Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ocean Downwinder Today

We had 15 knots from the NE today, so Brad and I tried a downwinder with our race boards. We couldn't connect any swells. We needed more wind and swell. We ended up catching swell running toward the beach and surfing a little, then pulling out early. Getting out in a northeaster is super easy with these race boards. The nose punches through a wave like an ice pick.

I could see the benefit of a hybrid/fun board/race board in these conditions. I'd consider the Naish Glide, or JL to be this type of board. Something ideal for catching swell a little farther out, but still able to surf somewhat, and have tremendous nose scoop for handling wild windy conditions.


4 comments:

Evan said...

I give you guys way more credit for going in that freezing cold weather than guys going in huge surf. I look at your full wetsuit (w/ hood and booties) and just get cold looking. Here in Hawaii I have to think twice once the temp drops under 70. At least you won't have to wear anything like that when you come here in January.

It's funny bc a couple guys invited me to go surfing in California when I was there in November and there was no way I was getting in that water w/ a wetsuit.

Aloha,
Evan
www.StandUpPaddleSurf.net

WP said...

Evan those warm waters have spoiled you:) I was at Sanofre the fisrt of Nov and it was about 63 degrees not too bad with my 3 2 on. That was the same week the Oxbow long board championships started. The weekend before was outstanding to SUP. We got in on Halloween to have 3 to 5 foot backs. Those were so much easier to paddle into than our wave. Our water temp had drop below 60 degrees Friday it was about 58? Time for the 4 3! Paddle on!

Evan said...

WP - I agree. If the temp goes to 63 degrees here, people are already taking out their ski jackets.

Aloha,
Evan
www.StandUpPaddleSurf.net

Bob said...

Come on out for a visit Evan. The water is a balmy 45 today...:)