Alissa's WindLog for Saturday April 20, 2019

9th session in 2019
Sailed at Bird Island, TX
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Average: 18
Rated a 10 of 10

Board: Angulo Triumph 81
Sail: 5.2 S2 Dragon '18
Suit: bathing suit

I got to meet the legendary Kevin Pritchard, and also got to try Gordon's foil gear - a 4.7 sail and frankenboard. I started by crashing a lot throughout the first 2-3 runs, then had an instance of being able to recover before crashing, and that was the breakthrough. I was using Kevin's advice of leaning forward to control it. I didn't want to keep Gordon from his gear, but he thought I was getting it and encouraged me to try again, and over the next couple runs I did get riding in the air. It was fun feeling that full-body mental/physical engagement feeling of learning something, and reward of having it click. I never did figure out the harness, and his lines were actually too long for me anyway, so after that my arms were ready for a break. Chad had me do one more run after I was tired to take photos, and my arms were shaking but we did a quick out and back and it was fun to get photos. After a little break I went out for a LWF sesh on my wave gear and felt good! I have not practiced in quite a while, but I guess muscle memory helped. A nice couple visiting from NJ were also out freestyling.