|sboardcrazy (14310km): |
23-25kts ENE one run Coal Point, NSW, AU
then 17-23kts ENE Marmong
Well that was unexpected! Got there and there were 4ft rollers coming through and 25kts.mm didn't bring the wave gear as I thought we'd be lucky to get 10-15kts..
Rigged the 5.5m Mach 2 4 cam - 80iso with 28cm Maui ultra weedy to settle it..Took off and it was stronger than I thought..really overpowered , board was too fast and rollers everywhere.. dropped into the water and turned the board to go back in. It took a while to start as the sail went to the bottom of the lake.. wish I'd kept my 5.7m OD..
Hung on for grim death and decided to go for a bearaway near the shore.. bad move.. I was flying overpowered over the back of the waves and i think the fin did something / caught weird anyway I got splattered. First decent splatter since I can't remember when.. Andrew said it looked impressive and he wished he had his camera . Didn't hurt myself but I was in the lee so I swam it ashore..Got the 2 sec here..
Decided to go to Marmong where it would be less ballistic. it actually died down and I could have gone back out but i didn't truat it as it was only 2.30 so sure to kick back in.
Pretty patchy at Marmong at first..big hole at the launch but then some stronger stuff out further. I started with the 6.2m OD and RS4 36cm drake pointer. It was ok but a bit big in the gusts and I was a tad nervous after the splatter.
It evened out so I got the RS2 ( 90ltre ) and 33 makani weedy and rigged it for overpowering conditions. Ok. A bit nervous at times in the gusts but handled it ok.
My bad habits were affecting my gybes.. I knew what I had to do but harder to do it. Still happy as most were dry even though not as fast as i would have liked. There was a flatter area out in the middle so i pushed myself to gybe even though I was very powered up.
Came in and it was great but noone was out?? Then I noticed an ambulance.. One of the guys had stacked it upBolton way. he'd drifted ashore then walked back..The other guys were going to get his gear..
Looks like bruised or broken ribs.. best wishes!
Makes me sure I made the right decision going to marmong and not risking it at Coal..4.2m and 68ltre waveboard may have been ok but I didn't have them.