Mark's WindLog for Friday July 02, 2010

37th session in 2010
Sailed at The Wall
Wind from the W (mph)
        Average: 28
Rated a 10 of 10

Board: RRD FSW 110
Sail: 4.7 Severne S-1
Fin: MFC 24cm Freestyle Pro
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Evolution

Finally sailed The Wall this afternoon. After being a chicken and sailing Maryhill instead 4 years ago, I knew I was ready. Very fun place. Lots of current, but nicer swell. I had no idea how large the venue was. Everyone is very spread out.

Conditions were classic (not epic) Gorge. You rig up your smallest brought gear, and instantly you are overpowered and overborded. I wished I was sailing my 95 liter waveboard and a 4.2, but  you can only bring one board when you travel by air, and I don't even own a 4.2. I was sailing my 4.7 for the first time! 1cm of downhaul and some self-hypnosis later, I was having a great time. Mindset is important here. Getting wound up is just too easy, and the key is to relax and take what you are given.

The flat water area (launch windshadow ), was fun to come into at full power and do a sweet laydown or duck gybe. A few times, I dropped the mast on my duck and went flying out of the straps. This rattled my cage a few times. One time I landed on the back of my neck. All good fun. B,L,& B were rigging down and taking breaks. Brian, who is battling bronchitis, told me he was done @ 5p. Even though I was very tired, I pressed on since I was not ready to leave yet. I pushed it a little too hard and lost it on a fully wound up gybe. I landed on by back this time and bounced of the water a few times whipping my neck. My front foot was fully extended, but would not release because of my booties and big foot. So, I got taken for pretty fun ride by my board. That was it. I was spent and my upper back and neck muscles were starting to seize up. Time to call it quits.

Great day, and now I can say, I have finally sailed The Wall.