Overpowered

Bundy Airport wind report was totally out

Once again the Bundy Airport wind report was totally out. At Elliott Heads it was cranking 25-30 knots all day long, as squall after squall blew through. We really do need to set up a weather station down there so we can get more accurate wind reports.

Ian and Royce

Ian and Royce sheltering under a tailgate, stop for a bite of lunch.

Ian and Royce were there when I turned up. Nev had already been out all morning and I passed him on the road on the way. Royce had rigged his 5.3 but was overpowered. He has an Ezzy 4.5 which he says pulls just as hard, so he really has nothing smaller to change down to - so he didn't end up going out.

No kitesurfers to be seen

No kitesurfers to be seen

Just as I was arriving there was a huge squall, with intense stinging rain. All the kitesurfers had cleared out.

Looking out over Dr Mays Island

Looking out over Dr Mays Island

It was high tide. There were white caps out at sea, and small ones were forming inside the river estuary. The wind was ballistic. So I rigged my 5.1 an put a 50 cm fin on my 165 Go board, which was the wrong board for the day, but my Tabou Rocket is still in for repairs after a serious nose crunch. It was just one of those crazy out-of-control sessions, but the big fin really made a difference. Instead of going airborne and caveatting, it held on, through even the worst chop hops; where the wind would get under the board and I would literally fly through the air, with nothing but the fin in the water to keep me from loosing control. I had a few stacks for sure, but for an out of control day on a big board, it turned out to be quite fun.

Ian resorts to windsurfing for a change

Ian resorts to windsurfing for a change

Ian, who as recently taken up kitesurfing, was out on his small board and 4.5 sail. At times even he was overpowered.

Ray ventures out on his own

Ray ventures out on his own.

Ray arrived, pumped up his 9 and tentatively ventured out.

Ray on his totally de-powered 9M Kite

Ray on his totally de-powered 9M Kite

Lindsey pumping up his kite

Lindsey pumping up his kite

Shortly after, Lindsey turned up with his new C4 8M kite and joined Ray for a blistering session of Coonarr.

As the day went one, more and more kitesurfers did turn up, but most of them stayed on the beach. It was just too ferocious.

Posted by Henry Thomas, 6 years ago on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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