Here you go, session this morning:)

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Here you go, taken yesterday...we had about 2hrs of this, winds were very good...most amount of depower I have ever used on my 8mtr LF Havoc:)

For anyone who knows MPA and the nearby ponds...this pond is to the west of Gull Island pond (where the sailing club is) I had been eyeing up this pond to the west for some time. Its huge...water is about knee deep or so. Bed is quite soft mud/clay..but you wont sink too far into it. Ideal!

The other kiter? this is an RAF lad whos down on a tour and bought his gear with him:)

Good times ahead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf7BEQPc ... e=youtu.be

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If you got your kite lower in the window, you would(should) edge more and not notice the gusts so much :-D

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Ah, I know that. More interested in holding my 'line'. Getting upwind was a piece of cake, like it was on tap. What was interesting was the other guy, we had a good chat once we finished the session. Turned out he wasnt that aware of the lift and header thing as his usual place to kite is Cyprus; with its onshore winds.

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southseasailor wrote: Turned out he wasnt that aware of the lift and header thing


Most kitesurfers won't know what you're talking about Rob. Wind-shift is a regular thing here, most of the beach's are coves or bays. We rarely get steady winds, shifts in direction where you have bare-off or head-up are particularly noticeable at two valleys along the headland where the wind increases and often changes direction.

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Yes, I bet your right. The sailing side of things is the same, you see perfect conditions on ytube...but in reality like when sailing a Skiff the winds are all over the place:) Makes you observe upwind though, to avoid getting spilled. Must say that the Kite system works well, such a variable power system. The beauty of the kite is that as you see the lift or header coming through you have a second or so before it hits; and can alter course to suit.

That Pond in the video is a good place...its a treat to have quite flat water, quite surreal too when you know you can stand in the middle if you need to. With acres of water around:)

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Course racing will change things for kitesurfers, less larking-about and more riding skills. Noticing a wind shift either side of a shore-break is about feeling it rather than seeing it. A lot of riders fly what are known as, "Bucket kites". The kite sits back a few degrees so it's always pulling, the rider probably wouldn't notice a lift. Even out-back unless we get the rare condition of a small-swell and large-intervals you rarely get to see the wind shifts here.

When i'm driving to the beach I often stop-off on the road along the headland and use my binoculars for a quick study of the conditions. Those lagoons you ride in would suit me right now, even on a calm day like today because we had a fairly big tide the shore break was very strong considering it was only about two/three feet.

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Spot looks epic!

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John.B wrote:Spot looks epic!


It is:) I am one lucky bastard....the Falklands are covered with places to kite, large ponds/lakes aplenty and loads of seaways...inland too, so pick the right place and you cut down the risks of getting blown out to sea.

There are places where there is just no one around....folk at work say 'why not spain/greece/turkey' for kiting...except for the Falklands rather poor nightlife...I got it all here:)

Someone really needs to come down and see the place. Rumour has it some Kite feller in the Forces is coming down to see if its suitable for adventure training. I think it would be ideal, winds here are tricky at times...I dont say it to impress anyone, its a fact.

Epic spot that pond, yesterday the wind swung about so the water was flat...took my 12mtr out for a spin....best bit? was zooming along and this little bird surfaced, panicked and then tried skittering along to take off:) we went about 20 mtrs or so before it gave up! and no...didnt have my camera with me:(

Today? epic winds for my 10 mtr...was in Town this time...5 dolphins kept me company:)

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I have a new pet! :) actually there were two of them, 4 hr session that day and they wouldnt go away....love those Dolphins to bits.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5FhUStwb4I

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wow! amazing footage 8)

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Fantastic-brilliant, i've done similar just the once with seals in a secret cove that is difficult to kitesurf without back-up. And it's a long walk.

Fantastic Rob, thanks.

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Got more to upload sometime soon, including standing in the shallows..with the camera underwater. Those Dolphins love being with kitesurfers....one of the other lads who kites turned up later and couldnt believe his luck when he got escorted by them.

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southseasailor wrote:I have a new pet! :) actually there were two of them, 4 hr session that day and they wouldnt go away....love those Dolphins to bits.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5FhUStwb4I


Amazing, that brought a smile to my face. Would love that. They love to play
Lucky, lucky bastid :-D

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@ sonnyrider....LOL

I know, we also have a sealion in the area too....dont see her often but she can pop up next to you in the shallows as you sort the kite out etc. Both seal and dolphins are fascinated by the kite...I dare not land the kite on the water with the seal about as they can nip things to see what they are made of:)

I get as many as 6 dolphins at a time, and never had the camera with me those times..they go mental when I waterstart. If the chop is up and I am in the shallows they go surfing past...within touching distance of me.

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Here you go, amongst the noises etc I am sure you can just hear a series of clicks...like a slow buzzing...as these little fellers use thier sonar.

This was taken the same day I had a 4 hr session, they were with me all the time...as the tide dropped they obviously went out to the deeper water, which got very choppy...quite surreal to be out there in this chop...sitting back in the water having a break..kite idling above, and these dolphins breaking the surface right next to me:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIlOj2jX ... e=youtu.be

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