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Created by applecrossadam > 9 months ago, 2 Sep 2017
applecrossadam
2 posts
2 Sep 2017 11:39AM
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am will be taking a holiday over to Townsville way with the possibility of moving there next year for work, an wondering what size kite is the norm over there 90kg male! As you don't get the winds over there as you do in perth where I'm currently living.

awkward customer
QLD, 232 posts
3 Sep 2017 7:44AM
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G'day dude I'm your weight and lived there for a couple of years, 12m and a 138 board was the go for me 90% of the time. There is a really great group of kiters at palleranda beach but definitely try out bushland beach if a northerly comes through it is spectacular!

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 918 posts
6 Sep 2017 1:45PM
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awkward customer said..
G'day dude I'm your weight and lived there for a couple of years, 12m and a 138 board was the go for me 90% of the time. There is a really great group of kiters at palleranda beach but definitely try out bushland beach if a northerly comes through it is spectacular!


Yeah I second Bushy Beach. It's very underrated by the locals.

Windseeker
WA, 15 posts
17 Sep 2017 3:15AM
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Do people still kite in Townsville during stinger season???
I might be moving to Townsville early next year as well.

awkward customer
QLD, 232 posts
18 Sep 2017 5:16AM
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Tottally mate I used to just wear a pair of long skins/lycra tights under my boardies and never had a problem I also never heard of anyone getting stung at palleranda. Apparently Maggie Island blocks them getting to that beach from the north. If anything I was more worried about stepping on a stingray so always did the stingray shuffle when walking out into the water. Hey its not sexy but you know when in Rome.

Windseeker
WA, 15 posts
19 Sep 2017 3:21AM
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That's good news.
Thanks for the reply awkward customer.

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 918 posts
26 Sep 2017 1:06PM
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awkward customer said..
....I also never heard of anyone getting stung at palleranda.


Rare, but it does happen. Happens more often along the Strand due to more swimmers in there. Never the less, it happened to a kiter that went too down-wind into Rowes Bay from Pallarenda, and was whipped by a stinger around the ankles. Yeah.. he was in agony. But it does go after a few hours and ample vinegar application. But then again not all stingers calm down to vinegar. Some work best with hot water. Like I said, it's rare. If you get the chance, go to the ReefHQ aquarium in Townsville, and watch their stinger videos. You'll learn everything you need to know there.

INTHELOOP
QLD, 1855 posts
3 Oct 2017 3:05PM
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Windseeker said..
Do people still kite in Townsville during stinger season???
I might be moving to Townsville early next year as well.


hi guys,always check with life savers re stingers! usually they come on N-NE winds. however, Pallarenda is protected by Maggie so lots of them don't come which doesn't mean we don't get any at all.Bushland Beach can be crocy as you got the Bohle River mouth there. Bushland only works on NW, N and NE winds. Low or high tides are no good there.check out locations here. Let us know when you come up and we can give you the heads up!Kite sizes are mostly 12m or bigger. However, we foil every day on 15m kites powered up. This season has been funny with trade winds..

kemp90
QLD, 1680 posts
14 Oct 2017 8:00AM
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Jellys don't like wind, so when the wind is up they hide in the creeks



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