Friday, August 20, 2010

Coast to Coast

2 years ago, a boy had a dream. His dream was the same as every windsurfers dream, that is to sail everyday! So 2 years ago a boy decided to pack up and head out west. First to the Gorge, then to the Delta. Fast forward 2 years and that boy has become a man. A man that is know by one name......... Chachi. A freestyle machine! Sorry Chris I don't have such a glorious introductory for you. Chris is f'ing good too but he's just got the same old story as the rest of us, a 9 to 5 job, living on the East Coast. Come to think of it, how the hell did Chris get this good this fast living on the East side!!! Here's a video from these two freestyle pros during a windy week at the delta.

Full Power Delta Freestyle from Chris Eldridge on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Back to the Usual

The wind has been back up here on Long island. Last week we had what was probably the best day of the summer. It was a full power 4.2 south westerly. Heckscher was definitely the call as the guys on the ocean only had a marginal 5.7 day. Then this week lined up again. Tuesday was a nice 4.7 day. I sailed until I couldn't sail anymore. I got about 6 hours straight in on Tuesday. Here are a few shots from Tuesday thanks to Chris Goodwin, one of our newest freestylers and heckscher Park lifeguard.

Wednesday also had some major potential but things never really came together like they were supposed to. I ended up getting to the beach around 1:00 and sailed on and off 5.3 for a while. Chris ended up rigging up to his 7.5 and was just blasting along. Then suddenly he it a boat wake and snapped his mast all the way out by the red channel marker about 1/2 mile off shore. He ended up getting back in about 45 minutes later. Later on when the wind completely crapped out we worked on some lightwind freestyle. He ended up getting an upwind 360 on the first try and is really getting dialed in sailing backwinded. Thanks Elena for these shots.