PSC-6: Way More Fun!
Pacific Ocean Punta San Carlos: Beach Break & Bombora
This was the second three-sport day of the trip! The day started off with a pre-breakfast SUP, a morning mountain bike ride (up “Dad’s” through “Flatland” and the “Badlands” and down the “Downhill”), and an afternoon windsurf.
The morning SUP was made difficult by the 20 mph side-offshore wind.
By the time we started off on the mountain bike ride the wind had picked up to about 40 mph headwind causing us to lean into the wind and sometimes pushing us off the trail briefly.
The windsurfing was way more fun that the frustrating session the afternoon before. Sizing up from the Quad 84 to a Quad 92 made a huge change for the better!
Quote(s) of the day:
With the early morning wind and strong forecast, one kiter said, “Today may turn into a ‘Victory at Sea’ kind of day.”
When I told my son what we had done today, he said, “Cool. Sounds like a day well spent!”
Wyatt (talking about back loops): It’s REALLY important to: (1) jump up (feet toward the boom); (2) slide your back hand back just before you hit the apex of the jump; (3) then pull your back hand AND back foot into your butt (back hand controls the rotation – in for faster and out for slower); (4) spot your landing (look over your shoulder to the water below and downwind of you).
Wind **** (out of five stars)
The tip about the wind surging on the front side of the wave really helped me anticipate changes in wind speed combined with what seemed to be more consistent (less angry) today made for easier windsurfing.
Water/Waves *** (out of five stars)
The wave kept pumping today, although smaller (waist to chest high and harder to find. Later in the day there were some large sets (over-head high).
Jumps *** (out of five stars)
There were opportunities to jump today, especially on Bombora and Tyson and Wyatt put on a two part ‘air show’ – the first in the same conditions we sailed in and the second in more wind after it had shifted more off-shore.
Stoke **** (out of five stars)
I was really enjoying the Goya Quad 92 (got a lot more done with the extra 8 litres of volume).