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Winter Trip Report - Australian Kite Surfari. Bulk photos.

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Created by Hybrid_Z A week ago, 8 Aug 2017
Hybrid_Z
337 posts
8 Aug 2017 7:00AM
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The posting has been a bit slow over the winter, so I think it's the right time for a trip report from sunny far north Queensland at Australian Kite Surfari. Plus I'm now back sitting in 8 degrees in Vic day dreaming about being back up there.

I went up on the first 8 day tours which sees you being picked up in the arvo and arriving at the beach around 9pm (as opposed to around midday on your first day). I really liked the setup as it allowed everyone to jump off the plane, into the super bus and get to know each other over a few arvo beverages and pizzas. It also removes the need for a night in Cairns which is a bit of a pain. This was my first time on the new bus, it's a super comfy way to travel up north.

Food was even better than my previous visit thanks largely to the new smoker Ant has set up. The feed of ribs off the smoker was certainly the gastronomical highlight for me. The spit roasts as usual were fantastic as were all the other meals. Breakfasts were large with all the necessities and the addition of fresh, healthy juices in the morning was brilliant. I could all most fool myself into thinking I was being healthy having my kale, almond, pineapple etc juice in the morning...after a mountain of bacon. I work in Egypt, I get pork withdrawal, give me a break.




The weather was as usual bang on. We had 7/7 kiteable days, all of my days were either on my 12 or 9m core XR4s. The super keen people had sunrise, after breakfast and arvo/sunset sessions pretty much every day. We had neap tides so the lagoon was on most of the time, the sandbar formations this year were brilliant, plenty of nice flat areas to pick from as the tide went in / out. The weather was really good for progression with a few days ~25 - 30 knots and a couple around the 16 -20 range. Good for practicing whatever appeals to you and excellent for learning. The weather was warm, i was in boardies and a rashie all week and only really needed a jumper at night.






The animals have multiplied up there. You'll be greeted by 5 dogs when you head up now. George and Claude the classic big dogs are still there, old tinkabell with new additions lucky the super dog and Lucy the best-looking female dog north of Cooktown. The camp has been refined with shade cloth, low fencing down the front in the kite storage area, eco-decking and a few other touches here and there that make the place even more comfortable than it already was. The showers are still hot and the fridges cold and the addition of a couple more solar panels means you can keep your devices charged easily and jump on the wifi when you need to.







Overall it was another fantastic visit with a great crew and Ant, Paulie and Christine putting in heaps of effort to make us as comfortable as possible. In the end it was 7 days of eating, kiting and relaxing which is pretty much all I think any of us wants. I came all the way from Egypt (in the windy season!) for another visit which gives an indication of how highly I think of the spot. If you haven't been up there yet you really need to head up at least once to check it out. Cheers to all involved, both crew and owners, for making another trip up there most excellent.












Phoney
NSW, 354 posts
8 Aug 2017 9:46AM
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Nice report!

I'm going up in 3 weeks for 5 days, can't wait!

Kit3kat
QLD, 96 posts
8 Aug 2017 11:27AM
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Where do you get 9m winds in North Queensland? #max 12 knots all winter in cairns

Hybrid_Z
337 posts
8 Aug 2017 4:27PM
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Kit3kat said..
Where do you get 9m winds in North Queensland? #max 12 knots all winter in cairns


Cape flattery is where it's at.

Hardcarve1
QLD, 325 posts
8 Aug 2017 7:07PM
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Was there a few weeks ago and was surprised by the wind and just how strong and consistent it is. Camp is so well done and the hot showers after a kite tops it off. Ants cooking is another high point and you never go hungry or wanting. Will be going again next year for sure.

Saffer
VIC, 4208 posts
8 Aug 2017 8:08PM
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Haven't been there in years due to young kids, but i'll defend the 9m wind claims. Spent a week in cairns with **** all wind, and went to cape flattery with kitesurfari and was riding 9m 90% of the time. I don't think the wind dropped below 20 knots the entire time we were there, mostly around the 25-30 mark.



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