Pine Harbour

Beachlands, Auckland, New Zealand

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Pine Harbour

Pine Harbour, Beachlands
Kite Surfing: freestyle
12 pm - 3 pm Sunday. July 24. 2016
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: NW Wind Strength: overpowered

  Another funny day. Get there around 11:30 the windy was strong maybe around 23 kts gusting around 30 kts, waiting a bit till more people show up, I decided pump the Airush DNA 6m. Almost every one was on 6m, a couple where using 8m because they didn't have smaller kites.

  I help Ticiana launch her kite and she launch my kite when she was flying her one. Long walk until I have knee water deep, I could start on more shallow place but because the wind was strong I thought it would be better if I have some water in case I fall.

  Ride was good, the DNA go upwind very easy, my transitions was not that great, I was conservative in move the kite, but was my choice. I did some small jumps, I have fun.

  After a hour riding, I saw Ticiana putting her kite down in the water like preparing for something, and I thought "why she is doing it, the gusty is stronger but we can ride it". The same time I look back in direction where the wind was blowing and I saw a white wall moving in my direction. I stopped, put my kite down in the water and the windy came, was strong, really strong. The DNA behaved very well, full depowered, was there waiting, sometimes it wanted to fly but I keeping it close to the water and I waited. I new this kind of wind will not can keep forever, after a maybe less than 10 minutes, that felt forever, the wind came down and I safety released.

  When I safety released the kite did what it should be doing, flag out, but was easy keep the kite in the corner of the wind window with strong windy than flagged with the normal wind. Flagged the kite was flying and pulling the line, was not easy wrap the lines with the kite pulling and flying, luck I was using gloves because the line ran in my hand a couple of times when I was trying to fix the main line in the bar.

  Ticiana went back to kitesurf, I walk back to disassemble everything and untangle my lines and listen the other kites histories.

  At the end I was very happy, nice kite day, everything worked as should.

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