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

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

Also Jim has also started a blog with some nice reviews.  Check it out!

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! 


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

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!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The New EVO6 Looks Angry...


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!   

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pro Tec is Back!

Was browsing around North Shore Inc's site today and saw that Pro-Tec is finally returning to the water sports sector after leaving 2 years ago! Never really been a fan of the Gath helmets so I jumped on this and ordered a Wake helmet. Hopefully the ear covers add some protection/preventative measure to getting surfers ear!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Guess There is A "Real" Rocket

Hmm... I can't tell if this is a jab to Tabou or not...  lol

First Day of The 2014 Season

Well I finally managed to get myself to the beach and damn was it worth it! Picked up my new gear in the morning so I came a little bit late but thankfully the wind was still going.   Was definitely nice to see everyone again after the long winter.  If I recall correctly, there was at least 15 + guys there.  Now I already knew the Tabou Rocket was a popular board but now it looks like almost everyone has one!  The newest member  to the club would be Jim with his superb looking 115 LTD version.

Regarding the wind conditions, it was blowing west somewhere around 15-18 with 20ish gusts once in awhile. While it was good for general blasting, it didn't fill in to where the speed strip was so I spent most of the guy tuning the koncept and getting my footing back.  After a few attempts, I managed to get my gybing back than so more than pleased!  Eager now to get back on the water as much as a I can but sadly due to work and other prior commitments, I won't be able to head back to the beach for another 2 weeks.  This year I'll probably only be able to sail once and if lucky twice a week so...gotta make the best of it!

Next post I'll upload pics of the Koncepts and my first impressions.  Hopefully the mega winds will come soon and I'll be able to take the 5.4 and 27/29 Select Hot Rod out for the first time!