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Last updated: 04/03/12 19:05 By: Andrew
Overpowered, which was a real pest when trying to turn on the waves. But what delicious waves!!!SE swell rolling in quite big and rising on the sandbar. Thanks to Sydney and Tim, I had lots of tips on what to try - one handed stroking the wave when going up the wave and I lost count of all the turns on these unusually long lovely waves. Beth and I had a good go at using every ounce of the day. Amazing that you just don't notice the cold when it is sunny and gorgeous like this - even Beth said that! I did learn that you just can't try back loops with such big gear. If only I had taken my 5.4 and 78L, but the rule in winter has always been to make sure you can plane as it is cold to be sitting around in the water! Roger missed out, babysitting Amelie - you could see the pain in his eyes. Juan and John had a great time. I was inspired and later shopped online for a new single thruster and 6.1 atlas or firefly.
On the promise of some sun and wind, with Juan and Gen due to be out, and with Chimet showing a good head of steam, I set off for Hayling with some hope.
And sometimes hope is good! Lovely sunny day, not too cold (10deg), and some swell rolling from the the SE, against a WSW wind. Fantastic! Spent a very happy time, until hunger and tiredness drove me back to the beach. Some great jumps, some great waves, really glassy with no chop to speak of. It's good when the wind's in the right direction!
Not at all what I expected. Actually not expecting anything at all I did an hour of circuits at the gym. Boy did I regret that...after the endless waves and as many bottom turns I was reeeeeeally regretting being so righteous and working out on a Saturday morning. What was I thinking? Great day on some pretty good waves with Gen and a few others... in the sun...with wind and I actually got so hot I had to jump in the water to cool off. Sometimes Hayling is a great place to live. Sailed so long I ended up with a blister. I just want more - Michael says I'm greedy.
Finally a sunny day in Sydney after the worst week of rain and even flood evacuations in western Sydney. Went to my local beach, Longreef which is 5 mins drive away and managed an hours Wavesailing. Light wind, a nasty shorebreak that claimed one mast but some punchy chest high waves. Lots of surfers learning in the water, families and sun worshipers. Later in the day tried a seldom sailed reef break off the point at Longreef called Butterbox. 20 mins.to walk there, launch by jumping off the rocks, 3 nice waves before the wind died and then a 45 min swim back. I think this is called 'paying your dues'. Later in the week looks promising for a southerly. Cheers from down under.
Added by Genevieve on 04/03/12
Sounds good, except for the payback...! Hayling might have trumped this one.