blowing out the cobwebs


Post xmas ‘too much food’ kitesurf today under glorious skies and a decent wind …. tomorrow looks ballistic

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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


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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.

A grim day


years ago I went down to the beach and as i walked to check out the waves I started cracking the ice which was frozen on the beach …. today was pretty similar in that it was also a dismal failure. Drove to the coast on the strength of this forecast

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It was sunny for 5 minutes and i walked down and snapped a tree which was washed in with the storms

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And then those grey clouds on the left of the picture blew in in the 5min it took to get back to the car and this is what i got to see ….

But i stayed in the car for half an hour ate a sandwich then I came back to town – crappy …