Long Reef Beach

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Gusty and hard work at Long Reef

Long Reef Beach, Sydney, NSW
Kite Surfing: freeride
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Thursday. May 5. 2011
my rating 2 star rating
Wind Direction: S Wind Strength: powered

Hmmm... I had the choice of some golf practice to prepare for my first game of golf in over 5 years tomorrow, or kitesurf in the new southerly wind... I guess I'll be an embarrassment on the golf course tomorrow!

S-SW wind, 15-20 kn in general, but much more in the gusts I think. New southerly swell building, with fairly big waves (for my kitesurfing skills), and very choppy. There was a big northerly sweep in the water, and big waves and whitewater. The S-SW wind was gusty out the back, and very on/off close to the beach.

Rigged the 9m Blade Trigger and went out on the twintip. It was rather tough to get out the back. I had to turn around a few times, and then got nailed in a wave and dropped the kite. Couldn't relaunch in time and got washed in with the waves and had to flag to safety as the kite started looping. Sorted out the mess in my lines, walked back up the beach and went out again. No worries this time, made it out past the breaking waves fine.

It was just never a great session. Way out off the beach the wind was a little cleaner, but occasionally the gusts just about ripped me off my board, and then I struggled to keep momentum at other times. When I came in closer to the beach, the current north combined with the fluky wind made me feel really underpowered.

After an hour I just decided today was not the day for a long session and came in.

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