In its 5th year ,this totally unique event combines a ski race and kite race , 3 fridays ago the snow race at perisher was done first on perfect fast hardgroomers,.Not Mt P..double anymore ,but from top of Interceptor chair down to ridge chair via bottom of pleasant valley chair and brumby t bar and rollercoaster run . Being the only skier entry and 5 snowboarders , I gave them a 20 second headstart overtook them easily...and won . The kite race component will be held in the first true noreast over 20 nots in October from towradgi to Wollongong harbour lighthouse downwind and back upwind to towradgi..at least 5 or 6 klms.. Towradgi Beach Hotel will be venue for presentation and dinner later.
The kite race leg of this event has changed venue for safety reasons. A 20 not plus noreast below lighthouse at Wollongong harbour is too rough water and deemed unsafe by local fisho trawler boaties .And a 20 plus not noreast upwind 3klms back to towradgi with a 12 mtre kite is too tiring for some competitors , So ,the new venue will be a total downwinder at 7 mile beach from Geroa to shoalhaven heads surfclub in oct or november, first 20 not noreast. Late lunch at new brewery on top of gerrigong hill . Dinner and presso at towradgi beach hotel a week or 2 later .
Just an update ,the ideal Geroa to heads downwinder is 20 nots and mid tide 4 foot plus surf . We went down twice , once in October ,it was hi tide 20 nots and dead flat .Deemed too boring. The second trip was November it was already 25 nots at 12.30pm ,we only had big kites,called off. We attempted a downwinder from gong's northern beaches. Coledale to Towradgi on a noreast . However with a rising wind we put up small kites ,wind went pearshaped and crossoffshore ,struggled, got to Bellambi beach ,walked to train station to go back to cars . The Geroa downwinder will still be on this summer sometime..
Point Street at Bulli is Sandon point and Farrell Road is Peggys .