"We're waiting for you to leave. Or at least release your downhaul"
Ah. They wanted more wind.
I was on the early shift at Sebonac Inlet. Needing to accompany Mrs. Puffin back to NYC in the early afternoon I had to take what I could get...an hour of 5.0 conditions on the 5.5 I'd rigged...before the bulk of the chimpery hit the water. Sebonac on NW is less that ideal but WE'LL TAKE IT!
So I enjoyed my solo hour, and then became the wind sacrifice, bringing 4.7 conditions to the growing crew as Joe, the Wolf, Kurt, Christian, Peconic Jeff, CPU John, Frank and Felix arrived to tear it up. My leaving was good for three knots!
I missed it Thursday, but others did not. Chimply Lord Scotworth the Earl of Kielt texted me: "Ponquogue went off! 4.7, easy to get out. William (He Of Whom Fun Shall Not Be Made) didn't want to quit!" I love Ponquogue. Missed it!
Meanwhile for those of the Saturday persuasion the coastal marine fricasee calls for NE 15-20 gusting to 25. If that holds there will be windsurfing. Scott says "hopefully enough for Goff" (land of the giants in Gardiners Bay north of Napeague.) May it be so.
(Photo: Lord VanderWolf holds station off of Scottworth's bow. Photo by Kielt.)
Wave sailing...on a Saturday...4.7 conditions...and warm? Yeeha! I hadn't sailed in the ocean since June (and it showed) but who cares! The Wolf, Scott, Jonathan, Joe, Jan, Bruce, Jeff, Bill, Hulse (kiting) a new guy named Remy and a few other kiters had a blast in head-high swell. The waves were not particularly ridable, but when you haven't sailed them in ages and you can jibe and jump off of six footers, well that's pretty great. Heading inbound and seeing only the top of someone else's sail reaching along side you...exciting times!
The launch at the Bowl has lost so much sand that big rocks are now an issue when you get off your board. I dinged my feet three times before resigning myself to putting on...booties. I love the barefoot ocean sailing thing...first time I've warn booties in ocean warm water in memory.
The other issue was "windsurfing shape" or the lack thereof. Arms were burning out quickly. "Doesn't matter if you're working out...all those thousands of little adjustments you do when you're sailing...we're not getting that excercise" lamented Bill regarding the poor wind year.
The SE wind was side on and fairly consistent 4.7, until the rains came and killed it. I was toasted anyway, but some of the later arrivals did not get a full serving. We all need 25 days a year like Saturday. Bring it!
(Photos by Scott. Top: Scott airs out his new board, very lightly used and I believe formerly the property of my friend Karin. Bottom: The pilings weren't a problem, but rocks under the water to the east made getting off of your board a little tricky.)
E winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming se 15 to 20 kt in the late morning and afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt.
Scott in particular is hoping for some water time. Here he is at the Bowl in 1993. He said it was "better" then. Probably because I wasn't there to kook it up! (I was windsurfing in 1993...which was also the inaugural year of The Peconic Puffin...but I could not waterstart dependably nor jibe at all. It would have been a mess!) The photo is taken from Scott's Facebook page.
I wasn't able to attend the ABK clinic at Tiana last weekend (various personal obligations) but I stopped by Friday morning to say Hi and to sail the eastern breeze. Just being near the clinic pushed me to think about my technique, and as I sailed I thought about all the things I was doing in that 90 minute session that I'd either learned or improved in ABK clinics (I've done at least 17 of them over the years, and I ain't done yet.) On this fine morning the list included:
Carrying the gear to, into and out of the water.
Uphauling, beach starts, waterstarts, clew first waterstarts.
Hooking in, getting into the footstraps, and sailing fast.
Planing through lulls, planing upwind underpowered.
Fast tacks, helitacks, push tacks, nose spin hoss tack (good for clearing weeds from the fin!)
Attention freestylee sailors and admirers: Word is that Caesar mighty Caesar will be on the water (and at the simulator) at next week's ABK clinic at Tiana. For anyone aspiring to learn flowstyle (or mad freestyle): FYI! And regardless...if you're not signed up time is running out. As ABK's website says, "less than 6 spots remain.)
(filed by our special correspondent Chimply Lord Scotworth:) Got the call early to go to Ditch,supposedly it was epic so jamming out there some guy in a box truck in front of me turns his left blinker on so I start to pass him on the right..right? wrong ! he makes a right! I cant explain how close (doing 60) I came to getting smashed into the guard rail. Got to Ditch with blood pressure at 200x200 and after half an hour finally calmed down. Waves were pretty good, but you had to pay some dues to get out. Too much offshore, but Jimi Jam, Fisherman and Jonathan got out and shredded (Jonathan underpowered on a 6.2! The Wolf and I decided to go back west to the Bowl. Got to the Bowl and it was honkin 5.3! After many jumps I was way outside and landed one flat...SNAP!! The only thing holding the two halves together was a footstrap...took me a long time to get back body dragging with two halves acting like anchors! Hope I never go through that again. had my GoPro on but when I got back to the beach it said "card full", didn't get any video. The Wolf broke his mast in the shorebreak before he even got out! Thanks to Jonathan for replacing his mast right away and replacing my board! Oh almost forgot..C.D. showed up and sailed!!!
I caught the best part...an hour powered 6.2 on my 99 liter Skate. Jibes, upwind 360's and even a couple backwinded jibes. Woo Ha! (ABK is coming soon...I am preparing.) Then it began to die as Sally arrived, followed by Xantos 7.5 guy (must learn his name...) Sally planed a teeny bit on the 5.5 but soon enough was out on my big 109 with the 6.2 again, followed by the 93 FSW. I love that she's able to manage the 6.2 in light conditions! (Top: Sally on the big stuff. Bottom: She likes her 93 better.)
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)
Photo from the 80's? 90's? Oughts (terrible word...have no idea how to spell it nor do I want to)? No No No! It's the great Pierre Coupal keeping it real in a time machine, as seen on his Facebook page today. Go Pierre
Our Labor Day guest Catherine wanted to try windsurfing. Usually we try to put people on a board for the first time in Davis Creek, which is flat as a pool table. But the southerlies dictated Mecox (Yacht Club) so Ms C toughed out the bumps and managed a first reach of 20 yards (17 more than mine back in 1990.) As per the usual experience, she thinks she did badly because she found uphauling a challenge, and fell a few times. I think if we can get her on the creek for her next sesh we'll have her tacking!
(photos by Sally, taken off of Instagram. Sally was out again with a 6.2...huge for her...and the 109 Freestyle.)
-people who tried windsurfing a long time ago and found it incredibly hard,
-people who windsurfed a long time ago and want to get back into it,
-people who enjoyed sailing around but never learned to use the harness or footstraps,
-people who managed the harness and footstraps but never got comfortable going fast,
-people who never learned to waterstart easily,
-people who want to sail smaller boards,
-people who want to learn the planing jibe,
-people who want to perfect their jibes and duck jibes,
-people who want to learn to jump (or jump higher),
-people who want to plane in less wind,
-people who want to be able to sail in strong winds,
-people who want to race,
-people who want to learn freestyle,
-people who want to relax,
-people who want to learn cool things to do on a windsurfer in light wind,
-people who want to meet and hang out with other windsurfers.
Fall is often the best time to windsurf on the east coast and ABK Boardsports is the people to hook up with to hone your skills and take it to the next level. Have FUN!
P.S. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up. ABK regulars know that the clinics sometimes sell out. The only thing worse than missing a clinic is missing a clinic because you assumed you could show up on clinic day and there'd be no problem. Sometimes yes, but often NO!