Friday, September 29, 2017

Day 55 of the 2017 season: Two discipline day, near epic 5.0 Windsurfing and 9M kite boarding

Two discipline day: A rare day where I got to windsurf and kite board.
Both worked out with near epic conditions, Windsurfing 2 hours with 90% planning on my favorite sized sail, (5.0M). Kite boarding with my favorite sized kite, (9.0M). Couldn't ask for a better multi discipline day.
First good solid windsurf session since the OBX in April. Thoroughly enjoy the windsurf session, duck jibes, fast tacks, regular jibes, wave slashing and straight line speed in the flats. I can still accomplish all the stuff I learned.
Also took out Brian's demo Slingshot windsurf foil board briefly. Got up on the foil for short runs, definitely need more practice with the body and weight positioning on the board. Also too much wind for a good trail with it.

TOB: 2 hours Windsurfing, 12:00-2:00: 3 hours plus Kiteboarding 3:00-5:30
Gear: 5.0 sail with 100 liter RRD FSW board.  9M Z kite, TT
Water conditions: Typical HI
Wind: WNW 10-30 mpg
Weather:  mostly sunny near 60
Highlights: Near epic for windsurfing and kite boarding. An afternoon trip to the slick where the kite boarding was EPIC.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 54 of the 2017 season: A 20 day drought is finally over

A twenty day drought is over.
A nice session with 13M and TT with some use on the surf board.
Forecast wasn't solid but Craig said "lets go" and we made it work. Sure am glad I have the 13M It saved the day.

Relive your ride

TOB: 2.5 hours sunrise start
Gear: 13M Z kite, TT and surf board
Water conditions: Typical HI
Wind: NNW 10-25 mpg
Weather:  mostly sunny mid-50s to near 60
Highlights: It's been twenty day without wind, and this is the windy season

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 53 of the 2017 season: Lexington forecast that was spot on

An afternoon forecast that was spot on, the exception was the winds were higher then forecasted.
It turned on at 2 and lasted until 6 when some NW appeared making the inside difficult to ride.
Small swell on south side inside, not much to play on. The slick was awesome. The better swell was on the inside north of harbor.
First drysuit session of the fall. Craig on a 9M, Jerry on a 12M and me on my 11M.

TOB: 3:00-6:00
Gear: 11M Z1 and TT
Water conditions: Slick was smooth, jetty point with smaller then usually waves, bigger waves on the other side and the outside although not very clean
Wind: 20-30 from the NNE
Weather:  mostly sunny low sixties
Highlights: Excellent session and it went according to the forecast.
Great boosting, great slick action.
Liked my new Naish TT board bindings, tighter fit then the previous original OR bindings.

wind data from

Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 52 of the 2017 season: Metrobeach's Labor Day Holiday is near epic

A near Epic day at the local spot with 20-30 kiters and 6-8 windsurfers enjoying the pre-frontal steady winds and warm temperatures.
I got 3 sessions out of it, from  9:30 - 10:30, noon to 2:30 and 3:30 - 4:45, from no depower to full depower. Went out at 9:30 until the wind lulled at 10:30. Waited around until noon and then it came on nice and solid.  From that point on he wind just kept ramping up. Took a break at 2:30 and rigged my 9M, by then most were on there 9Ms. Back at it by 3:30 and finally finishing fully depowered with storm clouds heading toward the beach at 4:45.

TOB:  9:30-10:30, 12:00-2:30 and 3:30-4:45
Gear: 11M Z1 and 9M Z with TT
Water conditions: Not as wavy as expected with 20-30 SSW mph winds
Wind: 15-35 SSW generally
Weather:  mostly sunny and in the 70s
Highlights: lofty, chop hopping ollies, carving need I say more

Metrobeach wind data for Sept 4

Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 51 of the 2017 season: Sterling State Park, coffee colored water and one of the better carve 'em up days

A nice venue, I would of preferred side on wind and
waves, but surprisingly, for the direction it was a great sesh with nice 5-10 footers on the
outside. One of the better carve 'em up days.

TOB:   2:30 - 4:00
Gear: 13M and TT
Water conditions: Onshore waves 3-5 footers inside and biggins, 5-10 on the outside
Wind: 12-25 mph onshore
Weather: hazy sun  remnants of Hurricane Harvey, mid 60s
Highlights: Started out rigging my 9M, by the time I finished rigging it the wind lulled. Waited it out and eventually rigged the 13M.
A challenge to launch - waves and wind were onshore. Once out past the shore break you had to work your way to the outside. Where the swell and wind direction were fun for carving a downwinder back toward shore hitting a wave every turn.
About 5-6 kiters and 4 windsurfers.

Relive your ride

SSP Data from