Agreed, Peter, but I'm not yet good enough on a foil to tackle Cape Town conditions, at least what we had this week wave-wise, not to mention my foil is in Illinois!
Today was a pretty classic SEaster, starting out SW early, then turning S around lunchtime, and finally SE and filling in nicely. I rode a 9m Pivot at Kite Beach with local friend David and his buddy Jason, with lots of good jumps, especially early on when it was not crowded. Later when it got crowded I made a mistake and jumped when behind a beginner heading out, who turned back as I launched and our kites crossed. I managed to keep my kite flying and work my way over his lines, but he could not relaunch and drifted into the beach. My apologies to him if he reads this, I should stay further away from beginners.
Speaking of which, I chatted with a young German couple and encouraged them to get out early before it got crowded and strong. The woman was struggling a little with the waves on a 7m Core, but later I saw her riding nicely on a 5m, so congrats to her for sticking to it.
Unfortunately we also had a nasty interaction between two guys who tangled kites upwind of Kite Beach (I did not see it happen, so don't have an opinion about who might have been at "fault"), but by the time they got the kites to the beach they were near blows and my attempts to calm things down did not work.
After packing up I drove north a little and was rewarded with a little pre-KOTA action from Lasse Walker and Kevin Langaree and friends. Kevin of course on a 10m 2020 Pivot and Lasse on a white prototype Duotone.
The next three days are westerlies, yet again, so I guess Peter will be out foiling (stay safe with the waves this big), and many others will go to Hermanus, or ride any NW at Witsand or Platboom to the south, or Melkbosstrand to the north, but I will go hiking instead. Then a string of strong SEasterly days are forecast for the end-of-the-year weekend, which should be fun.
For those who don't know, there are two very useful wind meters for judging when things are lighting up, if you don't have a view of the ocean like I fortunately do. One is a meter at the Milnerton Aquatic Club on Rietvlei, which is slightly upwind of Kite Beach, so gets the SEaster a little early, but after Sunset Beach and long after Milnerton - http://mac-wind.appspot.com/?show=15min
. The other is the meter maintained by the Board and Kite Africa shop at Kite Beach, available through Windguru at https://www.windguru.cz/station/42
. Both show nicely the wind switch around lunchtime today and the building SEaster, now around sunset blowing 20 with gusts to 30.