What a cracking BUSY day!

Hey all,

lots of kites at Longy
Lots of kites out

I’m glad to see that nearly everyone got a good kite session in today. I’ve been sick all week so had to sit this one out on the sidelines. So how do I know that everyone was out today? Well the photo speaks for itself. I was sitting down in the sun at Dee Why and counted over 30 kites in the air and could still see people pumping up on the beach! That is seriously busy stuff for Long Reef! The wind didn’t look super strong judging by the size of everyones kites and it looked very weak south of the pole.

An interesting thing is I keep hearing that people want to start kiting at Longy and in the surf however they are a little apprehensive about the waves being too big. Well today would have been perfect as there was very small surf and good wind. If you chose not to head to Longy today and you want to try and get out into the sea a little more then unfortunately you’ve missed out today. If this sounds like a thought that has gone through your head and it keeps you from trying drop us an email and we’ll help assist you get over your fears of the waves and being out in the open sea. :)

Well I hope everyone stayed safe and there were no mishaps or tangles!

Good to also see the WhatsApp group working this week as well, lots of info and updates on wind recently. If you want to join the group just shoot Pete an email at pete@kitesurfing.com.au

Have a good week..

 

Sydney wind forecast. Kite more, work less.

Sydney wind forecast for 23rd March 2015

Hey all,

After walking through the city this morning and noticing it seemed quite windy I had a quick check of the charts and forecasts. Looks like we’ll be on for a half-decent system driven NE’er today hat isn’t a seabreeze and that means it SHOULD be windy on the Northern Beaches! AND as an added bonus there is a Southerly front coming through at some stage tomorrow that means we’ll be on for more excellent wind conditions!!

This is good news for the people (Like Hans) that don’t seem to work as they will get an all day to swagger about in the surf but for the rest of us mere mortals that have to answer to the man it’s either bunking off work or getting out early to make the most of the last of daylight savings!

Spots that ‘should’ be good today – Fishermans and Narrabeen and hopefully off the end of the Reef. Palmy for those up the northern end.

Spots for tomorrow – Longy, Newport Reef, Narra etc etc.

At time of writing it’s 15-20knots NE across the Sydney region, I did check the moon tonight and unfortunately it’s not suitable for ‘night kite :(‘

Windsurfing from the air (with some kites)

Another amazing quality video from Andrew F at Long Reef from the good southerly wind DS we’ve had of late. I know this is mainly windsurfing but there are some kites in the video so you may recognize yourself if you look hard. Be sure to watch it in full HD quality if you can. Andrew is getting pretty handy with his DJI Phantom, make sure you also check out his other quality videos over on vimeo.

When will a southerly wind hit Sydney?

We know the southerly wind it’s coming… But When??

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]S[/mks_dropcap]outherly winds are awesome! Whilst away down the coast the other day I had a message from a friend asking when I thought the Southerly wind will actually hit Sydney.

We love a good southerly wind for kitesurfing / windsurfing, they are always reliable, strong, usually pretty consistent and can hang about for the whole day or even longer. The best part however is that when one is forecast there is a 99% chance of it turning up (unlike a seabreeze on the Northern Beaches!) The only issue is when.. The forecast models and seabreeze can be a bit out sometimes, we went through a trend a while back of them turning up 3 or 4 hours ahead of schedule but recently they have been pretty close. But how can when that southerly wind will really hit and how strong will it be?

Thankfully the wonderful website seabreeze has the answers we need and the BOM has provided us with the perfect resource.. Wind meters all the way up the east coast! Now when a southerly hits the Sydney region it rattles through pretty quick, so if we need a little more time to finish our latte’s or get away from the wife we need more warning! Bring on the Illawarra charts..

Located an hour or so south of Sydney is the Illawarra coast, it’s pretty much dead south of us (further south can work also to some extent). If we know a southerly wind is forecast we can use the charts south to (say Kiama or Point Perpendicular) to watch for the southerly wind change. This tells us it’s ON IT’S WAY.. but how long??

Let’s look at an example for today (Thursday 5th March 2015), here is the chart for Kiama. Perfectly you can see the southerly wind change hit almost exactly at 12pm. This is perfect for us to work out time lag.southerly wind at kiamama

Now lets look at the chart for Sydney Airport

souther'y wind change at the airportand now lets see the important Northern Beaches

north head southerly windI’ve made it pretty simple by writing the times the change hit on the graphs. I’ve never honestly done the real math of trying to work it out, and it will always depend on how strong the wind is. As a rule of thumb I’ve always said from Point Perpendicular to Long Reef is about 2 hours (that was the 2hrs I sent you Alex ;) ) and it looks like I might be about spot on. We can see the wind change at Kiama at 12pm, the airport change at 1.09pm and then North Head go at 1.30pm.

So, if you were bunking off work today and were on the ball you would have been at Longy pumping up at about 1.30pm and you’ll be down on the beach right when it hits. That is called maximizing your water time! Yewww.. That’s about it. This approach doesn’t work for seabreezes but will work for frontal winds from the North too.

The other big benefit of taking a look further afield is we can see how strong the initial front is – sometimes we see a 40-45knot gust ahead of 25knots of good wind – and we can also see how long it’s going to last, it could just be a brief wind change under a big dark cloud for example or it could be a 3day gang banger of southerly! Or if’s going to swing offshore… Looking down south lets us know all this. :) Happy dayz..

As always, post your views and comments in the comments below if you know this works elsewhere, if you find this useful please share on facebook and with your friends.

 

Kitesurfing in Sydney & Australia

Are you flying to Sydney and looking to do some kitesurfing? Are you just learning to kitesurf and don’t know where to start?

Kitesurfing in Sydney has it’s restrictions! We have all the information you need to know and are local in Sydney so have real first hand experience of all the best locations for any ability and the local weather conditions and restrictions you should know about.

If you are about to fly or have already landed in Australia there are lots of resources available to you for information. you should start your research over at www.aksa.com.au (Kiteboarding Australia) and if you are in New South Wales then you need to look at www.nswkba.com.au. If you are here for a long period you should consider getting 3rd party insurance via either of those websites. NSWKBA has great maps and google map resources for locations and restrictions. Please take the time to look around the maps to see the restrictions near you. Sydney Harbor and Bondi are pretty much out of bounds in Sydney, you may see a few locals kiting at these spots occasionally but please don’t be tempted to follow them, they are breaking the rules.

You next resource will be www.seabreeze.com.au. This website is a huge resource and has a good forum full of opinions about the best kite or board, beware of the internet troll and keyboard warrior in the forums! There is however lots of useful information buried away and the rest of the site has very valuable resources like live wind charts for pretty much the whole country, swell and tide information, second hand gear for sale and a place that you can sell your gear. Seabreeze will become your daily habit checking the wind graphs!

A lot of the best locations in Australia are out in the open sea, this can be daunting to many people who are only used to flat water or have just started out kitesurfing. Australia has waves! They will always be here, you can either embrace them or avoid them, thankfully there are lots of resources available on the web to see how big the waves will be before you decide to get to the beach along with live surf cameras that help you see what is going on live. There are many, too many to list but the ones we use are www.surfit.com, www.coastalwatch.com.au, www.willyweather.com.au,

Another fantastic weather and conditions resource in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology  www.bom.gov.au. This is the source for a lot of the data used by other sites. The rain radar is very useful along with the ocean conditions charts. There is a lot of info here so take some time to look around.

Getting to know your local kite shop is also a great way to get information and meet people, kiters love hanging about the shop before the wind picks up so get to know them and ask about where you are going, maybe one of them will take you to the ‘secret’ spot the locals go to :) Google search will be your friend here..

As a last stop, take the time to look about on our site and email us any questions you may have. Remember to sign up for our newsletter using the sign up on the right side of the page to get all our website updates to your inbox.

Remember, kitesurfing can be dangerous for both yourself and others on the beach and water. Tale care and don’t do anything silly.

Local Coaching and Lessons for Stand up paddling & Kitesurfing.

Local Coaching and Lessons for Stand up paddling & Kitesurfing.

If you are up on the Northern Beaches and looking for lessons in either kitesurfing, kiteboarding or Stand up paddle boarding the options can be pretty slim. One of our good buddies James Casey has just become a fully qualified IKO kitesurfing instructor and is willing to share his vast experience of kiting and stand up paddle boarding with you.

I’ve not seen many wave / surf oriented SUP lessons before so it is good to see this angle being covered.

James is pretty handy on a kite and incredible on a SUP. I’ll be hitting him up for some SUP surf sessions I think.

check out https://www.facebook.com/kitesupcoaching

James Casey coaching kitesurf sup

james sup coaching

2015 National Freestyle Championships

Thanks to Antoine at NSWKBA this just came by my inbox! This will be a really good event for sure and it’s right on our Sydney doorstep!! Kurnell is going to be a great spot for the comp, great wind, lots of space to sit and watch from and the local hospitality will be legendary! This comp is open to anyone that can jump and it looks like there will be a comp specifically for people like you and me that aren’t doing knee defying 200ft megaloops! It’s going to be a blast and I hope I can make it down there to watch and maybe do a report. Check out the details below and shoot any questions you have in the comments below..

Kiteboarding Australia and Kiteboarding NSW presents:

2015 NATIONAL FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS

for all Intermediate to Advanced riders.

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It is on our doorstep at Kurnell Beach so we expect a large turnout of NSW kiters to enter this event and hopefully take home the TOP Awards and some UP & COMING Awards.

Entries from other States are on the rise, so come on SYDNEY – WE WANT YOU! – ENTER NOW! The event will be held over 4 days at Kurnell beach from MARCH 12 -15 with predicted winds around 15-20 knots but we recommend you bring kites of all sizes, as that time of year can bring some howling wind mixed with breezes.

Note- that the Juniors are broken up into Under 16 and Under 18, so here is a great chance for the New Comers to take home an Award and/or a great Prize!

Exult Kitewear are designing the Event Tee which is going to be a sort after item which each entrant will receive on arrival. Bravo Pumps are on board with some powered pumps and other items to give away and DEMO on the beach Mystic have given us some harnesses and the BIG KITE BRANDS are all there to lend support. Kitemag will be covering the event, so you may end up as an article in the NEXT MAG!

Last year we saw Newcomers pick up sponsorship deals – this could be YOU this year! ALL WELCOME – The “2015 NATIONAL KITEBOARDING CHAMPION” could be YOU!

All Divisions OPEN to: Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Entry Fee: $90 includes a quality TEE ! Entry Fee also Includes: Food BBQ Sizzle / Drinks / Water / No Wind Activities / Access all Areas etc Presentation Sunday 4pm – Awards and Prizes (Extra award/prizes for Encouragement and Expression riders.)
Divisions: Junior – 16 & Under as of 1st JulyYouth – 18 & Under as of 1st July Open Mens – Any age Open Womens – Any age Master – 35 & Over as of 1st July Allstar Event – Non Citizen Expression Session. (Fun Extra Event if Wind and Time permit!)

Yes this is a 4 man Double Elimination round robin, you don’t get knocked out in first round! Heat Time: TBA – depending on wind. Example: 20 min session – Continuous Start, wind dependant. We have some of the finest Judges to score you at this event – Intermediates are most welcome.

Thanks to our FANTASTIC SPONSORS: OZONE / CABRINHA / NORTH / BEST / EXULT Kitewear / Bravo Pumps / Mystic and our favourite Mag ; KITEMAG . Also a big thanks to KITEPOWER who are also sponsoring the event with lots of prizes and help!

Register and pay here: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=15376


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Southerly Madness

After a weekend of incredible conditions in Sydney and down the coast that were blessed by NE winds, blue skies and +30c temps we’ve had the mother of all Southerlies come through Sydney and smash us!!

southerly storm March 1 2015I managed to arrive home from down south just as the big dark storm clouds rolled in and the wind died from being a ~12knot NE to what appears to be a 45knot+ Southerly with lightning and rain!

I did see 2 kites ready on the beach down at longy, I hope they were small and I’m taking a punt that one of them was Barber Shop Ben as I stole one of his pictures from Facebook :).

Pretty insane stuff, hope everyone stayed safe and didn’t do anything stupid. Below are a few shots I snapped when the storm first hit in Dee Why.

The website is getting a re-vamp

Hey All,

Sorry for the lack of posting over the last few months. I’ve been busy doing other personal things and they had been getting on top of me!

You may have noticed that the website over the last few months has been getting slower, this has been frustrating Rob who in turn nagged at me until finally I think we found the problem. We’d been hacked! Fingers are pointing towards China we think and some clever sole had found some bug somewhere that meant they could use our website to send copious amounts of spam email. Thankfully our web provider (www.zuver.com.au) found the problem and helped us out and we got it back up.

So, what does this mean? Well, it turns out the ‘theme’ that we were running on the website was the problem, so that means it’s re-design time!! I’ve taken a bold step and just chosen one, we’ve actually PAID for this one too with thanks to the few people we have who have used our donate button over on the right to help chip in to keep this site running. (A BIG THANKS TO THOSE PEOPLE!)

So, this means I’ve got a few hours going back and fixing up pages, plugging away in photoshop to make some new graphics for the site. I’ve tried to keep it clear and simple and fast and I’m liking where its heading. If you’ve got any ideas for things you’d like to see on here give me a shout in the comments below.

On a side note… A big southerly smashed through Sydney today, I made it down with just a 7m right in time for it to die off just enough that I was struggling to keep going. Lots of people out enjoying themselves tho..

Happy Dayz..