Saturday, July 31, 2010

July Summary

If I marked on a calendar everyday I sailed this month I'd probably be out of ink. Fortunately I record that sacred data on a word file and it reads that I sailed 27 days this month! This is a personaly record for me, as I have never exceeded 21 days before. I might have also boasted that every one of those days was on a 5.0 or smaller, but I did leave the Delta to sail Crissy for two days at nationals where I used a 5.4 (it's now listed as for sale on I windsurf since I never use it).
Everyone at Sherman has been buzzing about how this has been one of the best months in a long time, and how could they not? All but two days this month had wind, the 3rd and 4th, and I dont think anyone regrets passing up those croweded days.
So no wave sailing for me this sailing this month :( , but the Nationals, followed by a post Nationals freestyle-jam format type event did occur at the Delta. Participating in events like these are always fun, it brings out a bunch of stoked sailors and shows how high the level of sailing has gotten over the years. We saw some big named hot shots from the Gorge on the Levee who drew crowds and cheers from windsurfers and non windsurfers alike. Can't wait to do it again!
The Delta Windsurf Co. began their Paddle race series, and are now 4 races deep, however attendance was low this race due in part to the fact that everyone was exhausted from sailing so much. They had an awesome BBQ by the way, so it might be worth taking some time off the water to check out next week.
I'm looking forward to August, as I have a list of tricks that I need to start hacking away at before heading back east.
The RVWA has a fund raiser this coming Saturday at the sign, so be sure to show up and support them. Also  East Coast hot shot Chris Eldridge is making his way out to the Bay Area this month, I'll bet he's excited to windsurf in August for a change.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nationals Expression Session Video

I found this posted on the iwindsurf forum, not sure who put it together but some great highlights from Fridays Freestyle Session. My Favorite is Andy  Brandts range of highwind and lightwind moves. He's got a few freestyle camps taking place out here in the Delta this August, FYI.

Monday, July 26, 2010

July 25th Expression Session Video

A few Clips from Sundays Session


Sherman today.

Any They're saying the same thing tomorrow!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sloppy Seconds

That's what it seemed like to me, Sloppy Seconds. We were all greatful that the US National Windsurfing Championships included freestyle at the event, but after sitting around  in the cold all day watching endless slalom heats in nuking wind only to an organizer tell me "oh yea, i guess we could do freestyle" was well, frustrating.
We finally took to the water on the last day of competition as winds diminished and managed to get through a few rounds of single elmination format before the wind and water currents totally shut us down.
The awards dinner was great, we heard all about the tremendous athletes who braved the conditions in course racing, formula, and slalom, but for the organization who boast and hoast the championships of our sport ignored its fastest growing indication that they were a bit out of touch.
Fortunatly Windsport and RRD under stand that there is more to windsurfing than racing and got together to organize a freestyle event of their own out in the delta. We saw all the top talent of the West Coast and representing their hard work today in 25+ knots of wind. All the other sailors cleared to water, without being asked, and watched eagerly from the shores. Loud cheers were heard everytime a move was attempted, and even the occasional "I didn't know they could do that" was murmered on the beach.
In the end we all had great time just being at the beach supporting each other, and I know for sure that the people watching got a fresh breath of life from the sport they love.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Yacht

When filling out my application for US Windsurfing National Championships today I noticed a mandatory field which required the name of my Yacht. I am officially captain of the 232cm  Rodeo sailing vessel. Ironic even more so since my board is the shortest freestyle stick on the market.
But size does not matter because with the registration of my new vessel comes many priveledges such as access to the St.Francis Yatch club, including the saunas and spas. This is very generous of them, but I see this going down kind of like the scene in Catty Shack where they opened up the pool to the catties.
Anyway, it's great that freestyle will be represented at the largest windsurfing competion on the mainland, and I'm excited to be participating.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

This week at Sherman

5 days in a row of solid 4.2 at the delta and I'm feeling good. People are starting to set their watches by the wind, and rightfully so. I've haven't seen so many happy faces on the beach in quite a while and if things continue like this then there're sure to be more.
Today might be a bit lighter, just in time for the first of 8 SUP races taking place every Saturday, which should be alot of fun. See you on the water!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Solid 4.2, again.

Yesterdays 8 hour sail started on 4.2, then 4.7, then 4.2 again. I worked on all the tricks I could think of until every muscle in my body was sore. I had so much fun and smiled so hard that you would think it was my first time on the poo brown delta water, but it wasn't. I love days off when the wind blows from sunrise to sunset, but if I had known today was going to blow 30's (mid day "lulls" were to 26mph) all day, I would have saved some energy.
This morning I woke up early, around 7am, and got on the water for about an hour before work, fully lit 4.2 on the wave stick. Every muscle in my body was sore from the day before, but I still got out. I then headed over to the shop and proceeded to fill request after request for small sails and boards until 5, then went back out on the water for another fully lit 4.2 session on the 75ltr. (I still don't regret passing up the 3.7, thanks to whoever put the lower grommet on the my Norths this year)
I'm physically exhausted! but wind is in the forecast and I can't think of anything else I'd rather do.
I hope it's windy where you are, but if it's not come join us getting dirty at the Delta!

Above: Sherman Marker 12 from 7/05/2010
Left: Sherman Marker 14 from 7/06/2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Windsurfing Look-a-Likes, Yes I was Bored.

If Taty put on a Lakers jersey while sailing one might think Kobe Bryant had found a new hobby, or that Taty lost his rash guard. Eitherway, they both dominate their sports with style.

Are we sure windsurfing instructor Jason Voss wasn't in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshal'?Hey Jason, "Have you seen my Sandal?"
Paskoski and Tarantino, no wonder Andre makes such sick films!

It's the hair! Young Michael Jackson and Sarah Quita. He topped Charts, she topped the womens PWA tour. Thriller!

 Laure Treboux could be Tina Fey's stunt double perhaps? If Laure  does a Sarah Palin impression maybe the otherway around.

Former board tester and windsurfing globe trotter Mike Colombo smiles because he's got beer, Edward Norton is angry because he can't have any.