Saturday, September 20, 2014

Manzanita


Scouting the Oregon coast today. Stoped at Manzanita, they say the place fires up when Portland gets hot, so let's see if something happens in the afternoon. Swell is small but that's fine, don't want to get my butt kicked my first time out. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Another one at Rooster

I caught the fading nuke fest. It was one of those days when every hour you have to go get something bigger. Which was ok because I got to try a lot of gear combos. Started with 72 and 3.7, that board is so slick! It was 40 gusting to 45 and I was lit up, but the board handles so well it's amazing. By 1 the wind dropped to 35 so I went to the 86 liter Goya one. After the 72 liter,  the 86 felt big and smooth, still love that board. Grand finale was 85 and 4.7, again lit up til it dropped to mid 20s so I called it a day. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rooster Rock

Have you ever done something you are not exactly proud of in order to go windsurfing? My wife calls this "an unhealthy attitude towards windsurfing", which she says is what I have. I'll reflect on the things I've done, you reflect on yours, but I'm pretty sure that except for a few, I'd do them again for a great sesh, and I'm afraid so would you. 
Great sesh at Rooster Rock, the Pearl of the West Columbia, where the Easterlies hit hard. The walk to the water through the pool of mud is well worth it.

Where's the water?

I ducked the crap out of my 6.5 today (didn't nail this one BTW)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My right foot

I messed up my foot yesterday playing soccer. The details of the incident are irrelevant but involve being old and brittle. This morning I tried to go out on my 85 and 5.2, and my foot complained. A lot. Now I'm sitting at Stevenson watching the wind blow and barely standing on my sausage foot. Oh well, I missed a good day, there will be more...
This is Stevenson, WA. Gotta try this spot...

Doug's beach

Scored a sweet sesh at Doug's today! Temira and iW called it right with high teens to  low 20s east of Hood River (which was pretty dead by the way). My first time at Doug's, the place has sandbars on both shores, so it's perfect for practicing new stuff. Foot is almost back, but still hurts so my moves were less than spectacular. It's good to be back on the water though!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

First sesh with the new gear

I finally got the 85L Goya One on the water today! The wind was around 20 mph at the Hatch, but ubut up and down and gusty, so not great for smaller gear but what the heck I couldn't wait any longer. I rigged a 5.2 and got out first on the 105. Once I felt the wind was up I switched to the 85, with 210 fin and 100 thrusters. Man that stick is sleek! It combines the surfey feel of a quad with the drive of a mono. It turns on a dime, I got up on a couple of small swells and the board just switched direction with the slightest foot pressure. The sesh with the 85 was short because the wind came back down so I had to go back to the 105, but so far I'm loving this board!!!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

The verdict is here

Insane day at well City today! Zane and I spent all day testing different quivers, and the verdict is finally here (at least regarding the boards). We had a Goya Custom wave quad 78, a 2013 Goya One mono 72, and an Exocet 86 L Wave. For sails we had Goya Eclipse (5 batten), Banzai (4 batten power wave), and Ezzy Elite (4 batten). We rigged 3.4s for the Goyas, and 3.7 for the Elite, the wind was super gusty and there was a decent swell.
I was excited to finally get on the Quad, so I jumped on it first. That was a struggle. The board grips to the swell incredibly, you feel every bump, every chop. I now get why wave riders love these things. I's not like you can't jump the thing, but when riding, the board stays on the swell at all times. I wasn't feeling the love, but I still gave it a good shot. Then I jumped on the Goya One 72, and all of the sudden the river, the skies, the mountains, all my surroundings lit up. I could see everything, hear everything... In a stupor of joy, I heard the board's voice, and she said: you don't have to ride a quad if you don't like it, now let's grab that piece of chop in front of you and shred it into pieces... Seriously that's what happened.
When I came to shore (maybe an hour or two later), Zane was waiting and he knew I had seen something out there... I swapped the Eclipse for the Banzai to give the 4 batten sail a shot, but didn't love it. The sail is too on/off, whereas the Ezzys carry you through lulls with grace and bravado.
So in conclusion: I'm a monofin/thruster kinda guy, and I embrace my nature. Regarding the sails, I need to do some more testing, but again, the Ezzys will be hard to beat.
So what did I like about the One 72? The board TALKED to me bro!

Zane coming in after executing a perfect forward 20 yards from shore

Goya Custom Quad/Goya Banzai 3.4

Goya One mono 72/Goya Eclipse 3.4... This is the RIG!

Dude shredding...