52nd session in 2020
Sailed at Cole Park, TX
Wind from the N (mph)
Board: Slingshot 98L frankenboard
Sail: 5.3 Naish Wing Surfer
Fin: Tuttle wave
Suit: rash guard
I finally got time and conditions to try the wing surfer! Going to track some beginner impressions so I can look back and see how far I come...or just laugh at this.
I did a couple BAFs kneeling down, then one kneeling up, then tried putting one foot on the board and standing up. I didn't think standing would work, but it did and that got steadier after a couple standing BAFs. I made a tack kneeling and a shaky tack standing. All this was with a plain fin. There was a little shore break and chop, but I was able to stay upright through it. After 45 minutes I felt ready to put the foil in but had to leave for a tragically-timed dinner (these are the outer bands of Hurricane Delta, and Port A was just getting good).
It's hard, but from comments I've heard, I expected the first day to be much harder.
I expected a "there's nothing to hold onto" feeling, but the sail feels pretty sturdy that it's actually a pretty solid feeling to brace against. Sail chi.
I was not staying entirely upwind. I had to a walk a little bit at the end of each BAF.
Kneeling on the non-skid wore the skin off my knees. I wished I'd brought my skating elbow sleeves to wear on my knees.
My mind is engaged in that learning feeling that I love.
Chop is not the easiest for learning, but also not insurmountable, and the depth and bottom at Oleander are great, plus the convenience.
I'm still nervous about the foil and getting hurt on it and will be paying a lot of attention to that.