Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing you

  • Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing yourself instead of taking photos of me.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

This is some crazy “wind porn”.



This was the title of an e-mail from Ted; who always seems to send me the best videos.
See, when my friends and I search for “porn” on the web, it’s this kind we spend hours drooling over.




Jason Polakow and Robby Swift at Backyards from NeilPryde Windsurfing on Vimeo.

Also http://vimeo.com/67369283



Ted was supposed to come back from Maui last night. He instead decided to delay his trip by another week because of last night’s weather.

I on the other hand, could not concentrate at work yesterday. I had, I believed, a sailable window from 3:00 to 6:00, where the tide would be moving in the opposite direction of the wind. Last week I was inpatient; tried to sail too early from the wrong beach, and paid for it in broken gear, and a bruised body. I am well past the bruised ego part; but I am acutely aware that if the conditions are not ‘just right’ in the ocean, then don’t go. You risk losing our fragile access for everyone, or worse yet, risk injury, or death.

Which is why trying to sail at RM3 in a dead onshore breeze last weekend was a dumb idea. I wanted to get on the water early, because I knew T-Storms would likely kill the wind by 5. So I didn’t wait till 6:oo PM, when the wind and tide were right. Those that did, had a nice session.

I had fun. I sailed with two guys who are much better sailors than I. But none of us made it past the outer bar. We just played in the shore break sailing parallel to the beach, unable to work to windward. And we had the good sense to stop short of the swimming area, even if that meant getting pummeled in the impact zone for a while.

Yesterday we had our first named tropical storm of the season. I watched it come up the coast with a mix of anticipation and dread. [Worry...dread; that's something that never happened before Sandy].

This time my only concern was not just when the best wind and swell would hit us and where. But did I have enough gas in the generator?: Would there be flooding?: Will everyone be safe?

As it turns out, I had a situation at work...so I missed my window. And today; while the swell is expected to be perfect; [8 1/2 feet with a 10 second period]...I have been to enough lectures on “run off” to understand the consequences of the 2+ inches of rainfall we had last night.

I hope you and your families are safe and sheltered.

I will just have to wait several tide cycles before I enter the water again.
Last weekend; post RM3 session.


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