Road trip to Mambo Part 1

It was a pretty laid back start to the trip if I have to be honest. The rain that has been belting down the coast wasn’t really motivating for a week long road trip. But I’ve got the week off work and I’m sure there is some wind, sun and surf SOMEWHERE!

A few hours south of Sydney and I decided to pull into Kiama to check out the wind. It’s almost always windy at the first beach you past coming into Kiama with the train tracks right up next to it. It’s still raining at this point and looking at the charts and map it doesn’t look too flash for the southerly thats coming in. Also giving it the once over inspection, I’ll be honest it isn’t the safest place for a solo kite in limited visibility. A quick check of the map shows the next really viable beach to kite is Werri beach, hey I’ve surfed there before.

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This is the site that welcomed me to Werri beach! It’s not the nicest view to welcome you to a days kiting. Anyway, it seems windy lets hit it!

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The south end of the beach simply doesn’t work in a southerly, its proper protected. with a bit of east it could actually work and there is a nice wave at the point that would work will on a good day. This chap was getting stuck into it.

I went out from about the middle of the beach. It’s really gusty and the surf is pretty wild. I wasn’t game enough to stick the go-pro on to be honest. Self launching with the go-pro on the front lines will go one of two ways, one of those sucks. There is a huge rip in the middle of the beach here and the current up the shore is pushing me upwind like crazy, this is really odd and I couldn’t tell how windy it really was. If I got out the back I was a bit underpowered on the 9 but close in I was powered up. There are some big sucky slabs hitting a sandbar half way out so I decided just to stick in the powered up section and play about a bit. It was quite fun but the current is really strong, at one point I’m going down the line on a wave with loads of power, I look at the shore and I’m not even moving! Really weird..

The rain eventually killed play after about an hour with the wind getting all fluffy and weird. Wish visibility down to about 100m I call it and head in.

One good safety tip I can give for days like these when it really is suspect is flick a message to someone that knows what your doing, tell them where you are and when you think you’ll be back. Thinking back to a few accidents anything can happen and no-one here is likely to notice.

Anyway, Onwards down to Mollymook for the night. The storms are still going so no real action in the arvo. It’s nice to get a snooze in.

Tuesday morning brings SUN and WAVES. Woohoo! for 1 hour this morning I had a 2-3ft glassy break all to myself! Now thats how it should be!

Here are some pics from today.

Weekend screamer!

What a crazy weekend we’ve had in Sydney. I’m not sure about you lot but when I woke up on Saturday morning I could have sworn something wasn’t quite right. Sydney was engulfed in a thick blanket of smoke from the bush fires out west. This finally pushed away from the coast as the day warmed up and a small nor-easter came in. On the beaches I almost thought we’d get some good wind right up until about 3pm when it died totally. This didn’t go unrewarded as I managed to get to see some locals up close in the form of a few large stingrays and a wobbegong shark in knee deep water. I even managed to jag a few pics and a cool little video.

The forecast for Sunday was WIND. And lots of it! I picked up the change on the charts at Ulladulla and then it was a waiting game. After checking the flatness of the surf at Dee Why I decided to do something I don’t do very often and shoot off down to Dolls Point to catch up with a few mates. When I drove past the bay it was cranking! I wish I’d stopped to get a picture. When I parked up at Dolls I saw one kite on the beach being sat on by someone who I guess was trying to keep it and then I was blinded by sand, I’d forgotten that about Dolls. Without even noticing my friends were in the car park I grabbed a brand new in the wrapper 7m Cab drifter (thanks Windsurfnsnow!) And a twinny and just got on with it. Managed to self launch without killing anyone no problems and went and did some big jumps. Came in, tested self landing in 40 knots which turned out to be easy (using my proper technique) and went to find out why people were just standing about. Had a fee more runs and jumps later and decided that was enough. A few peeps jumped on my gear to have a go, everyone came back safe and happy. One thing that was great to see was that of the few people that did go out 3 of them were girls! Its fabulous to see this level of skill in our female kiters especially when I’ve coached them at kitechicks. I had a real proud coachy moment standing on the beach. Well done girlies and thanks for not trashing my new kite.

Monday has continued with some great wind and waves back at Longy. I got there after 5 and it had gone a bit onshore, I decided to let my current injuries settle a bit and give it a miss but it did let me take some vids and snap some pics (must pack camera next time) Matty B was there to snap some good pics that we’ll get up in the gallery soon. Meanwhile check out vids. It’s good to have Matt Ma back in town and to see he’s still charging! Alex also put on a show and did some silly shit for us all to laugh at.

Sorry for the poor pics, they were from my phone..

Smokey Kurnell images

The past week in Sydney has been a difficult one for many. With hundreds of homes burnt in the Blue Mountains fires. Our thoughts are with those that have lost so much to the fires and we hope that if they were started deliberately those responsible are dealt with accordingly.

Last weeks Friday fires on the 17th of October 2013 resulted in a smoke cloud being blown over Sydney causing some of the most bizarre lighting conditions I’ve ever seen. There is something about the smoke that seems to filter out some wavelengths of visible light that causes colours to pop and seem very surreal.

Local Kurnell kiter Jess Digs managed to get down late in the evening after the worst of the smoke had cleared and snapped these great shots through the smoke. Yep, that is not cloudy cold conditions its a dry, 30c+ smokey day in Sydney.

Well done Jess.
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Alliance & Liquid Force Demo/Clinic Day

Hey Crew, I just found out about an Alliance Kite Demo day at Kurnell THIS WEEKEND (5-6th October)

Join the team from Alliance Gear when they host the Liquid Force Kite Australia Pro Team when they roll into Sydney to showcase the 2014 LF product range and you get to ride with the Team and be guided along the way, a great way to score some cheeky little tips ahead of the intensive professional coaching day Sunday!!
Project Kaizen is the brain child of world famous Chris Wardell known for kiting and cable park skills, him and the National LF team riders will guide you through techniques to improve and help you unlock the key to understanding the art of self improvement.
There are limited spots left for the Kaizen Clinic so please contact us immediately if you are interested.
Sounds like it could be a good day and I really hope they get some wind. Please contact James at Alliance for more details on exact timings etc.
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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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ARCHIVE : DOLLS POINT 2005

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Some old skool kitesufring photos from Dolls Point in 2005. Seems it feature Gavin.

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