The wind came back today, and so did the sun. We had a 20knot north westerly blowing, so that meant a jolly to the south coast to a favourite spot of ours, a reef-break that was created when the sea bed was dynamited to make a channel into a harbour. Technically a man made wave!
This place has one of the worst launch (and landing) beaches I’ve ever known. The wind is very inconsistent on the beach and there is a nasty shore break and rocks to body drag past on your way out. Once you’re out there, it’s an upwind tack to the granite slab or reef that the wave breaks over.
From time to time you can see the reef sucking dry if you flirt to closely with the inside section. Smiler actually went over the falls today and experienced a little cheek-to-cheek brush with the reef, he was fortunate (as only Smiler can be) that the encounter wasn’t any closer.
This is probably the best place I’ve kitesurfed, the wave isn’t long at all, and with any more than four people out it gets over crowded. But there is so much power and shape to the wave, it really gets the ticker pounding like nowhere else.
A great start to the weekend, or a great wrapping up of a lovely week which included a visit from mother dear who did some DIY magic on the house. Tomorrow is looking very promising for a Watergate Bay down the line session, although it won’t match the intensity of the spot we kited today, we should be safer to take some more risks with the waves. Ah, almost forgot, this was my 27th session in a row
Final note about the camera mount: I was asked recently if the Kitehero line mount for the GoPro camera will work with an RRD bar. I was using the RRD Vision kite today, so you can see the angle that you get. Definitely one of the better bars, nice high perspective and the clutter free bar doesn’t have any objects obscuring the view.