There was a crowd on the water. Frank, Joe, Christian, Jeff, Jonathan, Nicholas, the Wolf, Scott (yaking) and many more, chasing the copious lefts. Thigh-to-waist high, sunny warm and beautiful, every Sunday should be this way.
A highlight for me was being "perfectly slotted" according to Jon (on one wave). I am still such a kook on the waves that when I occasionally have a great ride (ie when someone else tells me I looked good) I usually don't know what I was doing differently. Argh. Still have fun though!
(I googled "slotted" and found pictures of people like this. That is not me (note the lack of paddle, also I have a different face.) From Surfbanyak.com. The other fine photos are by Jeff Schultz.)
It is dat time mon (and womon). The water is still warm, the winds are picking up, and you want/need/deserve new gear! (Also you may want to pass on some stuff you want to upgrade or no longer use.) Windsurfing swap meet, kiteboarding swap meet, stand up paddle swap meet, surfing swap meet...it's all of that! Saturday 9/13 at Hampton Watersports. Starts at 9AM, ends at 3. The good stuff goes fast! Also this word in from the store: 2014 boards on sale.
If you've never been (or need reminding):
1. People will be there to help you (if you want help) with evaluating used gear (and its suitability for your needs.)
2. Swaps are fun places to meet other water people!
3. If you're selling gear, you get 100% store credit or 80% cash. I always ask "what windsurfer (etc) isn't going to be spending money at the store in the next year?" I never understand why anyone would want cash.
Hampton Watersports is at 1688 County Road 39 Southampton, NY 11968. 631-283-9463 (WIND)
For a number of us, those Puffins and Wind Chimps and assorted Fools On The Water under the age of 60 or 50...the Wolf is our beacon. He turned 70 this week. 70! And he's still out there. Every time Jan vanderWolf catches a wave or launches off a ramp, we're hopeful for ourselves, that we can be out there decades from now. Also we're having a good time, because let's face it: The Wolf is fun to sail and paddle with. "The Stoke of the Wolf" Jeff calls it.
So Happy Birthday Jan! May we get some conditions soon!
(Above: Air Wolf. Below: The Stoke of the Wolf. From Jeff Schultz's collection.
Me, Jonathan Ford and a few dozen surfers (K finally got crowded) enjoyed 4-6 (and sometimes 5-7) foot lefts and rights. Oftentimes one had to bail out when what looked like a promising shoulder became le big closeout crunch-to-be, but those waves that held were fast and fun. Sah wheat.
(This shark was the only person or fish not having fun at K Road yesterday. Photo by Jonathan.)
Drowning does not look like drowning. I didn't know that. We who play in the water need to know what it does look like, so we can take effective action. Read this article on drowning and check out its accompanying video (or watch it below.) And check out my2fish's story about how easily one can find themselves in trouble.
This isn't the first time The Peconic Puffin has lifted water safety information from Bonnie Queen of the Kayak Bloggers, and her blog Frogma. Thanks again Bonnie!
Tomas, Jeff, Christian, the Wolf and I caught it nice and wide Saturday. Most of the waves didn't last long despite the offshore breeze, and there was no left vs right consistency (not to mention the closeouts) so you pays your money and you takes your chances.
The Wolf took his chances with me (not that he asked for it). I took a fall at what first seemed like a safe distance, but by the time I was finished being tossed around my board came uncomfortably close to Jan. I must remember to wear my helmet when the waves get to 6', and encourage friends to do the same!
(Top: This felt so good! Middle and bottom: The Wolf takes the shape and consistency of his skull into his own hands. Sorry! Photos by Jeff Schultz. No I did not make it to the East Coast Windsurfing Festival this weekend. Sally had been out of town for too long, I hadn't practiced freestyle all Spring, and the family/fun equation worked out to staying closer to home. Plus these waves.)
It’s been all about K Road lately (except for Sir William of the Barrels at Cupsogue). Friday’s head-high plus into strong offshore winds made for particular excitement…it was hard to catch the wave, but if you did: big speed and turns! I saw Jeff on what looked to me like a nine foot wall of water, and Jonathan tearing up multiple eight foot waves. I myself failed for most of that sesh, finally catching a pair of six footers so as to not hang my head in shame. Saturday with the Wolf, Tomas, Christian and Jeff the waves were three to five, but the lighter winds allowed for plenty of rides (though there were more closeouts than one might order on a menu.) C’est la wave
No wind, but SUPsurfed three days in a row. K Road is working big time!
On Friday I caught my longest ride of the year. Five feet of long left on a day full of rights.
On Sunday I caught my best ride of the year. Six feet of left (six feet of diesel locomotive...Sunday's waves were packing) and I managed to work the shoulder well...by my standards anyway. Even Scott approved! (Scott later went out in his kayak and caught HIS wave of the year.)
It was good we were catching waves of the year, because Sunday was mostly denial. I only caught one other wave in the sesh. Same for Scott. Jeff caught a few but ended up swimming in when his leash broke. Bill "I'll show all you ******* how it's done" never got out. The Wolf took a look, but he was short on sleep and the shore break suggested a day of watching. Tomas was seen getting multiple pink slips. Tomas is tenacious, though...he may have caught something after the rest of us left.
What I missed Saturday I caught Sunday morning. Long user-friendly lefts at K-Road. Not very big (3-4 feet) but they kept g-o-i-n-g. Jeff, Tomas, Christian, Jon & Nicholas and a few more of us enjoying the sets. Must be noted: Both Swell Info and Surfline had forecast a choppy mess. Not what we got. Nice day!
(Photo of Jeff at K-Road on Saturday taken by Cindy Sattler. Look at him go on his Go.)
Very nice Sunday morning paddle at Tiana. Jeff, the Wolf, Christian, George Pav and I (Joe Natalie arrived as I was leaving) caught the action at Tiana. No surfers in the water (???) so we had it all to ourselves. Chest to shoulder high waves going left and right, with the occasional six footer. Jeff, who has been SUPing on a Starboard Go for the last year, first hit the water with his newest swapmeet acquisition, another teaching windsurfing board (provenance unrecorded...it was huge, wide, and blue.) He soon switched it back for his Go, though.
I'm still nursing a tweaked lower back so I only surfed for an hour, but it was beautiful. A note on water temps: It's getting close to not needing booties and gloves, but it ain't there yet.