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Kiting to Moreton Island

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Created by cammcgregorKITE 7 months ago, 12 Feb 2020
cammcgregorKITE
QLD, 8 posts
12 Feb 2020 5:50AM
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Hey Guys and Girls,
Thinking of kiting over to Moreton Island during the winter westerlies. Was wondering if anyone has done this before and if so any feedback/tips would be much appreciated. cheers!

riddim1
QLD, 128 posts
12 Feb 2020 10:37AM
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A few of the Northside locals have discussed it at length back in the day and the subject comes back every now and then as it would be a pretty cool experience. Some of our discussion has revolved around the following points:

- The need for a rescue boat/ski for each rider with direct comms to the rider(s).

- Westerlies are typically unpredictable in our region coming over the land. A strong Southerly may be a better bet.

- It would be highly likely there would be strong shifts in wind direction closer to the island (0-30+ knots etc).

- Crossing the Brisbane Port shipping channel would need to be communicated to the port master and risk assessed.

These are just some of the risks but there's no doubt others.
A team from one if the local kite shops tried a charity event 5-6 years ago. With a less than predicted south wind I believe they ended up in Caloundra instead. I worked with one of the riders dads. Was disappointing to see all the work the team put in only to have it change at the last minute.

For me, I just think about the risks the Care Flight chopper and surface crews would take in order to save my sorry arse...... All because I thought it would be an exciting experience.....

People go missing in the bay quite often.

Not worth it imo

BrisKites
QLD, 1272 posts
12 Feb 2020 4:26PM
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We did it last November in a Northerly.



Hardcarve1
QLD, 512 posts
12 Feb 2020 5:53PM
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BrisKites said..
We did it last November in a Northerly.




Was going to say the same thing Jason from Bribie in a N - NE is the way to go as its the best consistent wind, have done it on a sailboard and its remarkable easy to do as long as you don't break anything!

riddim1
QLD, 128 posts
14 Feb 2020 9:55AM
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What an epic trip! Can imagine having a cold one on Moreton before the return leg.
Love that joint.

horey69
QLD, 355 posts
14 Feb 2020 7:21PM
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Jon from Kite power also did it with one of his shop employees, she was raising money for charity. They had a jet ski and the Tanglooma Flyer as a support boat too.

AquaPlow
QLD, 915 posts
18 Feb 2020 10:38PM
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BrisKites said..
We did it last November in a Northerly.



G8 adventure..love some details.. Kit wind numbers duration..what was the trigger??..ta
Cheers
AP

littlewing
QLD, 117 posts
2 Mar 2020 3:02PM
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riddim1: its too hard, you have to communicate with the ports, if you jump you need aviation radio to let em know you are entering air space, kitesurfing is dangerous, what about sharks, what about docked cruise ships and corona?

Briskites: did it the other weekend was fun probs bout 2 hrs all up give or take

lol

riddim1
QLD, 128 posts
7 Mar 2020 7:44AM
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Congratulations littlewing! You must be quite the accomplished Kiter to embark on such a trip.

Like I said, just my opinion and some considerations to go towards a safe trip.

When all is said and done, I really don't want ill prepared, inexperienced cowboys triggering a search and rescue mission in the bay, making the media and tarnishing the reputation of the local kiting community.

Rusty01
16 posts
7 Mar 2020 5:47PM
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riddim1 said..
Congratulations littlewing! You must be quite the accomplished Kiter to embark on such a trip.

Like I said, just my opinion and some considerations to go towards a safe trip.

When all is said and done, I really don't want ill prepared, inexperienced cowboys triggering a search and rescue mission in the bay, making the media and tarnishing the reputation of the local kiting community.


Don't be salty mate that people are doing things that you believe is too dangerous. No one mentioned anything about being cowboys and not taking safety precautions. You're just assuming that. Your level of prepared is notifying the harbour master that you're Kiting through the channel which in places is only a hundred metres wide.



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