Such a weird day yesterday. Got to Doug's at about 10 and it was already honking. The wind had a lot of North in it so launching on 3.4/72 was tricky. Once you got to the mid section you could feel the power. When you got to the Oregon side you got blown off the water. By noon I retreated to the Hatch, where it was 3.7 but gusty as hell. Ended up at 4 or so on 4.7, but never I felt dialed in.
On a sad note, a SUPer is missing, he was last seen at the Hatch, his board was recovered. Hope he's well.
Nice sesh at Jones Beach/Nuke Alley today. The wind finally picked up in the afternoon, I had rigged to 6.5/105 combo and was too lazy to re rig, so I finished the session super powered up. Wind sensor was in the upper 30s when I left. The launch at Jones is weird: you launch from the Oregon side, and have to go through marginal wind til you get to Nuke Alley past the island (to the left in the picture). People launch on the WA side right on Nuke Alley, but the launch is just off the road, kinda shady...
Mark Dix, one of Seattle's legends in long distance windsurfing, is attempting to sail the first leg of the Race to Alaska event. Forty miles of open water through the Straights of Juan de Fuca: massive rollers, strong currents, killer whales, and two international freighter lines. After the crossing he will have to paddle upwind (no sailing in the Victoria Harbor) in order to reach the finish line. Go Mark!!!
It's been windy for the past 4 days in the Gorge. I keep getting emails of sesh reports, pictures (like the one below Of Tuson Poor by Trudy Lary), etc, etc. The guys in Chicago probably got some too because I know they were going out and I haven't heard from them. Everybody got some TOW this weekend! I had an awesome sesh on Friday at the Hatch, switching from 4.2/87 to 3.7/72 and back for the end of the day.
So I started right where I left more than two months ago, at Doug's beach on the Washington side. Wow, it's been more than two months, I felt a little rusty. Started with 3.7/86, but was slogging a bit so moved to 4.2, which worked perfect until 1:30. Wind kept coming up so went back to 3.7 until i left. Apparently the wind kept getting better and better, check out these pics taken by Trudy Lary in the late afternoon! Need to work on starboard jumps, back and forward loops. Those are the goals for the season!
Doug's notes: 4.2 worked well with 20 mph average. It was gusty so I went with a bigger 86 L board, but 72 would have been smoother.
Dear Wind Gods: don't ever let me turn into a wind snob, for becoming one of "those who wait" is the first sign of vanishing stoke. Big rigs are fun, and once in a while I should be reminded of this.
Like today: 6.5/105 at Doug's... Had the river for myself, and that was a good thing because I was slogging a lot ;)
I started windsurfing as an excuse to visit my brother in Tarifa, Gibraltar, his usual windsurfing spot. The moment I stepped on a board I was hooked. I love windsurfing because it's fun, it took me to amazing places, and because I met wonderful people through the sport.
This is my story, I hope you enjoy it...