Last 10 WindLogs

01/22/2017 (3rd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
WNW@28mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.0 Severne S-1

Awesome day!! I almost went to Canyon Lake, but decided after looking at the Oasis webcam that I could launch from the boat ramp despite the point being closed due to high lake levels. When I pulled up to the guard shack I saw Rob and Josh's vehicles parked at the volleyball sand pit, but I did not see them on the water. After quickly rigging up, I decided to go out on my 5.0m2 S1. It was 30-40 mph, no lie! I did not even try to go out past the point as I was so overpowered and quickly became exhausted from the gusty conditions after just a few runs. I brought my 4.7m2, but I decided to put one cm more downhaul on first. Wow, what a difference!! Some gusts were amazing and long. Spray was coming off the whitecaps at times and I was doing everything I could to just keep going forward and not crashing. All ramps today lined up for port tack, so I did not have any good jumps today. I also never felt comfortable enough to try vulcans today, but I did a lot of C360s in the straps really cranked hard.

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01/13/2017 (2nd this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
ESE@17mph

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

002 - Conflicting forecasts that ended up lacking. BAF on the sandbar again powered in just occasisonal gusts. Only a handful sailing.
01/12/2017 (1st this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
ESE@21mph

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

001 -  Great direction going between the north end and Lookout point on the sandbar both ways.  Enough power to sneak through the small holes.  Only three on the water, maybe more soon.

Skipped the past two days with lots of gusty south wind, photos of the few that did sail are at http://www.gulfbreezewindsurfing.com/jamin-at-bib
01/10/2017 (2nd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSW@15mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 6.3 Severne S-1

Very small nice wind peak that I just missed (but Rob was there to get). It turned into a sunny warm day.

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01/01/2017 (1st this year)
Mark @
N@0mph

Board: Happy         Sail: New Year

Happy New Year! 

This is just my personal statistical analysis and summary of my windsurfing year for me to reflect on later. I have found it helpful to look back at past year end summaries to gain some perspective on how the wind was for that year and where my sailing is now relative to the past.

My session total went up 11 days to 56 total days. Interestingly, once again I sailed the coast almost as much as local lakes. Only a third of my sessions were in strong planing wind. I traveled to Hatteras with the family this year. No wavesailing. No Gorge. I participated in two fun races for the first time, in Dallas, and got my tail kicked pretty bad both times. I found out even nice race gear will not help me plane as early as normal sized humans can on freeride gear. I may participate in fun races again because I feel it is good for the sport and to support the continuation of future events.

I added the backwind jibe, but the vulcan still eludes me. I am going to crack the vulcan in 2017. There, I said it. 

I am most disappointed that I again failed to get my kids on the water more. I did invite them, but tennis and other interests won. They really aren't kids anymore.

Peace to all. I am very concerned about the 2016 US election results and what it will mean to our country and the planet. I hope that my fears will not be realized, and that people will step up and do the right thing for everyone, not just themselves. One can only hope. I wish all a healthy and happy 2017.

12/31/2016 (7th this year)
Buck McShreddyShred @ Mt Hood Meadows, OR
N@0mph

Board: Burton         Sail:

Sunny non-powder day which was meant to be a day of getting TOS riding switch and exploring those parts of the mountain that are closed when it's dumping. Rode up/down Cascade, Vista, and Heather for the first time. Off Vista, there was suddenly a terrain park in front of me so I obliged. Board got inexplicably stuck on the third slider, I crashed, and ended up with a closed avulsion fracture of distal fibula.

Looking forward to getting back on the horse again soon. This time I'll save the terrain parks for the teenagers.

12/31/2016 (61st this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SW@12mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 6.3 Severne S-1

Waited for the wind for about 45 minutes. It started to lightly rain, and finally the wind came in @14mph. LWF. It lasted about 30 minutes and then the clouds broke up, it became sunny, and the wind dropped to 10 mph. I barely made it back without falling and having to swim in.

12/29/2016 (60th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
NNE@10mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

I cannot begin to describe how robbed I feel right now. I was totally skunked on what should have been an awesome day. Forecast for 17-40 MPH, it was blowing like stink at my house as I loaded up. This is what the wind was at ABIA today.

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When I got to Windy Point, the point was locked. The park rangers said only "maintenance" can open it, and they were concerned about water spilling over the road leading to the point due to strong winds. What??? What wind?

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And this is what I got for wind today.

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I will always go out and at least LWF, but this time, I rigged up and waited for two hours hoping for the wind to come. There was no way I was going to be able to launch and return from the boat ramp with the wind so East and squirrelly. I thought about going to Lake Pflugerville (never been before) which is further east just to save the day, but check this out...

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What a bummer!

12/28/2016 (59th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SW@14mph

Board: Fanatic Falcon TE 138         Sail: 8.5 GA Phantom

Put-put-put...good for a kite foiler only.

12/25/2016 (82nd this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SSE@26mph

Board: '14 JP 93 FWP         Sail: '16 EZZY 4.7 ELITE

082 -  Merry Christmas, we finally got some wind while it's warm. A little more south than hoped for so it was very choppy and gusty out and back to SI#1. Rigged at max with mostly full power until late. Maybe a dozen on the water.