Shoal Bay

Belmont, Auckland, New Zealand

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Unexpected afternoon

Shoal Bay, Belmont
Kite Surfing: freeride
12:00 pm - 14:00 pm Thursday. December 29. 2016
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: SW Wind Strength: powered

 A friend invited me to go to Shoal Bay around 11:00, the windsurf.co.nz camera was showing 9kts gust from 2 to 14, very bad, but I having nothing to do and I need to dry my 12m because last time I packed it weat, and will be good go there meet some friends, talk a bit, and maybe try the surfboard.

 I get there around 11:40 and other friend was leaving, I asked how was and the answer was - Amazing!!!. Well he is a very good kiter, if he is saying that is because it is.

 I pumped the 12m Dice because doesn't look too much wind, other guy have pumped I think a 11m but he deflated it and pumped a 8m. Maybe I am missing something!

 I prepare to do a drifting self launch as I have done some times, but this time I lay down the lines to the back of the kite and I make a mistake when I put the bar close to the leading edge. I forgot to turn the bar "under" the lines and when I was in the water launching the lines was twisted. I need to do everything again. A part from that everything was smooth.

 I did some good loading and pop, going for my left side (I am normal) and ride a couple of the time toe-side going to the right, some very good toe-side transitions and of course some very good crash as well.

 I didn't make anything really wrong, sometimes I tried a trick and I fall but as expected.

 The wind was pretty good, as always in Shoal bay a bit gust, but I could ride all the time, after maybe a hour some gusty was really strong for my 12m, full depower, kite very high and sometimes I lost the edge and go downwind, nothing major but the 9m maybe will be easier.

 After I stop I checked the camera again and was showind wind around 14 gust till 25kts, this is more or less what I thought.

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