|Barton (4305km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
2014 Sailworks Retro 5.5, 1990 Hi-Tech 8'9" rounded pintail, Wind: 18 to 20 knots.
Today was 'cruising day' and I loved it . Pulled out the 'Gorge Gear' today. For my weight, the 8'9" is a semi-sinker (as long as I have a little forward motion it doesn't sink) so I need to use it on a day that has consistent, decent winds. Portions of today filled that bill. Compared to yesterday, today was a relaxing walk in the park. Sure, the speeds were not as high as on the slalom gear, but some days that is just fine. And besides, my slalom speeds are not that high anyway so who am I trying to kid? On this board, I was still able to pass some freestylers, giving my ego a tiny boost, while not having my body pounded to pieces. Sure glad I shipped my eight 'Gorge boards' to Bonaire when we moved. I plan on mixing it up between Gorge Gear and slalom gear a lot more in the future.
The wind faded in the afternoon, cutting my session a little short - first time in a long time I was actually looking forward to going back out on the water after a rest stop... The wind for tomorrow morning looks promising - maybe I'll do a repeat.