What happened there – I set up Stumpy (fanatic Stingray with the cut off nose).
I should be pretty fit, but not the case. First run out I was huffing and puffing did get planing and front foot in – nice
Water starts – yep sorta (not bad really), Gybing – No way, tacking – No way, planing – yes way, both feet in straps at least once, uphauled about 100 times
I had a couple of nice runs, one great run with Tom I was fully planing both feet in, locked down, feeling comfortable and smashing it. I didn’t want it to stop. Hard to beat that feeling….:-) this is what windsurfing is really all about. After that, things went down hill for a while – I just lost confidence I think was the main problem because I crashed and burned fairly badly for some time and had a long walk back to where I launched. Goes to show – still not really ready for off shore breeze……….
The run out was excellent but the trip back I just didn’t seem to be able to stay on the board. Couldn’t waterstart kept on getting catapulted over, even had trouble uphauling and crashed and crashed and crashed and after that I crashed some more. At one stage I was aiming at the boat ramp on the southern side of the Pier at Wellington Point.
Probably not bad for a beginning of season session for an intermediate windsurfer. It was great to be out on the water with lots of windsurfers.
The last hour I spent in close (inside the bank) just practising getting planing, water starts, deep water beach starts and getting in harness quickly, with good results. Was great – I must admit, this week i have been in a much better mood after a decent session on the water on the weekend.
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