Last 169 WindLogs

01/28/2023 (6th this year)
Mark @ BIB
S@10mph

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

So bummed. I expected to windsurf, barely able to wing.

01/28/2023 (7th this year)
Mike C @ Sunset Beach
S@30mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0

Ultra windy day. Sunset then Big Bay. Working on push loops. Have yet to land a dry one but they feel pretty good. Water started out of quite a few. Last day of clinic but hopefully I will have plenty of opportunities to practice next week. 🤞

01/27/2023 (6th this year)
Mike C @ Paternoster
S@24mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0

The definition of gusty. Water was cold too. 
In the mornings video analysis we were comparing aerials and my take away was to lift or suck up the back foot. First 2 waves of the day I followed the instructions and did a couple of nice little aerials. I'm continuously astounded at how much there is to learn in this sport, and how massive a difference just relatively small changes make. 
My goal for the week was to work on my push loops. I have tried them historically but don't think I ever landed one clean. The first day was perfect for trying them. I tried maybe 10 using Bens one handed technique from YouTube. After watching my attempts and crashes Ben recommended I try them with both hands! I over rotated a couple of attempts after that. Since then it has been epic for wave riding but not so great for jumping. Today is the last day of the clinic. It's supposed to very windy and side shore so perfect for trying them. Will see!!! :)

01/26/2023 (5th this year)
Mike C @ Paternoster
S@20mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.5

Fun sesh on day 4 of the clinic.
So I get home and don't have the energy to type but oh my gosh. What a week so far!

01/26/2023 (10th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@22mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Big, beautiful swell and big, beefy gusts

01/25/2023 (9th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Magical morning!! ❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️

01/25/2023 (4th this year)
Mike C @ Sunset Beach
S@23mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.5

At this rate I could qualify for the Olympics. Breaststroke.

I almost hit a couple of penguins on the outside 🐧. Little shits. 

01/24/2023 (3rd this year)
Mike C @ Paternoster
SSW@20mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

Not easy! I swam some. Amazed I didn't break my mast.

01/24/2023 (8th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
W@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Yay! I'm back in Baja paradise ❤️ Such a fun early session- I even saw a turtle!

01/22/2023 (2nd this year)
Mike C @ Paternoster
SW@30mph

Board: KT83         Sail: 4.0

First day of the Send it Academy up at Elands Bay. There was smoke on the water. Absolutely epic. Broken I am.

01/15/2023 (1st this year)
Mike C @ Bird Island
S@28mph

Board: Skate 92         Sail: 3.6 S1 Pro

The kids sailed a bunch which was super. The windlog ain't lyin. No siree. Threeeeee sixxx.

Tried really hard to make packery work afterwards but it wasn't sticking. Alisa you didn't miss anything.

01/15/2023 (5th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@22mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Free TE 5'5", Flikka Custom Freestyle 1         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek, 6.5 Duotone Slick SLS

I went for it. Small wing board, smallish HA front wing (ART 1099). Decided to go with big wing just in case the wind backed down. I would have loved to go with the big wing board, same foil, and smaller wing. My big wing board is under a warranty claim. I did surprisingly well at first. Nailed my first jibe and footswitch, but slowly, as the wind got more erratic, falls started to happen. Starts got tougher. Fatigue started to set in. After 2 hours, I decided I needed to head in and hydrate. I was overpowered on the big wing and I was going to switch to my smaller wing, but I worried the wind might back off and I might get into trouble on the small wing board with the small wing. I looked at the iW sensor at WP, and it was 24. So to play it safe, I rigged up my windsurfing gear. The wind backed off, A few planing rides, but nothing great. I am for the most part done trying to windsurf at Lake Travis. Maybe on a big cold front I might rig it up.

01/11/2023 (7th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

Went out a little too early but had fun afterwards at the hot springs with my visiting family 

01/11/2023 (4th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@14mph

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

Barely able to sqeeze an after work session in since WP closes at 5:30p currently. Was happy to have it, but bummed I discovered a crack in the rail of my board.

01/08/2023 (6th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Loving this lifestyle 

01/08/2023 (1st this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
N@17mph

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

Surprise mini front and my first time in the waves with the wing, other than once testing a board for just a few minutes. Just waist high waves but smooth and long. I have not figured out wave riding or jibing, but I remembered how to foil and my hands stayed warm. I started learning how to use the wave to get up on the foil. Even though I'm not skilled with my gear, I feel very familiar and comfortable at this launch, so I appreciated that the comfort allowed me to be in a learning mode instead of worrying. The wind shut down sooner than I was ready to stop! Pizza buffet with the family afterward.

01/07/2023 (5th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Nice! Fun to be out there with Buck, Kim, Spencer, Roz and Dan!

01/06/2023 (3rd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@17mph

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

It started out very light, but finished strong.

01/06/2023 (4th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Nice, mellow session 

01/05/2023 (3rd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Snuck in a quick session after our trip to La Paz for supplies. Thankfully the wind stayed strong and the swell was fun. 

01/04/2023 (2nd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

A bit underpowered and my foot is off - I stepped on coral and pulled a bit out but probably didn't get it all and now it hurts when I walk 😬

01/02/2023 (1st this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

🤩 Came pretty close to making an in straps DW360 - water started out still in straps 

01/02/2023 (2nd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@19mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Wing 5'8"         Sail: 5.5 Duotone Unit

It was short but very sweet while it lasted. 

01/01/2023 (1st this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@8mph

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

I got suckered out by the forecast and beautiful weather. I had to work pretty hard for the flights I got today. It is going to be tough to go back to work, so I am just trying to make the most of my little time off.

12/31/2022 (54th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Fantastic way to spend the last day of 2022! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

12/31/2022 (62nd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SE@17mph

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

I almost packed up after dropping off my board at the water's edge. My back was telling me not to do it. But I had to. Brian S. walked by, and I asked him for a tip on foot switching. He told me he learned a great tip from this young kiter who I have seen out on the water before. Then, she walked by Brian and he asked her to tell me the tip. When I first tried it, I thought there is no way this is going to work. It was almost exactly the opposite of all the advice I had seen online. It worked. Then it worked again. And again, and again, and again. Every time I thought I was going to touch down and crash, and every time it worked. What a way to end the season. Usually these verbal pearls take time to sink in and work for me. I think this is the first time it worked right away. I made it through the session without my back locking down too. I am so grateful for that as well. Ice and ibuprofen. Happy New Year!

12/29/2022 (61st this year)
Mark @ BIB
S@15mph

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

Slow start for the wind. Wing for the win.

12/28/2022 (60th this year)
Mark @ BIB
S@18mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek

Grateful that I made it out on the water. My lower back was in severe pain all of last week, and today was the first time doing an activity other than walking. Sunny and warm air temperature (69 F), but water was surprisingly cold (50 F).

12/27/2022 (53rd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Fun!

12/26/2022 (52nd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@21mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Magical ❤️

12/25/2022 (51st this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Downwinder with even bigger swell 😍 Merry Christmas!!

12/24/2022 (50th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Downwinder with Buck and Kim from the campground to La Playa 🤩 Super fun to ride the swell!!! I appreciate our campground even more since it was so busy by La Playa. 

12/23/2022 (49th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

😊 

12/22/2022 (48th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Another gorgeous day! 

12/21/2022 (47th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Windy and sunny! Played on the sweet swell 🙂

12/20/2022 (46th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@21mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Amazing adventure crossing over and back to Isla Ceralvo! I went with a group of kiters, two wingers and two windsurfers (me and Kim). There was a support boat too. Perfect wind, big swell, a gorgeous big ray flipping, lots of little flying fish! So cool and fun!!

12/19/2022 (45th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

Perfect 4.8 wind. Fun but a bit crowded close to the beach. 

12/18/2022 (51st this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
NNE@22mph

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

Messy and smaller than yesterday but I still excitedly rigged for a rare weekend Port A sesh...then I got a headache and was just clumsy and struggling. Maybe a delayed reaction of too much Christmas partying? I rallied for an epic rest of the day, though.

12/18/2022 (57th this year)
Mike C @ Port Aransas
NE@22mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 5.2 S1

As Alissa is alluding to me sailing well yesterday, for the record she was also ripping. Saw one wave with 6+ turns and a couple of lip hits. It was really fun skatepark stuff. Today was a little onshore so I got to try some backies. Watched the end of the footy match, then hit up Bird where the boys had fun. 
Super good weekend for windsurfing. Crazy that Alissa was the only other sailor we saw all weekend. 🤯

Oh! I love the new sail. Worked perfect straight out the bag. Funny how it hasn't been 5.2 weather all year until I got a new one (I broke my 5.2 S1 Pro ages ago but have an old spare 5.2). The only complaint is they have this little bar on the top of the downhaul cleet. I don't know the intent of it but seems like it's only purpose is to make it virtually impossible to thread the downhaul. I got legitimately cranky trying to fit my frayed downhaul through it. It is removable, just need to find the tiny alum key that I seem to have lost. Last sesh of the year most likely. Happy New Year!!

PS - Update!!! Just checked and my last logged 5.2 session was Feb 2021. Almost 2 years ago. 😂😂😂

12/17/2022 (50th this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
N@22mph

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

A playground on the water, with rides rivaling my arm strength. Plus I got to watch tour-quality moves going down right in front of me, and see the beginning of B's first wave sesh. Perfection.

12/17/2022 (56th this year)
Mike C @ Port Aransas
N@23mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 5.2 S1

So much to say about this session that I don't know where to start

12/16/2022 (44th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

The Mexican windsurf foiling team were cruising around the vicinity- they are very fast and sure can easily go up and downwind! 

12/15/2022 (43rd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

A little underpowered but pretty swell  to turn on. 

12/13/2022 (42nd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@15mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

Mellow, not quite enough for steady planing but enough for some fun!

12/10/2022 (41st this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@21mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Another solid El Norte wind and swell 🙂

12/10/2022 (59th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SE@15mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Wing 5'8"         Sail: 5.5 Duotone Unit

The gamble paid off. Super beautiful weather shared with just a few people. I needed it.

12/09/2022 (40th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@21mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Gorgeous!! Nice steady wind and fun swell! Yay!

12/08/2022 (39th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@17mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Maui Sails 3.8

Supposed to be a big El Norte day, but it never got that windy at our beach. There was some beautiful swell coming through far out. So different than the Gorge - big and very smooth, not ramping up. 

12/07/2022 (38th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Choppy water. There are a zillion kiters and one fell sooo close - I flashbacked to when a kite fell on Mike at PSC. 

12/05/2022 (37th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Made a sweet backwind jibe 

12/04/2022 (36th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

12/03/2022 (35th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

12/02/2022 (34th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

12/02/2022 (58th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@8mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Free TE 5'5"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick SLS

The wind did not arrive as forecasted. I went out on my new board anyways. I got up on my feet a few times, but with no gusts to get going, it was a struggle.

11/30/2022 (33rd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

Made a nice monkey 🦆. I have to back off of ducking though since my shoulder was sore after this session. 

11/30/2022 (55th this year)
Mike C @ Port Aransas
NNE@21mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 5.6 S1 Pro

Waves were quite small but still super fun session with Ania in town. Was good to see Alissa on the water. Picked up my new sails, they look so purty.

11/29/2022 (57th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSW@16mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Free TE 5'5"         Sail: 6.5 Duotone Slick SLS

First time on a sinker board and it ultimately went well. I first tried the various stinkbug methods I saw on YT, and after multiple fails, I just went back to my normal knee start  using the wing for stability. Once up, I was fine and getting up on foil was easy. Foiling was easy too and I made my first jibe and sailed switch with relative ease. I only got a little time on the water as I had to go back to work. I can't wait for next time.

11/26/2022 (32nd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@18mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

So nice! To think it's snowing at home!! I'm so lucky! I wish I had brought my 81 liter quad instead of the freestyle board. This one is difficult to turn on the swell. Hopefully I'll get used to it!

11/26/2022 (56th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
W@20mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Air 5'8"         Sail: 5.5 Duotone Unit

Probably should have windsurfed, but I was not ready to trust a West wind and I need to gain high wind experience on the wing. I also tried footstraps for the first time and I am not sure this was the best day for it. I had my foot placement and foil placement more or less down on the Quatro, but I am not as confident on the Sky Air. I hate when the nose touches on the inflatable as it is such a momentum brake. I will be on the hunt for a used '22 Sky Wing 5'8" for light air for the future. Until then, I will just have to get used to the inflatable.

11/25/2022 (31st this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@19mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: Neil Pryde Wizard 4.8

Windy all night which meant big swell. So fun!

11/24/2022 (30th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ El Sargento, Baja
N@20mph

Board: '09 RRD TwinTip 90         Sail: 2019 Goya Bonzai X Pro 4.2

Gorgeous!!!! Such beautiful shades of blue water   So happy to be here❤️ 

11/12/2022 (55th this year)
Mark @ BIB
N@20mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.6 Severne S-1 Pro

Was not as cold as I thought, but wind declined pretty quick. I should have got there earlier. Cool meeting Ryan from MN and Bob from CA.

11/12/2022 (54th this year)
Mike C @ Packery
NNW@23mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

I destroyed my 4.4 in the waves the last time I sailed Packery after swimming in with a broken boom. Luckily I have a spare which Bob rebuilt a few years back. I pulled it out the bag and it was all shiny but unfortunately it sailed shitty. I catapulted like 10 times. Switched up to 4.8 and it was better but still a mediocre session.

The kids sailed Bird and both had a really good time. Whoop!

Olivier ordered me a new 4.4. Double whoop!!

 

11/11/2022 (54th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@12mph

Board: Fanatic Sky Air 5'8"         Sail: 5.5 Duotone Slick

Andy saved the day by letting me use a wing. I just sold my 6.5, and my 5.5 was leaking air at the leading edge. Warm before the storm.

11/06/2022 (53rd this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
SSW@14mph

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

Looked no good on arrival, but wasn't terrible at all. I am glad Damien encourged me to go.

11/05/2022 (53rd this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
E@23mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 4.6

Got a couple of turns at Hookipa.

winds have been Easterly most of the week which means offshore and very gusty. One word of wisdom given to me at the beach was that East winds get worse as the day goes on. From my N=4 sample, I did observe this to be true. So when they kick in, don't wait around. I also overheard that the pros go to a 'secret' spot when the winds are East somewhere on the SE of Maui. Not La Perouse but over that way I suppose.

Great week with my wahine. :)

11/04/2022 (52nd this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
E@23mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 4.6

Talking to a guy on the beach about sharks. I commented that they can't be that hungry because there are so many turtles (the big ones pop up allover the place). He said "Yeah but when was the last time you saw a small one...". Awww. Shark bait 😳😬

11/04/2022 (52nd this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@25mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.6 Severne Freek

Hell to the yes

11/03/2022 (51st this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
E@25mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 4.2

Squally, if that's even a word. 

11/02/2022 (50th this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
NE@25mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 4.6

I added Ho'okipa as a location and then weird stuff happened. 
Well good day though. Felt like a loser at Hookipa, practically everyone there is a world champion. 

11/01/2022 (49th this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
NE@26mph

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

So big and sooo many fun turns! I had the best time, with the only drawback being that one ankle is sprained and I could not turn with the level of force I wanted to. I'm loving these surprise overhead sessions. 

Mike, the same thing happened to me when I added Ho'okipa. My windlog went into chaos. I had to retype all the locations. 

10/31/2022 (49th this year)
Mike C @ Kanaha
NE@21mph

Board: Grip 82         Sail: 4.7 Goya

Maui is nice. Flat. But nice. Happy Halloween 🎃 

10/29/2022 (51st this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
NNW@13mph

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

Warm water, cool air, fun foiling between the racing trimarans.

10/24/2022 (48th this year)
Mike C @ Packery
SSE@26mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.8 S1 Pro

EPIC. 😎😎😎

10/24/2022 (48th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SSE@27mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81, JP radical wave 65L         Sail: 4.2 S2 Dragon '18

About as big as I have seen N Packery get without a storm. Fun waves and solid wind, plus that awesome dawn patrol side-on direction and warm bathing suit weather. What more can you ask for in late October?
 

I've officially outgrown the style of my 65L board. I'm looking for a replacement but it's hard to find.

10/23/2022 (47th this year)
Alissa @ North Packery, TX
SE@24mph

Board: Angulo Triumph 81         Sail: 4.2 S2 Dragon '18, 4.6 S2 Dragon '20

I really loved ans appreciated this session. Only thing was the waves were closing out super early. But amazing weather, nice people, and I felt great.

10/23/2022 (50th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@24mph

Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125         Sail: 5.6 Severne Freek

Olivier fixed my board, but I lost a lot of skin. Near perfect day today at BIB.

10/22/2022 (46th this year)
Alissa @ Wildcat, TX
SE@16mph

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

After the triathlon I was already in Portland and decided to wing wildcat since I usually go to closer launches. It was fun to try and I'm glad I went. Swantner is much more fun, though. I got exhausted because it was all pumping and I'd already done the tri and had a beer.

10/22/2022 (49th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@17mph

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

Nice day on the lake. I got to try my new Axis ART 1099 on the advanced crazy short fuselage at the end. Fast and stable, but needs wind to get on foil. Once on foil it glides through lulls well. Gybes seemed just as easy as my big foil.

10/21/2022 (48th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@14mph

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

Last minute decision. Was fun, but had to rush back home to get dinner ready. I am looking forward to possible windsurfing this weekend.

10/18/2022 (47th this year)
Mike C @ Port Aransas
N@22mph

Board: Pyramid Pro 82         Sail: 4.4 S1 Pro

Fun. Too short as wind dropped and was a bit underpowered. Got one really nice wave. 

10/17/2022 (45th this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
N@0mph

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

This was unexpectedly SO FUN. The wind got really light and the waves looked tiny, so I waited an hour watching a lone winger, regretting taking my wing gear out of the car and also regretting taking vacation time from work. But then it picked back up, I rigged, a bunch of other riders showed up, and the small-looking waves turned out to be long and fun to ride. I was carving so hard I started to rub the skin off the top of my feet. I am still building on the skills from my wave clinic and can tell I'm sailing differently, in a way that's getting me to use more of the wave. My wave jibes have improved also. I'm appreciating being able to still learn and improve. I should have rigged down to the 4.6 partway through but was having too much fun to stop. 

10/15/2022 (44th this year)
Alissa @ Swantner Park, TX
SE@15mph

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

Beautiful sunset sesh, probably the last south thermal day in bathing suit and rash guard weather. I had forgotten how to wing foil. It took me about 1/2 hour to assemble everything, then a few smackdowns of the board against the water. But once I got flying it came right back. I ended with my best winging ever and pumped all the way through the light approach to the beach. I hope I don't forget again over the winter. 

10/15/2022 (47th this year)
Mark @ Windy Point
S@12mph

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

Yeehaa! I got out on the water this month. I timed it perfectly. Two hours before the forecast model (as Josh aways says). Thankfully, it was just as predicted to be barely foiliable for two hours, and I nailed it. Brian L. and I were there, and later the others showed up as well. Yea. The hydrilla launch is gross. It was beauitiful beyond that. Sigh. Back to the grind on Monday.

10/10/2022 (29th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@20mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: '13 Combat HD 3.7

Up and down fall conditions, except for the air temperature being close to 80!

09/28/2022 (43rd this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
N@19mph

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

Pretty much an exact copy of yesterday. 

09/28/2022 (28th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@24mph

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

Very nice half hour!

09/27/2022 (42nd this year)
Alissa @ Port Aransas, TX
N@19mph

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

Catching the Hurricane Ian swell. Really marginal, about 50% planing 50% not, and the waves weren't huge or anything. But also really fun to be back out here. 

09/17/2022 (46th this year)
Mark @ BIB
ESE@14mph

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

This is what the wing can do. Take another $hit forecast and make something out of nothing. It had been 4 weeks off the water. That is too long. I needed to pick up my board from Olivier anyways so I went for it. I'm glad I did.

09/16/2022 (27th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@25mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Combat Fly HD 3.2

Beautiful swell!!! Some big gusts coming through, but I rode them out and was rewarded with uncrowded water with lots of opportunity for swell play. I wasn't overly disappointed about being on the big board (forgot the small one) - maybe I am becoming a one board girl.

09/09/2022 (26th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ Bob's Beach, Stevenson, WA
E@20mph

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

My first downwinder!!! East wind from Home Valley to Stevenson with Kim and Sean. Super fun to ride swell and not worry about getting back where I started - I loved it!!!

09/07/2022 (25th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@22mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Maui Sails 3.5

Lots of really fancy gear strewn along the launch path. Some fancy sailing on the water. It wasn't overly crowded though and I had a fun time!

09/04/2022 (24th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@20mph

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

I loved obstacle courses when I was growing up!

09/03/2022 (23rd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@23mph

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

I timed my 2 mini sessions to hit the lull of the day and the peak of the day. I rode a swell and couldn't get back to the point (lull session) and then crazy gusts were flipping my board around and I was too scared to stay out so I found refuge at the cove again. Lovely temperature though!

08/31/2022 (22nd this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@22mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Maui Sails 3.5

My first day without rubber!! Felt very nice! I had a sweeeeeeet fast tack! 

(Buck's been rubberless all of August. OMG he's so hot.) 

08/25/2022 (25th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@18mph

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

Was super fun for a short while!  Really powered on 4.2. I was trying to figure out why i like 4.2 for freestyle so much. I think it is because the water is smoother since the wind is lighter, this way I can get more speed, not hitting big chop all the time.

I did so well with my cf spock attempts!  I am popping well onto the nose of the board and getting the downwind slides. I am so stoked!  I have been working on this for a long time. The only thing I am doing differently is ducking the sail and then going back upwind slightly to pop, so popping more upwind. When it goes well it feels dreamy smooth and fun.

Mani informed me he got a few cf spocks the other day, gotta catch up!

I got 1 really fun duck tack.

I saw McFancy getting her port duck jibes!  She looked so good I forgot that that is her hard side. Def go for the reverse duck jibes, McFancy, they are so easy & fun on the flat water on the inside. Good job!!!

08/23/2022 (24th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@20mph

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

Pretty fun freestyle.

Working on my cf spocks. Got the tail of the board to slide perfectly downwind. Yay!

I am trying to go less downwind to pop.

08/23/2022 (21st this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@22mph

Board: Fanatic Quad 81         Sail: Maui Sails 3.5

A little better swell to play on than yesterday and a very relaxed vibe with so few cars and people on the water. 

08/22/2022 (20th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@23mph

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

Up and down and all over the place wind. A few bits of organized swell, but primarily disorganized. I worked on completely relaxing and soaking in the beauty around me while waiting for the next round of wind. 

08/22/2022 (23rd this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@25mph

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

Those were tough conditions when I was on the water today, hopefully McFancy got a better sesh. I did see some smooth swell as I was driving out.

The water felt like a barg just went by, all washing machine like. The wind was pretty ratty too!  There was spray at time and big gusts, so I really don't think I would have enjoyed my 85L to get through the enormous lulls with. Really didn't get moves other than stock port jumps and a ton of carve 360s in the straps on the inside.  

08/21/2022 (22nd this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@20mph

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

Man, I love sailing my 4/2/85L combo when I am just lit!  So fun!! I got 2 small ramp shov-its on starboard. It is the best feeling to get lots of boost from a small ramp. It is all board and sail that gets you in the air, not the ramp.  

I got the board all the way upwind for a cf spock. I think the best for the season. So hard to get good conditions to them, when u are just absolutely lit,  with smooth water and smooth wind. Not the ratty crappy wind and choppy water.  

Did a 6 AM Sycline ride!  I was at the top at 6:59, back to the van at 7:20 AM. It was so eary that the glare was really bad since the sun was just on the horizon. Glad I went!!!

08/20/2022 (21st this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@0mph

Board: JP 85L Freestyle!         Sail: 3.4 S2 Maui Dragon

Weird gusty day! Some big fun port shov-its. 1 waterstart cf puneta!

08/20/2022 (19th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@22mph

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

Early sesh to beat the crowds... such a gorgeous day on the river with plenty of opportunities for shredding! I think my board is getting a soft spot in the middle, fortunately Buck has the same board and says he doesn't like using it anymore so I may claim that one.

08/20/2022 (45th this year)
Mark @ BIB
SSE@15mph

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

Well, I guess I picked the wrong day of the weekend based on tomorrow's forecast. I still had fun. I made a toeside to heelside footswitch out a jibe on both tacks on the first try today. I feel I am gradually improving. I was missing the boom at first, but things got better with handles as the day went on. I can't take the heat after about 3 hours. I guess I am getting soft. I left my freestyle board with Olivier who feels he can fix my deck grip. Fingers crossed.

08/19/2022 (20th this year)
Rox McFoxyFox @ The Hatch, of course
W@30mph

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

Well, nothing like getting to the hatch and going straight to the 2.7. Ah chihuahua!

Did some GoPro vid, that was fun.

Wanted to add downhaul, but didn't want to go in, so I ordered the Duotone XT 2.0 extension so that I can downhaul on the water, Yay!!

 

08/19/2022 (18th this year)
L Bell McFancyPants @ The Hatch, WA
W@25mph

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66         Sail: 2019 Ezzy Elite 2.7

So good to be back in paradise!! Super windy and fun!!

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.