Last 169 WindLogs

08/16/2022 (19th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 3.8 S2 Maui Dragon

I had such a perfect early sesh!  It was just JF and me, we had it all to ourselfs!  Super lit on 3.8, fun shov-its, a table top or 2.

I finally rigged 3.4 cause it was so strong, and then it died. I had lunch and then rigged 3.8 again. I think i would have been happier on 4.2 overall.  

I had one SWEET pop on a swell kono on the 3.4. Oh man, it flet huge. Didn't sail out, but it was fun. I haven't got to try them lately, either not big enough swell or too windy. When I am overpowered the move seems scary, but everyone says that is when to to it.

Really worked on my swell funnels and cf punetas, getting some more slides. So fun to work on.

08/15/2022 (18th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

I was super lit for a while. 

I got 4 of my swell funnels, pretty carvy, not so slidy, but hey, they are fun. Alex thought they looked like starboard flakas, hey, that's ok!

I got one flaka on the inside that JF said looked great. JF is now my favorite person.  

I was talking to Royn about shov-it to vulcan. Scott can do them and I really should work on them. He said, do the shov-it, start pushing a bit to upright the sail and then let go w/ back hand and kick your back leg around for vulcan part. Also, don't go too far upwind for the shov-it.

08/14/2022 (17th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

Pretty fun day. I was crazy powered on the 4.2, Mani was on 4.0/93!

I got some nice lofty shov-its and 1 I did off of a small swell and got lots of lift. Maybe my best, small ramp shov-it yet.

Got a nice (i think) table top early on and a soso one later.

I got so close on a nice slidy CF puneta, I thought I had it. darn.

Bit too powered for my swell funnels.  

While I was having lunch the wind cranked up to strong 4.2 for the guys, just for an hour or so, and then back down again.

Tried a 2nd sesh on 3.8 later in day and it was crowded and very choppy. Didn't stay out long.

2 sport day!  Rode Syncline to rim and down lil' Maui @ 7 AM!

 

08/14/2022 (44th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
ESE@12mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Rough start. I was not sure I would get flying, but eventually had several good flights and jibes.

08/13/2022 (16th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 3.8 S2 Maui Dragon

Man, the glare on the water tricked me! It looked so windy. Mani was on 4.0/85L so it must be windy, right?  I rigged 3.4/69, nope, not even close.

There were big gusts, so i took out the 85L board, still not enough, so I rigged 3.8, then it got really strong. Hmmm.

I de-rigged everything and tried 4.2 after lunch and it was really up and down, not really sailable & wingers everywhere.

Def a soso day.

08/12/2022 (15th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@28mph

Board: Tabou Pocket Wave 69L         Sail: 2.7 S2 Maui Dragon

Tried 3.0 1st and was pretty powered, so rigged 2.7. Still not sure about the 2.7. I tried less downhaul and it still would just 'turn off' in an instant. Great for carving down swell, not so great for jumps and even carve 360s I have to do them a little differently or the sail just falls in the water.

Swell was OK, nothing epic, when I was out. It often isn't that great early in the am, takes a while to set up.

08/11/2022 (14th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@17mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

Finally a freestyle sesh!!!!

I was lit on the 4.2!  There were ramps and I thought this will be a spectacular sesh!  I got a couple of shov-its and a table top and a couple big stock air jumps, So fun.  

Then i tried a couple swell funnels and I got really close on one, so I thought I can get one. The next one i did!  I got a swell funnel!

You carve 180 on a swell, (this puts you in the same position as if you went switch and ducked the sail), same entry as the swell kono) and then you pop the board downwind instead of upwind like the swell switch kono,  and throw in a upwind 360 at the end.

 It wasn't as slidy and stylish as Alex Edholm's, but I did it!!!!  I was so STOKED!

The strong wind only lasted 1/2 hour or so, but I had tons of fun!!  Then the wingers got thick and I was schlogging, so I went in.

08/10/2022 (13th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@25mph

Board: Tabou Pocket Wave 69L         Sail: 3.0 S2 Maui Dragon

Got to hatch early and there was spray off the swell tops. Crap. I rigged 3.0 and it was not fun, too windy. 

So, i rigged 2.7 and it just didn't feel good, there were some lulls and if i did a jump it felt like i would just fall out of the air. Maybe too much downhaul??

Anyhow, i though, screw it, I am going back to the 3.0, so I re-rigged to 3.0!!  Oh yeah, I was lit, didn't feel those holes anymore. I just was not getting any moves so I thought I would save my energy for some freestyle sailing another day, and quit. (Everytime I wanted to do a jump or ride a swell, someone was there.)  I went in and the parking lot was a zoo, of course. Gonna be a busy day!!

I went home and went for a super fun bike ride, yeah!  2 sport day.

Scott had a great time sailing, of course. .😆

I saw the photos on FB of the swell later in the day and it was spectacular.

08/08/2022 (12th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@20mph

Board:         Sail: 3.8 S2 Maui Dragon

Rigged too small. Got to hatch and Asma and Sofie were on 3.4 & 4.2 so I rigged 3.8 and it was too small. Grrr. Guess I need to rig the same as Sofie.

I was a bit bummed to be underpowered, then the wind KICKED IN! Spray on the wave tops. This was at 4 pm. Scott and I decided to stick around and sail some more, but the people were filing into the parking lot like crazy, so we waited a bit, hoping to go out when it was less busy. We finally rigged and i was crazy overpowered on 3.0. I went upwind 'cause it was absolutely frightening with all the wingers off the point. The water was rough upwind so I decided to go back downwind and i couldn't get downwind, it was so strong!!!  I had to go to the Oregon side to lose some ground to go downwind. Holy Cow!  Not the best day for me. Scott had a friggin' blast. It was crazy busy and windy until dark. Wow.

08/07/2022 (43rd this year)
Mark @ Wildcat
SE@16mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

I could write an entire blog on this day trip, but I will spare everyone. I visited Swantner, North Beach, Sunset Lake, and Wildcat. Wildcat for the win. I had it all to myself except a brief encounter with a kite foiler. Great launch, steady wind, fun chop. Some of the chop was pretty good sized despite the wind strength. I had my short mast on my foil since I had no locals to ask about the water depth. I may have to get a 75cm one cheap if I sail there more often. I am sure it can get crowded when the wind is up, but today, just me. Oh, and I made a tack today. I had to as I knew the water was getting shallow fast. Beginner's luck. I sailed a lot of toeside out of my jibes today. It is much harder for me on starboard than port. I need to start to try to switching my feet on foil.

08/04/2022 (11th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Wall
SW@25mph

Board: Tabou Pocket Wave 69L         Sail: 3.4 S2 Maui Dragon

The Wall was cranking at 7 am and we knew it was a gamble to go, but we did.  

I was planing moderatedly for a few reaches & then it just died. i tried 4.2 and still was not good, crazy gusts and lulls.

Seemed to get better so I tried 3.4 big board a bit later and it just died again. 

Definitely not a good Wall set-up. 

We went to Doug's and I sailed 3.4/85L and it was pretty good. Definitely gusty, but pretty smooth.  

Next to no wind in the forecast for the next few days.

08/03/2022 (10th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@18mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

What a day!  Sailed early and had a great time! Got a good table top (i think) on my 1st reach. Yay!  Got quite a few of my smaller ramp shov-its on starboard and another good (i think) table top.

Was working on flakas!  Some really felt good, good timing getting sail upwind and popping board, but landing flat. Need to tuck up back foot to drop the nose!

Took a rest and then Asma, Sofie, Brad, Alex and Mani showed up, so I went back out again. Ah Chihuahua I was lit on the 4.2!  It had picked up!

I worked on cf spocks. Felt like I was getting the board to spin upwind more. Scott had some video, so I know I need to get farther!

It was so very crowded. Ykes.

 

08/02/2022 (9th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
WNW@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 3.8 S2 Maui Dragon

Had a fun am freestyle sesh @ The Hatch. Got some fun shov-its and 2 good (I think) table tops. Pretty lit 3.8 for a while.

Then we raced out to The Wall and it was pretty bad. We waited around for 1.5 hours and finally decided to drive to Arly. It had been blowing well out there for a while. 

When we drove up towards Arly it was lit up!  It looked spectacular!  I quickly rigged 3.0 and hit the water. It was very good for 1 hour 4:15-5:15 and then it just got crappy. But man, for 1 hour it was so fun. I got a giant starboard shov-it, one of the bigger ones ever, I think. Just as I hit the ramp a giant gust came through and I got a lot of lift. So fun!  I also got a very good (I think) table top on starboard on one of those big ramps by the Arly launch. It felt good and it felt big. The swell was pretty decent and the wind direction was good too. It was so hot at The Wall and Arly!  I wore my shorty @ Arly and it felt great!!

We then picked up Thai food in The Dalles and called it a day. It was a long day.  

08/01/2022 (8th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
SSW@21mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!, Tabou Pocket Wave 69L         Sail: 3.4 S2 Maui Dragon, 3.8 S2 Maui Dragon

We got to Hatch early and it was gusty, but we went out to avoid the crowds later. It was way better than expected so I switched from freestyle to wave board pretty quickly. Some super fun reaches, 2 big floaty port shov-its off the point, my fav shov-it swell was coming through, and then it 100% died.

I went back out later on 3.8/85L and was LIT, could have been on 3.4 and then it DIED again. 2 fun port shov-its again. 

I love it when it is southerly, not northerly!

The wind was only pulsing for 1/2 hour or so at a time.

Very cloudy, bad set-up.  

07/31/2022 (7th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ Viento!
SSW@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

Went to Viento & it was pretty bad. Choppy, gusty and crowded. Cars were parked out to the RR tracks!  Everyone was there.

So, on the way home we swung by the hatch and no one had shown up yet, so I rigged 4.2 againa and went out. Def more fun than Viento, even tho gusty. Did start getting wingy, so I called it a day, prob sailed another hour.  

Alex, Mani, Brad, Phil all went to Viento after I left, and Alex and Brad said they had fun. Maybe the wind direction changed and it got better after I left.

07/30/2022 (41st this year)
Alissa @ North Beach, TX
SE@13mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

Probably the lightest wind I've launched in, and it worked! Gusts were definitely higher, and I am still not good/efficient, so I needed a gust and a few tries to pump onto the foil. But once up, it worked! I'm still dealing with post-covid exhaustion. This little 45-minute session took me out for the rest of the day and a couple more. I've been missing lots of great mid-summer wind due to this. 

07/30/2022 (6th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@17mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.6 S2 Maui Dragon

Well, I rigged wrong. some gusts came through and tricked me into rigging 4.2, bad call. Then rigged 4.6, but it died off to heli-tack wind, so I worked on my helis & upwind 360 Diablos!  Getting super smooth and consistent, able to do in more wind.

Some guy came up to me on the beach & was raving about my tricks, that was kinda cool.  

I need to work on a new trick, something fairly easy to figure out. 🤣

Hopefully planing wind tomorrow. HUGE wind is coming next week. 

Lots of people in town: Sven, Shannon, Zoe & Peter.  Asma and Sofie coming next week.

 

 

07/29/2022 (42nd this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@18mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 5.5 Duotone Unit

I checked out one of Alissa's favorite wing sites. She even drove by to show me exactly where to launch from. I chose to check out BIB as well since I was hoping to windsurf too. BIB is currently too weedy to foil, especially near WW. I put up with it, but it was a pain. Then, I decided to drive back and check out Swantner again. Nobody was there and the chop was crashing into the seawall which made the launch seem sketchy, so I decided to go to Oleander instead to windsurf. I got everything all rigged up, but when I put the boom on, the inhaul rope snapped. NBD I thought to myself, I have line in the car. Unfortunately I could not get the broken old line out of the cleat in the boom clamp and I finally had to bail. Check your lines! Kind of frustrating since it was a lot of driving, but there has been zero wind in Austin.

07/29/2022 (5th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@17mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

Pretty up and down again. 4.2 was barely enough and then it gusted to 32 while I was on 4.2!  Oh my word!  But, I hung on & it was relatively short lived.

I got one really great feeling 1/2 funnel, nice pop and nose of board started heading into the wind.  

1 CF puneta attempt felt good, slidey and nose went upwind.

I worked on CF spocks a bunch. The nose of the board is definitely heading up wind.  

1 planing duck tack.

No shov-its at all,  just wasn't lined up right when I had power.  

 

07/28/2022 (4th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@19mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.2 S2 Maui Dragon

Pretty fun freestyle day. Quite North and up and down.  

Got 3 planing duck tacks and quite a few shov-its on small ramps, such good practice. I really would love to learn to do them on flat water like Sven Eslinger.

I was getting lots of lift, just gotta be lit. The commitment involved for flat water seems like it must be insane. I will keep trying on smaller and smaller ramps.

A couple 1/2 funnel moves, not nearly as great as yesterday; being so north, wind just wasn't lined up right w/ the swells for me.

 

07/27/2022 (3rd this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@20mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 3.8 S2 Maui Dragon

FREESTYLE day!

Started on 4.2 and quickly rigged 3.8.

I started getting pops for the funnel! 

I am entering by carving into switch/backwinded on a swell and then poppin 180 degrees, so 1/2 of a funnel. I did this a bunch of times. Yeah!!

I am so excited!  I just started working on this the other day and i figured it would take a long time to figure out how to pop from this weird position. 

Super Stoked!!

I also got a clew first puneta and close on a second one!  

Some fun starboard shov-its on smallish ramps, (much harder than on big ramps).

Fabulous day!!  

07/26/2022 (2nd this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@15mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.6 S2 Maui Dragon

2 sport day! 

Biking: Rode Post Canyon with McFancy @ 6:30 AM!  Excellent ride!

Windsurfing: I did so well w/ my 3 new tricks. Could do them in stronger wind & have a combo that flows.
Cf heli, straight into fin 1st heli & then  straight into backwinded 360 diablo.
2 planing duck tacks.

07/26/2022 (40th this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@16mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

First time not being the only winger!! 

07/24/2022 (39th this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
ESE@0mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

Weirdly onshore but fun

07/24/2022 (1st this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch
W@12mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 4.6 S2 Maui Dragon

Well, in the middle of the heatwave a small puff of wind came down the columbia.

I rigged my 'big' sail and went out to play. Planing in the middle, but pretty lightly, so i focused on light wind freestyle.

I did get a perfect planing duck tack on the inside and a nice starboard boomerang. :)

Non planing I got lots of upwind 360 diablo sailducks (like a backwinded duck tack), i am getting them figured out. Scott said 'they look cool'. Yeah!

I got a few clew first (cf) heli tacks and some fin first (ff) heli tacks on the nose of the board. I can only do them in really light wind, so i was stoked to be able to practice.

There are multiple ways to get out of sailing ff, one of which is turning the tail of the board downwind; this is considered 'hard', so I have been working on this too.  

Anyhow, tons of fun playing around. 

 

07/22/2022 (17th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@29mph

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.4, 2019 Ezzy Elite 2.7

Made a nice turn onto some beautiful swell, kablam!!!, massive gust tore the sail out of my hands, thank goodness I had unhooked :) 

Best day of the season yet!

07/21/2022 (41st this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@21mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

Nearly perfect day. Monster Traction Paint = Worst. Product. Ever.

07/21/2022 (16th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@21mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Maui Sails 3.5

Pretty fun, pretty 

07/19/2022 (38th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@0mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

First wave sesh in ages! Good number of windsurfers out.

07/18/2022 (15th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@22mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.4

choppy, less sweet swell

07/17/2022 (37th this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@0mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

Another fun sunset sesh

07/17/2022 (14th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@25mph

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.4

Swell glorious Swell

07/16/2022 (36th this year)
Alissa @ Sunset Lake, TX
SE@0mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

Teaching Lori about rigging and launching. Which is about as far as my teaching qualifications go.

07/15/2022 (13th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@24mph

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.4

Bette's burrito was sitting a bit too heavy in my stomach. Made me a little less playful, but a few people (ok, Buck and one other) said I was ripping it up, which made me feel lighter!

07/13/2022 (46th this year)
Mike C @ Pistol River
NNW@21mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Excellentness. Had some feel good turns and hits. Possibly the last session of my secondment to Oregon, but we will see. 

07/13/2022 (12th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@28mph

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.0

Carved down a swell, did a bottom turn, then smacked the breaking lip...so sweet! Probably not quite as smooth and awe inspiring as that sounds, but it still made my morning!

07/12/2022 (45th this year)
Mike C @ Florence
NNW@20mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

The wind all week Pistol forecast fizzled. So Monday we went rock climbing on some sea cliffs in the middle of nowhere. Super fun. Then hit up Florence today. Less fun. The waves were sizable, the wind less so. Win some, lose some! :)

PS - officially love my new board. It fully rips in the waves.

07/12/2022 (11th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@25mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Combat Fly HD 3.2

What a scene!! Overheard this...(a father talking to his son) "Watch out for other people, especially the windsurfers." Thanks, good advice! 

Derigging in my bikini is the best!!!

07/10/2022 (35th this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@15mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

A breakthrough day - first time sailing without even the slightest whitecap, which had been my security net until now. I'm still not good at pumping onto the foil, but I got practice and did eventually always find a way to make it happen. I practiced pumping the foil and powered through some light spots that way. Practiced letting go with one hand just a second at a time. I am loving this sport for saving the summer, which has been unusually quiet for wave sailing. Also loving the sunset sessions 2 minutes from home! 

07/10/2022 (44th this year)
Mike C @ Pistol River
NNW@23mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Really fun day bustin da moves.

07/10/2022 (10th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@18mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Exo and shorts weather is the best!!! Yes, I've been sailing, just not logging. 

07/09/2022 (34th this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@18mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

Second time using the boom, and I am liking it. 

07/09/2022 (43rd this year)
Mike C @ Pistol River
NNW@20mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

It was dead calm when we arrived at noon but by 3pm it was cranking. Super fun. Warm! Didn't need a hat.

07/06/2022 (33rd this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@16mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

My lightest sesh ever, which was good practice. I noticed a small crowd forming on the seawall, and I thought someone was catching a big fish, so I kept a great distance. But they never dissipated. Finally I came in because it was getting dark. It turned out they were all watching me and cheering and clapping. I still wasn't paying attention and I thought the clapping was a birthday party, until random people started coming over and telling me how awesome I am. LOL! And I almost made a complete ass of myself trying to get back to the wall, so I'm glad I recovered and was able to casually walk up it like NBD.

07/06/2022 (42nd this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@18mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Working on dude gybes.

07/04/2022 (32nd this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
SE@23mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

Fun session and a good amount of people out. Swell not as big as I would have liked, but otherwise it was perfect! Great to be able to sail after a morning of mountain biking. Fun long weekend. 

07/03/2022 (41st this year)
Mike C @ The Wall
W@24mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

Fun day out. Was awesome sailing with only 3-4 people on the water. Excellent dinner courtesy of Buck and LBell.

07/02/2022 (31st this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@16mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

This was the session I'd been dreaming of! Not enough wind to windsurf the bay, but I can launch 2 1/2 minutes from my house and have a great time on the wing. Instant dropoff at Swantner. And great swell riding on the way in. I was really depowering the sail. I'm still not secure enough to let go with one hand. But I could see how that could happen one day. Each of the three sessions on my new gear have taught me a lot. 

07/02/2022 (40th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@22mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125, Quatro Wing Drifter Pr         Sail: 5.5 Duotone Unit, 5.6 Severne S-1 Pro

Repeat of yesterday only started earlier on the wing. First time on my new Unit V2. It is great, just missing the middle of the boom. I am making my jibes, now I just need to learn to switch feet on foil. WIndsurfing would have been perfect if my board had some deck traction.

07/02/2022 (40th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@26mph

Board: Grip 76         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

Best sesh yet. Super fun. Smaller board really helped.

07/02/2022 (31st this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
W@0mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

Finally, wind at the beach again! I was testing Olivier's old fanatic quad board. Then compared to my own. I liked both.

07/01/2022 (39th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@25mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 3.6 S1 Pro

Badassery all day looooong. Buck legato'd too. Woah. What a cunning linguist.

07/01/2022 (39th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@23mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

It is a holiday weekend and there were just two people at BIB when I got there. The wind was awesome. Shallow and weedy was all I could figure, until finally some of the regulars showed up @4pm. I had to come off the water @ 5:30p because my hands were starting to get torn up from not having sailed in a month. When I came in I saw I put a small hole in my monofilm from my harness hook. I had redone my board's deck traction with Monster Traction Paint. It was easy to apply, looks great, and felt like it was going to work. Unfortunately, the traction was horrible. I could not keep my leeward foot from slipping off on jibes. Tacks were terrible. I though it might get better after a while, but I finally had to go back in and put on booties. I hate sailing with booties.

06/29/2022 (38th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@18mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

I suggested Buck's next windlog should be "Foillatio" because it's funny, on a number of levels. But he won't.

06/28/2022 (37th this year)
Mike C @ Dougs
W@22mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

BAFin. Looked like it had picked up a bit as I left. Patience is a virtue.

06/27/2022 (36th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@20mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Finally I'm warm! Got picked up way upwind at swell after an end of sesh river slogathon.

06/26/2022 (29th this year)
Alissa @ North Beach, TX
SE@16mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

Day 2 on the new gear and it clicked much better. I was appreciating the glide of the foil. I feel about bold enough to get back to Swantner, which would be great. Lots of jellies that were not there Friday. I had my full suit on and never got stung until I came in and grabbed the foil mast. I had been hitting jellies and it was slimy with residue. It was fine, I just had to laugh that they got revenge. 

06/24/2022 (28th this year)
Alissa @ North Beach, TX
SE@20mph

Board: North Seek 77L wing board 2021         Sail: 4.5 Armstrong V1 wing '21

New foil gear came in just as I was ready to leave! I took an extra hour figuring it out, and I love the gear. Still fighting with the sport a bit, but this seems like the perfect gear to get me there. Windlog will not display my board and wing entries. 

06/23/2022 (9th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@28mph

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66         Sail: Combat Fly HD 3.2

So this happened...

I was jibing on the outside swell and my universal disconnected from my board which shot downwind leaving me with the rig. In the typical Hatch size swell I could not see the board at all. I panicked for a split second, but then decided I was closer to the Oregon side of the river (I also did not want to cross the main ripping current) and started swimming that way with my rig tied by the sail cap extender to my harness. 

Soonish, Karl thankfully saw me and stopped to help, but with such a strong current we decided I should just continue swimming and he would inform Buck of my whereabouts. Off he sailed...but then Scott stopped and as we discussed the options, JP swung by and simply asked "where's the board?"

Now I will use McFoxy's words to tell the rest of the story...

We were all searching for your board and then i saw JP swimming like Michael Phelps trying to get your board to you. 
He was a long ways from you!

He somehow propped your board on his floating sail & laid on his board, surfboard style, & paddled like a madman, with his sail, (your board on top), dragging along with him. 

Scott said when JP got closer to you he ditched all of hIs own gear, swam your board to you & then swam back to retrieve his own drifting gear. 

It is because of him that u got your board back & were able to sail in. 
He is a prince. 👑 

Yes, he is a prince indeed!! And a humble one, since when I tried to thank him and inquire if his sail was damaged in the process he said "nope easy breasy".

Meanwhile, Buck was so worried because he went to the rocks to spectate and found the normally bustling Point area empty. Everyone was on the Oregon side helping me! I had floated quite far upwind so it took me a few reaches to return to the Point to which Buck said "Never mind. Here she is" and hung up the call to 911. 
 

Safe and sound all thanks to the amazing people I am fortunate enough to sail with here in the Columbia Gorge!!!

06/23/2022 (35th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@28mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.0 Riot

It was going off. Unfortunately I wasn't! 🤷🏽‍♂️

06/22/2022 (34th this year)
Mike C @ Dougs
W@20mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.0 Riot

Yeah, no.

06/20/2022 (13th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@22mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '19 Ezzy Elite 2.7

Foillo

06/20/2022 (33rd this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@25mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Often when sailing at the Hatchery there is a rainbow floating off the back of my boom. It's really beautiful. I love it.

06/19/2022 (12th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@22mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '19 Ezzy Elite 2.7

Fiol

06/19/2022 (32nd this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@26mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

Good day. I'm still a bit cold tbh.

06/18/2022 (31st this year)
Mike C @ Dougs
W@26mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

This is more like it! Funtastic.

06/17/2022 (30th this year)
Mike C @ Dougs
W@25mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0 Riot

Was baf'ing and feeling disappointed that I hadn't yet had a proper session. Came in to call it. Hung out with Bill for a bit then the sun came out the wind picked up, we decided to try it again and I had a really fun 15 minutes with legit gorge wind. Yay!

06/17/2022 (11th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@20mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '19 Ezzy Elite 2.7

Faoila

06/16/2022 (10th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@18mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '14 The Fly 3.2

Foil

06/14/2022 (9th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@22mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '14 The Fly 3.2

Foil!

06/14/2022 (29th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@20mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Quick funnnie!

06/13/2022 (8th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@20mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '19 Ezzy Elite 2.7

Foil

06/13/2022 (27th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@20mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

Marginal, so I was not fully planing, but it did pick up as the session went on. The tide was ultra low, so the waves weren't up to standard, and once I fell in a ways off the beach and it was knee deep when I landed! I was enjoying it nonetheless and stayed out 90 minutes. Partially making up for the fact that I also came yesterday but forgot my mast, so I could only surf.

06/13/2022 (28th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@25mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

Fun quickie.

06/12/2022 (27th this year)
Mike C @ Hatchery
W@25mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Very overpowered quickie. Meter said 22. I said nah.

06/11/2022 (26th this year)
Mike C @ Dougs
W@18mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Quickie.

06/09/2022 (8th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@20mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Nice hour - we nailed it.

06/09/2022 (7th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@18mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '14 The Fly 3.2

Caught a nice 1 hour peak.

06/08/2022 (7th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@20mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Crunched my fin on a rock when launching - ouch!

06/08/2022 (25th this year)
Mike C @ Marina
W@18mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Kids were shredding. The near shore current was crazy strong. Took out Bens kit for 15 minutes and had fun.

06/06/2022 (24th this year)
Mike C @ Dougs
W@23mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Death chop. Got cold. Summer ain't here just yet.

06/06/2022 (26th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@26mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

I had the session of my life! So fun! Good crowd on the water. And I felt fantastic. The training and practice are paying off.

06/05/2022 (6th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@18mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Barely made it back to the point the first time. Phew! Strong current!! At least I got some planing, swell ride, duck in the second "session". 

06/03/2022 (5th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@15mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Out and (thankfully) back schlog. Way more stoked by the post "session" ride at Post!

06/03/2022 (6th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@15mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '13 Combat HD 3.7

Stood at the edge in the current for 15 minutes or so waiting for a puff, then sailed for probably an hour.

05/30/2022 (25th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@25mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

It got super onshore and less fun than Sunday. I stopped once I could no longer ride waves and stay upwind. But I did enjoy the vacation morning!

05/30/2022 (4th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@21mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.4

Less wind than yesterday and a whole lot more people!! Came very close to being nailed by a winger who turned down some swell without looking and had to purposely fall in to avoid colliding with PCB (who also had to fall in) and a winger. I know it was a holiday, but I don't think this amount of people on the water bodes well for summertime. I guess I need to have an attitude shift to celebrate all the happy, healthy people out enjoying nature!

05/30/2022 (5th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@21mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '19 Ezzy Elite 2.7

Sailed a bit longer and more aggressively than I have been. The shoulder felt it afterwards.

05/30/2022 (23rd this year)
Mike C @ Gnaraloo
ESE@24mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.4 Riot

After Sundays mega session I woke with blisters on my hands and one on the top of my foot (never good). Generally beat up. Went for the Packery dawn sesh but it was slightly less than perfect so didn't sail long. Then hit Bird and couldn't do anything. Got cranky. But about Sunday....great sesh. 
 

PS - stopped at Starbucks on the island. It has been a few years since I got a latte. Got 2 coffees and it was $11.50. Like, what?? Mind boggling that people are prepared to pay that. That's like 3 gallons of gas. 🤯

PPS - great to have Ania in town shredding the waves on my favorite board...

05/30/2022 (38th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@20mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 5.0 Duotone Slick

Amazing 1 hour session. I loved it until my watch told me to go in. Sadly, my back is injured again. Fingers crossed it heals fast.

05/29/2022 (3rd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@24mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: '11 Naish Force 3.4

Delightful.

05/29/2022 (4th this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@21mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '19 Ezzy Elite 2.7

L had the entire Hatch and Swell City to herself until I got out there and a few wingers started emerging from Nutter Cove. Luckily they were all pretty much still learning so they spent most of the time in the water. Smooth uncrowded bliss. Everyone was out east.

05/29/2022 (22nd this year)
Mike C @ Packery
SE@25mph

Board: Goya Quad 84         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Great fun. 

05/29/2022 (24th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@25mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

Fun wave session. Lots of civilians, as expected, but luckily all staying close to shore. So the water was all ours. I got out before any traffic backups.

05/29/2022 (24th this year)
Alissa @ Sunset Lake, TX
W@25mph

Board:         Sail:

Wing demo day 2. I asked them to critique my gear. Findings: board is too big, foil is too beginner, the MF foil tail is on mf UPSIDE DOWN (explains the twitchiness and difficulty settling in), and I don't need the straps unless I'm planning on jumping. And I have rigged my foil like this every. single. time. for two years, because the assembly was demonstrated to me this way when I bought the gear, and I took a picture for reference. And it's definitely like this in the pic. And I definitely asked about it was was told that Go Foil is the only company that reverses the tail. And the guy today was a Go Foil employee and said they definitely don't reverse it.

I'm about to sell every last thing. And maybe buy some of the demo gear? Though I'm not even in a rush to buy, just to move on from this stuff. Today I tried a 75L Naish board with a thinner foil and 4.0 wing, and despite the jump to smaller sizes, I still found everything about it easier. Having stuff put together properly was a great first step, at least.

05/29/2022 (37th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@14mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Lots of humanity outside and on the water. Nice enough. Last day off for a while.

05/28/2022 (22nd this year)
Alissa @ Wildcat, TX
SE@19mph

Board: Tabou 97L foil board 2021         Sail: 5.3 Naish Wing Surfer

Demo day was fun! The gear I tried was the same size as mine but easier to ride and felt better balanced. Makes me wonder what's going on with mine. Great gear selection and event. I was impressed.

05/26/2022 (36th this year)
Mark @ Salvo, NC
S@7mph

Board: Fanatic AllWave 9'2"         Sail: 5.9 Severne S-1

Morning SUP. Afternoon WindSUP.

05/25/2022 (3rd this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@19mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '13 Combat HD 3.7

Foil

05/25/2022 (2nd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@20mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Let myself try a bit more and everything felt great! I added in some ducks and DW360s (out of straps).

05/25/2022 (35th this year)
Mark @ Salvo, NC
NW@15mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Air 5'8"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Wing for the win. Extra day on the water. I am slowly improving.

05/24/2022 (34th this year)
Mark @ Salvo, NC
E@10mph

Board: Fanatic AllWave 9'2"         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

One of my favorite things to do here is explore the salt marsh inlets south of Salvo on the windSUP. A little LWF, backwind sailing, and checking out all the wildlife in the preserve area. It goes on for miles, so it feels infinite and peaceful. With the SUP you can go in super shallow water and no worries if the wind gets sketchy. Thunderstorms and rain forecasted up until we leave, so today may be it for the trip.

05/23/2022 (1st this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@24mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Combat Fly HD 3.2

Yay! Back on the water! Knee felt good - I sailed conservatively, but had fun riding some swell.

05/23/2022 (2nd this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@19mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '14 The Fly 3.2

The supplement the medical community doesn't want you to know about: hyaluronic acid 

05/23/2022 (33rd this year)
Mark @ Salvo, NC
NE@17mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

The windline was pretty far out, but it was 22mph last time I checked iW. Unfortunatley, it started to fade (unlike the last two days of big ramp ups at the end of the day). I could get planing, but the gusts were short and and lulls were long.

05/23/2022 (32nd this year)
Mark @ Canadian Hole
NE@15mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Air 5'8"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

I decided to head to Canadian Hole after I took a short paddle out and tested the depth outside our house. The sound water depth really changed overnight. Just me and about 3 other wingers and a couple of old school windsurfers on antique slalom gear. It was beautiful on the water and I made lots of jibes. I still suck going upwind toeside, but I can ride it for a while. I tried one tack and made it, but it was ugly. I confirmed today I bought the right board for me. I was having no issues and super early take offs.

05/22/2022 (31st this year)
Mark @ Barton's, Waves NC
SSW@20mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Air 5'8"         Sail: 5.0 Duotone Slick

Andy invited me come out and wing with his clinic after I asked for a suggestion for winging that did not require the drive to Canadian Hole. He said you had to walk out a ways. He was not kidding. When I showed up, he asked if I got the 150 liter Sky Wing. I told him, no the 120liter. He said " why do you keep listening to others, you should ask me first". He felt I was going to sink it and drag the bottom. I had just inflated the board for the first time and never been on it yet, so I kind of felt bad, but what the hell. Fortunately, I jumped on it and took off in two pumps of the wing. No Issues. It is perfect.

05/22/2022 (30th this year)
Mark @ Salvo, NC
SSW@22mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

Triple today. Morning windsurf after dog walk on the beach. Steady 17-18mph. Then wing. Then 20-24mph afternoon of near Hatteras perfection.

05/21/2022 (29th this year)
Mark @ Salvo, NC
SSW@28mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.3 Severne S-1, 5.9 Severne Freek

Drove all day to arrive to fantastic wind right out the back door. This is the first time I have my best gear with me which was great. I originally rigged 5.9m2, but smartly came in to re-rig to the 5.3m2. Perfect first day.

05/20/2022 (1st this year)
Buck McRockbuff @ Hatchery, WA
W@20mph

Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard         Sail: '14 The Fly 3.2

Foiled cautiously for around 30 minutes 

05/20/2022 (21st this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
SE@27mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 3.8 S2 Dragon '17

Weird conditions and I did a sad amount of just baffing. Fun with the BIB crew out visiting!

05/19/2022 (20th this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
ESE@25mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail:

Short session, but really fun conditions. Only problem was I forgot my 4.2, borrowed Chip's 4.0, then it picked up and I wished I had rigged my 3.8 because I sailed extra cautiously due to borrowed gear.

05/15/2022 (19th this year)
Alissa @ North Beach, TX
SE@19mph

Board: Tabou 97L foil board 2021         Sail: 5.3 Naish Wing Surfer

Much better day. I adjusted the foil location back and the foot straps angled, and that at least got things more in balance. Plus not being overpowered helped. By the end of the session I was probably back to where I left off last fall. Although I'm still not loving it, I did like it and got back too the learning/curiosity phase. It got me out planing in a day too light to windsurf the bay, which is the role I'm hoping this can fill for me. I'm hoping that the more I get comfortable, the more I like it. Fun last session with Gordon.

05/13/2022 (18th this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
SE@20mph

Board: Tabou 97L foil board 2021         Sail: 5.3 Naish Wing Surfer

Hot mess express out there. I either forgot how to do this during my time away, or being so overpowered made it harder. Maybe both. That absolutely sucked, just constantly wrecking and never dialed in. I did enjoy the company, though.

05/11/2022 (28th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SE@12mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Fun after work session. I just looked at the wind graphs. Wing foil is the the light wind game changer. I know kite foil is able to get going in the lightest winds, but I am convinced I had more fun than the kiters out there.

05/08/2022 (17th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery
SE@21mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

I woke up with a awful cold and feeling like I got run over. Took 3 types of medicine plus caffeine and majorly rallied for this session. And it was awesome! Chest high, perfectly powered except for a occasional holes in the middle where it least mattered. The family came, and the girls really loved boogie boarding. That was really fun also. For those two hours I felt great. Now I'm back home feeling rough again. I think I'm medically required to have another wave sesh tomorrow.

05/08/2022 (21st this year)
Mike C @ Bird Island
SE@23mph

Board: Rodeo 98         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Fun! Finished up at Oleander. Decided to work on loops. Landed on my left buttock and it's sore like I've had a good spanking. Not that I know how that feels. If I did I wouldn't write it here! Jeez. 

05/08/2022 (27th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@14mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

So glad I went for it. I had the lake to myself with the exception of a few ski boats. It was a beautiful morning, and I beat the heat. The gusts were short, but very good. Only one big lull of 10mph. I was on foil 95% of the time. I know I have said it before, but the wing changes the game for me due to the ability to stay on foil due to foot pumping, plus it just feels great.

05/04/2022 (16th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@0mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

More schlogging than planing. So more an exercise/technique session than any wave riding. Still worth it. The training pays off.

I found a turtle drowning and floated it in on my gear. Alerted the lifeguard. They called turtle rescue. I hope it's ok. But it didn't look great.

05/02/2022 (15th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SSE@24mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

Killer session at Packery! One of the best I've had. Sometimes logo high on the outside but still smooth. And some nice long rides.

All my locations deleted and I can't add them back :(

05/01/2022 (20th this year)
Mike C @ Bird Island
ESE@18mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 5.6 S1 Pro

Fun day trip with the boys. I really like the Skate 92. 

04/30/2022 (26th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SE@16mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Perfect wing day. I am getting better and better with my jibes. I started doing the multiple heel to toe and back jibes downwind, then eventually switch feet to go back upwind. I still have to switch my feet off foil for now.

04/29/2022 (25th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SE@24mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

I had to wear booties, otherwise it was a 9/10 day! I should have rigged the 5.2m2, but I was too lazy to switch.

04/25/2022 (19th this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
ENE@27mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 3.7

Best day last day? Nah. But at least I sailed. 4 days out of 9 even though every day was windy. I skipped some days due to my MRSA staph infection, then once it cleared up I got a bad fever and spent the last 3 days under a blanket. Tested negative for COVID so who knows what I had. Can't complain though, I'm lucky to be here and to sail with Alissa and Ania. Hopefully the wind is still blowing in TX. :)

04/23/2022 (14th this year)
Alissa @ Kanaha, HI
N@0mph

Board:         Sail:

A poor guy drowned, and I keep thinking about that. Not sure if they revived him. They tried for a long time.

Sailed lowers again and I got in the water at exactly 11 am for a short time of less crowded waves. Until people showed up and the wind got overpowering. I turned in the Goya and rented a Quattro Uno 74. It was just...ok. Better upwind but worse at everything else compared with the Goya. I'm grateful for the demo experience of trying new things. Also excited to get home and try what I've learned on a comfortable wave and comfortable gear. I was hoping for a better last day sesh, but I'm also grateful to be able to go home to a good situation as well! I'm ready to be back.

04/23/2022 (24th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSE@18mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 5.0 Duotone Slick

My foot just had to suck it up. No way I am going to pass up on another whitecaped day at Lake Travis. I had a pretty good session with many completed jibes. I finally took a break @3:30p. I decided another session was just too good to pass up, but my foot is not happy with me and also I definitely struggled. All is good. I will sleep well tonight.

04/22/2022 (13th this year)
Alissa @ Kanaha, HI
N@0mph

Board:         Sail:

3.7 and 79L. I loved the lesson with Matt Pritchard! It felt like a game changer. A personalized Steppin' Up. After a morning surf lesson (4 hours in the water, a lot for me), I was wiped out. I celebrated with beers and nearly a whole pizza.

04/22/2022 (23rd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SE@18mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

Looked good enough to windsurf. I got in a 360, then I started to worry. Worry not, it became gusty as heck, and was still good enough to windsurf. I got lazy and tired at the end of the day and botched a helitack with my foot sandwiched between my board and the mast. I now have a big hematoma and superfical laceration on the top of my foot. No footstraps tomorrow. I guess it will have to be a foil day. Damn.

04/21/2022 (12th this year)
Alissa @ Kanaha, HI
N@0mph

Board:         Sail:

3.4 and 79L. I tried but was t getting it. 

04/21/2022 (18th this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
E@23mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 3.7

Really fun session. Head high and easy!

04/20/2022 (11th this year)
Alissa @ Kanaha, HI
W@0mph

Board:         Sail:

A struggle day. Overpowered, wrong gear, downhaul broke, hurt my hip, board disconnected from rig (Mike saved me), and could not figure out the crowds. I didn't last long and spent more time crying in the parking lot than sailing. 

04/20/2022 (17th this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
E@28mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 3.7

Took a couple of days off to let the antibiotics kick in. Erm. It is troubling.

Anywho I was getting worked on 3.8 and came in because my arms were tired. David Ezzy was at the beach with a top secret prototype 3.7 and offered to let me try it. The shape looked really weird but it was super controlled and easy feeling compared to the madness I was experiencing with the S2 Maui dragon. The best part about it was that it wasn't twitchy at all and had really nice power in the gybe. It felt like I was sailing a 4.5 but in 3.5 conditions. When I commented on how I liked how it felt in the gybe and bottom turn David commented that that was exactly what he was aiming for. Will see how they sell when they come out, they do look a little funky. I bet they will be sick for the gorge in the tiny sizes.

04/20/2022 (22nd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@15mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Sweet afterwork session. Easy, with gusts and big fun carving high upwind and downwind. Completing jibes, just shaky coming out in switch stance.

04/19/2022 (10th this year)
Alissa @ Hookipa, HI
N@0mph

Board:         Sail:

First time at Ho'okipa yesterday! I wasn't sure what to rig, and the only people rigging at first were pro-looking dudes with numbers on their sails, so I was afraid to go over as a tourist and ask what they were rigging. My rental gear was brand new. A loudspeaker started yelling at one of the windsurfers. All that was really intimidating. After much watching and talking as more people came, I rigged the 4.6m Dragon & 79L Goya board, did a 1/2 hour sesssion, took a break, then a 1-hour session. I felt comfortable for most of it. Launching and landing were the most nerve-wracking parts, especially due to having to avoid the sleeping seals. I really almost wrecked once getting out. I have learned that I don't like sailing over a reef. So this (or Hawaii in general?) might not be the place for me. But I was so glad to experience it! Catching the wave made the videos suddenly make sense to me. I quit once I felt myself getting tired, because it felt like the kind of place I couldn't afford to make many mistakes.

04/18/2022 (9th this year)
Alissa @ Specks, HI
N@18mph

Board:         Sail:

Mostly a day of driving and logistics. The wind didn't super happen anyway, and then backed off by the time I rigged. I sailed for a short time underpowered to try this new spot. Still no waves to really appreciate what makes it cool. I salvaged the day with an open-water swim and then trips to Hi-Tech and Goodwill. Met M & A for dinner and it was nice to catch up and to see Paia.

04/18/2022 (9th this year)
Alissa @ Kanaha, HI
NE@25mph

Board: Starboard Ultra Kode 74         Sail:

First time in Hawaii. I'm grateful to be here, but my lessons fell through, gear was rough, and the conditions weren't as good as home. I spent some of yesterday questioning my life choices. Looks like maybe a better forecast as the week goes on. 

04/17/2022 (16th this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
E@23mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 4.6

First session sailing with Alissa at Uppers. It wasn't working at all for wave riding but jumping was decent. I did quite a lot of forwards, some better than others. Backies were mixed, either under or over rotating. Improving at windsurfing really is a life's work and it's why I love it so much. 
 

So last Saturday something stung my big toe whilst sailing Packery. Some surfers thought jelly but I'm thinking sting ray or hardhead but will never know. Anyone it was incredibly painful Saturday night. I barely slept. Monday it swelled up and I couldn't get my rock shoe on. Tuesday it turned putrid so I went the docs. Doc cleaned it out and I almost kicked him in the face it hurt so bad. I didn't tell him that though. Haha. He sent the culture off for labs and he just called to tell me I have/had mersa, an antibiotic resistant staph infection. Kinda scary shit. Not sure what to do now, my toe seems to be healing. I guess I will just have to keep an eye on it. 

04/15/2022 (21st this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@12mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

A lot of work for a few nice flights. It was good to see Damien again. Lesson learned today. He showed that being great in light wind is not just getting on foil early, but staying on foil. If you never touch down or fall... I have so far to go before I am just good.

04/14/2022 (7th this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
NE@25mph

Board: JP radical wave 65L         Sail: 4.2 S2 Dragon '18

Finally a north session! Not long enough but I'll take it!

04/11/2022 (6th this year)
Alissa @ JP Luby's, TX
SE@25mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

One of the wildest sessions I've had. Big overhead day. The wind backed off during rigging, I launched, then got taken down by a wave near the outside and could not waterstart. Ripping current. It swept me halfway to Newport Pass. But I didn't want to stop. I figured I was already in for a long walk, so I doubled down and tried sailing out again. The process repeated, and I got taken the rest of the way to Newport Pass. A mile from my car. But I still wanted to sail, and it felt like it was strengthening. I launched again and this time started planing! Did some runs and made a little ground upwind. I did one more long run and got a favorable wind shift, and I made it back all the way to the jetty. It felt like coming back from the dead, my session at least. I have never been able to sail back from that far. Also scored some big wave rides in the process! Sailed with Matt and Barry.

04/10/2022 (5th this year)
Alissa @ JP Luby's, TX
SE@24mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.2 S2 Dragon '18, 5.2 S2 Dragon '20

I made it back in time for a south wave season opener. I started on the 4.2 but there were a lot of outside holes, so I rigged 5.2 and it was actually perfect. Over head decently clean surf. I'm decently happy with my arm fitness. Not happy with my callouses not existing right now. I'm worried that will be a little rough when I travel. 

04/10/2022 (15th this year)
Mike C @ Packery
SSE@30mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Great day. Possibly the windiest Packery sesh I've ever had? I could have been on my 4.0. Had lots of fun. Solid crowd on the water. But the highlight was watching Benjamin sail bird on my 3.6 and Skate 92. It was gusting in the 40s and he was out there having fun. Jack got out too on his 2.1!!

04/10/2022 (20th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@17mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125, Quatro Wing Drifter Pr         Sail: 5.0 Duotone Slick, 5.9 Severne Freek

Looked windy as heck when I got there, so I was excited to windsurf. A few nice 360s and a starboard jump, then I had to go in and switch to wing. I was still optimistic, so I rigged the 5.0 Slick. After 3 hours, I was spent, I came off the water and it started to crank 20+ for a while. I thought about rigging the windsurf stuff again, but I decided to just call it. I am giving up on the waist connection to the wing. I get tangled sometimes in the jibe. I prefer the wrist leash much better.

04/09/2022 (14th this year)
Mike C @ Packery
SSE@24mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Kicked off at Bird and wrapped up at Packery. Great day. Really like the new board. I actually sailed 3.6 at Bird LOL. Benjamin was getting worked on 4.8 but had a better second session on 4.4.

04/09/2022 (19th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@17mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Awesome afternoon on the water. Score one for the Apple watch and thankfully no texts.

04/03/2022 (18th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSE@12mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Made it work in the lightest wind to date. Amazing foil.

04/01/2022 (17th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@15mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Beautiful fun gusty afternoon on the water. So happy I made it out there.

03/29/2022 (4th this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
SE@26mph

Board: JP radical wave 65L         Sail: 4.2 S2 Dragon '18

After the worst winter season I can remember here, I've been trying to get fit for the spring season and felt strong today. My work off the water is paying off. I am anxiously waiting for the Gulf to start firing - I need waves back in my life!

03/27/2022 (3rd this year)
Alissa @ Cole Park, TX
S@23mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

Fun unexpected sesh! Just small swells but fun to practice.

03/27/2022 (16th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@21mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 5.0 Duotone Slick

Andy came by my car as I was repacking my gear in the morning and offered to give me an early wing jibe lecture and join the others in hs camp for the day. How could I say no? I did make some progress, but I am still very shaky in switch stance coming out of the jibe. I put some milage on the 5.0 today.

03/27/2022 (13th this year)
Mike C @ Bird Island
SSE@21mph

Board: Rodeo 98         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Fun session with the kids. Benjamin was in the footstraps and harness which is pretty awesome.

03/26/2022 (15th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@21mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne S-1

Windsurfing rules. Just plain fun to sail without a damn foil in planing conditions. I had a feeling NOAA would get it wrong. I confirmed today my older MUF Style Pro-02 is so much better than my new MUF Style Pro-03. I think the QC on this current production run sucks. I would love to trade it in for the older Pro-02 model.

03/21/2022 (2nd this year)
Alissa @ McGee Beach, TX
SE@36mph

Board: JP radical wave 65L         Sail: 3.4 S2 Dragon '19

I pulled up unprepared that this would be the windiest session of my life. It didn't look that windy. But there was smoke on the water, gusts over 50, and amid all the chaos, some surprisingly fun head-high swells. I had to unhook a lot and fight hard to last an hour, then fight even harder to carry my gear up the beach and derig. I needed two rest breaks during derigging. 

03/20/2022 (14th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSE@17mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Solid afternoon on the water. I am not sure why the WP sensor was reading so low?

03/18/2022 (13th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
NNW@15mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125, Quatro Wing Drifter Pr         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek, 6.5 Duotone Slick

I saw it was 22-35mph when driving to WP, but it was not when I got out on the water except for one gust. So, I quickly switched to wing. The wind started decline pretty quick. I hope Sunday afternoon is much better.

03/13/2022 (12th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@15mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Started cloudy and cold. My hands were a bit uncomfortable. Then the sun came out, it warmed up, and the wind was perfect for wing foiling. Beautiful afternoon on the water. I am still working on jibes. The rest of the week looks nice for everyone on Spring Break. No vacation time until mid-May for me.

03/07/2022 (12th this year)
Mike C @ Packery
N@27mph

Board: Goya Quad 84         Sail: 4.0 Riot

Started at Packery and then also hit up Port A. Packery was tough, the wind was allover. 

So I have this idea that some sails are better than others for doing forwards. Admittedly not my idea... so my plan was to take two different sails out in the same size and do some forwards and then compare. I was going to do 3 loops on each sail and film them and then decide which sail was ''best' based on the video footage. Unfortunately the wind kinda died and I was getting worked a lot and also no one was filming LOL. so I will have to try again some other time. I do believe that the Riot is better than the S1 Pro though. It has a Dacron panel near the mast that fills out and gives the sail a lot of forward drive, perfect for forwards. But I love my S1 Pros, you just have to have better technique to do good forwards. Should I pick my sails based on their ability to do forwards??

Finished up at Port A on 4.8 which was way too big. Did a couple of GuScrew. Psyche!

03/06/2022 (11th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@18mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 5.0 Duotone Slick, 6.5 Duotone Slick

Two wing sessions. One 6.5, one 5.0. First time with 5.0 and short 68cm mast. Got to visit with Mike!

03/06/2022 (11th this year)
Mike C @ Bird Island
SSE@22mph

Board: Rodeo 98         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Fun sesh! Did one of those old skool star trek moves. 

03/05/2022 (10th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@22mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

No wetsuit, woohoo! I just can't love the latest MUFin Style Pro. Finish is not as nice and it spins out too much. Camped at BIB for the first time in the Element.

02/20/2022 (9th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@15mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Warm and eventually sunny. 14-15mph with gusts is perfect wind for the wing. Damien passed upwind of me and then ripped a super short radius tack and was going the other way instantly. Wow. I have a long way to go. Fun afternoon.

02/16/2022 (8th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SE@14mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Mad dash for end of day session. Closed the park down.

02/11/2022 (7th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@14mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Good in the gusts when I got there. Sunny and warm. Wind faded pretty steadily and I stuck it out too long before finally bailing. Better than sitting at home. Damien got the new ART 1099. Looks pretty sweet.

01/30/2022 (6th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@9mph

Board: Quatro Wing Drifter Pro 6'0"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick

Sunny, warm, but barely enough wind to get me off my knees just a few times. This is not enough wind for me to foil in.

01/29/2022 (10th this year)
Mike C @ Sunset Beach
S@25mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

Clinic Day Finale

The week ended with a bang with a huge guscrew. Felt amazing.

For what I want and or like to do. Cape Town is hands down the best wave sailing spot on the planet. I love it!!!

I have been on a bunch of clinics now. I always go away a better sailor with some nuggets of wisdom that can make a huge difference. Sailing with Ben Proffitt is perfect for my current goals. He really gets into the technical details and is so psyched and motivated. The guy you see on Send It Sunday is 100% real. He just loves windsurfing and is genuinely friendly and cool and insightful.

On my way home now. With lots of things to work on. One thing Ben has is very high standards, and I have a lot of work to do to turn my forwards into ones like Marc Pare but I'm really looking forward to working on that whilst always having fun of course.

How is the forecast for Port A?? ;-)

01/28/2022 (5th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
NNE@14mph

Board: Starboard Foil-X 145         Sail: 5.6 Severne S-1 Pro

Windfoil. It was not as cold as I feared. I probably should have wingfoiled.

01/28/2022 (9th this year)
Mike C @ Melkbos
S@28mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0 S1 Pro

Clinic Day Whatev 

I have tan lines in my crows feet.

01/27/2022 (8th this year)
Mike C @ Paternoster
S@22mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Clinic Day 4

Crawled out of bed and made the mistake of looking at myself in the mirror. Not a pretty sight. 
Conditions were easy and fun. Super happy with my sailing. I got a GuScrew!!! On film!!! Everyone should be trying this move. It's totally safe and fun. Next step is to do it in from of a chunky wave and turn it into a wave 360....

01/26/2022 (7th this year)
Mike C @ Sunset Beach
S@24mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Clinic Day 3

started at Sunset and finished at Melkbos. Melkbos is cool. Kind of like Port A on steroids. 
You know when your blood sugar is low and you are cranky and irritable. I felt like that almost all day. I landed a back loop and could barely crack a smile. Dodgy stomach, not enough food, dehydration etc. Anyway, I'm eating a big breakfast whilst typing this and washing it down with a proper cup of tea. So hopefully today will be better. It looks windy!