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.┬áThis 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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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.

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..

Breeze on! Thursday 3rd.

Hi all. Just looking at the charts at about 10am and it looks like a good southerly should make its way into Sydney today. When I checked the sea at DY this morning it looked like there wasn’t much swell coming in yet but that should change as the day goes on.

By my going well see a good 25+ knots hit us in the next hour so watch out if you are tempted to stick up a big kite and its going to keep blowing all night.

I’m stuck at work but I’m sure a few peeps will get down to beach for a session.

Have fun.