Andy Brandt and his merry crew of instructors are coming to Tiana next week (May 17-19) for three days of magnificent windsurfing instruction and fun. It's coming down to crunch time, meaning if you sign up now (and wait until the last minute) you may get shut out. ABK is strict about the ratio of students to instructors, and at some point in the next few days Andy will put a cap on the overall clinic size. So sign up ASAP!
Mistakes you don't want to make include:
*Waiting for the wind forecast to decide if you want to go. I've made this mistake, and regretted it. It goes wrong three ways: The forecast is wrong (the clinic gets better conditions than forecast,) the clinic is fantastic even on light wind days (and you have to listen to your friends rave about this, and see them sailing better all summer) and you miss the fun (and have to listen to the same friends go on about it.
*Assume that Andy will let you join at the last minute, even if the clinic is full. I haven't made this mistake, but I've watched people's faces fall in disappointment as they stood there (Napeague) cash in hand, gear on cars, and be told they can't join.
*Trust the ABK web site when it says there are plenty of spaces available. I love ABK, but the web site is not always running at the same speed as the clinics.
So sign up for the ABK clinic. It's going to be a great clinic at Tiana (which doesn't have the name cache of Napeague, but in opinion is better for more wind directions, easier in terms of parking and managing your gear, more convenient for Saturday night dinner, etc etc etc. As Scott says (or sings): "Oh, Tiana!"
(Photo: Don't get stuck inside your boom...ABK will help you prevent this. Unless you're a freestyler and want to do tricks...ABK will help you do this. Photo borrowed from ABK Boardsports.