Mark's WindLog for Saturday July 03, 2010

38th session in 2010
Sailed at Doug's Beach
Wind from the W (mph)
        Average: 22
Rated a 10 of 10

Board: RRD FSW 110
Sail: 5.3 Severne S-1
Fin: MFC 24cm Freestyle Pro
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Evolution

Gusty wind in the morning. I rigged the 4.7 based on Carl's feedback, as he just came off the water. It was perfect in the gusts, but was too little in the lulls. Initially the gusts were frequent, but they quickly became less and less. Whereas yesterday I wished the volume of my board was less, today I was grateful for every liter. Current at Dougs was mild too, so I had to try to stay upwind as well (or at least more than usual for here).

Afternoon session I rigged the 5.3 instead. This was perfect. Wind picked up and became less gusty and more steady. I worked mainly on 360s in the straps. Getting closer. The Butteratorium is a super friendly place to learn. Vulcan attempts on the Oregon side were pointless. I stopped pulling the trigger and instead worked on my starboard duck gybes. I complete them, but I am not planing out of them.

Mike....if you are reading this. We miss you. It is not the same without you. It was 6 years ago almost exactly I met you here. I have seen tons of pros (Wyatt Miller, Jake Miller, Tyson and Witt Poor, Nathon Mershon, Sam Neal, Casey Hauser, BMP- TFCFS), but today sailed Dougs with Zane Schweitzer. It was very cool on two levels. First, he was hanging with a bunch of teens his own age that were not pros, which was super refreshing to see. Second, he was sailing the new 2011 Norths. I was surprised that I really liked the colors when I saw them in the flesh. They looked good. He looks very mature for his age, and sails like a pro. I saw him busting some large shoveits. He had his GoPro on a thin rope in his pocket tied to his harness. Maybe he will produce a video from this trip. I thought his Morocco one this year was great.