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.
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