Shoal Bay

Belmont, Auckland, New Zealand

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Cold, Gusty but Fun

Shoal Bay, Belmont
Kite Surfing: freestyle
1 pm - 4 pm Sunday. July 31. 2016
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Wind Direction: SW Wind Strength: powered

Shoal Bay, direction SW, gusty, cold, doubt between 9m or 6m as usual with strong gusty wind. What is better be overpower in the gusty with the 9m or be underpower out of the gusty in 6m ?

I again choose the wrong one, 6m. I am always conservative, I always choose to be underpowered when is much easy ride overpowered. This is a lesson I am struggling to learn.

Everybody was pumping 8m or 6m, because I have 6m or 9m I thought 9 will be too much, is better be underpower. No it's not a little overpower is better than too much underpower, one day I will learn it.

The first hour was a more or less, I was not able to keep upwind, have some trouble pulling the bar too much and choking the kite, etc. When the wind pick up a little I decided to kite in the "skilled kite" area, the place leeward of the sand bar where is flat and the good kiters use to ride. There I could ride I little better, could keep my height and have some fun. Of course I was in the way of some guys, and sometimes they couldn't jump because I was a little downwind were I should be.

Let me explain the Shoal bay "rules":

a) If you don't know what you are doing you should ride on the left side of the sandbar, choppy water, the right side is for the good kiters.

b) if you are in the right side, smooth flat water, the rules are: You ride close to the sand bar (upwind) when you are coming to land and a bit further downwind when you are going. This make a kind of track and more or less everybody respect it, you coming to land close to the sandbar, jump or make your transition and ride downwind to go out.

Think about someone "come" in the "going" track, this cause some disruption in the track. This was me sometimes. I couldn't keep my height and I need to comeback in the " wrong" way. No body yelled at me but I could felt some "not friendly look". -Sorry guys, I am improving.

Was not a perfect day, but was fun enough to be thinking in the next weekend.

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