Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Inspiring? I got a comment, offline, from a windsurfing friend saying that my blog is inspiring. Really? That's probably the nicest complement I've gotten on this windsurfing/blogging stuff. It partially offsets the, "nutjob", and "sicko", comments I got last December, when I posted about ice angels forming on my sails. My friend also said something about me still doing this stuff at my ripe old age but I'm not going into that.
The landboard was fast and fun, lots of high speed duck jibes. At mid tide, the beach was a smooth, flat runway. ESE = side on. If I had been smart enough to move down the beach, I probably could have found some onshore wind for long cruisin' runs. I had loosened up the trucks after the last session and it made it much more turny and fun, big improvement. Nantasket, mid-tide, with landboard tracks
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Saturday, April 12, 2008
Loop Dreams- I took the winter off from loop shenanigans. I didn't want to be constantly crashing into ice water. But the mercury is climbing, the grass is thinking about turning green, and I decided it was time to renew my loftier windsurfing ambitions. So all week I watched loop videos during my nightly exercising. I visualized forward loops and practised holding onto an invisible boom while throwing my head and shoulders around in a graceful imaginary loop. I fell asleep thinking about the body mechanics of the loop and picturing myself completing them in slow motion.
The result? Light winds all weekend. Well, there was some wind. Like when I was driving to the beach. Or when I had left one beach and was driving to another. I had a short land board session at Chapin, on the sandbar at low tide, bouncing across the ripples. Then the wind came up and I left for Harding's where the wind turned out to be light again.
It didn't stop me though. I did light wind loop practise on the 5.2/carve123, in the pond at West Dennis. And I found that all the visualizing and studying helped. I was doing a better job of throwing my head back and twisting my shoulders around than usual. It helped me come around further, often keeping my head dry.
I had 1 very brief session, on the oceanside at West Dennis, when I got planing on the 5.2/ RW85 during a rain squall. It wasn't quite enough to go for a planing loop but it was fun to be moving.
Who knows when I'll get the right conditions to go for the real thing. I probably can't sail next weekend. We have busy family plans, friends wedding, etc. But I'm going to try to keep visualizing to keep my resolve alive. I have this foolishly optimistic feeling that I'm going to complete one eventually.
Bottom Pic- letting my landboard loose on miles of washboard sand at Chapin.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Sandbar Sailing- It was a good long session. Juan, me and 1 kiter stayed out after last call for the tide. After about 6 hours on the water, we had 45 minutes, (15 minutes one way x 3), of lugging equipment across 1/2 mile of sand before we could de-rig and pack up. It was a little crazy, but fun. I loved how peaceful and beautiful it was out there on the edge of the exposed bar with just a few seagulls, endless sand, and us. Our original launch spot looked like a little dot on the horizon.
ENE gripes- The ENE wind didn't seem to build up the waves like a NE does. They stayed pretty tiny, even with a good strong wind. Also, there was a wind shadow for the first few hundred yards. It made sailing inside the sandbar at mid tide too gusty/skunky. I think that the wind would have been cleaner at Mayflower. The waves probably would have been about the same.
Picture- Juan, jibe entry with speed. Most of the water in this picture was gone at low tide.