Buck McRockbuff's WindLog for Friday June 23, 2006

47th session in 2006
Sailed at The Access, CA
Wind from the W (mph)
        Average: 21
Rated a 10 of 10

Board: Starboard Trance 94l
Sail: Ezzy Wave 5.2

Light wind morning, and a slow start due to the introductions. No matter, there'll be plenty of time on the water. A wide variety of skills and and goals in our 8 person group. Keith is there to work on getting his first Spock, others want to vulcan and loop, others the donkey jibe (aka monkey duck). Me, I wanted to be inspired to loop, vulcan, duck tack, shove it and finalize the gecko flaka. Mr. Brandt tells me with Yoda-like wisdom and not so subtlely that I am not ready for duck tacks, and that the planing new school version is the most difficult non-aerial move, ever. Light wind lecture was for the one-handed exit from back winded. remember the 3 backs: "Reach back, step back, arch the back." Easy enough on land, not so easy on the 94L board in fresh water. The Gecko was later. Andy was trying to tell me to backwind it as soon as the nose sinks, but I wasn't grasping what he was trying to REALLY tell me, until the next day, when the epiphany dropped on me like a...well, something heavy that drops. Vulcan lecture today too. Andy relates how he initially thought it was a move for young kids and that he was too old for it and wasn't going to learn it. But now he can do spocks. Tried a lot of vulcans and got some advice. Ben and Andy are great, yelling advice from the shore after every move. Video analysis followed after dinner. Andy says the vulcan can take 500 tries to learn, although a guy in our group got one after three tries last year at the ABK. Very entertaining to watch Andy demonstrate the spock on the land simulator with the board spinning around on the rocks. Watched the instructors get out on the water afterwards. Andy has an interesting mix of old school and new school moves that you don't really see much from anybody else. PSB: Nectar IPA or something like that PSG: ABK