The meet time for Sunday's downwinder is 12:30 at the gazebo. Although we'll not actually start from that spot tomorrow. That beach was closed today due to sharks. We can't launch there tomorrow because I'm a wanted man and don't want to be seen there tomorrow. Anyone who comes tomorrow will get to hear the inside story of todays adventure.
The forecast is good for Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday having the slight edge in wind direction and strength. Plus Sunday gives my knee an extra day of heeling. So we'll plan on being at the gazebo on Sunday at 12:30 to make a run.
I tested the knee by taking a few waves tonight. I can't watch with swell here. I played through the pain. Knee feels stable surfing. But getting rag dolled doesn't feel very good. That hurts the knee. We'll see how it feels tomorrow.
This beautiful paint job just arrived this week at the Surf House.
The Surf House is not open yet, but I'll bet you could track down the boys and buy this Sub Vector before somebody else snags it. I heard C4 is out of many models until late August. I guess the economic slump hasn't hit the SUP market.
I used Jacky's board. It's narrow, with a pointy tail. It didn't feel fast to me today. I think being more wobbly on the her board might actually hurt my planing. How can you plane consistently when you have moments of wild side to side wobble?
Anyone else think it might be better to go wider and more stable, so you plane more consistently?
It wasn't as good as other days I've run. I kept running into the wave in front of me and killing my plane. I just could not avoid the next wave. They were steep, so I couldn't climb it and I could not steer to the side tonight.
Yesterday I swapped Sub Vectors with CB1 while surfing the inlet. CB1 had these Vector IIs installed. My Sub Vector had the Controllers installed.
I caught a juicy chest high wave on CB1s board. I laid hard into the bottom turn and Vector IIs twitched several times. It reminded me of the feel when a windsurf fin twitches as it wants to spin out, but doesn't quite fully let go.
Hands down, the Controllers blow away the Vector IIs. I have no idea why they don't cut it on our SUPs, but they work great on my Stretch 6'3". Maybe SUPs place way more load on the fins and we need the stiffer fiberglass construction. Maybe its the more aggressive tow-in foil the Controllers run at the rear that allow it to handle higher loads. Controller Quads below
The wind was blowing 20 mph by 12:30 this afternoon, so we rushed to drop the truck and made a downwind run before any storms messed with the wind. We probably should have waited until 3 pm because it blew a lot harder later and no storms developed today.
We had fun, even if only blowing 20. Jacky was fast today. I could not catch her. The best I could do was just keeping up.
We swapped boards so I could test the speed difference. Jacky's board is fastest.
Saturday looks bad. Sunday there is a slight chance. The forecast is not solid enough to say the downwinder is on for Sunday. I suggest anyone wanting to make a run Sunday, call me Sunday morning to discuss the prospects of making a run. I'll be reachable after our morning surf session. The cell number is shown in my profile.
58 years old. 6'2 195 lbs. a.k.a. DW on the Standupzone.
Wife SUPs too. Started SUPing May 2007
Real Names: Dwight and Jacky Fisher,
Contact: fishersfortblog at bellsouth.net or phone 910-two nine seven - four five six seven.