The last three days I’ve slalom, freestyle, and wave sailed. It really goes to show how much variety there is in windsurfing!
This Thursday was cranking windy! Some racers had put buoys in the water so I figured it would be a good time to practice some slalom! I went out on 4.6 and at first it seemed like a big mistake! I was so overpowered that I could barely jibe! But then something clicked and I stopped resisting the wind. That’s when I started flying! As soon as I let the wind take me, my board stayed level, rather than tail walking all over the place, and I sailed way faster! The feeling of going fast on a windsurfer is like no other. And you don’t have to gas station hop to do it!
Then, on Friday there weren’t any buoys out so it was a better call to go freestyle. I sailed up to a small cove where the water was smooth. Every time I tried a move it didn’t matter if I fell or not. The water felt more welcoming than anything else! I guess that’s easy to say when the water temp here is like a billion degrees! But either way, it was really fun and it was more like a day at the beach rather than a training session!
Finally, today there was some small wind swell at Hookipa so we decided to head down and hopefully score some waves! When I got down there the wind was light and I had to rig big! When I went out I hit a sick delayed forward! Then I went in for a fun wave ride! The rest of the day was full of sick hacks and jumps! What other sport can you do where you can shred waves and boost air at the same time?
The truth is that windsurfing is the sickest sport ever! Its got something for everyone! Unless you can’t swim... doh!