Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Some new wheels...

Holy CRAP! We just bought some new sweet wheels...
Check out this pimped out beast!!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Liquid smoke...

It looked pretty decent after work today, so I sprinted home, grabbed the 4.4 and hit Balaena Bay. Same NW gusty shtuff. It was light 4.4 then after one run, it picked up to liquid smoke and I made a B-line for shore with my tail between my legs. I sure am learning to sailed overpowered here.

Hardcore status slipping up a notch today yeah!!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Healthy as can be!

The babies are doing well! Had our first specialist appt. for high risk pregnancies, and heard their little heart beats! Very reassuring, since Cheryl had a bit of a pause in weight gain. But, they are all good! Uh oh.. Dad'o'meter is gonna slide a touch today.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday 3:00-5:30 - 3.7 @ Plimmy

A pretty sweet Plimmerton session... Its chilly, kinda like early- to mid-November weather in Ktown. Waves were small, only about head high at most, backside riding with the odd link of one or two frontside turns... Sweet as. Stuck a 540 on the outer bay, but other than that, no luck with the backloops. Tried some goiters as well... messy!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday 4:30-6:00 - 4.4 @ Balaena Bay

Damn gusty NW!! It was supposed to be North! Ah well... sailed anyway out of our bay. Hoofed it down with the board and kit, and launched from the point. Solid 4.4 most of the time with crazy steep chop. Bunch 'o forwards and shove its. Fingers crossed for a afternoon Plimmy session tomorrow!! 30-40knots!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Forecast Alert!

Looking muy bueno for Friday and at least Saturday, maybe even Sunday! But northerlies... it'll be ditch action time! Gonna knock off work a bit early tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The spot guide

Evans Bay: aka "The Ditch". Works on northerlies and southerlies... Norwesters are shite here - too gusty, but do-able when desperation sets in. Two main launches: On northerlies, Shark Bay works well, on southerlies, Kio Bay is preferable. In these conditions, both spots offer bump and jump (a la Kingston style, but a bit bigger) with a sheltered launch/embayment for hucking da freestyle shizzle. Very convenient - only 5-10min drive.

Lyall Bay: on the south side of Welly, exposed to direct swell from the far-south Pacific. This place gets large on strong southerlies, but doesn't quite ever get frontside... only one or two smack per wave at best. Also works as a full down-the-line on offshore and cross-off northerlies when the swell is up... but rare and cheap-ass down-the-line. Nothing to get excited about GARY! ;) Very convenient - only 5-10min drive.

Plimmerton: on the west coast, up near Porirua. Launch is from Plimmerton Beach on the Onehunga Bay. Works best on norwesters with potentially smooth wave rides with several frontside shmackers possible when its right. Also works on W through WNW, but much less gooder. About 1/2hr drive.

Wairarapa/Palliser Bay: Apparently good wavesailing here, never been, Two hr drive from Welly. Lots of drunk people on Saturday nights in Lake Ferry, burning their SUVs in bonfires. Thus - good times watching others in dispair.

Taranaki: THE definitive wave spot in New Zealand, if not one of the worlds best waves. Never sailed there yet, I am sure the starboard-tack mast+ mackers will destroy me. Looking to go this spring. Drive is about 4-5hrs from Welly.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Wind Alert!

This weekend's forecast is looking sweet as for both days!! 30knot norwesters shall make Plimmy work just fine and dandy. Friday aprés work sesh on 25knot northerlies in the ditch might work too. Fingers are crossed! Should get something.

Projects: Da frickin' spocks (my nemesis). Backs and Petes at Plimmy.

What is this all about?

Change. It’s just one of the unavoidables in life. Change is not to be feared, but welcomed as a challenge in one’s path through life. Fear it? Ha! I am looking forward to it. Bring it on!

Welcome to my spin-off blog. We will still be maintaining our other blog: The Adventures of Charla and Fish, but this one is much more geared towards a metamorphosis of sorts, and to my passion for windsurfing.

Cheryl and I came to New Zealand because of our desire to travel, but mainly to windsurf, and to windsurf a lot. Wellington is statistically one of the windiest cities in the world, if not the windiest, so it just seemed to make sense.

Windsurfing has dominated my life over the last twelve years. While I am far from a pro and I do work full-time as an engineer, I basically live to windsurf, and cannot get enough of it.

This blog will chronicle my gradual transformation from a dedicated hardcore wind-chasing fool, to a dedicated hardcore father of twins. Yup, that’s right. My wonderful partner Cheryl is 15 weeks pregnant with a couple of little buggers. Finding out about that, I can tell you, was quite the shock to the system! Needless to say, a major change in priorities is about to set itself upon me.

This blog is dedicated to this metamorphosis. While I hope there is middle ground, I think we are talking about opposite extremes of a spectrum. Enjoy.