Orewa

Auckland, New Zealand

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Dice 7 meter debut

Orewa, Auckland
Kite Surfing: freeride
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Sunday. August 27. 2017
my rating 2 star rating
Wind Direction: NE Wind Strength: powered

  Orewa was strong early in the morning, I was watching the Orewa Surf Club camera and the wind was 23 to 25 gust 30 kts but the forecast was showing a bit strong on the afternoon, after talked with Andreia we decided go to Orewa early before the rain comes.

  I arrived on Orewa surf club a bit early than 10 am, of course the first idea was go see what size people were. One guy with Dice 11 meter, other on 10 but the majority was between 9 and 8 meters. I knew I could use my 9 maybe overpowered but I bought a Dice 7 meter 2017 and I want to use it, Andreia pumped the 8 meter Cabrinha drifter but the wind pick up and she changed to the 5.5 meters. Luck I pumped the 7m was perfect for me, I could ride all the time almost perfect, sometimes I need to work a little the kite to start going but after that was pretty good.

  Unfortunately I was not on my best day, maybe because the sea was very choppy and I was with back pain after the yesterday surfboard session or because I was choking the kite a lot, the point is I didn't kitesurf well. I was almost the time only trying to find a clean path to ride, I didn't want jump and I was kicking all the time.

  I believe I was choking the kite because it is very small and the pressure in the bar is really nothing and my instinct was telling me to pull more the bar, my ideia is change the settings in the kite to increase the bar pressure. let's see if will work.

  I was in trouble twice, the first time, maybe in the first 15 minutes kiting, I was going outside and I jump one wave but I think because the kite is small or I misjudge the high I turned it too early and I fall hard in the water going downwind very fast, my reaction was sit in the water and use the board to stop but this only make me skid in the water for a long distance, in the end I put the kite to 12 hours and stopped. The second time was close to a hour kiting and I start to felt tired, I was on the stage where I was thinking more to stop than kiting. I don't remember what I was trying to do, but I know I lost control when I was close to a wave and I felt, the kite felt in the water as well, has being a long time I lost control of the kite like that, in the end a wave drag me and my lines was slack, I can't control the kite, the waves was turning the kite and the only thing I was thinking was that I will need to ride a bit more time to dry the kite. After a while I relaunch the kite and start to ride again, no line tangled.

  The rain came and I packed everything wet again. I am happy with this 7 meter Dice, still strange ride a small kite but I believe this one has potential to be good after I change the settings to hard.

 Now the next 2 weeks the forecast is showing very light wind, is good to recover my back pain.

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06.09.17 5.22 pm
good report

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