Mark's WindLog for Friday January 22, 2010 , 1:30p - 5:30p

2nd session in 2010
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the S (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 20
        Gusts: 30
Rated a 9 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.3 Severne S-1
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Psycho 2
Water Temperature: 55 F
Air Temperature: 75 F

Wow! I did not expect today to be this good. This was the first Friday afternoon I was off that the wind actually came. I was hopeful I might be able to sail my new S-1 with my Quatro. When I rigged, I was sure I was being too optimistic. Fortunately, I was wrong. The sail was fantastic. I love it. It has a few issues, but what I wanted it to do, it did well. One of the nicest features is the boom cutout/boom height was finally high enough for me. Woohoo.

I sailed for 4 hours straight. I banged my right knee on the mast very hard after a botched duck gybe early in the session. I knew it was pretty bruised, swollen and sore... but I was not going to let it end my session. Besides, my wetsuit was preventing me from examining it and was supporting my knee.

I finally worked on my vulcans. I had one attempt where I over-rotated parallel to water, which felt so cool. When I rotated past 180 degrees and nose, tail or fin had not touched the water yet,  I kind of freaked for a second. I did not know what to do. The fin and board eventually caught and I crashed, but it felt great. The rest of my v. attempts were crap. At the end of the day, I was not able to pop well at all. I guess using your legs is really important and I was dog tired.

I also got some decent air today on the Quatro for the first time. The LWF work combined with the right sized rig made it possible to sail such a big board and not have it feel too big. I think it will be really helpful when the winds are less steady like we often get on Lake Travis. Brian has encouraged me to do this.

Laura was ripping today. Brian came late and looked a little underboarded today. He probably should have sailed the 99 ;)