With the help of many friends I managed to put together this edit of the first few months with the Peter Lynn 3 strut; the “Swell”. Using it mostly in waves but also discovering that its applications go beyond wave riding.
This footage was captured around the time we were shooting stills and a little after.
Most spots are around Cannon Rocks – South Africa with one sequence being in Whitesands in the Cape.
Shooting video is a different beast, It’s a totally different approach and one that is not easily combined with taking stills.
You will see various types of conditions as we get it, large swell, small swell, wind from the left and from the right. Strapless, and strapped. And fr good measure a big boosting session with some loops.
I wanted to show that the kite really does excel in many areas
So 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.
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…
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.
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.