15th session in 2019
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the ESE (mph)
Board: Flikka Custom Freestyle 125, Slingshot Wizard 125
Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek, 6.2 Avanti Echo
Fin: Maui Ultra Fins Style Pro-02 22cm
Way under forecast, and I thought it would build late- no such luck. That said, it was sailable, and it was really beautiful. Seriously, BIB was beautiful yesterday. The water was higher and much more clear than normal ( reminded me of Pimlico Sound). Blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Tons of wildlife. Lots of pelicans and other birds, fish, and jellyfish (thankfully no stings). I was hugging the shoreline and was much further out than ususal. I pulled off a nice donkey jibe and perhaps my smoothest backwind jibe. @5pm I felt it was backing off, so I headed in. It has been windy all week apparently and people were happy to get a break. I hesitated, but I decided to get the foil out and sail until 7pm. I just got my new Slingshot Fatboy 84 wing, and I did not know if it would help. Holy $h!t, what a game changer. My gear was suddenly perfectly dialed in. My feet went into the foostraps easily and naturally right away. It was slower, but smooth and super easy. My hands could come off the boom, everything was so balanced. My best flying jibe to date. Easy helitacks. I tried a duck jibe and almost made it. I tried upwind 360s, and made one on my third try. This was exactly what I was hoping foiling would be. Fun, easy, plus making something out of marginal wind. I cannot wait to see if I can duplicate this on the lake very soon.