Saturday, March 22, 2008

Windsurfing West Meadow (with video)

It's the Windy Season on Long Island! A departing storm and approaching high pressure formed a tight gradient and powered W to NW winds in the 25-35 mph range, with the requisite gusts and lulls. Long Island Windsurfer group members were talking West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook on the Long Island Sound, and so were the Wolf and much of the East End crew. I'd heard much about this place, and was finally about to get a taste for myself.

A blow-out tide meant lower water levels, with loads of flatwater (for Mike Burns & other freestylers to play in) between sandbars and 2-4' waves on the outside. Big rollers up to 5-6' were found in the Northeast corner for big backside port tack riding and giant starboard air.



On Thursday I was handling huge power on my 4.7, riding all three of my boards (77, 93, 109) at various points. I hit one cresting ramp on port and caught huge air when I found myself hooked in to the harness! To me it seemed like 10+ ft. I felt the twinge of imminent doom with that much power, that high up, but luckily a soft wave face broke my landing, and somehow I planed away. I rode til sunset, and got home at 8:30 (long days are back)! Friday was 6 hours of more of the same, though this time on 4.2! The above Youtube video should give a sense of the scene. Quicktime versions with better resolution and size are also available.


5 comments:

Bunty said...

Some nice conditions - looked nice further out in the surf. Who's the freestyler? Not that I would know him anyway!! But did some nice smooth moves.

Jeff said...

Hi Bunty, that's Mike Burns freestylin (he is credited in the video - props also to John who throws the flaka about 50 seconds in). If you grab the current issue of Windsport Magazine, you'll find a feature on Mike on the last page, or you can see his North Sails page (note his favorite spot). I hope to learn a thing or two from him, both on freestyle and windsurfing video editing with Final Cut Pro next month in Hatteras. Mike's got some great videos out there too!

tmr84 said...

yea I agree. really nice freestyle and def clean! really enjoyed watching it

Jeff said...

Thanks Tom, I appreciate the comment. I hope to do more videos as time (and wind) allows! Stay tuned...

drysuit2 said...

Great vid Jeff. Don't ya just love West Meadow.

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