Spring time in Italy

IMG_4299edit2So here I am in Italy… Work commitments have dictated that this year my European visit will be a tad earlier and that the summer will be spent somewhere else.

So for the first time in years, I am in the med wearing a full suit. Other peculiar thing is that because of the lack of users on the beaches during the winter around Rome, authorities don’t bother cleaning the beaches until late April. The result is that beaches look more like rubbish dumps than kiting beaches. Ostia (beach closest to Rome) was particularly bad. So you have to watch where you put your feet and land your kite.
Quite a shock coming from the remote beaches of Cannon Rocks.

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Fregene Beach, looking towards Macarese

The Wind has been on the light side. I was hoping to find a little more. On one outing I did managed to use a 7m Swell which I brought along in an optimistic outburst. But I don’t think it is going to be a normal occurrence.
And when the wind blows, it gets busy even though the temperature is still pretty low!

Otherwise it’s been a lot of 11m and 15m Fury days. Takes a bit of time to get comfortable again with big kites. But it is either that or no kiting…

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During the last few weeks I reverted back to an old 128 Squadron Board that I have as a back up  in Europe. The board falls short on some of the new technology, however still great fun for Board offs being so small. But for cord offs you need wind.
After so much wave riding in South Africa, it does take a bit of time to get tuned in again. Here are a few shots from a couple of sessions.

 

But the postman brought a package the other day … And it’s all smiles this side. More about that in the next post.

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Glad to report as well the release of the Swell video produced By Gunnar Biniasch who has returned to the Peter Lynn corner. Some clips from South Africa made it in there.

I will also be releasing two “Cannon Rocks” videos of the Swell focusing mainly on wave riding in the next few days. So keep an eye on the Ced Youtube Channel.

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Goodbye old Faithful

_MG_9045“All Good things come to an end”… I hate those clichés! Like “Rolling Stones…” and “Better be Safe….” Sometimes I feel that my life mission is to prove them wrong, to hang to that thread of possibility that the world is not the place made up by those stagnant minds that treat everything as a “Fait Accompli”
This time, I lost.

5 years ago I started veering my kiteboarding towards waves. 4 years ago I got a present. A board swop made me the proud owner of a Squad 5’9″. It took me a while to fully comprehend the beauty I had inherited.

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It was to take me through my first tentative steps of wave riding into pushing my limits. It survived a crease after landing butt first on the nose, then overcame countless smashing lips, losing boards in big surf getting washed onto the rocks… And besides the time it lodged one of it’s fins into my ankle, it gave me nothing but pleasure.

And so the love grew and flourished. We faced many dangers and had a few close calls that strengthened our bond even further. I chose you many times over others that perhaps were prettier or had better curves… alas

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I will miss you old faithful, but the crease along your middle is just too much. You will live on in some of the classic photos, and as a piece of my outside shower.

You will be a tough act to follow, good luck to the next contender…

But you will always be the first one that took me all the way….

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Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic 2014

IMG_9779It is once again lining up for the Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic to take place from the 3rd to the 6th of January 2014.

We’ve been having fun shooting a preview of the Tshirts on the beach.  There is a buzz amongst the locals and surrounding towns so we are bound to draw quite a crowd.

It is the time when I give back to the sport some of the stoke it gives me. And so I put on my organizing boots…

A whole lot of new riders are getting in on the action and the contest is bound to grow once again.

The contest, which is now in its 4th edition, has grown to a more “Festival” type of event. The kiteboarders taking center-stage will once again be displaying this amazing visual sport.  Within different categories, all riders of all levels will be able to show off their stuff and entertain the crowds.

The pro division will see Freestyle action, Wave Riding and Slalom Race taking place

Amateurs will be taking part in an expression session as well as a Slalom Race

Given the right conditions and entries, organizers hope to run a beginner body dragging race as well as a separate big air / megaloop show off session open to all with special prizes being set aside for that. This will be a spectacular show of high jumps and power riding that always proves popular with spectators.

The Cannon Rocks kiteboarding Classic is a flexible event which adapts to the conditions and the riders making sure everyone has a good time on the water and on the beach. Beach activities are planned for the days without wind, with Frisbee demonstrations, sandcastle building for the kids and volleyball all supplied by the Halyards Hotel.

A tent will be set up on the car park with music, food and refreshments on sale.

Stalls inside the tent will give the various sponsors the opportunity to display some of their products.

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The sponsors

The Halyard hotel will once again be our major partner in this event supplying infrastructure and cash prizes.

Peter Lynn kite sports and newcomer Wipronet will be our main cash sponsors. Peter Lynn will also be demoing their new wave kite “The Swell”

Absa will once again be supporting the event as a cash sponsor.

Newcomers Audi and Chunky Muesli will be promoting their products at the event and sponsoring.

Great support by the local businesses with Cannon Rocks Holiday resort, Cannon Rocks Homebuilders, Seef Properties joining the event as cash sponsors.

Our suppliers enabling us to make the event special: XS- Sports, Cannon Plant and Tool Hire, Thule, Rack ‘n Road, Kenton Travel, Honda Marine.

And our Media Sponsor Talk of the Town
Entry fee is R 250

The Event will kick off with an opening function on Thursday the 2nd of January at 19h00 for riders and press at the Cannon Rocks kite beach inside the tent. Riders will have the opportunity to register and will be supplied with refreshments and snacks.

Late registrations can be done on the beach at 9h00 am on Friday the 3rd.

Stay up to date with the latest news visit

www.cannonrocksclassic.com

and on the facebook page: Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding classic and twitter feed crckiteboarding

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