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OK, so I'm a pussy that I never even tried before today, but I've been working on getting good air and stoming the landings. I got out on my SB12 today with some decent kickers from pretty big boats. I got some pretty nice air early in the session and was nailing the landings, so I thought wtf - it's so warm, windy, beautiful - let's go for it.
I started going for it. Every time I even tried I dropped the kite. At first I was having trouble making it around. The wipes were a bit painful. Then I tried sending the kite - big mistake! I over rotated, did a kite loop, and crashed hard on my head and back! I kept at it - lots more crashes, but mostly less painful. I did a few double loops but could not stick 'em and dropped the kite every time. I started trying on my bad jump side and I nearly made it! I came around, landed the board, and dropped the kite. I kept working at it and started nailing them. They were mostly pretty sloppy, but still stuck the landings and continued riding. A few kind of landed on my ass and sailed away - pretty messy but still kinda counts. I did have 3 or 4 pretty clean ones, but none as good as my last attempt. I was carrying good speed with some nice wind. I was holding the bar with one hand and went for the roll. It all seemed to come together perfectly. I landed with good speed and the kite was still in a good position. It was very clean. Strangely, I kept finding the kite would drift to the top after rotation - well this last time went off like a charm! Great way to end the sesh.
Oh, I almost forgot, I also finally nailed my first toe side gybe. It wasn't pretty, but it worked and I sailed away toe side. I spent a lot more time doing toe-side to heel turns. Had some pretty sweet and powerful ones.
What a great session! Maybe tomorrow will be good too - calling for low teens from WNW...