(Kite)surf's up!

Trip Start Dec 28, 2011
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Trip End Dec 12, 2012


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Flag of Vietnam  , Kon Tum,
Monday, January 30, 2012

After the hustle and bustle of Saigon we thought it was time to hit the beach and chill for a couple of days (it also tied in well with finals of the Australian Open so we got some good tennis watching in.) Things started off looking good as we boarded our luxurious sleeper bus for the 4 hour journey only for the clutch to break as we were just setting off. Using my extensive REME engineering knowledge we went absolutely nowhere for about 3 hours until a replacement minibus arrived and we frantically piled in as there didn't seem to be enough seats for everyone. After this hiccup it was plain sailing and we arrived in Mui Ne slightly late but still on the correct day!

Mui Ne is renowned as a kite surfing Mecca and you can't fail to notice this as soon as you get to the beach, at times there must have been hundreds of people out there! It looked really impressive, especially when we saw them catch a huge wave and fly 30ft into the air, performing numerous tricks. Having set our sights rather high (badum dum) we booked ourselves in for lessons the next day... 

 It's a lot harder than it looks! Having done a bit of windsurfing and surfing in the past I thought I'd get the hang of it but it was really quite difficult. We spent a good while learning to control the kite on the beach before practicing some 'kite swimming' after lunch - basically strapping yourself on to the kite and steering yourself through the water as it drags you along. All of this with ZoŽ hanging  off me to stop me flying away. Once we'd had a few goes it was time to try the board out for size. 

Neither of us managed to ride it properly but i was starting to get there until I tried to catch too much power, managed to bend the emergency bar, losing the kite and watch  it fly down the beach on its own (rather more gracefully than with me attached). Zoe was equally rubbish! Kite surfing probably needs a couple of days to master but it's fairly expensive and we were already getting itchy feet, maintaining our breakneck speed tour of Vietnam.

Mui Ne was also the site of our first fraud - our cash card was cloned in an ATM and money started to disappear. Thanks to Zoe's paranoia we quickly clocked this and cancelled the card and reclaimed the money. Fraudsters nil - JK and Zoe one!
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