After a winter in the Southern Hemisphere, Island hopping in autumn up North sounded like a great idea…
For a moment there, I sounded like a trust fund sponsored kid… Ok reality check, I had to travel to Italy and a quick 4 day get away in Sardinia was on the cards (man that ferry is expensive and uncomfortable!) To that add a cheap flight to Fuerteventura to visit my friend and team manager Gunnar Biniasch for a week. Borrowed cars, and inflatable mattresses… that sounds more like it! But hey I ain’t complaining!
The Sardinian trip really was a last minute decision, and of course with only 4 days there, I was taking chances to encounter kiteable conditions. Armed with one Peter Lynn Fury 15, and a 10, 5 / 9 / 7 Peter Lynn Swell, I felt like I could deal with whatever Eolio threw at me.
With pretty dismal weather forecast, I was looking at 4 days of eating and sight seeing (Cloudy windless weather predicted). This time however, the guru got it wrong and the wind blew 3 out of 4 days.
Staying once again near San Teodoro, I got to catch up with my friend Emerico and crew from the Wetdreams kite school and shop at La Cinta. It was nice to find them more relaxed with the end of season in sight and being able to enjoy some water time together.
3 days of fun conditions! The 15m Fury did come in handy coupled with my Underground FLX 135 while the wind hovered around 10 / 12 knots. But once it picked up the Swells‘ got unpacked and I got to ride the 9m and the new 10,5 m enjoying them as free-ride kites.
The Swell 10,5m
Let me first come clean; I am not a fan of big kites. And I will admit that I am a spoiled kiter with 7m conditions at home far too regularly. Of course if the wind is on the low end of the scale, I would rather have a big kite than sit on the beach thinking about it. However, given the choice, I prefer a 7m session any day!
But… the 10,5m is surprisingly fast and was still fun on a twintip. At the spot “La Caletta” I was staying upwind and jumping while most other kiters on 11m and 12m were struggling. The 10,5m Swell generates a lot of apparent wind due to its maneuverability giving it an awesome low end.
I look forward to trying it out in the waves back in South Africa on those low wind days.
The FLX 135
During the whole winter in Cape Town, I mostly rode waves. So it took a little to readjust to a twintip. The Underground 135 FLX (That I’ve had for the last 6 months) is a great free ride board with loads of flex and a super smooth ride. It absorbs all those nasty hard landings sparing your knees. With it’s flat rocker, it performs great in marginal conditions. A great board for the Med.
It had been 5 years since my last visit to Fuerteventura. Great to be reunited with my team mate (manager) Gunnar Biniasch. It was also great to revisit those spots: Flag Beach, Cotillo beach, Cottillo Lagoons. But to also get to ride some waves as I had previously visited only in the summer. We were also on a mission to shoot some video footage with the New 2015 Peter Lynn Escape which Gunnar will be editing over the next few weeks.
After a quick catch up, a good night’s sleep and a re acclimatization to island vibes (took 5 minutes) we headed to the beach to try the new Escape.
The accessible spots are crowded and some of the water users are on the dangerous side, not all of them having absorbed the wisdom and calm the ocean seems to give me. So after surviving a head on collision with a windsurfer (accidents happen to everyone) I managed to claim my space and have some fun
The 2015 “Escape”
Once again Peter Lynn have produced a 4 strut kite which is has an amazing “ease of use” component that makes getting on this kite an absolute delight.
After 5 minutes on the kite I was throwing my limited range of Twintip tricks with ease and landing them. It is a kite I would recommend to anyone wanting to progress in their kiting as it is so forgiving and is super stable.
Great all rounder.
The last day was spent riding waves off a reef to the right of Flag beach which was fun once I had worked out where all the rocks were… As the sun set on the Island hop I packed my bags and chilled out with Gunnar reminiscing on old days and dreaming of days ahead. I got so chilled that i managed to leave my board bag behind and had to rely on Gunnar’s F1 driving skills to do a return trip home from the airport to get my board bag to me with 5 minutes of check in time to spare. The reward for that brain fart was to get the very lastseats at the back of the plane, the ones reserved for midgets and amputees, right in front of the toilets.
I would like to Thank Tania Romagnoli for all the pics and supplying accommodation in Sardinia. (and dealing with the plane seats from hell).
Emerico in San Teodoro for supplying advice and good energy.
Gunnar Bianisch for supplying accommodation and toys in Fuerte. Without you guys these trips would be impossible.