If yesterday was crazy, today was nuts. Once again I screwed up and waited too long doing other stuff this morning, while my local friend David reported an excellent early morning session. Having watched a couple of superb wingfoilers do a downwinder past Milnerton on tiny red wings and red foil boards (apparently there is a top Austrian wing-foiler offering lessons on Rietvlei and indeed I've seen quite a few guys out there), I finally managed to head out. But by the time I got to Kite Beach around noon it was already gusting over 40 and pretty much noone but the KOTA and wannebe guys were out, indeed I was able to take a picture of Kite Beach with not a single kite or kiter on it. I decided discretion was the better part of valour and stayed onshore to watch the show instead, much like several hundred other kiters, although I was almost the only one on the beach, avoiding the sand-blasting by standing at the water's edge. Just north of Kite Beach were a group of about six guys, a few of whom I know and a few other interesting efforts. They included Nick Jacobsen on an aquamarine 9m North Orbit and Graham Howe on a red 8m (I think) Orbit, plus another Dutch guy I don't know on an orange Orbit, as well as Roderick Pijls on a Peter Lynn Escape. Someone I don't know was riding an unusually high-aspect-ratio kite, a black and red 8m Ten Velox. And to top it off, Aaron Hadlow was putting on a great show on an 8m Duotone. His father Ian landed his kite and just then a guy immediately upwind of us launching a 7m Core lost control and ended up hanging onto it by one steering line. It took all three of us to grab and sit on it to wrestle it into submission. Just as they were finishing up, around 2PM the king himself arrived and pumped up his 8m Reedin prototype, however Kevin did not have a good session, as after two massive jumps he ended up far downwind and landed his kite for some reason. Lasse Walker was next up on an 8m Duotone and put on quite the show, bracketed by two simply massive megaloops. While Lasse was out a gang of about 10 riders came through, presumably from Dolphin down to Doodles, led by Mike MacDonald with some massive jumps and a guy on a white Core XR6 who I think exceeded even Lasse with a truly giant megaloop, perhaps Janek again. While the BKA wind meter shows gusts to 47 knots, around 3PM I went to Dolphin beach to watch a couple more guys launch, including someone on a black and white Vantage 8m prototype, and I'd bet the gusts there were over 50 knots. It was literally hard to stand on the beach. I've only felt wind like that before in a tropical storm, and a couple of spring storms in Illinois and Wisconsin. Tomorrow is forecast to be even stronger, so I simply have to get out in the morning.
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