Monday, May 31, 2010

This Is What Its All About...

...It's about time on the water. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Thank you veterans and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice - we remember.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Board Testing Video

The new June 2010 issue of Windsurfing Magazine is out and the Spring Hatteras board tests are included.

I'm still stoked from having participated in the Spring 2010 Windsurfing Magazine Board Tests. As I said before, it was "hard work", but of course I was saying that tongue in cheek since we were sailing board after board for hours. As Josh says in the latest issue, we were "kids in a candy shop". So true.

Here's a short video of that weekend...just some snippets from one session and some off the water fun...hopefully it reflects the stoke we all had that weekend...hangin', hoopin', hollerin', and windsurfing with like-minded friends. More fun than "kids in a candy shop" as Josh pointed out.

And it was a dream really. We had all kinds of conditions....when I arrived by sunset on that late March Friday it was blowing 35mph+, then Saturday was consistently 25mph all day, and Sunday we got a beautiful sunset session with 15mph wind. I departed early that Monday morning to head back to a downpour of constant rain on the way home. The dream was over....for now.

OBX Windsurfing Magazine Board Testing March 2010 from WaterTurtle Productions on Vimeo.

Thanks again to Josh and Windsurfing Magazine for sharing the stoke.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Next Generation

This past weekend was spent in Wrightsville Beach with family and friends for the 2nd Annual Intracoastal SUP Cup, put on by Coastal Urge.

This race was special. My 11 year old daughter paddled with me in the race. She has been stand up paddling since last summer and I've had her out paddling with me on the lake 2-3 times a week in the last 6 weeks getting ready for this race. I eventually worked her up to comfortably paddling 3.5 miles, with some outings in the wind. Little did I know how crucial this wind training would be. I felt she was ready, so we entered the Recreational 12'6" and under race class together. My plan was to paddle alongside her throughout the race. My goal for her was to finish the race no matter how long it took...and to have fun.

All week long, the various forecasts called for SW wind in the 5-15mph range. If the wind forecast had been any more than that, I wouldn't have put her in the race. It's tough enough for adults to paddle in the wind, let alone an 11 year old. I didn't want her first SUP event/race experience to be a bad one. I was a bit worried the morning of the race as the wind kicked up a notch definitely between 10-15mph. The wind was a bit too much at the start of the race, directly in our face, and she wasn't very happy with me for the first 1.5 miles. But I kept pumping her up, the wind started to let up a little bit allowing some relief, and she could see we were making real progress.

She is one tough cookie to have paddled straight into that wind for over 1.5 miles straight without stopping. Once we rounded the halfway mark to head back, we paddled against some strong current in the inlet, then it was all downhill from there once we got back in the intracoastal waterway for the run back to the finish. But wouldn't you know it...the wind backed off on our downwind run. She was all smiles paddling back to the finish and got a big cheering ovation from the crowd. Papa was proud. We finished the race in just under 2 hours and we weren't even last place (ha ha...we were 3rd to last counting 1 DNF). She won a very nice North Face travel bag for her efforts.

Here are the results.

It turns out that the course was 4 miles long (Elite Class was 7 miles and had an open ocean leg). It was a tough race by every participants' standards and I think she's a better person for it. She showed courage throughout the race, now has new confidence, and got to experience something most kids her age will never have an opportunity to do. She was the youngest competitor in the race (and there was a 12 year old boy who also raced). She says she had a great time and wants to race again. I'm hoping future races have a kids' specific class/course.

Congratulations also to Matt Cesmat, one of our own local Lake Norman SUP crew, who finished on the podium - 2nd place in the Men's 12'6" and under Recreational Class...and won a brand spanking new Kialoa paddle. Way to go Matt and way to represent the lake guys!

A big thanks to Coastal Urge and all the sponsors for putting on another great SUP race event...and one the whole family can enjoy.

Some words of encouragement before the race

Preparing to go out

Starting Line

The windy start

Mark on his new secret weapon - check out that displacement hull nose slicing through the water

Rob pushing it to the finish

The finish


The Family

Competitors Mark, Rob, McIntyre, and Mac

Playing with her brothers after the race...I guess she had some more energy left in the tank

McIntyre with the Elite Women's Champ and Naish/Kialoa pro paddler, Karen Wrenn

We had a great time the rest of the weekend, enjoying the beach and hanging out with family and friends. It was great to see everyone - old faces and new. Matt, Travis, and I went out for a paddle in the ocean Sunday morning. We launched from Masonboro Inlet and paddled north towards our hotel, catching small shorebreak waves along the way...good fun.




Sunday, May 9, 2010

Giddy Is The Word

Last week, I said "grateful is the word" for having had three weekends in a row of windsurfing on Lake Norman. Now I'm just plain giddy after having windsurfed Saturday to make it four weekends in a row...all in board shorts no less. Once again on a 6.4, but could have definitely gone smaller late in the day. We had crazy wicked gusts which is typical of the westerly winds at the lake. Rob and I helped a group of canoers who had someone capsize. We helped them get righted only to watch another one capsize later but some power boats came along to help them. Definitely too windy for those folks to be out paddling. Rob caught a few shots of me here when we sailed back from the channel and played around closer to our launch spot. Fun times.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

An Afternoon At The Lake

Last Sunday made three weekends in a row of windsurfing at the lake...a very rare occurence. And even more rare for us at the lake...almost 90 degrees and windy. Combine that with the OBX board testing weekend at the end of March and that's 6 days of windsurfing in just over 30 days. In that span, I've been on every one of my boards (and 15 of Windsurfing Magazine's 2010 test boards) and sails...and on Donald's 85lt board/3.7 sail combo in 35mph wind during that OBX trip. Not too bad considering the lackluster non-windsurfing winter we had. Grateful is the word.

Here's a couple of pics and a 2.5 minute video from last Sunday. I'm still playing around with some GoPro boom mounted angles. Note the guy flying by me in the video. That's "Raceboard Dude" Jeff. He was on a classic F2 Sputnik speedster shaped by Peter Thommen...a classic narrow race board from back in the 90s that he got on craigslist for cheap...along with a classic Naish race sail from back in the 90s...that stuff obviously still flies to this day.

Sail Flip Mid-Jibe

An Afternoon At The Lake from WaterTurtle Productions on Vimeo.