Alissa's WindLog for Wednesday June 21, 2006

63rd session in 2006
Sailed at JP Luby's, TX
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Average: 20
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: JP freestyle wave 78L
Sail: 5.2 Worldsail surge
Fin: 9.25'' enduro wave
Suit: rash guard and pants

60 133 days--that's how many times I've used my Enduro wave fin. There was nothing special about it fin-wise, or even appearance-wise--it's an ugly gray--but just sentimental value I guess. It came with the 78L Wave Score board I bought when I moved to Corpus two years ago, my first "little" board that marked the end of my beginner days. It was there the day I cracked that board with my knee on a botched duck jibe at Laguna Shores, the day at Bob Hall that I swore off windsurfing altogether, the time I did my first body drag at Bird and countless other beginning freestyle manuvers and new launch visits, and most recently, on my first trip to SPI where I caught my biggest wave to date. What I'm getting at is that I was coming in from a marginal day at Luby Park today (aka N. Packery), lightly planing and just aiming for my car, when my fin just fell out. I'd sailed with it screwed in wrong so many times, but today, the day I brought out the screwdriver and put it in fresh, did it right, and really put some muscle into it, was the day it falls out. I immediately dove for the bottom (it was not far offshore, just barely past where you can touch) and could not find anything, especially in the less than 6-inch visibility. Two kiters were circling around and my gear was drifting off so I caught up with it and floated it in. I swam back out to dive around for it, but to no avail. Bill joined me later for a second valient diving effort, but alas. My faithful fin is lost to the briny deep. I never really thought we would find it but it was more the challenge that made us go back to look. Locating a fin that way would have been the greatest story ever. In the end it was appropriate that my fin left me with another first--first ever breakdown. At least it happened right in front of my car. And at least I have a backup, although I doubt I'll ever get as attached.