Cape town Winter Kiting

G0010936EI will admit, it wasn’t by choice that I ended up in Cape Town for 3 months slap bang in the middle of winter! June, July, August.
But sometimes, work has to take the driving seat.

I remember spending a winter trying to kite in Cape Town about 10 years ago. It was wet, and cold… And I also remembered being disgusted with the kiting conditions. Then again i thought, How bad could it really have been?

There are some radical differences with kiting Cape Town in winter as opposed to summer: The wind mostly comes from the opposite direction, it brings rain, squalls, frontal systems passing through, cold and there are also lots of no wind days

Yeah well it seems that I remembered right.

IMG_20140704_132536Cape Town Winter kiting ain’t for the faint hearted. When there is wind, it is gusty, often cross off, the temperatures are cold and the swell is generally big.

With the equipment having evolved a fair amount in 10 years, conditions where more manageable. I mostly rode waves with my Peter Lynn Swell handling all the conditions it encountered. My Underground Mazu prototype got ridden as a thruster fin set up. I will go back to a quad and make some notes.

There were a few positive things…

Every so often you get a good session, and with wind from the right, for wave riding it favors my strong side.
The kiting crowds of the summer days were non existent. I actually had a few solo sessions. At most you had 10 kiters in the water.

The waves can be really nice.
And on the odd occasion you score a really good day, with sunshine and all

KiteSurfing @ Tableview 2014 (413)E

photo by Denwin Lewis

KiteSurfing @ Tableview 2014 (329)E

Photo by Denwin Lewis

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Photo by Denwin Lewis

Photo by Denwin Lewis

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As August hit, the Whales showed up lying in really shallow. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many encounters in one session!

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I got to spend some time with some friends including Anthony Berzack (featured in some of the pics). He’s been flying the demo Swells and really enjoying them.

I wouldn’t do another winter here out of choice… but there’s still some good sessions to be had. Enjoy the pics, next stop… Cannon Rocks!! Thanks to Denwin Lewis for sharing his photos.

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Italian Kite Festival

IMG_7049Every year, there’s an unusual gathering on the Italian kiting scene. It’s called Foilpride. Getting its name from a mostly foil kites dedicated forum driven by a bunch of very passionate people, it brings together an explosive mix of characters from all over Italy.

Finding myself at the end of an unusual stay in Italy (for the season), I was curious to attend. I put the idea to Peter Lynn headquarters and they decided to send some kites to demo at the event.

And so I headed to Capalbio camping in the hope to find some wind and some open minded kiters. (I had a range of kites with me from Twinskins to LEIs.)

The beach was tightly packed with foils and Tube kites of every brand, and the wind was on the light side… And to my delight the participants were eager to meet, try and share ideas.

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Sure there was the usual “brand pimping” going on, but then again is it possible to have a kite event without it?
All in good faith as the spirit of fun and unifying passion gladly prevailed.
Kiting was king and the food of course…

So people tried kites, swopped boards, laughed, crashed, swam, flew and had a grand time. It was also nice to catch up with some old acquaintances and making new friends along the way.
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Saturday gave us the strongest breeze (13 t0 16 knots) and I managed to put a 15m Phantom up. We even got a 9m Swell into the action, showing off its bottom end.

Sunday was definitely lighter and the Fury lite 15 and 17 were constantly on the water swapping hands.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and sharing stories with these “addict”.
A big thank you to the organizers for putting such a wonderful event together.

Perhaps next time in Cannon Rocks?

Enjoy the Gallery, thanks to Tania Romagnoli for taking pics… again…

Ced

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Part 2 of the “Swell” video

_MG_4963Here is part 2 of the video on the swell,

In this video I concentrated on showing the flying behavior of the Peter Lynn Swell in waves in different conditions.

The video was shot in South Africa with most footage coming from Cannon Rocks and surroundings and one session in Witsands in Cape Town.

Thank you to all the people who helped make this video possible.

Ced

 

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