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jonathan

Lanzarote on 09/08/18

Costa Teguise low tide from beach 
08/08/18
Costa Teguise
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.3

Boo Hoo, last day in Costa Teguise.
Wind a little gusty but 5.3m did the job. That said, I should have taken a Freewave rather than Skate. Some big curling waves made for big jumps and landing on a big board was a little scary - it got me thinking back to Robbie Naish in RIP landing 40 ft jumps on his slalom board. Unfortunately I didn't have the same technique to soften the landings so had to suffer the bumps. Likewise I had to back out of a few waves as it was clear that the Skate wasn't the right tool for the job and would have dug its nose at the bottom of the wave - I didn't fancy having to own up to yet more nose damage..
Great session though

Lanzarote on 08/08/18

Costa Teguise from beach at low tide
08/08/18
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.6

Another great day in the sun. Wind a bit lighter so took the 5.6 Hero. More waves today although frustratingly the best ones for jumping were in the wind shadow so it was very difficult to built up speed to them although on a big freestyle board I did land a couple of jumps with a clatter.
Frustrating progress with loops - I suspect the answer is higher and harder. Although ironically my biggest wipeout, with resultant damage to the front of the board, was going too steep down a waveface, digging in and being hauled over the front.. I was then given helpful loop advice by someone who then admitted to perforating his ear drum looping yesterday.. so maybe I should take that with a pinch of salt..

Lanzarote on 07/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.0

Thought i?d missed the wind, went out on a 5m and the wind dropped. However after floating around for 30 min the wind kicked back in and 5m was fine. Even the waves started to appear albeit still pretty small but some reasonable ramps. Good 4 hr session - worth missing lunch for!

Lanzarote on 06/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.6

So today the wind switched on. I hung on to my 5.6 and big board but could have been on a 5m. The lack of waves meant that everyone was out making the most of the wind - which was great to see and there was plenty of space. However there was some evil wind chop in the flat water in front of the rocks which was a real test of gybing commitment. You had to sheet in hard to force through it. Release the pressure and you generally either exploded or the fin would spin out resulting in that horrible phenomenon where the board stalls and you land on the sail mid gybe. Excellent session and hopefully more tomorrow maybe even with some waves

Lanzarote on 05/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.7

Old faithful 110 Skate and 5.7m. Perfect for 45mins until the wind dropped and a bit of a slog back in, in next to no wind. But at least I wasn?t as far out as I was on Friday when the same thing happened.

Lanzarote on 03/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

No wind really forecast today but there seemed to be a bit of breeze on the beach so gave it a bash. Had a brief period of planing before the wind completely switched off and then turned dead offshore. I was a long way out at this time and spent the last hour slogging back upwind. Good tacking practice...

Lanzarote on 24/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Back onto my 'home' set-up. However a combination of wind being a bit too light and my ribs being a bit too sore to pump onto the plane meant I didn't spend much time planing. Hope for more wind tomorrow.

Lanzarote on 22/08/17

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Skate 110 and Volt 5.9 in fact my usual light wind set up. Wind wasn't as much as anticipated but got going albeit it took a bit of pumping and the hydrofoils looked liked they were having the better time of it.

Lanzarote on 27/08/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:5.9

Last day in Costa Teguise and a marathon last session on the water - 1pm until 5.15pm non-stop. 5.9m was the perfect size for the wind but perhaps a little large for the loops I was trying. Was managing to rotate so I ended up looking back at the beach but not getting all the way around. I think more speed (= more bravery) and more rig movement is required but at least I appear to have got the basic mechanics. Also the realisation that rotating in the air, although scarier, is less painful than attempting to rotate with the fin firmly planted in the sea.

Another great week in Lanzarote - not Costa Teguise at its most epic but very enjoyable sailing all the same...

Added by Heather on 29/09/16

Impressed that you're trying loops. Puts me to shame!!

Lanzarote on 26/08/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres
Sail:6.4

Today looked like it would be a no-wind day but eventually got out on the 6.4m at about 4.30pm - consistently planing out the back with the wind in a far more side-shore direction. Only an hour but it was nice to get out and very few people made it out today.

 
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