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August 11, 2008

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Well I ended up on the Bozo Beach of Cabarete - and I dont call it a walk of shame at all. The walk of shame came down to poor quality equipment - mast snapped on the reef after I came off a wave. It didnt hit the bottom or anything cos sail was in my hands. But there is no such thing as a walk of shame, cos to get somewhere you have to get thru certain stages. You are not going to get anywhere if you are just worried about your ego! I think a so called walk of shame does everyone a bit of good!

Oh man. I had to do the "walk of shame" so many freakin times when I was learning and now we get to do the "stide of pride"? Everything in windsurfing just keeps getting better and better. Oh how I wish for enough wind to be able to do a walk of some kind while dragging my gear back up the beach.

My longest walk was half a mile...the wind changed direction while I was a mile out, and I wasn't good enough at tacking or sailing upwind.

When I started wave sailing I was reintroduced to the Walk...sometimes you just end up down the beach!

Look at the curve of a nice crescent shaped beach. That walk along it? It's the "learning curve".

I'm with Mike Burns. Right now, I'd gladly walk the learning curve, if only there were wind to do it.

I took the walk last fall, it was a great day of sailing but the wind and current were going in the same direction. After a while I couldn't keep up wind anymore,figured I'd just keep sailing and end wherever. It was along walk along RR tracks on 2" crushed stone under thin booties and 70mph commuter trains wizzing by. At the time I was calling it the Bataan death march, but if conditions were right I'd probably do it all over again.

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