Mark's WindLog for Sunday April 15, 2012 , 9:00p - 10:00p

26th session in 2012
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the S (mph)
        Lulls: 12
        Average: 16
        Gusts: 22
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Choco custom Rodeo Maschina 125
Sail: 6.7 Maui Sails Ghost XT
Fin: Choco Starfish 24cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Psycho 2
Water Temperature: 66 F
Air Temperature: 74 F

After seeing the point double parked with cars, it was a curious sight to see just my Honda Fit by itself from the water. The sky looked dark on the horizon to the northeast, but it was really beautiful to be on the lake all alone on this overcast morning. My sailing buds, who had talked up a morning session the day before, decided to sleep in due to the storm threat. I can't say I blame them, but I suspect, they would have enjoyed a little freestyle session too. Especially, since they both can plane by just breathing heavily on their sail. While fat people, such as myself, need things like gusts, board volume, and sail area. Which leads us to what I did today.

Recently, at the end of the final day at the Guy Cribb clinic while the gear was being put away, Randy asked Guy if I landed a vulcan yet. I don't remember Guy's exact words, but Randy told Guy he saw me land an attempt sliding backwards. That was August 2009! That day, I sailed my 140 liter Quatro and a 6.9 Gaastra Echo at BIB and it was blowing @ 19mph. Shortly thereafter I accidentally hooked in, and I landed on my boom breaking it in three pieces. I never have gotten back to a proper slide since. I sold that sail recently. I used to also use the same MS 460 RDM in my Severne 6.3 since the luff is 460, but it was designed to use a 430 RDM. I feel it is more lively rigged that way. Thus, the mast has stayed dormant in my garage for a while.

I picked up a used Maui Sails Ghost XT 6.7m2 recently from the classifieds. I always felt that it might be the biggest sail I could deal with on a freestyle board. The S-1s stop at 6.3m2. So today, I pulled out the old Quatro again, and sailed with it. I also sailed with it and my Rodeo

First, I could not believe how giant everything felt (both the sail and the Quatro). Second, the Quatro felt horrible under my feet! I am sooo over it. I decided I needed to try some vulcan attempts on it anyway, and I got a few in the marginal conditions. Of note, I got my GoPro for Xmas 2009. So, I went back and did a quick comparison edit. Very sad really! I have had some really good teachers since (Brandt, Quinn, and Cribb), but I guess I am pretty much hopeless. I would quit, but I am too stubborn and bored with old school moves and BAF. I really don't mind crashing, as long as I don't get too hurt.