Question for the wave experts. What is your secret for staying upwind in side on? Keith uses a big single fin but could probably still do it with a 2cm freestyle fin. Advice?
Keith's spot. Lighthouse action.
Check out this pic of a bigger set from yesterday.
I got to old lighthouse at 2pm. Keith and Chad were already on the water with ~5.3/90L. I snapped a few shots before rigging 5.2/85L. Lots of locals came out later.
The tide was low but rising at 2 and the waves were mushing rather than the terrible top to bottom closeouts. This was extremely forgiving for the lighthouse and FUN! I made it out the first time with no trouble and even nailed my 1st jibe on the outside. I get so few opportunities to use a short stick it took while to get with the flow but finally got where I was making the rounds and staying upwind. The trick for me was to catch a bigger set way out and ride backside into the wind, when I got my timing right I could then make an attempt at the bottom turn and cut back into the wave. The turns felt great and the quad fins feel really good in the white water after the break. The best part of this sesh was finally getting some confidence actually riding the wave on the short stick. This was my best wave sesh ever on a short stick for sure. The highlight was 1 medium size wave were it all came together- tight magical bottom turn and up to top turn snapping back toward the beach. That is why the good guys would rather bob around on a short stick than be comfy on a bigger board. Short stick shreditude.
As always the current increased with the tide. As the afternoon went on I had more trouble staying upwind so it became more frustrating since I was taking more hikes rather than riding waves. I also had more trouble staying on the plane on the outside. I had the same thing happening with my other 85L so I can say it is my technique on short boards. So I still struggle with sideshore and have a lot to work on. Just makes me that much more eager to get back out!
Another highlight of the day was leaning about marine life at Hatteras. Ken saw the biggest sea turtle ever on Earth. Ken- "if sea turtles have a million eggs this one would have like a kazillion". 'No seriously this thing's head was the size of a car tire!'. Awesome day for all involved.