Hugh2 wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:31 pm
Sorry to hear Witsand was no good, Blackened, we had a similar experience a week or so ago.
Today was very good for us. My friend Tim had brought his foil so we got to Dolphin around 9 and he rode there on a variety of Kauber kites he got delivered here from Germany. While others were out on 11 and 12m kites, he was able to foil with a 5m. After that Tim on 9m and surfboard and Ken on 11m and TT did a little downwinder to Kite Beach, followed by lunch and a kite shop crawl. Around 3 we set off on a downwinder from Kite beach, me added on 9m and surfboard. We hit a light patch around Eerstesteen beach and had to wait it out, and another further along, but eventually made it to Holbaai. Along the way we had some cool animal encounters, including a pack of a dozen seals in Big Bay who were very curious about us, and later a massive feeding frenzy of dolphins and seals some way out. I rode out to them, joined by another guy on a pink Fone, I think Bandit, who then proceeded to ride all the way over to Robben Island. I could barely make out his kite at the end, I'm just glad he did not have an incident, because he would have died out there, but he finally rode back in to Haakgat. I'm a little surprised at the wind direction shown below, it felt unusual in being far more south than usual. When we got back around 6:30 Bloubergstrand was alive with kites, but we were too worn out for a final sunset session.
That's awesome. The stuff you guys can do/see on foils is pretty incredible. Hope that guy made it back - Robben is miles out there.
Judging from Woo scores, looks like Misty did go off, but it was hellishly gusty. While I'm used to riding in gusty stuff in NZ, I'm extremely spoiled by kite beach and can't be bothered with gusty crap
. We tried to go out in Big Bay about 4.30, but it was just too light. Came back to kite beach and got out for a couple hours in the crowds. Couple foilers were around, which oddly made jumping much harder. One second you're completely clear, the next there's a silent foil speeding in from no where, cruising around you like you're standing still. Made it a little more precarious to jump as you never knew when a foiler would suddenly have his kite above yours or magically going through your landing area.
Also hilarious got called a "twipper" yesterday. That was highly entertaining. A less skilled older guy had just fallen off his surf board 30m out from the beach. I dutifully kept my kite low to go underneath and gave him about 15m space to get up. He didn't look, dove his kite, saw me and went over the front. The twipper and a couple other comments were shouted in my direction, which made me laugh.