Long Reef Beach

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Stormy conditions at Long Reef

Long Reef Beach, Sydney, NSW
Kite Surfing: freeride
11 am - 1:30 pm Saturday. April 16. 2011
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: S Wind Strength: overpowered

Arrived at the beach just after 10am. Very windy, gusty, stormy conditions. Wind Southerly to SE 20 knots, to 30 knots in the gusts. Regular rain squalls coming through, with the rain making it difficult and painful to see. The sea was a washing machine, with some flattish water near the beach, and big waves out the back.

Session was on the 9m blade trigger and twintip. After waiting on the beach and watching the squalls for a bit it was time to just do it... so I went out with the kite lines set on the least powered knot. Had a few short runs and came in - the kite was not flying very well at all, lurching forward and back in the gusts. Came in and landed the kite, resetting the lines to the middle knot, and waited another half hour or so.

The wind seemed to settle a bit more so I went out around 11am or so, finishing at 1:30pm. Was a difficult session with some major gusts and lots of big waves to go over on the way out. Used some of the waves as ramps to jump, but was generally a bit out of control on these jumps, landing about half of them. Had the kite crash and go through the lines once - came in and reset before going straight back out. Got lots of practice going out over the waves, and coming in on the waves. Didn't really feel like trying for too many big jumps today.

Was a fun session, but the difficult conditions make it only 3 stars on the stoke level.

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