Well I wasn’t planning on hitting the beach today as it looked a bit light. I had some business to take care of in Dartmouth so I decided to head to Kanon Beach surf shop afterwards to see if Buzz Lightyear was ready to be picked up from repair. Low and behold, I get to Stoney beach and we have 12-14 WSW and the surf board is ready. Yeahh! Ironically Dwayne calls me up as I am in Kanon Beach and I relay the info that it’s on! He’s on his way. Unfortunately it’s cold and I do not have my drysuit with me and my wetsuit is in the back of the car still wet from Friday (epic day!). Long story short, Dwayne pulls up just as I am launching and we get about an hour of wind. Good thing b/c my fingers were frozen!
Big storm forecast for Friday… till then
It was an early day as the weather system hit overnight and was fizzling out. I arrived at the beach at 9am and Dwayne, John, Gavin, and Sean were all checking out the conditions. It was a bit light. The forecast was for 20kts at 8am going light at noon and turning NW. When I first arrived there definitely wasn’t enough wind for my 12m but since that is the biggest I have that is what I rigged. Sean rigged up with me as the other boys were contemplating. Just as soon as Sean and I were ready to go, the wind kicks up and we score it first. Everyone else is scrambling to pump their big kites while Sean and I get the early goods. Dwayne is in the water next with his 18m and the wind keeps pumping up. Soon Dwayne goes in with a few others to pump smaller kites. Meanwhile Stu with his usual bad luck almost sends himself on to the highway with an improper line rigging… Luckily Dwayne was keeping a close eye and yelled for a release! Stu was OK. Sean broke a foot strap on his Mako board but luckily Gavin was there and has spare everything Ocean Rodeo! At one point I am the only one left on the water when everyone else is regrouping. Once everyone is back out the wind starts to die and then dead at about noon! I happily got all the wind that morning! Yeahh!
12m, 15-22kts W, twin tip, Stoney/Conrads
Looks like another W day 15-20kts. Dwayne calls me up and is ready to hit the beach around 1pm, I meet him there. There is not much south in this breeze so we decide to kite over to Conrads. We end up doing a big upwind all the way to the upper end of Conrads and we were lit up! Dwayne was on his 14.5m (soon to be mine) and he was overpowered. It was a fun downwind on the way back hitting some small waves here and there. I ended up playing in the flat water section just on the downwind side of the point. Starting to get some left raileys down and working on the right.
All in all it was a good day and one of my first good westerly’s at Stoney and Conrads.
12m, Mark’s surf board, 15kts NW, Hartlen Point
I woke up this morning thinking I am driving to Port Hawkesbury for a tour of the paper plant for work. Lcukily… it was postponed until Nov. 4.. hopefully that’s a no wind day! I knew from yesterday that Mark Moore was looking to do a down winder in the west winds so I promptly text him and tell him I’m on tap for the day. Its his last day in NS for the season and he is stoked to get out on the water. We load up his van with all our gear and the 4 of us (me, Mark, Gavin, and John) head over to Hartlen point. We rule out the down winder but we luck out with what was my best waves session yet. John was a bit bummed from yesterday at this spot so he decided not to rig. The 3 of us head over to Devil’s island and it was sick! 6 foot waves with a perfect wind direction making it super flat coming in to the sweet waves. We ended up kiting for about an hour here and it got a bit cold (and felt bad for John on the beach) so we headed back. So fun! The rest of the day we spend driving up and down the Eastern shore in Mark’s van.. Gavin and I in the back drinking beer. We hit clam harbour (wind died at this point) and Gavin got out for a short SUP then we headed to MArtinique to check it out. The surf was good and we all got out. It was fun and I was a little tipsy by the time I got on the SUP… and I couldn’t stand on it! So I ditched the paddle and went surf style on the SUP. I managed to get almost 1 wave before I got too cold. Tons of fun!
8m, Bic board, Hatlen Point. 25-30kts WNW.
Got a call from Mark to hit HP at 2pm. I’m in! He’s got a spare bar for me from the line break so I’m good to go. I actually didn’t end up needing the bar as Gavin called me and said the new lines were in. SO I head over to the warehouse and Gavin helped me replace the lines. It was good to go through it for the first time with someone who knows whats up. I finally zip over to HP with Mark and John waiting at the radio comms house at the gate. The wind is honking and we go for it and its strong enough that I go with the 8m. Definitely the gustiest wind I have been in. Huge holes and big power gusts. There was one point when Mark and I were going along fully powered and, boom!, he drops in the water in a huge hole, 1/2 second later I’m in the water. Then right back up we both shot up to full speed immediately. Violent! I ended up tweaking my back riding toe side out of a wave when a huge gust hit. A bit of a contorted position with that huge gust did me in. It felt like a nerve tweak but I don’t think its anything major. All in all, a good day to stack up the experience.
Bye for now.
12m, 15 kts SW, Stoney, Twin tip
Beautiful late afternoon/evening session on a building SW breeze. Couldn’t have asked for more on a Tuesday! I have to deal with my broken lines from yesterday so I drove over to North Sails and picked up some twine and a needle. Once I got to the beach I was able to do up a little jury rig and it worked pretty well. I sent this pic to Gavin to remind him of my lines that are on order!
Too bad I didn’t wait for a response because he gave me the “don’t jump” warning. Of course its perfect jumping conditions and I am out on the twin tip practicing some raileys and kite loop transitions(which were really fun and a great ab workout). I go to do a kite look transition and, boom!, lines break. Fuck! Dave Beck is on the beach and he had some extra lines. I didn’t end up needing them as I just tied a regular knot in the lines and shortened my steering lines to even it out. It worked quite well. Although I wouldn’t want to go too far out on this setup in case they break again. There was a crew of French guys at the beach tonight. I think they came in from NB, they were having a blast. I managed to get out for about 3 hours which made for a great session!
12m, Hartlen Point, Twin Tip, 15kts West
Just getting off the night shift and I wake up at 1pm to make a 2pm dentist appointment. I had a wicked tooth ache and it turns out I might need to get a tooth pulled. Booourns! I get a text from the Kiwi, Mike Crowe, and he’s hot and horny to get out. He’s at the gun club with a 15-20kt westerly. I’m not a big fan of the gun club unless its HONKING so I suggest Hartlen point. Its a first for him but he’s game. Its a bit dangerous there as you are exposed offshore at certain points. We head out and tack back and forth across the gap between the point and the island. Good times, a bit gusty, and fun. We get out from about 3pm until about 5pm. I come in to land and derig my kite and my center line lark’s head loop disintegrates in my hand. LUCKY IT WAS N THE BEACH! If that had of let go in the gap I might have lost the kite!! I had even noticed the state of my lines and ordered a new set a couple weeks back trying to be pro-active. Not pro-active enough obviously. I hope the new ones arrive soon!’