Mark's WindLog for Friday March 05, 2021 , 2:30p - 5:00p

8th session in 2021
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the NNW (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 17
        Gusts: 25
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Starboard Foil-X 145
Sail: 5.2 Severne S-1 Pro
Suit: O'Neil Psycho Tech 3/2

I had to use the short fuse when I discovered today my long fuselage was bent from sailing last Saturday. Britt took care of it for me, so a replacement is on the way. I love the Quick Lock system. I wish I could get a custom tailpiece for wind foiling. I went small on the sail size today and took off one back foot strap. I already knew from Saturday that I needed to put the mast base all the way back in the mast track. When the wind was light, early take off was weird, and simple  non-planing jibes were tricky. When the wind was stronger and gustier, I found my groove. I found that downwind was actually fun today! I am not sure if it finally clicked for me, and I was not exactly riding real swell, but I was having a blast carving downwind riding the foil and ignoring the sail. Upwind was great too with the one back strap off. I definitely would modify my board for a single rear strap if I were to stay with the short fuse. I will probably do it anyway, but I want to see how it is with the longer fuse first. The downside to the short fuse is the jibe. It is so foot pressure sensitive, that it makes the flying jibe almost impossible for me. Today, I found I had to fly low and touch down so I would not get bucked off. I also had awesome fast heli-tacks. I have to find a longer Quick Lock rear fuselage solution, and a single rear strap. That and a better pumping technique so I can use a smaller sail size all the time. The downwind carving today was plain awesome, and I already am craving more of it.