Alissa's WindLog for Thursday October 15, 2020

55th session in 2020
Sailed at North Beach, TX
Wind from the S (mph)
        Average: 20
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: Slingshot 98L frankenboard
Sail: 5.3 Naish Wing Surfer
Suit: rash guard and pants

Suddenly I'm riding mostly on the foil. The learning process is much faster than I'd expected, yet I still haven't decided how much I like the sport for myself. I'm intrigued enough and enjoying the learning process enough that I'm keeping at it to see where it leads. I'm not sure if my hesitation is that this board is slippery with nowhere to put footstraps, and I don't want to spend actual money on an appropriate one, or that it's just all so clunky. Supposedly the sport is freeing, yet it takes just as long or longer to set up than windsurfing, plus I feel so leashed. I'm tethered to the sail and the board. I feel like leashes are all over the place when I'm climbing on and standing up, yet they're necessary because the stuff truly does fly away on its own. The foil is huge and it's very hard to carry everything at once, especially getting out of the water. Ugh.

I feel like this is getting negative, so I'll also focus on some positive. This was full-on bay conditions with swell and a shorebreak, and the foil was very smooth riding out through breaking swells. I didn't feel them. I also feel like if you've foiled at all (I had windsurf foiled exactly once prior), it's really exactly the same feeling of popping up and leveling out so you don't shoot up too high. Not that I'm at all good at it, but it felt familiar and I knew what to do. I also feel like the learning curve is very fast. This was my 4th try with the foil and all have all been very short sessions - today was only about 30 minutes - yet it's a million times easier each time. For someone who has actual time to put into it, I think you could get riding in one day with good conditions and rest breaks, or at least within a couple days. Especially with guidance. It took me two sessions just to figure out I needed to stop keeping my front hand on the leading edge handle.