Last 10 WindLogs

01/21/2018 (2nd this year)
Mark @ BIB
SE@21mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 6.3 Severne Freek

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I watched forecasts all week as the cold was leaving and projected warm air for the weekend. No sun, but a chance for wind on Sunday only. The forecast looked good one minute, later not so good. Wind peaking early and dying at noon, vs a noon peak, vs all day. The weather channel and weather underground looked good for mid-day 20s, so I packed up the gear Saturday night and planned to head out of Austin at daybreak. Then I awoke and saw this (above)??? The NWS showed teens and the coastal summary 10-15 mph. Still, some forecasts had 20s, so I put on car racks and loaded the slalom board too just in case.

When I got there @ 11:00a, it was 14-15 mph. Do I rig the slalom board and the 8.5? I decided to rig the freestyle board and hope for wind to come later. I would be willing to come back in and re-rig if necessary. After a few runs, there were some punchy gusts. I got a C360 in, but the left foot started to bark. I tried a willy skipper, but the board did not make it around very far. So, I stuck to BAFing with a few 360s sprinkled in. Soon, the wind kicked in a steady 20 mph. I could have easily handled just the 5.9m2, but I was not willing to go back in. Finally @ 1:00pm others were joining in on the fun. I was downwind of most folks, so when I made myself get back up wind, I was getting pretty tired. I came into the launch area full speed getting ready to nail a duck gybe, and I lost control and was thrown over the front of the board. My front foot was still in the straps and was late to release (due to wearing booties). Ouch! l was thinking to myself, not my right foot too! I continued to sail. I think I will be fine, but I my body is falling apart even while toning things down. Good to see Peter and Nina. Nina said she was sailing slalom gear because she was waiting for her freestyle board to arrive.

01/14/2018 (3rd this year)
Buck McShreddyShred @ Mt Hood Meadows, OR
W@0mph

Board: Burton         Sail:

Warm sunshine day made for some very soft snow even without any recent fresh. Quite nice. We took the (free!) bus from the Event Site once again.

01/10/2018 (2nd this year)
Buck McShreddyShred @ Mt Hood Meadows, OR
W@0mph

Board: Burton         Sail:

Quickie morning session. 3 inches of fresh wasn't quite enough to cover all the ice. 3 runs then back to work.

01/07/2018 (1st this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSE@16mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 6.3 Severne S-1

Windy on arrival making the Josh S's comment I overheard, a few weeks back, of the wind arriving 1 hour before the forecast models to be true. He was not there, but there were three other guys there rigging when I arrived. Rob and I were the first on the water, and the first few runs were nicely powered up, but it dropped after that. I stayed out a for a few hours and caught a few nice runs. Mostly shlog and LWF.

01/06/2018 (1st this year)
Buck McShreddyShred @ Mt Hood Meadows, OR
W@0mph

Board: Burton         Sail:

Laura and I took the 11:00 free bus up from the Event Site for a leisurely few hours on the marginal conditions. After an apres IPA at Vertical, I went out to grab my board and Laura's skis and catch the 4:00 bus back to Da Hood. The board was nowhere to be found! Ugh! Humans suck.

Fast forward to Wednesday and Laura says my board is in Lost and Found by way of the Ski Patrol lounge. But I already ordered a replacement board (used) and bindings (new). The bindings can be returned to Evo, and I should be able to sell the board for the same as I bought it.

It's anybody's guess what happened to my board for those few hours. 

12/31/2017 (10th this year)
Alissa @ S. Packery, TX
W@23mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.7 Worldsail surge '13

I haven't sailed at S. Pack since the hurricane, but I didn't notice a change in the break. The visit did solidify that there's very little reason to ever sail here when we have Port Aransas that's 1000x better. It's so sloppy and disjoined! Little to no down-the-line. But Matt texted that he was kiting there, and his work schedule was tight, and since it was late in the day and cold I opted to sail with a buddy rather than most likely alone at dark at Port A. People were really nice and I met some others as well. Mike the kiter. Tom the photographer. A kiter lady who zipped my wetsuit and kept an eye on me until Matt and family arrived. Some people were doing a Christmas tree burning at the jetty, but it was a miserable failure due to the trees being too green and the wind too high. So I arrived back on shore to basically a smoldering incense bomb. But I was toasty warm and comfortable in my nice wetsuit. Even though I fell in today.

12/31/2017 (55th this year)
Mark @ BIB
NNE@22mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

I had to sneek in at least one day of sailing on this vacation break. I was, of course, alone on the water as the weather was cloudy, humid, and cold. I thought I might have at least one snowbird on the water with me. Nope. Too bad. The wind was steady and the conditions were fun. I have been wanting to test my foot, but sadly, two vulcan attempts and I knew it was not ready for new school freestyle. Thankfully, my left foot can still tolerate B&J and old school freestyle.

New Year's Eve @ BIB from Mark 1426 on Vimeo.

12/29/2017 (54th this year)
Mark @
W@0mph

Board: Happy         Sail: New Year

Happy New Year! 

This is just my personal statistical analysis and summary of my windsurfing year for me to reflect on later. I have found it helpful to look back at past year end summaries to gain some perspective on how the wind was for that year and where my sailing is now relative to the past.

I decided to post this early. I worked through the 25th, and I am currently on vacation, but it appears I will be skunked again, unless I want to sail in 40 degree weather. I have had bad luck with good windsurfing weather my last two weeks off from work. One of those weeks was a full week in Maui in October. I may suit up and go out on the 31st, but we will just have to see how desperate I feel.

My session total went down 5 days to 51 total days. Interestingly once again, I sailed the coast more than our local local area lakes. More than twice as much this year. I traveled to Hatteras two times this year, once for the IWT event, and again later in the summer with my family. I also finally went back to The Gorge. As a result, my high wind days (averaging 20+ mph) total increased to 30, just shy of 60%, a new personal high. Unfortunately, no wavesailing days. That is just sad on my part.
 
2017 will standout for many reasons. The most positive was reaching my goal of landing the vulcan. This finally happened in February. I only wish some of my best friends were at the beach that day with me to celebrate. I had hoped to achieve this before age 45. Oh well, how many 50+ year olds can claim to have landed one?
 
On different note, I had another serious injury on a vulcan attempt in August. A grade one Lisfranc sprain of my left foot. It happened just weeks after my brother’s life was devastated by a second, and more serious, ischemic stroke this year. After many weeks in the NICU, he survived but as a result, he is left with severe aphasia and hemiplegia. A family with a 10 year old child, their life now will never be the same. My brother, once a very good windsurfing wavesailor, switched to kiting when he moved to Singapore in the 90s. We just recently sailed together at his place in NC this year in June. I will deeply miss our brotherly sailing sessions on the water. They are some of my most cherished memories that will live with me forever.
 
The last part of 2017 has been hard. Although my foot has mostly recovered, my mind desperately wants me to windsurf more. I have just been very unlucky with the timing of wind and life’s responsibilities of late. I am hopeful that circumstances will change, and I get more chances to escape very soon in 2018. 
 
Peace and more love to all. I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2018.

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12/27/2017 (9th this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
N@23mph

Board: Fanatic freewave '11 85L         Sail: 4.7 Worldsail surge '13

First time sailing with the family, and the car actually fit everyone/everything really well. Nice wave setup. Good to get this front, especially after the past two were too weak. Fun visiting Port Aransas with more time than usual during my vacation.

12/24/2017 (22nd this year)
Buck McShreddyShred @ Mt Hood Meadows, OR
W@0mph

Board: Burton         Sail:

Super rad uncrow pow at HRM which opened today for the first time.

Some shots from the 20th, starting with one of Laura: