Session 573 & 574 at Parry Beach.
We drove to Ocean Beach first. The entrance to Wilson Inlet was flowing out fast and the wind was not getting into the launch zone. Mike and Leigh kited there yesterday and said the launch was sketchy.
We then visited Hillier Beach - a lovely beach with a dramatic backdrop but there is a lot of reef in the shallows and the wind direction was not good.
We headed for Parry Beach again where the wind was good. We drove further along the beach to start kitesurfing. The full crew were on the water so it was busy at times.
The bigger surf made it challenging to get out the back. I went downwind while trying to get through the big waves. I eventually to out the back and tacked all the way back over deep blue water. There were many dark shadows beneath me but they were reef and rocks (not moving!)
There was a cross chop on the swell which made it difficult to get back upwind at times.
Riding in the big waves was scary and fun. There was good wind again, I was well powered on my Union 8.
Gary was enjoying the strong wind and boosting well.
Session 573. In the surf.
After lunch I headed out again but was having some difficulty staying upwind. My kite was a bit soft, I should have pumped it up! I headed downwind and got the Western end of the beach then did some runs in the flat water between waves.
The kite eventually lost more air and stared jelly fishing so I landed and packed up for the day.
Session 574. Downwinder
For a trip summary and map of see Kitesurfing Augusta, Parry Beach and Albany in South West WA - trip summary