Woohoo!! I had *the* best afternoon yesterday
Pulled an early afternoon off work, went to the beach and managed to spend an hour+ in the water, most of the time actually on the board
Got some good long runs going......as long as I wanted without falling off. Bailing out when *you* want to is much nicer
I managed to keep the kite in the air the whole time, right up until the very end when the wind dropped right off in close to the beach and it just fell out of the sky into the water. By then, my legs were so hammered that I was ready to quit anyway
How chuffed was I? Well, about as chuffed as I reckon any newbie would be after a day like that......I've only had half a dozen goes at this so far (the weather hasn't been kind to me), so I reckon I'm making good progress
On a different note, earlier in the afternoon, my wife and I were flying her kite (hooked to her harness, but me behind her with hands on the bar) so she could get a feel for it. When she'd had enough of being hooked in, I took the kite back and we body dragged for a while, with her holding onto the back of my harness. Eventually, I powered up too much and she couldn't hang on. Suddenly being 60kg lighter meant that I shot up out of the water like a rocket and ended up landing directly on my ear at a fair rate of knots. *Lots* of pain and now I can't hear in that ear. I can feel that it's internally swolen......sort of feels like I've got lots of water in there that I can't get rid of.....but it's not actually sore anymore. Anyone else experienced this? How long did it take to clear? I'm just wondering if I should bother going to the doc to see if they can clear it somehow?
Anyway, even with that little incident in mind, it was still a totally awesome afternoon for me. I'm even hungrier than I was before to get back out there and keep going