The wind came from the south today, which meant our usual kite spots wouldn’t work so well for us. Jegor, King, Marcus, Kris, Kelly and I went to the next city south of us, Falkenberg, to go kiting at Ringsegård beach. David, Andreas and Toffy chose to “experiment”, as David put it, with other kite spots where they could catch more waves. (It turned out they stayed in Läjet/Träslövsläge but just went farther out to sea). Kelly and I don’t want waves when we are learning; the flatter the better.
Falkenberg is about half an hour drive away from Varberg. We didn’t see the town, only the beach. It was nice and long and wide and sandy. And empty. And windy (which surely explains the emptiness). Perfect, in other words. We could drive right on to the beach and park on it – that’s usually not allowed so I was a little surprised. It made life easier though.
I practiced a lot on my own today. It was actually the first time that I’ve spent time alone with the kite, and I’m sure it was good for me. I practiced some starts, but it was hard. I learned why sideshore winds are more difficult than onshore winds; when you drift downwind you have a much harder time getting back “home” when the wind drags you along the shore as opposed to into land. And since I spent the majority of my time either going downwind or trying to get back, I had my work cut out for me. I also had to get the kite back up all on my own after crashing it, since I had no one there telling me what to do. I’m actually getting quite good at that particular part… I also had to body drag to pick up my board after losing it several times, whereas before I had help from someone being with me, holding the board for me. So even though I’m still not up riding, I felt like it was a pretty productive day.Kelly is riding the board and even doing jumps! He’s still trying to be better at riding upwind, and correcting his stance. He used both his 17 m2 kite, and my 11,5 m2 kite, as the wind increased later in the day. He also spent some time filming Marcus and Jegor when they were doing tricks with their kites.
It started to rain when we were close to being done. We managed to pack the kites before it got really bad, but the rain worsened quickly, so we were basically throwing all of our wet things into the car and trying to get out of there as quickly as possible. This was at approximately 16:30 in the afternoon.
The not so glamourus side of kite surfing:
King was not in the mood to cook today (and I guess neither was anyone else) so we decided to go into Varberg and eat dinner at a restaurant. We tried getting a table at a White Guide restaurant, but we would’ve had to book it earlier; they were full. We ended up at a place called Harry’s instead. We had meatballs and dessert and found ourselves participating in a pub quiz, which at least some of us mocked quite a bit when it was announced, but then couldn’t help but partake in once it started ;).After dinner we went back to the house, and the other boys joined us there as well. David told me that they are now referring to the group as two teams: the posh twin tip people (because we shower in the house and use the same kind of kite board) and the hobo wave hunters (because they camp on the beach and have wave boards). I have a sneaky feeling I will always belong to the former. I like showers ;). We all watched the videos that Kelly took earlier today of Marcus’s and Jegor’s jumps and tricks. After that everyone was pretty tired and we all headed to bed.
I spent a good portion of the evening stretching and doing exercises for my back. I think pumping kites, driving, and sleeping on the ground is starting to take its toll. I’m hurting a lot in my lower back and left hip. Hopefully the exercises and stretching will help.