Weekend roundup


Well it was still windy – Saturday Storm Desmond Hit

‘their actions are unforgiveable’

And it was too strong for kiting … but Sunday the forecast looked much better. Packed the car picked up my pal and drove down to the coast.

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It looked peachy but cold at 7degrees C. Gimped up in the wetsuit gloves boots and hood and hit the water with my 8m kite. Epic day with the squalls coming through and the strong gusts hitting (sometimes mid jump) meant everything was a bit unpredictable. Think I did some of my highest jumps ever – at one stage going so high that I rapidly ran out of water to land on – traveling a good 70foot before landing in about 1ft of water far too close to the beach … scary stuff and the stories that broken bones come from so a lucky escape. As i was coming down the mantra of stay smooth …. stay smooth was playing in my head.

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What a good day.

Interesting when uploading the gps track to Strava – the Fenix has a barometric altitude sensor but if you look closely at the grey track you can see hard downspikes in the last 1/3rd – those are all wipeouts where i smacked the water and the sensor took a hit.

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Weekend round up


A strange weekend this as Autumn storms lashed the UK. I set out Saturday to go kitesurfing but the wind was quite incredible .

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So saturday I had my new (old) Teak Danish dining table delivered and planned for the Sunday. Sunday was worse – I had the car packed with my gear and checked the beach station 47mph with a gust of 71mph …. Crazy weather and my smallest storm kite is not storm enough. So came inside unpacked and did 1hr on the turbo trainer then watched movies and ate chocolate listening to the rain hitting the windows (hard). The screen grab below from the airport – Behind terminal building so protected from true win in a westerly or north west wind

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This morning – wind gone 180degrees and not a breath and also no rain so out for run …. 10km first of the month and slow.

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Well at least it is better than nothing.

 

Friday the 13th – If I had known


the forecast was mental as tropical storm abigail came across the Atlantic and smashed into the UK …Screenshot 2015-11-13 21.19.26

Forecast

So decided I would kitesurf – took down my smallest kite the 6m Best Cabo (which feels bigger than 6m) and a twin tip board.

The wind was strong but what was worse was the gusts howling in …. I was on max depower of kite with rail buried and one time I was literally lifted sideways and plonked unceremoniously 20ft downwind (sideways) at force.

The jumping was good – even with a wave kite that doesn’t really shine in this area.

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could only manage 40min before I was wasted – back to the west end for a quick steam at the club.

Yesterday was a beach


Wind was up and I finished my speaker demo at local store earlier so headed down to the beach … loads (LOADS) of people out – i counted 24 kites on sea which for troon is pretty high ….

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photo by fraser – I am somewhere at back (top right) with dark blue kite …see the solo windsurfer lying down in the water.

Busy Day Nice Day


A day at the beach. Cooler than the Outer Banks last week and back in full wetsuit.

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live wind report – gust not recorded

Was great – on smaller kite earlier with the twin tip lots of jumping and bankrolls on the water. Then some time on the surfboard before the wind dropped a bit so changed to bigger kite for more tricks and then again to the surfboard for wave playing.

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snap post lunch
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strava day

Best of all get to eat lunch at the wee hurry on troon pier (best fish and chips)

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