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Frank snares a few tasty ones at lunchtime last week in Dee Why:
Good Morning Richard
Rob P at Longy on Monday
Last week at Longy was great fun:
My mate Stu sends these photos from Virginia and Delaware last week
3ft peeling barrels and no one out. Water temperature 4C.
This is why you don't want to be in the water after a big rainstorm. Dee Why Kiddies Korner after the rain deluge on Sunday afternoon. Nasty.
Jan sends this photo from Northern Germany with the comment:
"Hey Rob - here a lot of wind but problem of finding liquid water...."
Couple of GoPro shots from Friday's session early December
Chris H sent this one from a session down at Jervis a few weekends ago:
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THE PALE BLUE DOT
Off-Topic here for a moment--if you haven't listened to this marvelous gem, take a few minutes out of your busy day to be awed and humbled by Carl Sagans fabulous reading of this passage from his book "Pale Blue Dot"
YOU ARE HERE--(ARROW)
Sir Richard Branson to mark 60th birthday
Branson says his wife Joan thinks he is "barking" mad
The Virgin boss will be accompanied across the 24-mile stretch of water by his children, Holly, 29, Sam, 26, and some of his nephews. He plans to leave Dungeness in Kent but said the French finishing point was dependent on wind conditions. Sir Richard, who turns 60 on Sunday, is to embark on the six-hour trip some time in August.
I'm putting my poor 60-year-old bones through an arduous 24.4 miles, over water, hanging on to a giant kite” Sir Richard said: "Kitesurfing is one of my favourite sports. I absolutely love the amazing rush you get when going at high speeds, in high winds, with the most beautiful kite acting as your only guide."
He added: "My wife [Joan] swears I get more barking as I get older. This year I've almost crippled myself running 26.2 miles in my first marathon."
"Joan could have a point. But as Holly, Sam and my nephews will be doing it with me, at least I can claim the whole family is barking and at the end of the day they are Joan's children as well - so she's 50% responsible."
NEED A KITE FIXED OR MODIFIED? GLEN'S YOUR MAN!
Had a very pleasant visit with Glen at Glen Salmon Marine in Avalon last week. While I was there having a mod done on one of my kites, he showed me a few photos of a trip he took to Indonesia last year.
How bout them waves, eh? That's Glen riding.
If you need some kite repair or mod word done, highly recommend Glen's work. Super professional quality work (he's a sailmaker after all!) and he's got all the right gear to do it properly.
Glen Salmon Marine
23 William Street, Avalon, NSW 2107
p: 0403 913 688
If you haven't come across this site, it's got some great forecasting tools.
Moon shot from the balcony during full moon:
Dee Why Beach a while back
DONTALS LOOKING LIKE INDO IN MID WINTER.
YOU COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL TO YOURSELF.
DEE WHY POINT JULY
Wicked sunrise at Dee Why:
Rob P. had some good fun on Anzac Day weekend at Long Reef. Can you believe this bloke has been kiting for less than two months???
Another trip back to Stockton on the weekend. Unfortunately, the gods were not smiling this time. After arriving early Saturday, the rain set in by midday and stopped only for about an hour in the afternoon-- long enough to set up the tent--then it proceeded to start bucketing again.This continued all night til about 9am, stopping only briefly to allow the tent to get packed away whereupon it kicked in again. By 1pm we decided to pull the plug and head back to The Big Smoke, hoping we'd get another chance another day
I can't say it was one of my favourite trips but there is something innately satisfying about successfully starting a fire in the rain then huddling around the fire to stay warm and devising ways to keep the rain out of the fire as the coals glow in the dark and you slowly polish off nice bottle of red--continuously wondering how the bloody hell humans ever survived in this hostile world before modern conveniences came on the scene.
Explored the dunes during the couple of hours when the rain had let up on Saturday and discovered the squatters village where (it's claimed...) that they filmed parts of the MadMax movie in the 80s, though this is disputed by some. Was originally built in the 1880s as a holding depot for supplies to provide for shipwrecked sailors and has been allowed to continue standing on strict terms.
Making dinner in the rain
NEW VIDEO FROM BEN WILSON
Some awesome footage in a new Ben Wilson video called "The Dirty South" shot along the Great Ocean Road VIC. You can watch it free online after you register on the site:
Weekend trip to Stockton
"The Shark Factor"
Kat and I camped at Stockton Beach on the weekend (Check it out on Google Maps HERE)
Not a lot of wind but I did mange an hour or so on Saturday afternoon in marginal conditions with about 12 knots flying my 9m with a surfboard at Birubi Beach--one of the only places I know of on the East Coast of Australia where the wind is cross-shore in an E wind and if it's NE or N almost dead offshore. Was paying pretty close attention to not falling off though.
Magnificent beach, uncrowded, pristine and even some nice peeling waves up in the corner. If only the "S-Factor" weren't such an issue...
This is the place made famous in that video a couple years ago: You HAVE to watch this video:
Drove over to Fingal and a couple of learners were kiting but not really going anywhere. And just North of there, there's another S-Factor location at Hawks Nest:
On Sunday we drove back down the beach about 5km and just chilled in the calm conditions with no one around other than a few folks on horseback and a couple motorbikes.
By late afternoon there was a bit of excitement around Nelson Bay when this fella turned up. Apparently on Saturday another one, TWICE the size of this one was caught.
280kg TIGER SHARK AT NELSON BAY ON SUNDAY
We were told someone caught one on Saturday that was 418kg.
STOCKTON BEACH: Lotsa beach, almost nobody around
Black/red/white Mystic Warrior harness
My harness has gone missing. Seems it's been nicked out of my garage. If you happen to see it, or hear of someone trying to sell one like it, a call would be appreciated. 0418 410 165. Many thanks, Rob
One from the "GOOD IDEAS" Department:
PUT LOCAL COAST GUARD CONTACT NUMBER
IN YOUR SPEED DIAL:
02 9337 5033
Tuesday night just on dark I got a call from Jon at Fishermans. He was packing up his gear and was approached by an elderly couple who claimed to have seen a kite go down about 400m offshore between Fishermans and Collaroy. Jon couldn't see anything and hadn't noticed anyone out there previously but he rang me and we discussed what to do.
I drove up to the headland at Collaroy with my big torch and scoured the water in all directions as best I could and couldn't see anything. Jon and I hooked up at Narrabeen 5 min later and walked the beach looking for any sign of gear on the beach, or anyone else looking for someone and for kiter vehicles in the car park and after checking three carparks and three beach areas decided that it must have been a case of mistaken perceptions. Just in case, we drove back to S Fishermans where someone would have washed up in the prevailing conditions and checked again but found nothing.
It did however raise the thought of what would have been the best thing to do if it turned out to be a genuine emergency that required a rapid response sea rescue.
After some discussion we decided that it would be a good idea if all kiters had the Coast Guard emergency contact number in their speed dial. Additionally, it's also probably a good idea to have a number for the local police in your phone too, just in case.
SO, the Sydney Area Coast Guard contact number is:
SYDNEY COAST GUARD: 02 9337 5033
DEE WHY POLICE: 02 9971 3399
EMERGENCY SERVICES: 000 OR 112*
*(112 is the GSM international standard emergency number which can only be dialled on digital mobile phones. 112 can be dialled anywhere in the world with GSM coverage and is automatically translated to that country's emergency number.)
Awesome conditions down the south coast last weekend of Nov.09
Here are the galleries:
One of the best kiting days ever at Long Reef. Unfortunately, the timing on the camera shots wasn't the best (takes a shot every ten seconds) and it managed to miss all of the big waves on the Bombies... c'est la vie. Here's one of the smaller inside waves.
Here's one I shot from the park
DOLPHINS AT DEE WHY POINT
I thought they only did this in Flipper movies...
That weird day of the Sydney dust storm
Dee Why at 0715am
Same camera settings later in the day at 1030am
SHARK ATTACK PREVENTION TIPS:
Tip 1: When you see something in the water, look panicked and yell "SHARK!" A friend shows Paris Hilton how to do it.
Coert seems to have had some fun times over the past few months in WA and offers the following evidence:
Long Reef early August:
SUNDAY 19 JULY DEE WHY BEACH
Dee Why sunset
Jacques got some great shots at Curl Curl:
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Long Reef May 09
Dee Why waterspout May 2009
UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS
With all the chaos and and turmoil surrounding the so-called "Global Financial Crisis", few people seem to actually realise how we got ourselves in to this current mess. If you're interested in learning a bit more about how it all happened, have a look at these videos.
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