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Get the low down on what’s happening on the kitesurfing scene in Durban.

Location: Kwazulu Natal
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Jan 29, 2013

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Mtwalume Christmas Special

Started by Dean Bottcher. Last reply by Kitesports Dec 18, 2012. 3 Replies

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Started by Dean Bottcher. Last reply by Dean Bottcher Nov 12, 2012. 3 Replies

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Started by Dean Bottcher. Last reply by Dean Bottcher May 20, 2012. 2 Replies

 A few of us have spoken about having a Slider Jam contest.  We have two sliders and I have found a third mini one.  So there is one for just about everybody. Maybe let's start working towards making…Continue

10 years to Freestyle Freedom and a Flat Section like no other.

Started by Dean Bottcher. Last reply by Feargus Kelly Apr 11, 2012. 5 Replies

I have been sitting on these pictures for sometime and not gotten too excited about them as they were just one of many proposals for the old airport site.  As of this weekend I got it from a good…Continue

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Comment by Craig Allsopp on June 12, 2012 at 22:08

@ Dean - I love it.   Always worth a reccie up there.  Make a weekend of it.   Maybe get the better halves to join us and make is a fun weekend away.

@ Slim - I saw how fast you were and I will only bow to your "Aventador" like speeds.

@ Bruce - There are no electric fences...   ;-)

Comment by Sean (Slimchance) Chester on June 12, 2012 at 12:34

Me,me,me,me,me,me,me,me,me,me,me,me - my family and I are in, that is - right who's up for some drag racing?

Comment by Brendon on June 12, 2012 at 9:32

Dean, I can definitely vouch for St Lucia as a kiting spot. When I lived up in Richards Bay for a while a few years back, we often took a trip up there to kite, and it is just like you say... and Bruce you really will be pleased at how wide the beach is there... so your kite will be safe!

Comment by Dean Bottcher on June 12, 2012 at 8:00

Ya Craig I'm feeling pretty sorry, big swell does not come around too often.  We need to go find the right spot though where we can all handle and enjoy it properly and where there are no fences for Bruce.  I'm thinking Jex Estate Blythedale is going to deliver the goods.  Other than that Africa kept me busy on the weekend.  I must just add that St Lucia is really amazing now and they have plowed big big cash into all the reserve and public amenities.  The public toilets are like 5 star no shit, all the hides in the reserve have been totally revamped and the Cape Vidal campsites are now brick paved 7 star amazing.  Seriously enviromentally conscious as well, they are even cutting down the invasive Australasian Casuarina trees.  I was almost in tears with this as it shows a massive interest in our ecology, overshare, sorry.    As for the kiting there are amazing options at St Lu itself, way better than Vidal in my opinion.  The estuary has not opened into the sea for 6 years so it is safer than Zinkwazi I would say shark wise.  It really looks fun, all beach, no rocks for Bruce, and wide wide beaches for Slim to drag race.  I would say a nice winter north east weekend there would be a cracker.  St Lucia is easily the cleanest town in KZN and they have Hippos, Leopards and Crocs (no jokes) patrolling the streets at night, so crime is down.  Accomodation is plentiful.  It is like Ponta, just civilised.  I have a trailer and 7 seater, let's skip cold Sterkies and go play in the sun this winter.  Take the Wolf pack to where they can feel at home.  Who's in???? 

Comment by Craig Allsopp on June 11, 2012 at 21:00

Ja Dave, it looks shit.  Hope you had a bad time and stubbed your toes on the rocks...  ;-)

You should have joined us yesterday.  It was proper, big-boy stuff.

@ Dean - You feeling a little sorry you had to miss it bru?

Comment by Dave Schaller on June 11, 2012 at 15:52

Would love to have been there...but had to deal with Balangan, Bali.....

Comment by Dean Bottcher on June 11, 2012 at 14:36
Hey Bruce just launching out in those conditions strapless is a freaking mindblowing achievment. Well done man. The only stupid thing you did wastry walk around Zimbali to Salmon Bay. You should have used those 500m and landed on your safety. Strapless will never be the same for you.. Easy after that. Slim will never let you down for entertainment. I'm glad the wolf pack is back.
Comment by Bruce Gaynham on June 11, 2012 at 13:16
Ja. Was not the best. Light and gusty take-off through the monster swell at Westbrook. Then over-powered strapless wasn't fun. The last 500m I ran down the beach because I couldn't stay on my board anymore, and then I lost my footing on a rock trying to get into Salmon Bay, and dropped my kite over the electric fence into someone's garden. Lucky nobody or nothing injured! What a lag :o)
Was stupid of me to go strapless in that size swell especially as a strapless novice.

Was lekker to hook up with all the guys after too long.
Comment by Craig Allsopp on June 11, 2012 at 10:32

Hey Kingsley,

We are all fine.   It landed up being 7 of us charging Westbrook to Ballito.   Wind wasn't great at all.   We were all over-powered and the surf was coming through large.   The strong wind had already created a hectic chop and it was a bumpy ride.

Only 2 real events were:

1) Slim getting munched by a monster, dropping his kite and then trying to fix the lines on the beach fully powered.   A small mistake saw him accelerating faster than a Lambo across the beach...  Eina!

2) Bruce putting his kite into some larnie's place in Zimbali.   The guard at the house was most confused!!!   HOW, EISH, WENA!!!   Luckily no tears in the kite...  

Comment by Dean Bottcher on June 11, 2012 at 7:16

Is everyone still intact?  Massive side wash or what?  Cape Vidal had some impressive runners but I doubt whether you could have tacked back upwind.    

 

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