Monday, April 26, 2010

Loop Progress

Loop Attempts to date:
Chachi: 4
Alex K : 2

So far inconsistent winds (or lack there of) have limited loop attempts. I'm only counting starboard for myself since I can loop port.  If anyone else wants in, e-mail me at windsass01@yahoo.com with name and loop attempts.
Since looping is mostly mental, keeping yourself accountable to attempting it and having someone else to push you is key, so I'm hoping this record will help us stay motivated.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mishka

Earlier this year I was turned on to a singer named 'Mishka' through a movie called 'Surfer Dude.' His style is a unique cross between a Jack Johnson and Bob Marley, and alot of his song lyrics talk about the ocean and surfing.
What really drew my attention to this artist was that Mishka used to be a competitive windsurfer, and infact represented Bermuda at the Windsurfing World Championships in 1991 and 1992. 
Since then Mishka has released a couple of albums,  and he is also the face for O'Neills' eco friendly clothing line.
Check out his website for more info: http://www.mishka.com/

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Finally, Some Wind!

Even though todays big forecast was a bust for the Delta, the past two days brought in some wind for Sherman. The wind quality was less than perfect, but I'll take what I can get at this point. Based on stats, I expected to be on the water 15 and 20 days this month, so far I have 3 (and I havn't missed any opportunity). Needless to say we were all stoked to have anything at all.
Monday saw a fairly strong mid afternoon session which I sailed my 4.2 for about an hour. Derek was around so we went back and forth doing some freestyle and cruising until the wind dropped off. At this point, Alex (who I advised to cut class at UC Davis) showed up. I felt bad because I thought he got skunked, but within an hour the wind was back blowing solid 5.0.
Tuesday was very up and down, basically you could have rigged any size you wanted and it would have been right. For the most part, that's what happened. Guys (and Lisa) were rigged anywhere from 4.8 to 8.0, and we all had our moments.
As far my starboard loop quest, I made my first two (out of six possible) attempts on Monday. It was  as scarey on starboard as it was the first time on Port, but I know from experience that the move is mostly mental so I'm focussed on just going for it.  Hopefully the wind will stay a while so I'll have a chance of making my goal to land one by the end of the month.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where are you Wind?

Maybe the sailors in the Bay Area are doing better, but out here in the delta the winds have been miserable. Based on wind data, I was expecting somewhere between 15 to 20 days this month, so far I have 1. It's almost unbearable to sail so few days; perhaps I'll need to organize a support group soon.
I feel like I'm stuck in the movie "surfer dude" (which is play instant on netflix if you're down on account of the skunkage).
Does anyone have a solution? Can you point me in the direction of wind?
So anyway, a big "F-U" to El Nino, for screwing up the winds this season. I hope you go to hell and die.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Spot: Commanche Day Point

Amy decided to call the ranger at the Commanche Resevior and ask what the wind conditions were like, a very smart idea since I rely soley on iwindsurf for data, and I wasn't about to drive up there to be skunked.
He said "It's really windy, you could almost surf some of those waves out there..." and with that we off.
We'd never been here before, nor had anyone ever recommended the spot to us. I found Commanche on mapquest, and guessed that the north shore could work on the southerly storm winds, but I had no idea if it would be good or not. 
When we got there I saw what looked to be a portion of glass flat water tucked a low lying strip of land just high enough to keep the chop out, but not the wind.
At first I couldn't help but think that something was wrong, I mean this was too good to be true. The spot had to be too shallow, or maybe the wind was being blocked on the inside. It's not everyday you drive some where randomly that you've never been and find a top notch freestyle spot, and yet that seemed to be the case. A few pumps got me speeding across the buttery smoothe surface with a huge smile on my face. I took a couple of speed runs to get my blood flowing and than began to work on some freestyle. In normal conditions I would have been way over powered, bouncing out of control, but here it was easy to control my board speed.
 I don't think Amy has ever been in water as flat as we did today, and she really seemed to enjoy herself. She had no problem working on foot straps, jibes and tacks with the confidance that comes from not bumping all over the place while trying to think.
We were all smiles at the end of the day, but I couldn't help but think how many southerly storms winds I chased around Rio Vista only to be disappointed. At least now I know where to go, and if there's anymore storms winds this season I will gladly drive up to the Commanche Resivior for some of the best freestyle conditions I've ever seen.