The call for this Tuesday was made on the same day and with the mention of strong winds warning from BOM. The road to the meeting point took me over the cliffs and the sea looked rough. I was hoping we would not be too many so we could go out to battle the elements.
I was relieved when I saw only 4 kayaks and even more when the other kayaks belonged to strong paddlers. However my good feeling only lasted until Matt turned the VHF on and we all heard the story unfolding of a Yatch with problems to come back. Apparently its engine was not working and the skipper was not confident to sail into the harbour with the strong wind present at the time.
Rob said that with the emergency services were being stretched thin (there was another boat with problems) if we were in trouble would be by our own. In the end the call was to paddle out and try a few manoeuvres before leaving the security of the heads. We started going against the wind, turning and going out.
Within the harbour the wind blew hard and many wind waves, up to 50 cm, were being blown with white cups. Arriving to south head we had the respite offered by the high cliff but we pushed on and out we went against the howling wind. Some small, some not so small and some very big waves were coming against us, sometimes spilling over our bows and reaching our skirts.
|Like the stock market, some go up some go down|
|Rob between braking crests|
|... and ready for the next spill|
|Some wide valleys between high mountains, look at the water texture with the white here and there|
We then turned around and just as we were getting ready to go down wind a big one spilled over Chris, taking him forward some 10 meters, releasing him and taking Matt along
The surfing back was quick and very sweet with the sun going down over the cliffs.
Back in the relative protecction of South Head he practiced a bit of rolling
|According to my wife I look like in the matix before waking up in this one|
|...and about to enter the stargate in this one|