Last 10 WindLogs

02/21/2017 (9th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 6.1 ELITE

009 - Hit the peak on sort of an odd direction. Out to SI#1 and a few times to SI#2 and back once to the north basin otherwise to the north end. Best between the spoils but the wind was all over the place, up/down. The last run was way overpowered to the island, waited for a lull to return, good thing since it dropped big time.
02/19/2017 (7th this year)
Mark @ Texas City Levee

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 6.3 Severne Freek

Welcome back to Toxic City Levee, now aka Kiteville. I got depressed driving through Pasadena and Texas City thinking about the people who work and live here. I saw an infowars sticker on a car bumper and I can't believe that people here might see the government as a problem. The enviromental and worker regulations that keep them much safer from being exposed to horrible chemicals, dangerous working conditions, and pollution. The ablitiy to have access to public education, facilities, and the poorly understood importance of immigrant workers for this local economy. These are the people I fear that will get hurt the worst by our current government's insane choices. It was a warm pretty day as I sailed toward the levee and saw the smoke billowing horizontally out the stacks by the wind on the horizon. There were many kiters out on the water today, as many as I ever saw windsurfers here back in the heyday. The local kite shops have done an excellent job promoting their sport. The kiters were able to make the marginal wind work. I was limited to LWF. They win today.

02/19/2017 (8th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 6.1 ELITE

008 - Another nice treat on the sandbar. Consistent enough the small holes didn't bother. BAF between the north end and Lookout Point, never left the drop-off.
02/18/2017 (7th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 6.1 ELITE

007 - Pleasant treat out and back to SI#2. Southbound was mostly consistent and it was nice on the drop-off both ways to Lookout Point late.
02/13/2017 (6th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 6.1 ELITE

006 - Great set-up and with wind today. Stayed on the sandbar both ways the entire time. Got thru small holes OK but shallow water made it dicey. Only half dozen hit it.
02/12/2017 (6th this year)
Mark @ BIB

Board: Fanatic Falcon TE 138         Sail: 8.5 GA Phantom

Flatwater blasting on my slalom board and freerace sail. Very warm and sunny. First boardshort session of the year in February!

02/12/2017 (5th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 6.1 ELITE

005 - Great flat set-up but limited wind. Made a round trip to Boom Point, both ways on one tack. Otherwise it was along the drop-off both ways with holes and small gusts. Maybe tomorrow.
02/11/2017 (5th this year)
Mark @ BIB

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

The Vulcan has been finally landed. I told Randy before rigging up, that today was going to be the day. Maybe if you tell someone, you will believe it yourself.

After finally planing out of my jibes in 2007 in Aruba, I needed a new windsurfing goal. Andy had me doing jump jibes as a distraction when I was getting discouraged not being able to plane out of my jibes at that clinic. A little later I guess it was Brian, who was getting closer to landing his first Vulcan, that encouraged me to set the bar high. I had no idea how crazy high that bar would actually be for me. I knew it would be not be easy, since they do not even make production freestyle boards for someone my size. I had to first find someone to build a custom freestyle board for my big body without laughing at my idea of trying to land a Vulcan. And so the quest officially began in late 2008/January 2009. Slowly but surely, I eventually figured out the gear part of the equation. In August 2009, I actually started to land and slide backward on a few of my attempts, but shortly thereafter, I had the occasional accidental violent hook-in of the harness line crashes during attempts. That led to 2 broken carbon booms from my body forcefully being flung on top of them. I think my rotation just became more off from there and eventually bad muscle memory was learned. Frustratingly, clinics just did not seem to help fix the problem. In 2011, I ended up in the operating room, this time as the patient, from another hook-in crash gone really bad. But if you know me, once I set a goal, I am not going to give up. I started to have some real doubts a little over a year ago. I clearly remember when I told myself I needed to land it before I turned 45 years old. When I turned 50 and my Vulcan attempts seemed no closer, I thought maybe I just set the bar too high and was eventually going to have to deal with it. I think I finally stumbled on the key to unlock my main issue. For me, it was letting the front arm extend up and downwind before beginning to pull it across my body. This is what led me back to better slides. And with a slide, the chance to grab the other side of the boom.

It was very windy and warm today. My 5.3m2 was out for repair, so I had to make things happen super powered with my 5.9m2 Severne Freek in the 25 mph SE winds. I need to credit Peter and Nina for their enthusiasm and kind support today. I am not sure I would have tried as hard as I did today without them there. I had a very close attempt that I almost sailed away from. Both Randy and Nina witnessed that one, and Randy gave me the key tip to finish one off. I love windsurfing. I know it was not much of a Vulcan, but I definitely will take it.

First Vulcan from Mark 1426 on Vimeo.

02/06/2017 (4th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 4.7 ELITE

004 - Hit the peak today with half dozen others. Out and back to SI#1 with lots of chop and typical gusty south on/off. Did well with outside jibes between the signs. Rigged at max and needed it, full time planing and plenty of power. .
02/05/2017 (3rd this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB

Board: '14 JP 111 FSW FWS         Sail: '16 EZZY 6.1 ELITE

003 - A little marginal at first but it filled in well enough to stay on a plane most of the time. Out and back to SI#2, staying on the drop-off both ways between the launch and Lookout Point. Half dozen sailing maybe another go tomorrow.