Mark's WindLog for Friday November 07, 2008 , 8:00p - 5:00p

47th session in 2008
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the NNE (mph)
        Lulls: 5
        Average: 18
        Gusts: 25
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.8 Goya W3D
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Evolution
Water Temperature: 70 F
Air Temperature: 75 F

ABK Day # 2. This was the best day of wind of my ABK clinic. The wind was supposed to be a big Northerly in the early  morning then decline the rest of the day. I got an early start, but the winds were backing down as I got on the water. Thus, not expecting much later in the day, I was pleasantly surprised as the wind started to fill for the last part of the morning session. I mainly worked on popping the board properly and staying upwind in planing winds using a board with a smaller fin. The highlight, was in mid-morning when Andy borrowed my board and almost spocked it twice and was surprised how well it worked. It was cool to see a big board spin out of the water in those early planing conditions. The lunch break I sailed some as well, which was good as the winds were at their peak. I found I can plane and stall the board at the same time, which unfortunately, will lose me big time ground upwind. It is sort of like a pre-spinout.  I saw Big Kevin from Hunt, TX who I originally met at Maryhill, OR, two years ago. I thought he was an outgoing local Oregonian, but now it makes sense he is a friendly Texan. Afternoon winds died down to very light wind and a LWF session. I pulled one of my lower back muscles attempting, an "ultimate lightwind waterstart". The evening concluded with a very nice evening with Mike, Julie, Benjamin, and Julie's parents.