Sessions

posted by Gary

It's been a bit hectic over the last few weeks, twin girls have recent joined out family. Identical too, so plenty of fun times ahead! After what's been a poor year for wind, I managed to escape to the beach for an hour. The conditions were surprisingly good. Solid 5.2 weather, swell running and sunshine. Awesome. Best sail in ages! not hard though, I haven't been on the water in ages...

posted by Gary

Nothing beats an after work sail... except maybe a dawnie before work! On/off blasting around the bay in the sunshine. The perfect way to start the weekend...

posted by Gary

With a day’s holiday to rebuild and insulate the stairway ceiling, the forecast of afternoon wind was a good incentive to finish early and hit the water. In the end, I arrived at the beach around 5ish. It didn’t look great. Still, it had been so long since I was last on the water that I was keen to rig up and was off the plaster dust. It turned out better than expected, although it didn’t last long – 45mins of blasting with 5.8m/95L. With the sun shining and the water incredibly warm, it was a good reminder of why we moved to the coast.

posted by Gary

I was itching to get back out after my last session, but had to time a sail between family and DIY commitments. Best time seemed to be just before lunch and it turned out to be awesome. Hundreds of ramps and some decent waves presented themselves at BDC. I was on a looping mission and must have thrown at least twenty. I didn't land any, but I think I'm getting further round... I certainly don't suffer the fear factor. After hearing that Simon Bornhoft burst his ear drum in Essaouira, Morocco, I tried my ear plugs. Fantastic. To be honest I didn't think that they would stay in but somehow they managed. it. Back to the loops, when I try to take off from bigger ramps, I don't head downwind anywhere near enough and go a bit (well, a lot) end over end... definitely something to work on. As the session went on the wind increased and increased and by the end I was struggling to hold down the 4.7. Plenty of people were rigging 4.2s. Wind, sun, smiling faces, fantastic!

posted by Gary

Nothing special today, but good to be out on the water. Spring is in the air, the sun was shining and I managed to find a few ramps for pulling the trigger. Being nicely powered seems to be my sweet spot for loops at the moment. They say once you crack them, being fully powered is better but for now it's a little less scary. Good to know that, even with limited time on the water recently, I have lost the confidence factor. Nearly made it round the first one too. My eyes were open, I think I was looking back. It felt good!

posted by Gary

Having missed the recent epic conditions, I was expecting to get skunked on my first attempt to get back out. It didn't look that windy at Sandbanks when I arrived but I decided to head out anyway with a 5.2. Turned out to be the right choice - the wind continued to rise through the morning and I was pretty stacked by the end. Unfortunately, the waves were dropping off as the tide increased so it was pretty flat by the end. Started sailing barefoot but had to come in for boots after an hour or so to stop my toes going numb. Great to be back out

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posted by Gary

It didn’t start well. For starters, I left the GoPro at home, only realising after I’d rigged up. After my first run, I tried to put on some more outhaul only for the outer casing on the rope to split and need changing. And then to cap it off, after I’d added downhaul the pin catch on my extension stuck open and wouldn’t lock to the board. Anyway, once I’d re-rigged my 4.2 and composed myself, I hit the water. Light on the inside, there was enough to get out through the white water if you timed it well. I took a few rinsings during the afternoon but persevered and always made it. The reward was logo high, side-shore, down the line wave riding. The conditions were as good as it gets. For sure it was windy on the outside. I was overpowered on my 4.2 with maximum downhaul and outhaul. But on the wave face, closer in to shore, it was perfect - even light at times. I’ve only see Branksome Dene this good twice before. The first time was just after we moved down and I’d sailed earlier in the day missing the best tide state. The other time was on the back of a hurricane but the wind was lacking... I did try to get out. When it’s this big, the wave at BDC shapes up nicely for handful of turns and then closes out. On my last wave of the day I went for a lip on a meaty section, hit it maybe a split second late and was launched into an aerial. Not convinced I’d land it, I quickly bailed, fully expecting to find a broken mast or worse when I finally finished the swim in. Fortunately, the kit survived and I retired from the action, elated and shattered. Gutted I didn’t have a camera.

posted by Gary

Couple of hours at BDC in the evening sunshine. Still trying loops, still not sheeting in enough!

posted by flat_spell

I've been sailing BDC/BC for ten and half years. Excluding the occasional holiday, something like 90-95% of my sessions have been there. That's 500, maybe 600 sessions? Who knows? Over a thousand hours probably. The ranking for today? Third best in a decade. Flippin' awesome. Arrived about 10.30 just as three blokes were packing up. I was gutted - "should have been here earlier, mate." Rigged anyway as I had no plans for the rest of the day. It was actually pretty amazing. Really warm and sunny, wind cross off so super gusty on the inside. But more than enough for float 'n' ride. The waves were in there somewhere, hiding under the super high tide. Now and again something would lip up on the third sandbar and I'd squint into the sun, trying to decide where it was going and if I could get there first. Then it would unload on the second sandbar, super heavy - almost closing out but with just enough shoulder to bang in two or three turns before it reached the inside. It was a great game of windsurfing chess to play. Eventually the wind went even more offshore and the high tide was producing backwash in the sets, so I packed up at 12.30. As it was such a sunny day I went for a stroll on the Prom, bought a ice cream, all very pleasant. Walking back to the van it dawned on me that sand was blowing down the beach, and the tide had dropped a bit, and spray was blowing of the breaking swell. And it was swell - I watched in disbelief as something close to mast high closed out along three groynes-worth of beach. In the space of 45 minutes things had gone from pants to epic. And I was sat on a bench eating ice cream and sending text messages! Ran back to the van. Rigged in record time. Donned soggy, sandy wetsuit. The next hour and a half were epic. Float 'n'' ride on the inside, powered outside, long glassy walls giving six, seven, eight turns. Proper solid, fast waves. Breathtakingly good. Absolutely stoked. One particular wave sticks in my memory - I caught in way outside beyond the wind line, put in some solid bottom turns on the flats, as it approached the beach the wind dropped so I was riding mid-face and I remember looking up at the lip but having to bend my neck a second time to actually see it. That wave had size.