Sunday, November 9, 2008

DEEP HOLE, Windsurfed, WSW 18-25, 22-32, 18-25, 6.2,5.2,4.2,5.2,6.2 Carve 94 & RW85, with others

It was a great day! I know that I'll feel like I'm still moving when I'm lying in bed tonight. I'll have the feeling of lift that you get when you ride up over a wave. I can feel it now sitting in this chair.

Windsurfing or the farm; I had to choose. Go windsurfing at Deep Hole; bright and sunny, warm, rare sideshore wave riding, very windy. Or visit Roy's farm, see Josh's new room and maybe help him set it up. I wanted to do both.

So I visited the farm on Saturday evening, sailed on Sunday, AND I visited my mother in Connecticut after sailing. Thanks for the delicious, hearty dinner mom!

But I felt a little uncomfortable when I was driving to the beach, a little self indulgent. I was thinking about how Roy said he works all weekend, every weekend on the farm, milling his own lumber to make planks for the new barn, cutting wood for heating, tending to the animals, fixing, building, improving. That's real work. It makes sense.

Windsurfing? It satisfies my thirst for adventure and play but maybe we're supposed to outgrow these things. Maybe I'm stuck in a second childhood that came immediately after the first. I'm sure that I would be a better person if I could focus all of my energy on work and family and stop letting myself get distracted by wind and ocean waves. On the other hand, maybe I think too much.

Deep Hole- The waves were best just down wind of the point where they wrap around a little to be straight sideshore in WSW. It's very rare that I get to practise going down the line in sideshore wind. What a kick! I felt like my sloppy bottom turns and cutbacks were improving during the day. 2 things- I have to get my weight more forward on the board to keep my speed up on the bottom turn, timing and reading the wave is critical. There was a wave contest that I wanted to see, The Matunuck Wave Classic, but it turned out that it was held at a private residence about 1/2 mile upwind of Deep Hole.

Picture- unknown sailor at Deep Hole, small waves but fun and easy.


Jean said...

Here's my report from last Sunday's epic conditions:

scooper said...

Nice video! The waves look a lot bigger at Horseneck then they were at Deep Hole.

Jean said...

Today looks INSANE!!!! I kited Newport Second beach yesterday - very nice!

scooper said...

You're the third person I've heard from that had a good day on Saturday. I guess I just picked the wrong spot to sail. did you get out today? I was wondering how Horseneck would have been.

Jean said...

Funny, Saturday was one of those rare instances where Newport was windier than the Cape. Peter went to Horseneck on Sunday, he said it was a little too radical in that the waves were huge and the wind too gusty and holey. He tried tacking out 3 times and got creamed each time.