S11: Behind The Eight Ball
Pacific Ocean Cape Sebastian
There was breeze through the night and whitecaps offshore at dawn, so it looked to be a windy day. First glimpse of the cape showed better waves than the day before! WoooHooo!
Arrived at the cape at 9 am and it was sailable on big gear already. Rigged 5.2/110 but was delayed taking to the water so got behind the eight ball from the beginning and would be overpowered for the rest of the session despite using three different rigs.
Being overpowered allowed for jumping, but made riding tough (although it didn’t seem to burden Mark too much).
Quote(s) of the day:
Me: “The waves seem to be coming in a nice rhythm.”
BWD: “That’s why they call them waves.”
Me (as I was rigging my 4.0): “Mark, are you rerigging from your 4.7?”
Mark: “No, I’m not sure it will make any difference soon.” [As the wind just seemed to keep increasing.]
Wind *** (out of five stars)
Good quality wind for the cape, there was just a little too much of it by mid-day for decent, controlled wave sailing. At one point Mark did a hand gesture to 'turn down the volume'.
Water/Waves *** (out of five stars)
Chest high with some larger set waves. Nice regular rhythm to the waves today.
Jumps ** (out of five stars)
With the low tide you were launching in the ‘power zone’ and with the strong wind jumps were an option for most.
Stoke *** (out of five stars)
Most were amped to be sailing waves for the fifth day in a row (e.g., George was stoked to be linking multiple down-the-line turns on several waves), except Rika who broke a mast ‘playing in the waves’. But even Rika was stoked when we rescued her car keys from deep within her tailpipe! Andrew was especially stoked to get to sail both Pistol River and the cape for the first time ever within 24 hours!