Hugh2 wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:09 pm
You got your wish, Blackened, as the forecast was spot on. We launched at Sunset Beach, Ken on 11m and TT, me on 9m and surfboard, and did a slow downwinder from 5PM, enjoying the medium sized waves and relative absence of other kiters in the section from Sunset to Dolphin. I was well powered up. Dolphin was a gauntlet run. At Kite beach we met up with our other US kiting friend, Tim, who had just arrived so he could have a sunset session as the crowds dwindled. Going to climb Table Mountain tomorrow in the absence of much wind.
Almost! If I had a 10m, it would've been perfect. Just a bit too light for the 9m at 95kg, so went out on the 12m and was overpowered most of the time. Had fun doing board offs though! It was crazy busy at Dolphin. When I first went out, everything was fine, but then the crowds turned up about 6pm, so it was difficult controlling an overpowered kite in tiny spaces. The amount of times you jump with plenty of room, but someone 100m away decides it's okay to speed tack into your landing area. Or short tacking the beach for no reason. "Sweet, clear space, wide flat, 1 guy tacking opposite underneath, boost, board off, turn towards the beach and smile for the spectat... f***." Gave up after an hour.
Also find it weird how many learners are out there. They're able to go back and forth, but they can't jump, struggle navigating waves and have no idea how to manage traffic. Surely they'd go somewhere with less kites than dolphin or kite beach? One guy last night only stayed in the flats and ran away anytime he saw a breaking wave. Quite frustrating for those of us doing long tacks to give others a clear chance in the flats. He gave up after 30min and just stood on the beach with his kite at 11 over the water, but that was preferential to him being actually on the water.
Haven't gone up Table yet. Hopefully get to it when the wind has died again. Today is exercise day, tomorrow is winery tour before KOTA Thursday.