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.

Quad-copter footage at Long Reef

Hi All,

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything up. Not much has been happening in the way of wind recently with only a few days kitable over the past few weeks. The dry spell has ended with a just about kitable SW’er blowing since Friday. I was lucky enough to get out and have a great session on Friday in the pissing rain, managed to jag a heap of good waves and a few big rain drops in the eye balls!

Saturday and Sunday saw some gusty and flukey conditions up on the beaches, down south at Dolls would probably have worked well or Boat Harbour. These lacking conditions were a perfect opportunity to get the new quad copter drone doo-dad out in some wind and have a crack at shooting some kiting. This is the first crack I’ve had out in a decent breeze and it handled it superbly.

Check out the footage that I whacked together. This is straight from the chopper with no extra stabilisation done to the footage.

Cheers

New kite boarding location guide for Sydney and beyond

Hi All,

This will probably be a little controversial but to keep up a good solid base of information about kite surfing in Sydney and NSW we’ve made a new locations guide google map! This should end up being a good reference to everyone and whilst it will never be complete and may ruffle a few feathers we believe its in everyone’s best interest to highlight the local dangers at some of these spots. (rocks, dangerous currents, power lines etc)

The guide is aimed at visitors to Sydney, learners and people looking to progress their skills and try out new spots. We’ll also post up some downwinder routes for the more macho kiter.

Some of this info is out in the web already but i doubt its being maintained and added to. So have fun and head on over to the new page!

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”http://www.kitesurfing.com.au/kite-boarding-locations-in-sydney/” ]Take me to the maps..[/button]

or click here if the button isn’t showing :)

Beware the Alligator!

This great little pic came in from Hobbsy, he’s highlighting one of the many perils at Fishermans (brownwater) beach.

Over the past month I’ve seen 2 kites get wrecked on this puppy, numerous fins have been lost to it’s bite and I believe there is also some skin stuck between it’s teeth!

Last night I heard of the demise to another kite to this hungry monster! To those of you who don’t know where this rock is please see the image below from our ‘right of way part 1′ post.  It’s the yellow highlighted section at on the left of the image at the bottom that goes out from the beach!

Also be aware that it could be ‘lurking’ low in the water at high tide and a lot longer than you expect!

Why am I telling you this? Well as much as I love to see the kite industry kept alive in new gear and kite repairs its pretty dangerous and a PITA.. so you’ve been warned!

Nice one Davey!

VIDEO : Playing with windsurfers..

I hope everyone has been having a brilliant Xmas break in Sydney or where ever you are from, We’ve had wind pretty much every day for the last 2 weeks and I’ll admit that I’m sore!

Just before Xmas we had a really nice southerly come into Long Reef, it was sunny and warm and a good 25 knots. I hit it up on my new 2014 7m Cabrinha Drifter. Long Reef was PACKED and I’m glad I held off until after lunch when the numbers dropped. It was good to see lots of windsurfers out on the water and people getting along well.

Just to prove a point my friend Norway (Janice) and I went and had a good little muck about with the go-pro. See, windsurfers and kiters CAN live harmoniously.. just keep your eyes open and look before you turn.

Enjoy!

VIDEO : Old Bar quadcopter footage

Here is a spectacular video by Jezza shot up at Old Bar the other day. Jezza is getting gutsy now with the quadcopter and is getting some stunning footage. Well done Jezza. Keep us updated with more when you have them.

If you like the vid, leave Jezza a nice comment in the comments at the bottom. If you hate it feel free to rant away at him :)

 

Sunday, was it that great?

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So guys, I called it on Sunday at about 11am. The swell was PUMPING and it is very rare to get such a big wave coming into Fishermans. Unfortunately even though it was windy enough to kite it wasn’t really windy enough to get stuck into that big swell and mother nature didn’t want to line up any good wind and waves to make them easy to surf on with a kite!

So, what was it like, well the photo here shows Jono heading out as chief tester of the conditions, there was a lot of water moving in the small bay but he seemed ok and managed to get out to white rock with little hassle, that little wave there on the corner of the reef at the launch site was jacking up to a good 4ft when we got there and proved a little troublesome for a few. (This opens up a few topics on conversation that I’ll talk about later) Chris in the foreground here was rigging up a 2045 model kite made of carbon nano-tubes and layered graphene sheets. He was excited at the prospect of big waves and light winds that always equal carnage.

After Jono had about 10mins under his belt without dying we decided it was probably OK to head out, so off we go, I headed pretty much straight out to Macaha to check it out, there is a LOT of water moving out here and the open ocean swell is like riding over houses. The set that I witnessed rolling in was like something from a movie, 3 8-10ft+ sets peeling right with glassy faces! I’ll be honest, 15konts on a 9m with that kind of movement didn’t sounds so flash so I hung about a bit and decided that dying today wasn’t the best idea so headed back into the bay to see if any of those waves were kitable. White Rock was too downwind and fat and the only thing that was nearly doable was the brown wave at the launch exit.

For a while there it was great, 3-4 of us out, no one in the way, every one was having a great time doing circuits to have a crack at a wave. Then it happened! The CROWDS!!

I’m all for everyone kiting at Fishermans, I love the buzz on the beach but there are times when an assessment has to be made. If you are going to just mow the lawn and cruise back and forth in a line please do so NOT IN FRONT OF THE ONLY WAVE THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO KITE ON.

Fishermans is a great spot, it is a much better launch and go somewhere else spot than anything else. It also can be a bloody a dangerous one that doesn’t support many kiters safely. I’m not sure if in lessons these days they teach about looking for dangers but has everyone noticed the rock, trees, power lines, golf club, million $$ houses, boat ramp, flag pole, hang gliders, small beach etc etc.

Sitting on the beach just highlights how many close calls there are and they are all totally unavoidable if people look ahead, look before they turn and watch what others are doing. I heard a few people say that they weren’t too keen or good enough to get out past the wave and out to the left where there is better wind and less people. So everyone just ends up on top of each other. Recent events at Long Reef have highlighted to us the dangers and it has to stop if we want to continue to kite here. It isn’t just Fishermans, it is everywhere from Botany to longy, people mowing the lawn and just going in and out all on top of each other when there is a whole ocean to use.

Please guys, spread out. Launch, head upwind and find your own space, if you see people surfing waves and you are not just move away. If you are practicing jumps and rotations you need to plan for the fact you may loop the kite and end up way downwind etc etc.

Anyway, enough of that rant for today! Yesterday was good, it didn’t line up as good as it could have but there will be another day, like today maybe! It was really humid outside this morning and that may inhibit todays wind, the forecast is really north so lets hope it holds up. If it’s real North the options are slim, most places could be too gusty and with good a swell still going there could be a few kite repairs this week.

Another highlight of the day for me was someone asking if I was Pete from the website! for this sir you get a special mention! Sorry I’m really bad with names but thanks for the chat, it was great to see you out in the best spot cruising about all on your own trouble free away from crowds. When I make some stickers you’ll get one for free. :)

Laterz

Pedro

December 3rd Fishermans Session

Quite a few people managed to get out tonight for a good session with a decent breeze for once! I managed to rock up at about 5.30pm and met up with Matty Ma and Bill briefly who’d been out for the afternoon and were packed up and heading off. Chris, Alex, Christoph, Dave, Tom and Sonia all showed up and a few others.

Most the usual suspects were there but it did seem a little quiet for a decent breeze, maybe the lack of good wind has driven everyone down south!

One of our resident photogs was on hand to snap a few pics of myself and Gravy Davey mucking about. I was trying to do dark slides today and this resulted in multiple face plants and a good beating!

Here is a real quick selection of some of Grant’s pics, sorry most of them are of me! Grant will fix up some of the better ones and post them up soon.

SOLD : 2013 NAISH PARK 10m – $1100

FOR SALE : 2013 NAISH PARK 10m – $1100

COLOUR: Blue and White

CONDITION: Excellent , still very crispy. Minor repair in the sheet cloth the size of a 5c Piece.

PRICE: $1100

COMES COMPLETE WITH;
-BAR AND LINES
-BAG
-LINE EXTENSIONS if requested
-Pump

BAR
2013 NAISH ATB BAR. Setup for freestyle and Wakestyle modifications to make it just that much sweeter a bar. NEAR NEW, only used 3 times.

Alex Harrison-Smith
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