Buck McRockbuff's WindLog for Thursday December 27, 2007

90th session in 2007
Sailed at Lowers, Maui
Wind from the NE (mph)
        Lulls: 23
        Average: 30
        Gusts: 37
Rated a 5 of 10

Board: Goya Wave 075L
Sail: Goya 4.1
Suit: Exo Top & shorts

Started the day walking to a yummy pancake and egg and smoothie breakfast at Colleen's in Haiku. Fast forward to Kanaha...got my ass handed to me on a platter when I tried to go out on the 4.7 and E's 77L freestyle wave. Switched to the 4.1 and the 75 wave board, and it wasn't much better. The water was a mess...more disorganized chop than any other place I've ever sailed in this strength of wind. And the wind was punchy. Punchier than the punchiest thing you can think of. No fun. After receiving my ass platter, I hung out onshore and watched the only 7 to 10 tourists on the water at Lowers. One guy was a father of two 10 to 12 year olds who were playing at the water's edge while mommy and daddy sailed. Daddy was quite competent at forward looping, landing them all, and was also attempting BLs. He came in to ask how the kids were doing, they said fine, and so he asked them enthusiastically "do you want to see me loop?!" and they said something to the effect of "uh, yeah, sure, OK dad". So daddy sailed away and moments later, beared off, popped, looked back, sheeted in, etc and sailed away from a picture perfect forward. Were the kids watching? Of course not, they were playing in the water paying no attention. The lesson I learned from this is that kids aren't just capable of being bored watching daddy go back and forth on big gear, but also with daddy throwing picture perfect forwards. Either that or, more likely, daddy needs to throw the forward in the first three to four seconds or it's a lost cause. Had a tailgate party with E at the van for a bit and watched everyone say how windy it was, including one of those omnipresent guys who likes to tell everyone how much he weighs (220 plus) and how he got spanked on the 4.7. Then Kevin Pritchard and Robby Swift showed up and rigged so we watched and took video of them sailing at uppers and then lowers. Video was without a tripod, on a cloudy day, so it's probably not all that great. Still a fun day overall even though the windsurfing wasn't all that great. PSB: Kona Lavaman Red Ale @ PSG: Milagro's Paia Chicken soft tacos