Alissa's WindLog for Monday June 25, 2007

54th session in 2007
Sailed at JFK Causeway, TX
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Average: 23
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: JP freestyle wave 78L
Sail: 5.2 Worldsail '05
Fin: 9'' Orca weedwave
Suit: rash guard

54 Did the Tour de Laguna. Went from the causeway to the power plant/bluffs landing area (although not all the way downwind into close range). Then tacked up to the row of houses on the main padre island canal. That took a while but it helped being hardcore powered up. Then cruised on a broad reach down the intercoastal, waving at boaters. Eventually went by Snoopy's. Halfway past the restaurant the wind died. Still really wanted to sail under the bridge so I schlogged along. Was prepared for the light wind but was unprepared for swirling wind and current. Mysterious forces sucked me off my board under the bridge. First fall of the day and an unpleasant one at that. My terror of marine pilings kicked in (and there are about a quarter million of them under there). Layed on stomach clinging to my gear like a refugee as the current carried me toward packery. wondered if I stayed down long enough if I'd get that wave session I wanted after all (is is possible to get sucked out the channel?). I dont know why I'm so afraid of underwater objects but once in clear water again my legs stopped shaking, and several falls later, much to the interest of local fishermen and stray cats, I uphauled and started working upwind through the swirling and back toward the bridge. Stopped at shore for an outhaul adjustment, cheated a little walking my gear to the other side of the car turnaround(better than falling in between more pilings), and then headed dead downwind, mostly planing, taking the channel back to the car. I experimented with lots of short, tight jibes but even on those I overshot and hit bottom a couple times. Visibility was really tough looking through the sail and into the sunset. Was not sure where those rows of submerged pilings from the old causeway were, but somewhere very close and I did not want to tear up my gear. So I basically just hung on straight downwind in the channel until my wrists and hands were burning. Overall a great session because I did something so different than normal. Also I wasn't feeling really well this afternoon, I think I'm getting an earache I don't knwo from the pool or what, but windsurfing totally took my mind off it. Next time we have to get a group and sail straight to snoopy's for happy hour. forget all the upwind/downwind.