mangawhai heads

Wellsford, Northland, New Zealand

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Mangawhai Heads

mangawhai heads, Wellsford
Kite Surfing: freeride
1 pm - 3 pm Sunday. January 28. 2018
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: SE Wind Strength: powered

  Mangawhai Heads - North Dice 12 meters, twin-tip North Jaime 136 cm with: Bruno and Jordan.

  First time on Mangawhai Heads, I parked by the camping, Bruno and Jordan was kiting already at the river mouth. After pump my kite my wife gave me a launch and I started to walk to get my board, suddenly the kite fall from the sky, I try to walk back to get some line tension but was to late. The wind was very light, was not a problem hold the kite in the position till my wife catch it. After the second launch I kept the kite moving to avoid fall again. The wind was gusty what make a bit difficult to sailing to the 'open water'. Close to the beach have some boats, moorings and posts. Manage pass all these obstacles with a gust/shifting wind was a work, took me around 6 tack to clear all these.

  After I get the other side of the river, I start to tack to the river mouth and I saw Jordan coming back, he was kiting at the beach and told me there was not good and have a place river down that looks to be better, we started the upwind tack till we get there. Was a long trip but worth all the effort. On this place the sand dunes are shorter and the wind get more clear, not so gusty and not so shift. We had a very good time kiting there, I could get some good jump, no one really high but I could land some very well, I tried back-roll without success and I start to jump for the starboard tack a little better.

  One of the time I jumped on starboard tack I get more air than I expected and my back foot slip out of the strap, I fall and lost control of the kite, the kite hit the water 2 meters behind Jordan, really a near missing. I tried to keep my front feet but the kite start to drag me and the angle of the board in the water was pulling me down, I tried to a few seconds keep my feet in the board to don't loose it but at the end I need to release my foot and recover the board after fly the kite.

  At some stage I was so tired and start make too much mistakes, was time to end the session. The downwind was very easy and fast. Mangawhai I will see you again.

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