jj83, that's the kitesurfing life! I'm going to try to sail across the Pacific instead on a 34ft sailboat I bought in Panama in October.
Anyway, today had little wind forecast at Bloubergstrand, and I had an errand in Noordhoek, so Witsand was the call with a 15-20 knot forecast. Got there around 2PM and second kite out. Wind was light inside but strong outside, and sets of monster waves were coming through. Too intimidating for strapless surfboard for me, so TT it was on 9m and a lot of fun with big jumps going out and some wild rides coming back in, reminiscent of this Langaree video from two seasons ago -
Lots of other interesting things going on too. Two guys were out on foil SUPs, sticking to the north end of the beach where the waves were not so big, but still very impressive just to get out there let alone ride some of those swells on foils. Later a guy on a 9m white foil kite and strapped foil board came out and was ripping it up with some huge jumps, plus amazingly another guy on a strapless foil board was able to get out through those waves, and then properly ride them back in on a 5m kite - serious respect. And then a wing-foiler who spent about 30 minutes of struggle to get out, but when he did was ripping jumps off some of the swells on the north end of the bay. But the most remarkable was Vegas man's little daughter, the cutest 8-year-old who was riding a 6m kite back and forth about 50m from the beach through the first few waves and back. Not only did she stay upwind, but she did little jumps off and over waves, and had amazing kite control, not dropping it once in the hour she rode. Truly impressive, so I had a chat with her dad, very pleasant in person, and she already has Duotone sponsorship! She is an absolutely delightful bundle of energy and a future world champion. Her Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/serakiteofficial/
. I came home via Chapman's Peak and Landudno, Camps and Clifton Bays, and watched the sunset at Bantry Bay with a pod of whales cavorting out to sea. Lovely day all round. Just three days left.