Two local kitesurfers organised the Midwest Windfest to open up their backyard of uncrowded spots to the west Australian kiteboarding community. Three days packed with waveriding, kiteloops and basically good vibes.
Dutch team rider Jules Westerhof who is spending the European winter down under, took the chance to join this event to get to know the local scene and kitespots around Geraldton. Read about his experiences in his report below.
Big air competiton with 30 knots on day one!
The event took place in Geraldton, a small city located 400 kilometres north of Perth. After a short road trip along the Indian ocean we arrived on Thursday, right on time to check some of the spots before the event started on Friday. We were pretty surprised to arrive at “Corro’s” (Coronation beach), the most popular spot in the region to only see 10 other kiters out while the wind was pumping and the waves were slowly rolling in. What a difference with the crowded Dutch spots! I took the advantage and logged a sunset wave session with my 7m Swell V3.
The event kicked off on Friday with lots of gear demo’s and a big-air competition. About 60 kitesurfers, mainly from Western Australia, came down to “Back beach” to have a good time and explore Geraldton. I had the chance to meet up with some of the friendly locals as the seabreeze kicked in at 3PM. Windspeeds up to 30 knots in the late afternoon enabled me to take my 9 Escape V6 for a spin during the big-air competition. Very nice to entertain the cheering spectators on the beach while boosting out some big-air manoeuvres. Making it to the finals against 25 other competitors and coming in second definitely put a smile on my face. Ending the day with a ‘coldie’ and a nice buffet at the Geraldton surf club, not too bad for the first day of the event!
Day Two: 22 kilometer dream downwinder
A perfect early morning session right in front of our accommodation at Sunset Beach was the start of day! The conditions promised to be even better today. After a briefing for the 22 kilometer long downinder we drove upwind with 60 kiters in a touring car to be dropped of on the beach. I got straight into the water to get some good waves in on my 7 Swell V3 ready to discover all the well worth visiting reef and beachbreaks.
Accompanied by a rescue boat, multiple 4WD’s, a quadbike and a waterscooter I couldn’t have felt more comfortable riding decent waves on a reefbreak one kilometre off the coast.
The three to four meter high drop-ins and buttersweet bottomturns at “Spot-X” will surely stay in my mind for a while. Completing the downwinder at Corro’s where the Geraldton trip started was a great end of the tour.
Time to put some fresh meat on the ‘barbie’ to end the day 'ozzie style!'
As the wind dropped on sunday, we took our time to thank the organisation and have a relaxing ride back to Perth. Plenty of time left to discover several remote spots on the way back, the Australian westcoast is surely worth visiting. Quick lightwind session stop in Lancelin, where the Fury V3 13 came in handy as low-end machine. I definitely had a blast, thumbs up for the organisation & thanks for reading!
See you on the water, Jules
Photo credits; Ben Harvey
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