Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wide Tails

Photo from last weekends Miami Pro-Am windsurf race. Believe it or not, these are the latest designs for light wind racing.

Jacky and I did a SUP ocean downwind run today. The new boards are so much fun.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Hatteras Ferry Terminal Today

Jacky trying to sail a 4.7 with wind gusts to 42 showing at the terminal. That doesn't work! We heard about the wind readings after we finished windsurfing.

















Me taking Jacky's 4.7 for a spin








































The view looking up and down the beach

Thursday, November 26, 2009

This One is a Freak

My latest race board finally gets wet. Tested in this afternoons SW wind of 8-10 mph.

At 26 1/2 wide, it's as stable as my original (personal) 28" wide yellow board. That board and this board have wide tails, with this one having an "extra" wide tail.  Wide tails rule for down wind runs in my opinion. All my wide tail boards excel at staying on a plane while walking the deck to trim the nose. Pin tails don't have that luxury. Wide tails just run and run, like the Energizer Bunny.

I'm claiming this one as my personal board. My next and final board, will be Jacky's. It will likely be 25 1/2 to 25 3/4 wide. Then I'll retire from board building until next Winter.

Thanksgiving, Like Summer at the Beach


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wonderful Memories

Ah, the joys of windsurfing I had forgotten about.

1) Don't kick the fin when water starting
2) Be prepared to loose skin during light wind water starts

It's good to be back.....

Enhanced Oldies

Brad

















Autry

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sexy Beast

My sexy new 5.8 Hot Sail Superfreak getting tested by CB1 this morning. Wohooo......
It's fun to be back into windsurfing after a 10 year absence.
The North End was rockin



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Real Race Fin

This is my new race fin. Custom made by Maui CNC. Maui CNC is the company making fins for the world tour pros (windsurfer) under various brand names, including Tectonics, MFC, Maui Ultra. These are the best built fins you can get. They specialize in fast turnaround of custom CNC G-10 fins made in Maui. I heard Ken Winner once ordered 2 or 3 grand in custom fins for race board development a year or so back.

These are so much better than the junk surf fins made from 3/8 fiberglass slabs that some guy with a grinder rounds the leading edge and tapers the back. Leaving the middle un-foiled and dead flat with no regard to anything resembling a proper foil.

Will it make me faster?  Probably not, but at least I'll know my fin isn't slowing me down.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Race Board Done

Race boards number 4 and 5 completed. On the left we have 14'6 x 26.5 with extra wide tail. On the right we have 14'6 x 27 with wide tail.




Wide tail model




































Extra wide tail model

Sunday Morning

Surfmachine was on fire this morning








Surfmachine pays for it


Jacky


This doesn't look good like a good ending is coming up



Ouch! Hunter gets taken out....

Hunter

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Could this be us soon?

I've been burned out and bored by kiting this past year. I haven't touched a windsurfer in 10 years, after doing it for 20 years. Now that I've pulled my head out of the sand, I'm blown away by how much the sport has progressed in the last 10 years and now I'm hot to try it again. I'm going to take CB1s rig for a test session and see if the fire has returned.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Afternoon Session Bigger than Morning Session

Unfortunately, I missed it because I was buried in EPS snow. Z and Jacky surfed at the house. Z said some sets were double over Jacky's head. They were both wired on adrenaline when they finished. Oh, and it was pure glass too. Painful to hear about.

Everyone Wants to Be Like Surfmachine

Surfmachine returns (a.k.a. Autry)



Z, who's your daddy?


Back to Surfmachine

Brad showing Surfmachine he can do it too



Surfmachine again



Surfmachine's secret identity was revealed when I spotted Z's entry for Autry in his iPhone. Brian Surfmachine.