Shoal Bay

Belmont, Auckland, New Zealand

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Shoal - unexpected surprise

Shoal Bay, Belmont
Kite Surfing: freestyle
5 pm - 6:30 pm Monday. November 21. 2016
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Wind Direction: W Wind Strength: powered

  Shoal always with surprises. I was checking Shoal webcam during the day and was not to exited because was very gusty and will be low tide. Around 15:00 a friend send a msg saying he will be at Shoal after work. I decided to show up to see but after my last astonished session in South Head I was more to go back home than kite in mud.

  When I get there the water start to dry behind the sand spit, many kiters was finishing the session, but was sunny, the wind looks good, let's do it.

  Was a really good session in Shoal, maybe the best one I had have in Shoal. I pumped the 12 meters Dice, prepared to self launch, self launch was with no problem. I'm doing a drifting self launch, every time worked very well, you need to take care with the lines when you are turning the kite upside down and back because some times the back lines can make a mess, but if you keep the lines in the middle of the kite when you turn upside down all should be good. Yesterday two very skilled friends have a problem launching the kite, one I don't know what happen she was doing a normal launch with someone helping and suddenly the kite start to drag her, I don't know if some line break or was a gusty. The other friend he told me he was doing a self launch but fixing the bar in some place put the kite in launch position run to the bar, connect to it and launch, looks like something went wrong and he lost control and the kite drag in the shells making some small damage. This is good to remember me how careful I need to be when launching and landing the kite.

  Kiting time, after self launching I did some rides, the wind was good, some gusty and some patch with less wind but was not so bad, I could kite all time. I tried run toeside because the last time in South Head was a disaster, was good, I did some good ones, some I missed the turning time and was pulled out of the board, others I sunk because was going to upwind, but I did some very good, for both sides. I tried some load and pop manoeuvre as well, I start to be more comfortable, sometimes I was losing the edge, or was not popping well but one I did everything right and I think I could get maybe 1 meter high, maybe was only 20cm but I felt very good. I need to practice more to the not natural side because I tried and didn't go well.

  Was a really good session in Shoal, and what I can ask more for a Monday after work !

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