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 .
Super late update , the water component of this comp was actually held in southerly at towradgi ,the 2nd or 3rd weekend of February, a sunday..south easterlys here are usually cloudy miserable days however it was 16 to 20 nots then ramped up to consistent 20 nots...surf 4 foot...only 3 of us unplanned ....me , Yvette the student nurse and clymidia Jack the new uni student . With this wind angle it is so easy to go upwind so far on each tack . Went upwind to Nortbeach back downwind to east corrimal point , back upwind to Towradgi beach very fast going on a 12mtr for me..at least 8klm in distance total ..Yvette led alot but had 2 stax ,we overtook her and I won by 100mtrs or so to Jack .A very surprising great session and race...Presentation and pizzas in my unit across road . The next day Monday was 30 plus nots southerly too crap for me. 2021 perisher race cancelled this year...no water race either. Next year is back on.
The snow component race was held on 20th july wednesday ,on perfect perisher skiing day..minus 10 degreez at 7am and dead calm all day...this pic at top of summit chair after race... is race competitors except me,race director standing up on skis on phone...Jibber on kneez in foreground .Race was from top of interceptor chair down to bottom of ridge chair via bottom of pleasant valley chair and brumby t bar and rollercoaster run..the run flattens alot at bottom of chair and t bar where snowboarders struggle with speed..skiis maintain speed...gave boarders 30 sec headstart...overtook them easily before chair .I won again being only skier..
Selfy of my 2005 skis, i pressed reverse button wearing glove at wrong time. We were down for 4 days from monday of long weekend but only perisher side of resort was open then so we postponed race till blue cow was open weeks later. Corona beer co. Is sniffing around for an inaugural sponsorship and naming rights...However I am very apprehensive coz they shafted Mambo merimbula contest 10 years ago for 1 comp only and moved upscale to World Surf League pro surfing tour...Wind ocean kite component next summer season
Race starts at middle bottom left white cross in red box symbol top of interceptor chair., follow that small green line below blue cow lettering for 200mtrs to green line above it, down to the inverted T symbol , which is bottom of chair and t bar where slope flattens and boarders struggle with speed for 80mtrs hit blue line run which is roller coaster run which is a fun hi speed medium steep run , with speed at bottom it flattens out for 150mtrs to bottom of ridge chair . This map should put readers in the lo
op of our race course which is a fun ride .