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Janus
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Re: Cape Town Diary 2023/4

Postby Janus » Thu Feb 01, 2024 1:27 pm

Have to Hijack (again) .. Peter mentioned ijzerfontein.. get the Indian butter chicken at Lulas Food there.. best I had sofar..

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Re: Cape Town Diary 2023/4

Postby Hugh2 » Thu Feb 01, 2024 6:59 pm

What a wonderful day. Strong wind, big swell, and long period all combined to yield amazing conditions along Bloubergstrand. We launched at the south end of Kite Beach (Dave, Sean, and me), around 4, and had a great time going downwind. My memory is probably selective, but I recall in years gone by several days like this per season, but this is the first this season for me. Long flat sections between the large waves, so one could get 3, 4 or even 5 jumps in one run out. Which of course is the beauty of downwinders, no need to fight back upwind. But strangely things went haywire as we left Bloubergstrand. First the wind almost died as we rounded the rocks to Big Bay, then Big Bay and even the stretch north of there that I usually enjoy so much was way windy and gusty as the wind turned slightly offshore. So we quit at Eerstesteen. Dave and Sean had a second session at Kite Beach, I think, but I was toast.
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Hugh2
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Weight: 180lb/82kg
Local Beach: Clinton Lake in East-Central Illinois
Favorite Beaches: Cape Hatteras and Cape Town (also sailing around the world, this season crossed the South Pacific)
Style: freeride
Gear: Cabrinha Nomad 5.5, Naish Pivot 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11, Duotone Dice 12
Long Ocean 136, Eleveight Master C+ 136, Naish Global 6'0", RB Sixty 3 Matador 5' 8", Slingshot Hoverglide H5 foil and Alien Air 4' 6" and Converter boards
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Re: Cape Town Diary 2023/4

Postby Hugh2 » Fri Feb 02, 2024 5:47 pm

And another great day, albeit hot and wind a little lighter, so I launched 7m Pivot at 2:30 and rode strapless directional fast downwind, turning on every wave. Almost no other kites along Bloubergstrand, so no twintippers to avoid, and the crescent-shaped waves north of Big Bay were excellent, I even managed to scoot through under a few without getting clobbered. At Holbaai by 3:30 and back on a crowded bus. In my younger days I would then have had a twintip session back at Kite Beach or Dolphin, but in my dotage I was done. Struggling to stay awake each evening just for dinner! Only wind tomorrow is further south, so I might go to Platboom at Cape Point, an awesomely beautiful spot, but riding in place which wears me out quickly.
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