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jonathan

Morocco on 30/03/11

In the waves
31/03/11
Me in the waves, on the smallest day we sailed
Rating:3 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:5.3

Less wind and less waves today - probably a good thing although I got taken out more today than any other day - not sure if this was complacency or fatigue. However pretty magical to go on windsurfing into the sunset (7pm local time).

Morocco on 29/03/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.5

Even more wind, even more waves. Waves now shoulder to head high with the video session looking like carnage. Some really good wave riding from the locals and not-so-locals. If you mistimed your run out the consequences were pretty severe! Wind a bit fickle in the impact zone so you had to be careful...

Morocco on 28/03/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:91 litres
Sail:4.5

More wind and still a decent swell. Under Guy's tuition (or should that be 'intuition'?) hooked in jumps etc became a lot better - just as well given the state of my hands! The locals from the centre were getting some very impressive jumps in. Plenty of wind made getting through the impact zone that bit easier.

Morocco on 27/03/11

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

A big day in Morocco. A reasonable amount of wind and pretty chunky waves. Did quite a bit of swimming. On brand new Fanatic 2011 boards - so the centre staff a bit nervous as well! Quite busy on the water with a lot of centre staff out (13 staff to about 15 guests!) and a couple of kiters (not quite as helpful). Tired muscles at the end of the day!

Morocco on 26/03/11

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.7

Day 0 of Guy's clinic (he is not here yet). Great to get on water on small(ish) board and in a summer suit. Some nice fun waves to ease back in after the rush from the airport.

Morocco on 15/05/10

Rating:2 star rating
Board:133 litres
Sail:6.9

After the strong winds of the previous day we thought the weather system had settled down and that we would get decent wind on our last day. Unfortunately the taxi left at 11am and the wind appeared at about 10:15. Still, it would have been rude not to have had a last blast.

Unfortunately any wavesailing kudos I may have gained during the week disappeared as I rode a very small wave back to the beach. I had of course forgotton I was on a big board with a big fin. The fin grounded and I got dumped over the front into the white water. I guess that is what happens when you don't treat a wave with the respect it deserves...

Anyway, overall a great week. I would love to return for more windy days at Essaouira. That said, the first few days certainly had their own challenges and presented a much "purer" form of waveriding - albeit a type of waveriding best attempted on someone else's kit!

Morocco on 14/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Finally Essaouira delivered waves and wind. Waves not as big as earlier in the week and with the stronger winds it meant the emphasis switched from the waveriding of the first few days, to jumping on the way out.

A 5.7m was nice and comfortable in the morning. Enough to plane off the beach and try and further my loop attempts. Unfortunately I have a horrible habit of letting go of the boom at the moment - which is apparently the only way you can hurt yourself looping. I think I will be using a roll of duck tape on my next attempts....

In the afternoon the wind really kicked in. I was absolutely stacked on a 4.7m and so big jumps on the way out were the order of the day - hanging onto your outside gybe was a real challenge.

This was our last full day on the water so we milked it as much as we could, not coming off the water until late. Fortuntely just in case our aching muscles were in danger of stiffening up, Guy had arranged a trek to see the sunset - perfect!

Morocco on 13/05/10

Rating:4 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:5.7

The wind today was very light and dead onshore - a waste of time for waveriding so the day was devoted to beach-based practice of bottom turns etc. However towards the end of the day a squall came through. With kit on the beach it was just a case of grabbing what you had and making the most of it. As it happened, I just about had the perfect kit to hand so had a totally unexpected half hour of nicely powered up blasting and backside waves. Not long, but the unexpected sails are often the best.

Morocco on 11/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:5.9

A little bit more wind today. With some determined pumping it was just about possible to get planing on the way out. The extra power, even off the plane, made getting through the impact zone somewhat easier and a rather less scary prospect.

Wind dropped off in the afternoon so the longboards came out for a surf session. As the tide went out, the waves started to dump heavily into shallow water - so time to call it a day.

Morocco on 10/05/10

Rating:3 star rating
Board:115 litres
Sail:6.4

Today the swell was bigger and the wind lighter - a somewhat intimidating prospect! Any mistakes in the impact zone were heavily punished as waterstarting was impossible. The only hope was to get washed back in the whitewater. Funny how we were the only ones out on the water today..

 
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