Pacific Ocean Cape Sebastian
WOW!!! Where did that come from! What a difference a day makes!
This session was pure magic!
Today I feel like I graduated to being a real wavesailor: caught a frontside ride on every ride in (from memory); multiple turn rides were the norm; several with hits off the lip; and one small aerial off the lip. Wave selection, wave placement, first bottom turn and riding down-the-line are all happening easier now.
I sailed for about 3 hours (with some short breaks) but was able to use my energy wisely (not wasting much time in the impact zone or getting washed - thankfully).
Was this session ever FUN! Pure bliss!
Quotes of the day:
Mike: “I noticed you got some nice frontside rides in while I was rigging.”
Tony (while on the water just after I did a mini-aerial-off-the-lip: “Nice!”
Me: “I got lucky with wave choice on that one, after stalling for it to catch up on the way in!”
Tony: “Yeah I got lucky on the last one too!”
Car load of locals: “Have you seen Leo around this year?”
Us: “No sorry haven’t seen him.”
Car load of locals: “OK – thanks.”
Mike (as the car drives away): “Did you notice the bumper sticker that said, ‘Question Authority’?”
Me: “No, but they would be kindred spirits with Leo then.”
Mike: “Well they are one step behind Leo, because Leo hasn’t acknowledged that authority exists yet!”
Wind: 3 stars (out of five stars)
Very consistent for Cape Sebastian. One about a half a sail size difference stronger on the outside today and not too many holes.
Water/Waves: 4 stars (out of five stars)
Beautiful west ground swell with a touch of south swell for the icing on top! Early on there were even a few ride on the outside (Mike C caught some waves of note).
I got a little nervous seeing the size of the swell building, but once out on the water noticed there was really only one line of breaking wave to worry about. The water at the launch was safe on the gentle sloping beach (no shore break) and the outside was big rollers growing to A-frames close to the break.
Jumps: 2 stars (out of five stars)
There were lots of ramps, just not quite enough power on the inside to get it done most of the time. There were a few airs, but riding was well favoured over jumping.
Stoke: 4 stars (out of five stars)
What a difference a day makes. All were stoked with the waves! They were AWESOME! Very clean and rideable (not too many closed out sections and not too dumpy – just long clean standing faces). Although there were a few complaints that, “the wind was not strong enough.” Tony also was not too happy after he took his boom in the teeth.