478. Sunday 23rd February 2016. Canada visitors arrive and the beach beckons with Kite Surfing…

Tuesday 16th February

Our new Laz E Boy lounge, ordered and paid for last November, arrived today.

Wednesday 17th February

Now for something  totally different. We attended a Tai Chi lesson today. It was held in a park at Paradise Point on the shore of The Broadwater (a few Klms further north than we usually go for a walk) our lesson had about 20 participants and was held under a spreading fig tree. The lesson lasted an hour and I was impressed by the flexibility of our teacher and how sore my muscles felt afterwards.

We were home before the real heat of the day began. It was a scorcher and was accompanied by high humidity.

Friday 19th February

In the morning Donnis went to Tai Chi while I had a Hand Therapy Session.

It was hot today, 34° even here on the coast with a good cooling sea breeze.

At midday we collected Donnis’ sister, Linda, and her partner from the Coolangatta Airport. They are visiting from Vancouver, Canada. We came home and relaxed for a few hours before going to Southport Beach for a walk late in the afternoon.

Donnis son Peter and his son Chris arrived from Brisbane. We had dinner and Peter and Chris stayed for the night. One slept on the new lounge and the other slept on our fold up foamy bed. We carried this bed on our travels 2010 to 2014 and never used the thing, either as a bed, a day bed or as a fold up lounge chair.

No plans have been made for tomorrow.

Saturday 20th February

As always when a group is asked to decide what to do today, nobody wants to decide and the day wears on. I took the initiative and decided we would go to Philips Park on Main Beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships. As it turns out there was only 8 knots of wind today, barely enough to get a training kite airborne. The championships are re-scheduled for tomorrow when 25 knot winds are predicted.

Yacht with black sails cruises along a bumpy sea.

Yacht with black sails cruises along a bumpy sea.

We took our own kite

Aaaah. This is more like it. A dociled kite.

Aaaah. This is more like it. A docile kite.

Hmmm! Pete flying our small kite while Frank watches.

Hmmm! Pete flying our small kite while Frank watches.

Pete and son Chris flying our smaller kite.

Pete and son Chris flying our smaller kite.

with us and the NKL invited us to use their training kites.

Doug n Donnis watch on as Linda has her turn.

Doug n Donnis watch on as Linda has her turn.

Yes Please!

Donnis in flight while Doug n Linda watch on.

Donnis in flight while Doug n Linda watch on.

Pete enjoys his time in the surf.

Pete enjoys his time in the surf.

Pete, Doug n Linda leave the surf to start flying the training kite.

Pete, Doug n Linda leave the surf to start flying the training kite.

Wow!

...and more flying.

…and more flying.

Donnis having her turn on the training kite...

Donnis having her turn on the training kite…

Even though their kite is marginally larger than our kite it is designed for kite surfing and has three lines to the kite via a hand steering bar compared to our two lines via cord wraps.

Pete.

Pete.

Pete flies while Donnis and Chris share a hug.

Pete flies while Donnis and Chris share a hug.

Pete

Pete

At times the kite was lifting us off our feet. It was magic.

Chris flies the kite while Frank n Doug share flying tips (Doug was a commercial airline pilot)

Chris flies the kite while Frank n Doug share flying tips (Doug was a commercial airline pilot)

Chris working with a Kite Surfing Kite.

Chris working with a Kite Surfing Kite.

We were all fired up to consider taking up kite surfing.

...even the trainer is busy.

…even the trainer is busy.

Doug working hard at flying a kite...

Doug working hard at flying a kite…

It was 37° C in the beach carpark at 2pm.  Afterwards we stopped for a beer at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club then home to discover after several hours in the sun surfing and kite flying we are all sunburnt.

Sunday 21st February

Mid-morning to midday Doug and I went to the beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships.

I could not resist this photo opportunity.

I could not resist this photo opportunity.

As predicted the wind was blowing at 25+ knots and the sun was as usual brilliantly brilliant.

Part of the large crowd of kite surfing enthusiasts.

Part of the large crowd of kite surfing enthusiasts.

Some of the ladies competitors.

Some of the ladies competitors.

A sporting handshake between competitors.

A sporting handshake between competitors.

In the hour or so of our stay we saw many heats of finals of both men’s and women’s events,

Some of the competitors kites.

Some of the competitors kites.

both Freestyle and Wave disciplines.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Lots of photos from the official site appear below.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1224965110864993.1073741835.998924220135751&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1227573637270807.1073741836.998924220135751&type=3

In the afternoon we all drove to Peters house in Brisbane as he offered to cook a lamb roast for dinner. True to his word he did.

Great dinner Pete.

We did not arrive home until the wee hours of Monday.

ZZZzzzzz!

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