Kitesurf Lombok provided us with good assistance launching and landing kites and advice on local conditions. They are based at the nearby Kaliantan Paradise Bungalow and can provide local food at the beach if you order it. They also have accommodation in bungalows.
I would have used my 8m kite if I had it. I borrowed Stu's 10m Union, rigged the lower knots and headed out close to overpowered.
This is the strongest wind by far I have encountered in Indonesia - its worth packing a smaller kite for this location!
The water is warm and the sun was blazing. The reef had a good cover of water at the high tide,
We tacked out to the reef break next to the channel which had a serious rip going out through it. The waves were big and a bit intimidating. I was overpowered and finding it difficult to stay on them.
|Walking to Pantai Cemara|
|Pantai Cemara - kite beach|