West Oz and Beyond Somewhere ...
By Roving Field Correspondent Harry Butler, Jr.
Posted Thursday 13th December 2007
Peter Stiewe is based in West Oz for most of the year, as it has steady winds and consistent waves in the Australian winter. A perfect place to test and design the latest in Best Kiteboarding products. Over the past couple of weeks, Pete has been giving the new Best Surfboard a good work out on the remote points that are scattered along the coast. Pete definitely likes the new board on these types of waves.
You need to know where to go when traveling out West otherwise you could get really lost. Sorry no names or locations in this report. It’s a long way between breaks and a good 4WD and a spare tank of gas for emergencies is a must. Don’t forget the fly guards otherwise they will be living inside your head. Oh yeah, some water may help to when it hits 120F.
The country can be so flat and remote but extremely powerful as you approach the coast from the desert. Crushing blue waves pound the rocks and the red cliffs that line most of the coast. You really need to know where to get in and out of the water as a barnacle-covered rock slide or reef grind will welcome you back to the beach in no time.
There is plenty of wildlife in the early mornings and late afternoons to watch you rock-hop your way in and out of the water. But don’t touch the wildlife, as it will probably hurt you worse than the reefs.
Pete has been back in West Oz for a while now testing a bunch of new kites and ideas including the Guroo Instructors kite and the next generation Yarga.
With wind most afternoons of varying strength Pete will be here for a while yet testing the newest ideas and designs for Best. Clinton will be here to help in the New Year and Kristin is not far away to join the testing as well.
More soon from walkabout correspondent Harry Butler, Jr.