A strapless kitesurfing session at Long Reef & Dee Why

Gallery of Hans strapless kitesurfing at Dee Why

Hans sent through these great go-pro images from a strapless kitesurfing session he managed to jag the other day. This was Sunday’s great session I believe where we were blessed my sunshine and cranking winds. Even I managed to get down for my first kite in a while and got out on the 7m! Fab stuff Hans, keep the pictures rolling in.

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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

Review : A key lock with a difference – The Tow Hitch lock

Hi All,

Just before xmas I was fortunate enough to be given a demo of a new surf key lock that looked really interesting. I’ve been using surf locks for a while now to keep the old van keys safe whilst out on the water (or anywhere else I happen to be) and I’ve had numerous failings and mishaps with it. My previous lock was a standard lock on a hook type affair and the failings I’ve had have fallen into the following categories:

  • Forgetting the code (not an issue of the lock more me) but this resulted in me driving about with it hanging from the back of my car for a week with the key in it until i either cut it off or remembered the code – thankfully i remembered it after calling the manufacturer and was ready with the angle grinder!
  • Putting my key in it and leaving it in the van BEFORE closing the boot. (Thankfully all kite gear was on the outside!)
  • Having it seize up with the key inside and using rocks to bash it open.
  • This lock now sits in the back of the van with an ‘unknown’ combination after i accidentally flipped the toggle and set a random code. I’ve tried about 4000+ codes through it before thumb cramp set in completely and I got bored.

So, I get this lovely new one that looks the goods! It hides covertly in the larger style tow hitch of the van and is aways ready to be used, I can’t lock it in the back, it won’t dangle, I don’t have to dig about for it and take it on and off so it’s one less thing to muck about with and that means MORE time in the water :)

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Installation was pretty straight forward, it seems there are 2 slightly different types of hitch here in Aus and the fit20141223_165333 was a little too snug for my liking so I hit the corners with a file to give it a little more room to slide in, once adjusted it was easy fit and shouldn’t get stuck. The locking mechanism is really clever, there is no way to remove the 2 locking pins that hold it in the hitch without opening it. It literally takes 30 seconds to get in and out if you need to. Construction seems solid and premium, this is good as there is a chance it’ll get backed into a wall at some stage. The cover that ‘hides & protects’ it hasn’t fallen off yet and clips on very securely. There is even a bunch of differing thickness foam things that you can use to stop the lock rattling about in your hitch so it looks pretty slick when fitted.

20150104_073124For a decent review of this product I decided to use my xmas surf trip of randomness up the coast to really test it out. We had sun, rain, wind, dust & dirt with both sea and inland conditions and this lock was brilliant with a van full of gear! First thing I noticed is I wasn’t digging about in a bucket of old wet wetsuits to look for the lock, it’s always there, no kneeling under the car to hook it onto something. Simply pop the cover off, dial in the combo, hit the catch and the drawer slides out.

20150104_073203It’s easily big enough for my VW zapper key, you can even get a credit card in it or 2! Pop the cover back on and its done.. you are ready to head out. I mentioned to the surf buddy whilst out in the water that it was probably a good idea they know the combo and they managed to suss it out without ever showing them how to use it so it gets the thumbs up there!

20150104_073146The drawer never once had water in it (my old lock would leak) and there is no dust in it despite doing about 40kms on dusty dirt roads over the trip, it hasn’t stuck, jammed, fallen out or failed in any way. You can see how dirty the tow hitch is.

All in all this thing is staying on my van! It’s brilliant and if you are in the market for a GOOD surf lock, have a big square hitch on the back of the car / van / truck / boat / combine harvester then I can’t recommend this more.

If however you don’t have a hitch to fit this into I also have a demo unit of their sister key lock product that is an upgrade of the standard combination lock with a push button code which means you can use it in the dark. I’ll be testing this puppy out over the next few weeks also and be writing a review of it also.

For details on where to get this product head over to http://www.dragonkeysafe.com.au. I’ve managed to negotiate a special kitesurfing.com.au deal that means if you contact dragonkeysafe@gmail.com and say that you’ve read our review and got the details from here they will throw in a FREE MobiSafe  lock with it. That’s pretty good of them!!

Here are some promo shots from the website and a picture of the free MobiSafe lock you can use to lock a phone and cards away in a bag whilst out and about or travelling.

 

Thanks to Jen from Dragonkeysafe up on the Goldy, can I keep it please please please… :)

 

Drone / SUP action

So, on Sunday I get a call from Andrew Forsyth saying something along the following lines ‘offshore, big waves, sunny. Bring the Drone!’

Now I’m always up for some fun and getting some cool shots so I hooked up with the boys out at White Rock and got some great drone footage! They guys got SMASHED! kudos to all of those guys for taking some on the head. One thing the drone does is make people show off!

Here are some stills from the video, we’re editing up some shots together and we’ll post em as soon as we see it.

My personal favourites are getting a little too close to one drop in! He looked concerned.. And the 3 SUP carnage in one closeout set. Check out how high that board got! haha..

Enjoy..

A short walk through the past. PLUS: Tell us what you’d like to see on the Kitesurfing.com.au site

Hi crew, Well, the kitesurfing.com.au site has been around for nearly 10 years now (though I’ve been posting kitesurfing photos on the web since 2001).

In the early days from 2001 – 2005 there was “KitePix”, which was just a subdomain of one of my other pages where I’d toss up the odd photo gallery. Believe it or not, it’s still online: http://www.smallwood.com.au/index2.htm

KitesurfingPage2006 Tom Kitepix Chris Tom5 Tom4 Tom3 Tom2

(With a few exceptions) almost every one of those photos on every one of those pages was taken with FILM or transparencies, then printed and scanned and uploaded via an internet connection that was probably running at about 128kb/s, at best. The water shots were all done with a Nikonos 3 water camera, vintage 1975 that contained no light meter, no through the lens focussing (you had to pick your distance, set it and then wait until your subject arrived at that distance, then push the shutter). The light was set by knowing what film you had, what time it was, which way you were facing and what month of the year it was and how much cloud there was. You had a leeway of about 1.5 f/stops to get it right. Still, the hit rate was pretty good!               http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/htmls/models/htmls/nikonos13.htm

I originally registered kitesurfing.com.au on 19 May2001, then just let it sit around for a few years without knowing what I’d do with it. Finally, digital cameras came on the scene in a big way in 2004. I got a Nikon D100 and in July 2005 started posting photos on the kitesurfing.com.au  site. Ironically — not having any idea that I’d one day be living here, the first post on the site was a photo gallery of the 2005 AKSA Nationals which took place here in Geraldton WA.

You can view the first kitesurfing.com.au post on the WayBackMachine archives here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20050712020534/http://www.kitesurfing.com.au/

The first proper page with links and background images and all that went up sometime later that year.

Then, there’s a big gap when there are no archives and the next archive appears in August 2006:

https://web.archive.org/web/20060820190254/http://kitesurfing.com.au/

A very young-looking Coert throwing some spray at Wanda in 2006

This post contains some of the very first photos of StandUp Paddleboarding, at the 2006 Mambo. Amazing how big it’s become in such a short time. If you feel like sampling more of the historical posts, you can find them at: ttps://web.archive.org/web/*/kitesurfing.com.au

Well, a lot of years passed and we packed up and moved west. At about that time some religious zealot hacked the page and deleted all the content and nothing much happened for a few months.

Then Mr. Pete took over things and gave the site a bit of class and brought things into the 21 century, which is what you see today. So, now that things have settled in a bit perhaps now it’s time to find out more about what you’d like to be seeing on the page going foward. I haven’t looked at the page stats in quite some time. At one stage we were getting upwards of 1,000 unique visitors a week and average visits of around 8 minutes. Those number aren’t huge, but those visit times are good, suggesting that what was there was valuable enough for people to stick around.

SO, here we are in almost July 2014 and it’s time to take a pulse of the community again and find out just what you’d like to see on the site.

Pete and I would love to hear from you.

To give you some ideas, here are some possible suggestions:

  • More photos?
  • More videos?
  • More “How-To” articles
  • More Weather Reports
  • Wind Alerts
  • Stuff to buy?
  • Product Reviews?
  • Visitor stories?
  • Travel stories?
  • Location  reports/analysis of specific Kite Spots?
  • More photos of Pete having a pee?

TALK TO US! SEND US YOUR IDEAS. 

Email us by clicking this LINK .

THANKS, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Rob and Pete

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