Mark's WindLog for Friday January 18, 2019 , 2:30p - 5:00p

1st session in 2019
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the SSW (mph)
        Lulls: 10
        Average: 15
        Gusts: 25
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: Slingshot Wizard 125
Sail: 6.3 Severne S-1
Suit: O'Neil Psycho Tech 3/2
Water Temperature: 58 F
Air Temperature: 67 F

I guess I am now a local Slinger. My first session with the normal 90cm mast. I like it better. I never surfaced the foil and had some crazy long silent flights. I was joined on the water for a little by two kite foilers. They were able to get going much quicker than I was. I think the 6.3m2 was a mistake. I think I probably would have got on the foil just as fast with the 5.9m2. I rigged the 6.3 with hardly any downhaul too, and that made it stall early as well as it was hard to bleed the power in the gusts. The wind was very gusty toward the end of the session. I mainly sailed with my feet out of the footstraps, but one time I had the front foot in and a big gust hit me. I started to accellerate really really fast and was overpowered. I kept accellerating and the board was lifting higher and higher despite my putting maximum MFP. Finally, I just had to hit the eject button and push the board and rig away as it jetted out of the water. That was pretty intense.