|sboardcrazy (20883km): |
20-30kts plus SW Buff Pt Budgewoi Lake, NSW, AU- level 0.27 - 0.32
5.5m Mach2 - 80 iso- 16.5cm FF ( cutdown 22)
then 4.6m KA koncept - 70ltre ( 48 wide) patrick - 16cm tribal
14 degrees + windchill
What a buzz!
I was very unenthused on the way down and could easily have gone home. I was worried about it being too strong plus freezing cold..Glad I went out!
No great stats but I had a ball trying. I haven't yodelled ( half exhilaration half fear .. ) that often and long for a hell of a long time..
It looked about 20kts but with big winds forecast I rigged what I thought was conservatively with the 5.5m. I got over there and realised I was VERY powered up..I only tried 2 gybes so I'm happy with the alpha. I could have borne off a bit on the exit and improved it..
Some well powered bearaways . I got the 2 sec on this combo when it was flatter. After a while it kicked in 28- 30kts plus and was really hary..I risked a few bearaways then decided to go in. It was well over the top by now so I figured I'd wait for a lull and go out into the chop above the point and go as far as I dared then float in.
Had a hell of a ride in some big wind and chop before I pulled out and dropped in. I'd rugged up well and been too hot and taken my hood off but sitting in the icey water as I drifted in I could feel the heat being drawn out of me and I put it back on..I was glad I was at Buff when the big stuff hit and not in the middle of Lake Macquarie
Lunch plus rerigged the smaller gear. Cripes! It's been a long time since I've been really overpowered on that combo. I haven't been so powered on a bearaway for ages..at times I felt like I wasn't even touching the water ( bit scary at times). No great speeds as I couldn't find anywhere flat enough. I felt like I was doing 37kts but only 32/31.. Hell of a lot of fun though.
I thought the FF was a bit of a worry tugging occasionally as I went through the thicker seagrass bergs but it was better than the Tribal.. Brown pants at times flying at warpspeed ( for me) through the weedbeds and hoping like hell I kept going when I hit them..
My arms were starting to wear out and the rain was hurting my face so i decided to call it a day.
I'll have to suss out some flatwater then it will be epic!
Byron , and another guy ( sorry I didn't ask your name), Bill Justin then lots - Mark & Maree had a short go but withdrew for health reasons. Sorry I can't think of everyone I was too busy sailing to look.