Stoke for everyone:
that word. I'm glad it "belongs" to boardriders
and surfers. Stoke goes beyond "enthusiasm". It's
enthusiasm taken to the next level. It's not a state of
just being "fired up", or we would call it that.
Rather, it's an ingredient, a quality, that can be there
even when one is calm and mellow. It's a heightened awareness,
energy, and intensity -- an "aliveness" that comes
from experiencing in some hands-on way the largeness and
power of the natural world. You think it's just extreme
athletes doing near-impossible feats who have "stoke"?
Please...spare me. I was at the lake last Wednesday with
a middle-age, hardworking obstetrician on a beautiful (75*
in Jan.!!) 12 to 20 mph day. (OK, it was Peter.) He said
it was his "best day ever". Long planing reaches,
using the harness, in the straps for the first time on his
new GO board. It was a day with lulls and holes, but then
these sweet long gusts would build...and we would just cruise.
No fight; no struggle -- just riding. The result? STOKED.
Both of us. Windsurfing -- it's the ticket to stokeville.
It's not far away. Make 2002 your year to make the trip.
WINDSURFER'S CLUB REVITALIZED in Augusta to Columbia area.
is just a head's up -- there is a new, or re-newed, club
for the lake-bound windsurfer's who live primarily in the
Augusta-to-Columbia, SC area. It's a loosly organized, low-key,
high-stoke group - 'cause that's the way we want it. Anyone
from anywhere is welcome to join who has in common with
us, as one member put it, hydrilla, red clay, I-20, choppy
fresh water, and pinestraw rolled up in your sails. You'll
receive an inviatation in a separate e-mail to join the
e-group list and/or the club itself, so look out for it.
Chill -- meetings will be minimal to non-existant and there
ain't even any dues. Will explain in the e-mail.
TRIPS, SOJOURNS, TREKS, ETC.
trips and events some local folks are doing that you may
want to get in on...
Hatteras -- Oct 2003
Whitecap is not planning a Spring Hatteras trip, but
we're going in the Fall @nd week of October at Avon in our
favorite choice sound-side house, Le Spot. Cost is about
$250 for lodging and food for a full week! Can't beat it.
ABC Travel page -- www.windsurfatlanta.org/travel
This a new page added to the Atlanta Boardsailing Club's
site. Scott Geddie has volunteered to be the club's "travel
master". Any upcoming or long-range trips that are
planned or looking for interest is posted there. You don't
necessarily have to be a member to be included in most trips,
but members do have first dibs. Check it out. As alwys with
the ABC web site, it's thorough, up-to-date, and easy-to-use.
Sailing Spot Rediscovered: Patriot's Point Hilton on Mt.
report from Scott West tells it all.
Hilton over at Patriot's Point is a pretty fun place to
sail. Previous attempts to sail there were always on NW,
W wind, and it was ok, but nothing stellar. James Island
Yacht Club always proved better. Everybody knows that the
usual place to sail when it blows S, SW is at the beach,
but some wierd things happed with that wind during the winter
and early spring, like Saturday before last.
NWS was predicting 20-25 out of the SW all day. I called
up the windtalker at 29 and it was barely getting to ten,
and averaging around 7 or 8. I went out to the beach, and
sure enough the big pocket of moisture was right off shore,
and wouldn't let any wind to the beach. Meanwhile, wind
was funneling in through the harbor entrance (Ft. Moultrie
included), creating 4.9 to 5.7 conditions (I was on a 5.5
with a small wave board). Since the tide was outgoing, Ft.
Moultrie was a bad idea, so we tried the next alternative,
Patriot's Point. It made sense as far as its location and
wind direction, but I hadn't sailed it on that direction
before. Really nice, no mean current even during peak tides,
and you can sail most of the time without being in the shipping
lanes. Also, they have a little bar at the hotel and decent
rigging areas. There was about 10 or so of us, and nobody
has ever said anything to us about sailing there. I think
they like it since it kind of adds to their tropical theme.
Definitely the right place to go on a S, SW when the beach
isn't happening, and downtown is going off." [He means
when you're standing at the beach in 5 to 7 and you call
the downtown windtalker and it says 17 to 22.]
Windicator is on!
Thurmond Dam windicator (which is maintained by the nWS,
i.e. National Weather Service and found at http://126.96.36.199/er/cae/thurmond/thurmond.htm
) is on line again -- updated every 5 minutes and totally
Windsurfers shake 'em up at Lake Murray
Pate Bryan's report from Jan. 7th, edited for a PG - 13
was a nukin day here [at Lake Murray, Irmo side launch].
20-40 mph. I wasn't going out in that wind with my new board,
plus my smallest sail is a 6.8. I knew better. Pat [Evans]
was chomping at the bit, wanting to rig a 5.5 of Scott [Davenport's].
I told him to hold his horse's, Greg [Knopf] is getting
his butt kicked with a 5.9, Ed [Gould] is over powered with
a 5.1. I said, trust me on this one Pat, sitting in this
warm van is were we need to be. I actually brought my Magnum
out with 6.8 and thought the wind would die out, which it
never did. To top everything off, some knuckle-head traveling
across the dam called SCE&G and said the windsurfers
are in trouble (he happened to see Greg get tossed over
the handlebars). Then a security guard shows up and says
the Sheriff dept. said for everyone to get off the Lake.
Yes, thats right, closed the Lake. Is the Lake private or
public. Do we still live in a free country ? We were pretty
upset though. Greg and Ed had really had enough bone jarring
thrills for the day anyway, so we tucked tail and went to
Pat's to watch a surfing video."
were some further "discussions" with the security
guard and no reprecussions are expected; nor do we expect
this incident to be repeated on the next epic day that comes
around. (Now, if the guards had seen Ed and Pate windsurfing
while it was snowing, THEN they might think we were a danger
to ourselves. They have a great photo; I'll e-mail it upon
news and stuff
greatly expanded my inventory this year. Y'all bought so
much last year, I've been encouraged. Right now I have 3
brands of masts, 3 models of booms, about 5 sail models,
3 brands of harnesses and harness lines, and ..oh well,
you get the picture. But, my guarantee is your total satisfaction,
so I try to sell you what you really want and need, not
what I have on hand. Plus, that national mail order house
is not going to take back with any refund -- much less a
full one like I will -- that new board or sail after 3 or
4 uses just 'cause it really isn't behaving like you thought
it would. I will. I've got to live and sail with you people
and I want you happy. "Defects in material and workmanship"
got nothing to do with it. 'nuff said.
Special -- I've got the new Windsurfing Hawaii MAKAI premium
aluminum boom as my 2002 inventory Super Special. The MSRP
is $169, but due to the double discount Surf Expo special
and pre-season purchase I made at the Surf Expo last Sept.,
I'm going to offer them for $143 till they're gone. (That's
only $10 more than the LANAI model which I still stock.)
The MAKAI has a 2-door, continuous aluminum front end that
fits any conventional size mast or an RDM (skinny) mast
without an adapter!. I 1/8" tubes of upgraded 6070
aluminum, harness line and tail piece adjustment markings
on 24" of gold anodized adjustment. Looks killer!
while we're talking used stuff,
Gene Mathis of the ABC is running a windsurfers' consignment
used-gear shop at his place near Lake Lanier. You can put
your own stuff there to sell or do some shoping. Contact
gene at 706-739-4511 or email@example.com. for more
the Universal Windsurfing Excuse formula: SE = f(WS x SO)
where the sophistication of the excuse (SE) is a function
(f) of the expected wind speed (WS) for the day multiplied
by the strength of the obligation (SO) you need to get out
of. In other words, if it's gale and it's your 10th anniversary,
you better have a heck of an excuse. If it's the weekend
and just a breeze and the conflict is a neighborhood party,
then any old lie will do. So be creative, sidestep some
obligations, and come on out for an exhilarating antidote
to the winter blahs -- WINDSURFING!