UPDATE : SUNRISE LONG REEF SESSION

Arrived at the Long Reef carpark this morning in the near pitch dark still wearing pajamas. It was a pleasant surprise getting out the van that the temperature in Sydney has raised a few notches on the dial to a balmy 17c. Snapped a quick shot – that came out a lot lighter than expected – of the view.

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The wind in the carpark was a little deceiving behind the bushes. After I’d pumped up the 9 and headed down with surfboard, only to have it blow away in the 30knot gust that came through with a rain squall I decided to swap to the Twintip.

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Drifter and Cabrinha skillet ready to go

The conditions today were not bad. There was plentiful wind that was quite on shore, surf was between 2ft and 6ft and very messy. Got taken out by one monster dumper and got a good working.

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The Kite van.

Good see Sonia and a few other die hards turned up early too.

VIDEO : INSPIRATIONAL DUCT TAPE SURFING

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Saw this on facebook the other day. A truly inspirational video that is well worth a watch.

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TRIP : SECRET HOBBS BUGGY TESTING

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For a fair portion of 2012/2013 our mate Dave has been hard at work on a small private project to build the world best kite buggy. he’s had some great success with his product and it is a pretty serious piece of kit. You can check it out here @ www.carbonkitebuggy.com.

Back in September last year Dave had his first prototype ready to go. The weekend was picked in advance, all leave passes were approved, the location was chosen as Stockton Beach in Newcastle, we were locked in!

Then came the weekend of the 11th September 2012. WIND : 50+ knots. SEA : HUGE. BEACH : err, what beach! The east coast of NSW was hit by a huge storm. It had been brewing for a few days and had not stopped raining for days. But we were locked in so we had to bite the bullet and go.

Now we’ve never used a kite buggy before, we are all good kite surfers but this is different stuff. We opted for the safety of the 1m foil kite and that was getting ripped out of our hands at times on the Saturday. The Sunday proved a little nicer and we could remove some of the snow boarding gear we’d been wearing on the Saturday – in September!.

Anyway, below is a gallery of some of the images we got that weekend. Hope you enjoy.

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ARCHIVE : HAWKS NEST LONG WEEKEND OCT 2006

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Whoa. What a weekend. All planned nearly on at the last minute (as usual). Initial idea was a camping trip, then, Selena and Chris booked a house that included some available beds and floor space on a first-come basis. Everybody managed to get in except Simon and Tracey, (sorry guys) who camped across the road at Jimmys.

Loads of new arrivals on the crew lately. Final crew count was around 15 I’d say (plus gremmies Amelie and Robert) . Seems kitesurfing is the thing for South Africans this year. Let’s see… Paul, Bobbie Jo, Arthur, plus the existing SA crew of Tam, Gregg, Coert and Ant… plus Terry, a student who joined us with GF Dee on Saturday for a lesson, that makes nine. Guess you guys are the majority now, eh? ;-) Oh, and none of these guys except Bobbie Jo and Paul knew each other before kitesurfing …How’s that for coincidence?

Saturday morning was a leisurely brekkie followed by a wind check visit to Jimmys. Turns out there was a windsurfing comp on up the other end with about 100 windsurfers. Luckily, they stayed plenty downwind of us. Late arvo we got about 15-18 knots of SSW and a chance for a fun session on flat water, despite some rain, so no pics. Perfect conditions for everyone from complete beginners to experts.

Saturday night was the requisite visit to the Tea Gardens Pub.

Sunday was a late start and eventual trek up the beach to Little Gibber Headland/Sandy Point. Beau, Gregg and I got a few head high fun waves in the surf while everyone else worked on their tans getting ready for the wind.

 

Round 4 o’clock the nor’easter kicked in, another crew from Newcastle turned up and headed off before us.  Tony, Beau, Gregg, Chris, Simon, Scotty and I made up the ‘boarded’ crew and Paul decided to body drag it. Brave man. I heard on Tuesday that the Newie crew had seen a couple of Whities on the way down. All I saw was a huge pod of about 100 dolphins, jumping all around, some completely out of the water, less than 3m away. Some of the biggest dolphins I’ve ever seen, many of ‘em more than 3m long. The dolphin experience is always cool–no matter how many times you’ve seen it or experienced being in the middle of it, you never tire of it and they never lose their ability hold you in awe of how cool they are.

On the way down, took our time riding waves, jumping off big ramps out the back in perfect 15-18 knot nor’easters.  Huge airs, loads of big cutties on the waves, magnificent conditions. Google Earth says 11.2km beginning to end. If you assume about .5 km per tack and maybe 80 tacks, I’d say all up we probably kited 40 km or more in about 2.5 hours, finishing up at the Hawks Nest Surf Club right on dark.

The girls revelled in driving the 4WDs down the beach as the support crew and did and exemplary job, stopping to shoot video numerous times along the way.  Many thanks to Bobbie Jo, Selena, Tam, Alison and Tracey. Well done girls.

Monday, after the traditional chow down on about 110 of Selenas legendary pancakes, we stopped off in Umina where half an hour after our arrival we were greeted with a 25knot southerly that blew the rest of the day. The pictures tell the story. Arthur flew an inflatable kite for the first time on Saturday and by Sunday was up and riding on the board. Congratulations and welcome aboard mate. Your life will change forever now…

Great weekend all. Thanks to everyone who made it along for the great company. Great vibe all around, everyone reasonably well-behaved (as much as you’d want anyway) and only one complaint from a grouchy neighbour at 1am on Friday night, but he came out and had a friendly chat with us on Monday.

Everyone who didn’t make it—dang. Ya missed a good one. Til next time.

Cheers,

Rob

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ARCHIVE : THE RANDOMS

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Ok, Here is everything that we’ve managed to salvage from the old website. Totally un-vetted, feel free to tag, share on FB, comment and have some fun with these.

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ARCHIVE : XMAS 2005

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I just had a quick look at these pics and I can derive the following from them. It was Xmas in 2005 in Sydney, it was hot, it was sunny, there was no wind, the guys were at Dee Why and they had a stupidly large kite! Oh and Rob had a mo. Love it.

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ARCHIVE : WICKED WANDA WAVE SESSION 2006

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From March 2006 I’ve found this gem. Rob and the crew over at Wanda in Sydney’s South kitesurfing what looks like a great day. Found this blurb about it too.

Wow. What a day. Tom rings and says “Hey, nor’easter — let’s go to Wanda!” So, packed the car and we’re off. Perfect conditions with sideshore wind and 15-20 knots. The photos tell the rest of the story: Yellow helmet, red board is Johnny B Good Meyer; blue board, red boardies and sunnies is Rob Smallwood;unhooked surfboard rider is Russell Pell. Didn’t get the name of the other blokes. Tom was absolutely ripping but was the only person photographing so we don’t have any shots of him, though I got some great video. Will try and add some frame grabs from the video later. As is always the case, the best waves happend when no one was filming. (currently accepting photography aprenticeship applications from cute chicks who wanna learn to kite… ;-) ) Photos below were taken at the end of the session when the surf had subsided quite a bit. The first session the waves were probably twice the size of these and, egads, were there some scary ones… Tom got one of the first, that I saw from behind, conservatively estimating the back of the wave at 4m. I couldn’t even see his kite behind the wave as he went screaming and hooting down the face. I got one shortly afterwards that I thought was going to completely anihilate me — nearly bailed in the middle of the wave when I looked up and saw the lip about the throw out over me but somehow managed to escape it. And as usual, Johnny B Good nearly got munched at least a dozen times but escaped by the skin of his teeth with only milliseconds to spare in every instance. Ya just have to wanda, I mean, wonder: How DOES he do it???

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