Sunday, February 24, 2013

On the Rocks, With a Twist

Looking N, towards the point

Grey day. I'm kiting out on the point with Alex and Brad, playing on the smooth, overhead ramps. Wind is N, straight sideshore, making for clean set waves with almost no chop. Beautiful waves!

It also makes for a nasty landing on the rock wall at Deer Island if something goes wrong on the outside. I glance at it occasionally, far off in the distance, lurking like a bad dream.

The waves are big enough to warrant a little caution for me. Light rain is starting to turn into snow. I do a low back roll and my lines remain slightly twisted. I think to myself that's how this session is! Slightly twisted.

That thought is a cue for Brad's kite to go down. His DD is broken. He releases everything and swims in to the point. He's safe. I try to rescue his strapless surfboard, and also get to his kite which is drifting away, without much luck, or skill.

Then Alex's kite goes down.  A bridle line broke. He doesn't reach the point before being pulled downwind. What the!?

For awhile we're all over the place. Brad and I are chasing gear that is scattered down the beach. Alex has wrapped up his lines and is swimming in on his kite. I lose my board near the beach and don't bother dragging for it because I'm rushing to reach Brad's kite before it gets munched in the shorebreak. We look like the 3 stooges. Can it get any worse?

Looking SE, Deer Island and the rock wall
Leo has a house right on the beach. He sees Alex's kite from his house but he doesn't see Alex. He calls the Coast Guard. "No, no, Alex is on his kite!" we tell him.  He calls off the Coast Guard. What next?!

Leo and I kite out to help Alex. Leo tries to bring Alex's kite in but it flips and blows out of his hands, towards the rocks. He brings in Alex's board and I pull Alex away from the wall. He was probably going to miss it anyway but I want to be sure. His kite lands in a tiny cove in the rock wall undamaged.

Everyone's fine! A heavy wet snow is coming down as we walk back to our vehicles. The waves out on the point look tiny from this distance.

We're philosophical about the day. Brad is pissed that his DD will cost $150 to replace. Alex says that he needed the self rescue practice. "It's a cold day for that", I say! Cold and slightly twisted. Sounds like a drink. One that only a Winter kiter would enjoy. And even then, only in moderation.

Yirrell Beach, Kitesurfed, N, 12-18, 17-30, 14M Rally & 10M Rally/ Mako150, With Alex, Brad, Temp 36F, Waves 7'?, mid tide.

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Kitermike said...

Great story! Glad everyone is ok!

Peter van Amson said...

Sounds like another adventure. I am glad everyone is OK. It seems like not much would have needed to be different for that not to be the case. Be careful out there!

Dunoyer said...

I think side-on wind is vastly safer than side

Bradford Cranston said...

Good news, the DD can be replaced for $12. The SB needs some serious rhinoplasty though. This windless weekend was a nice break following that debacle.

scooper said...

@Brad- That is good news about your DD! $150 would have been salt in the wound of a very shortened session.

I was skiing this weekend. That usually means you guys can count on great wind and weather. My apologies. I guess it didn't work this time.