Sunday, June 15, 2014

2014 Cabrillo Beach GPS Speed Challenge!



After some discussion with the local sailors, we decided to bring back the GPS event for 2014! The notice of race and entry forms are available here (google drive):

First event will be on the weekend of July 26/27.
Hope to see you at the events!

-Kevin

Friday, May 2, 2014

Gaastra is now GA?

Here's  a video they released telling everyone they are still the "same" company.

GA Sails Slalom Team in Tenerife from BJ Productions on Vimeo.



Not sure how I feel about the name change...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

What Would You Do to Get Into Windsurfing?

Was browsing around on Facebook and found this article about Abderazak Labdi. Long story short, Abderazak always wanted to get into windsurfing when he was younger but couldn't afford his own gear. SO instead he decided to make his own out of wood and some plastic!

Source: Surfer Today
I must say I'm impressed! I've tried to find more photos of his equipment but to no luck. If anyone has it, please share! After this photo was published in a magazine, he received a few big name sponsors like Ezzy!

Abderazak today



Original article can be found here
http://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/9869-the-boy-who-built-a-windsurfer-with-plastic-and-wood

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Slingshot by Jim Crossley

Ahh the slingshot...every speedsailors best friend! Jim Crossley in conjunction with Boards Magazine has published an article detailing some tips for slingshotting

http://boards.mpora.com/technique/6-steps-to-learn-the-slingshot.html

Also Jim has also started a blog with some nice reviews.  Check it out!
http://www.jim-crossley-windsurfing.co.uk/


I should be getting my Hot Rod 27/29 fins this Friday and hopefully be able to use them on the weekend.  Will write my first impressions when I do! 

-Kevin

Thursday, April 10, 2014

California's Version of Luderitz?

I was talking earlier with speed guru, Boris Vujasinovic, about possible speed sailing locations in California and several locations came to mind.  

1) Cabrillo Beach Inner Bay on a clearing wind


The "Speed Strip" at low tide
30+mph gusts relatively "flat" if there's a low tide at the same time is what this place has to offer.  Only issue is with no real storms this year, we haven't had any clearing days...


One of the best days at Cabrillo.  Not a clearing wind day either! 
For now we're stuck with potential 20+mph days instead.  With a low tide, those days can still present a pretty flat 250m course before the death chop area.  

2) San Luis Reservoir


This place is huge!
  This place has sirens when the wind goes up to 35+mph.  Only problem is the rangers close the reservoir to sailing when it reaches 40+mph.  From what I've read, speedsailing events used to occur here so I'm sure we can encourage the rangers to let us sailors go at it when it nukes.  Also from what I've been told, the water is freezing!  Looks like a daunting place to sail.

The iWindsurf site info page http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=128&siteID=207&Isection=Local+Info

and finally...

3) The All But Mysterious Ponds of Palm Springs


The Ponds
From what I've been told, this place was MIRROR flat.  If you haven't heard of the ponds, it is located south east of where the 111 and 10 highway meet.  Anytime I ever drove by that place the gusts were always trying to flip over my car...  I would say at least 45-50+mph gusts.  Sadly, I wasn't into windsurfing was this place "allowed" windsurfing but those who sailed it back in the 80s rave about this location.  As one sailor put, "This place is the mecca of windsurfing!". 

From what I could find online, this place was leased out to Palm Springs Windsurfing who proposed to build a windsurfing park.  Yet before any of that could happen, the Water District decided to divert the water to the newly built Diamond Valley Lake.  Maybe if we could encourage a big name sponsor like Red Bull to sponsor a speed event here, they could probably afford to pump the needed water back in?  Wishful thinking... lol

An LA Times article about the Ponds can be found here



Well for now I'll just have to stick with my home sailing spot and hope for some 20-25mph days!  

Happy Sailing!
Kevin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The New EVO6 Looks Angry...

heh 

Anyways this saturday windalert is forecasting a clearing winds so let's hope I can take the 5.4 and 27/29 hot rod out for it's maiden voyage!