Shoal Bay

Belmont, Auckland, New Zealand

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I was missing Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay, Belmont
Kite Surfing: freestyle
12:30 pm - 2 pm Sunday. April 30. 2017
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Wind Direction: SW Wind Strength: powered

  I dont't remember the last time I kitesurf in Shoal Bay, I know was a long time ago. I get there not expecting much, but was a really good day kitesurfing.

  I thought I will be kiting with the 12 meters Dice but when I get there everybody was on 9 meters or less, I pumped the 9 meters Dice and in no time was in the water. I did the water drifting self launch only to practice because had a lot of people there able to launch for me.

  As usual was gusty, not so bad because I was overpowered when the gust came, much better than be underpower all the time. Some moments I was really overpowered, I need to fly my kite higher that I could have some grip on the water and to start I really need to go downwind and make a lot of power to move it to the edge of the wind.

  My big problem was my lack of fitness, after some legs I decided to play around doing some "load and pop", some toe-side transition, this kind of stuff, but I was not fit enough, in a short period of time I start to fell tired, my abdomen, my legs... Well it's the price to pay to have a summer without wind.

 Talking about summer, I believe this summer was the one with less wind for a long time, I don't kitesurf for long time but people who kite for years are talking about that.

  I did some stuff that I don't use to do, I adjusted the straps on the board when I was kiting, I was riding using boots and now I am preferring to have the straps a bit loose, I release it a bit but was not enough, and I could release a bit more when I was kiting. I did 2 very good toe-side transition coming towards the beach but for the other side not so good. Load and Pop I still only able to do when I am riding "normal", I tried when I was riding goof but it didn't worked well, I need to insist on this side. I did some legs going into the "skilled" kiters area but I was not really comfortable there, and of course I have some very good crashes.

  In the end was a good day kiting, I was missing Shoal Bay, the place is mud, gust and crowded but felt like home.

  See you there soon.

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  In the end was a good day kiting, I was missing Shoal Bay, the place is mud, gust and crowded but felt like home.

  See you there soon.

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