Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Best Wave Sailing You've Never Seen

On this particular Wednesday the rain moved out before noon and blue skies persisted through sunset.  I paddle surfed about 20 minutes in a seriously choppy mix but caught a couple waves anyway- just to see how tough it was.  Getting out was a real challenge but there was no current!  The wind ramped up steadily from the side on angle and the 4.7 went up first.  By the time I had to switch to the 4.2 the side shore current was getting pretty serious but the wave size stayed consistent.  Jennifer did an awesome job with some photos considering the little camera she was working with. 

Mast Muncher Sequence

Smoke on the Water!

I did have fun paddling in some really small stuff the day before.

The only windsurf board action was at Dales.

If there could only be 1.  If your president passed a law that you can only own 1 board what would you pick?  Maybe the trusty windsurf board for thrills or the surf board for tropical action?  I've got a good idea what I would pick.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Windsurfing's Core

Saturday afternoon and Sunday on the weekend of the 8th we sailed the Core Sound off Harkers Island.  Saturday was certainly the best wind.  On a NE you can sail across to the banks and hit a sweet flat water spot that is even better than the Buxton Slick on a west wind.  Just enough water not to drag but pretty clean bottom.  Beautiful spot!  Saturday Roger, Kathy and I carried our gear through the mud, grass and across the island to try some NE wave sailing with Michael. This was the second day of the NE so it was pretty big out there.  Kathy and I did go out but it was Roger and Michael who actually made it look fun.  Humbling but a wonderful experience. 

Sunday being the 3rd day of NE everyone but Michael stayed sound side.  He rode some monster waves but wasn't making it look as easy as the day before.  It gets harder to stay up wind with side on wind and waves.  I did catch some flat water action with the gopro Sunday with Terry, Tracy and Sam.  Roger and Kathy had plans with the family.  Great weekend with great folks.  Windsurfing's core.

 Core Banks.  The sweet spot.

Michael, Roger and Terry.  Here Terry dreaming of his next appletini.