I retreated from Rooster today. That's OK, I didn't feel like dying on a Friday. I don't know what made me call it, maybe it was the rainbows created by spray being blown off the top of the swells, maybe it was the blue skies, or maybe it was the rattling sound that the 3.7 made, like it was made out of Saran Wrap. Everything was beautiful in a "my last minute on earth" kind of way. Almost like God was telling me "look at all this beauty son, for the last time... Cuz you're an idiot and rigged to big..." So I packed my stuff and went to Stevenson where is was blowing only 30, rigged my 4.7/85/21 combo, and had myself a session. There were two other windsurfers, and two or three kiters. Beautiful.
Remember my buddy Andrew (aka Waveseeker)? Yeah the guy behind those goofy windsurfing movies that I posted over the years... Well he's taking it to 11 with his new creation, a hilarious take on the 2014 Hatteras wave Jam. If you're a little tired of the typical "dude ripping to a song" movie, you have to check this thing out.
We are back in business! December was insane with the holidays and everything. Turns out I ended up not riding for the whole month. So this was a very anticipated session after a long hiatus.
Rooster notes: wind was at E at 40 mph, water was at 40 F, air was at 45 F. I rigged 85L/4.2 m2 at the beginning, which was way too much. Rigged 3.7 and that was just perfect. The cold was not a problem at all. I was actually toasty in the 5.5/4/3 and a rash guard underneath. The main issue was (as expected), the hands. The Glacier gloves were warm but wearing them just killed my forearms. I think I could have done with open palm gloves. The Gorge winter crowd was there in full today (Trudy, Larry and others), it was great to ride with them!
Oh, and the icing on the cake was a snowboarding session in the afternoon! Good times ;)
I started windsurfing as an excuse to visit my brother in Tarifa, Gibraltar, his usual windsurfing spot. The moment I stepped on a board I was hooked. I love windsurfing because it's fun, it took me to amazing places, and because I met wonderful people through the sport.
This is my story, I hope you enjoy it...