Friday, July 23, 2010

Frontside, Down The Line, SUP-sailing Nirvana

I (finally!) scored my first full-on side-off SUP-sailing session in waist-to-shoulder waves yesterday at L Rd. I rode the incoming tide, and... and... OMG I SCORED BIG TIME!!! :D :D :D WHOOHOOO!! :) No pics or videos this time (being hooked in on a board with no straps in gusty winds was too risky for the handheld camera), just sweet visions of bottom & top turns on windswept but building, sweet, sweet, sun-glistening waves, as seen from under the boom and through my fully-powered maroon 5.8 Maui Sails global. By the end the wind was cranking right off the beach, which was enough to clear out the remaining surfers and leave me with all the waves to myself! (I couldn't even get any Puffins or Windchimps to join me.) Sailed for 3 hours and caught dozens and dozens of waves. All-in-all I am fully stoked. Hopefully I don't have to wait another 2 years for these conditions.

Last call at the sandbar

Here are two SUP wave sailing videos that shows the basic rig setup I was on: Starboard Demo and RRD Demo. My waves weren't quite as big, but you'll get the idea.

By the way, has anyone seen my ABK hat?


TonyWind said...

Lucky you, Jeff. That sounds like a lot of fun. Did you forget the GoPro at home?

Jeff said...

Hi Tony, I've been having condensation problems with the GoPro, possibly due to salt corrosion on one of the seals. I hope to get it fixed soon. Thanks for your comment!

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