Sorry to keep y’all hanging…
Veteran’s Day: Obviously: Thanks to anyone who has ever selflessly served this country!! After thanking our “Silent Heroes,” you all must thank Anne and me for sacrificing to the wind gods. We spent the day on Ocracoke being tourists. We brought beach chairs, bicycles, books, and booze. We did not bring windsurfing gear… So of course, the sunny part of the forecast came true, but the windless part did not…
Even though we missed a solidly good 5.5 day, we definitely had some fun. It was good to get off hectic Hatteras Island for a day, get a change of pace, yada yada yada… Looking at my logs, that was my first, true, full day off from the shop since September 7th! That’s over two months straight! How’s that for being a dedicated employee? In any case, I can think of no way better to spend the day than hanging out with my lady.
Wednesday was a bit lighter for wind, but still sailable. I got stuck in the shop, catching up on everything from the day before… And with the super short days this time of year, the sun was pretty much gone by the time I got out of work. Not to worry, though, with the full moon and some parking lot lights, Drew and I snagged a sweet skate sesh. What a great option for these lighter wind or shorter day sessions! Drew learned how to sail clew first, and dialed in his duck jibes and heli-tacks, while I worked out some kinks in the spocks and grubbys.
And yesterday, Thursday, was just plain old wicked!! It was pretty stormy all day, with gusty SE winds and rain squalls pushing through. By early afternoon, we couldn’t take it anymore and headed to the Cove. Stuart, Keith, Chad, Rick, Mike Burns and his NY crew, and Lane, Jay, and a few others hit it up, despite the inclement “coastal” weather. It was perfect 5.0 with chest to overhead set waves, slightly onshore conditions. It was pretty much impossible to not go huge on the jumps. Almost landed a few back loops… but not quite there yet… I just can’t stick the darned landings…
There was one squall that blew through, that actually had me a bit nervous for a minute. The wind went from 22-27 mph (perfect 5.0), to 27 gusting to 40 mph almost instantly, with basically no warning… Tailwalking, barely under control, I got completely worked by one of the outside bombs. Man, I’ve never held on to my boom so tightly! No way was I letting go of my kit, way outside, in such a strong squall with building seas (The buoy jumped from 7 feet to 13 feet over the course of a few hours)! Once I surfaced, the gusts were so intense, I could only clear my sail during the lulls, try to waterstart, and basically get immediately ragdolled… Eventually, I scored a lull long enough to get my feet in the straps and the harness on, and then I was finally able to make it back to shore, tailwalking and avoiding waves the whole way in… I was stoked to touch dry land, that’s for sure!
Overall, it was a killer session in the Cove! Stuart and I were commenting that this Fall has seen quite a few sailable days out in the Cove/Hook area… Pretty unusual, but we’re certainly not going to complain about that!
And a final piece of visual entertainment for ya:
I finally got around to editing some footage that Ace took out at the Reef, from about a month ago… There’s some slightly bouncy helmet cam footage in there, but I think it came out pretty well overall! Enjoy!