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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swchandler wrote:
Pretty tough to get that kind of air at Stevenson or Rowena. A picture is worth a thousand words.


probably true for stevenson. but i *think* it could happen at rowena on a windy day. some of the ramps are a little more vertical in arenal than rowena as well, i believe. if you pick it right, you can get up there. this guy was doing backs...
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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: the season is nigh! Reply with quote

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in an effort to spurn the wind gods into raining wind upon us, some eye candy from lake arenal this winter:


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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just thought i'd report back on this year's costa rica, lake arenal windsurfing trip. i was there 16 days and i sailed 15 out of 16. lake arenal delivers. yet again.

anyone else off to a windy vacation spot this winter? how was it?
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SPQR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious, were they renting new Fanatic Freewaves as was reported last year? If so, what are your impressions of them?
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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SPQR wrote:
Just curious, were they renting new Fanatic Freewaves as was reported last year? If so, what are your impressions of them?


they do indeed have some new fanatic freewaves. they also had some from the previous year. i love them, but i also think they have become ubiquitous in the past few years. or maybe it's just where i sail.

to me, they epitomize the "new" shape of boards. quick(er) to plane, still pretty carvy and can be a touch loose, too.

ii have two of them now, but mine are quite a few years older. i'm thinking about upgrading sometime soon. i will say, however, that if i do upgrade i definitely will be getting the version with the tri-fin. i've sailed that in waves and swell and it's waaaaay more fun than a single fin.
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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anybody else go on any windsurf trips so far this winter?

let's hear about 'em! i'm dying to learn about new places!
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rigitrite



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back from 8 days in LaVentana (Mexico), which was pretty kick ass. Sailed 5 out of 8 days.
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scottwerden



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to Arenal many years back. The comparison to Rowena seems about right. Never went back; I thought it was not sunny enough and a little too choppy to warrant traveling that far for a winter get-away.

Is the Bar Equus still around there? It is a pretty cool place. My wife and I broke in the millennium new year in that bar. It consists of several dance areas and places to hang out, all built into the jungle with great artistry using river rock. It was a wild scene, and I am not really a bar person.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scottwerden wrote:
I went to Arenal many years back. The comparison to Rowena seems about right. Never went back; I thought it was not sunny enough and a little too choppy to warrant traveling that far for a winter get-away.

THANK you for reinforcing my impression of Arenal, as I ask myself about once a year whether I should just go. I don't need sunshine, but I DO need organized swell or clean waves to warrant serious travel. I haven't sailed Rowena in probably in 20 years largely because that photo above reminds me of it.
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LoveSplittingLanes



Joined: 17 Jul 2004
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Location: Back in CA!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful spot/country but challenging... more Bump and Bump than organized chop for sure... Look at the set up : wind picks up from ~mid lake and blasts towards the end of the lake where the chop has nowhere to go but back at ya after bouncing off the steep shoreline... Bathtub effect... Takes time to adjust to Arenal...
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