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loopy



Joined: 21 May 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:35 pm    Post subject: christmas special Reply with quote

clean sideoff conditions on port tack


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sailwave



Joined: 11 May 2000
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Location: Redwood City, CA

PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: christmas special Reply with quote

loopy wrote:
clean sideoff conditions on port tack
Where is this picture from?
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gerritt



Joined: 06 May 1998
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Location: Redwood City, CA

PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somewhere along the San Mateo County coast. Starts with "P" and ends with "o." A rare treat and not to be toyed with over head high.
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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silly to try to keep spots secret, you WANT more sailors joining you nowadaze.
We mostly sailed San Gregorio because of easier parking and shorter walk.
That whole coast has been sailed, but few bother to check it on pre storm days.
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gerritt



Joined: 06 May 1998
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Location: Redwood City, CA

PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not too sure about San Gregorio's shorter walk. I've not sailed there.

There is parking at Pescadero and the walk is not much further than that at Waddell, without the steps. However, Dlee is right, no reason to keep it secret. Crowded at Pescadero is 5 sailors at any one time.

Look for prefrontal SE winds and smaller swell sizes. It breaks very hard there. Avoid the south part of the beach as there is a sand bar where the current will cut the legs out from under you and push you downwind before you have time to react. Kai Katchadourian got schooled there back in the day and retained it as a "score to settle" up until a recent secret AWT (last here in NorCal - it was a bust) alternative session in 2014?? Port tack spot for all the European sailors to shine. Us locals feel like we are drunk sailing it.

Dlee - Any tips for sailing off the beach just north of the Pidgeon Point lighthouse? I've been eyeballing it for years as I drive down on my way to the usual spots. Sometimes, it looks pretty inviting, but there are rocks and likely strong currents. Seems sketchy. I've heard it called pistachio beach, but I think that's a made up name.
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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There IS a name for that spot.....but I never cared to look.
We called it Bergerson's Beach, sailed on NNW only, and surfed by Ken B.
Shifty and wide, but on bigger swells lines up right at the North Reed reeling like 4 mile, but easier kelp beds and more wind on shore from lower rocky cliffs. Just rocky land, not cliffs.
Seen it sailed a dozen times, several with Matt Haut.
Only sailed it twice, found it hard to stay upwind after a wave, as wind direction is different in and outside.
Liked S of Pigeon at the V cut better, sailing the long flattish swells.
Didn't enjoy Gazos...too many closeouts.
Better is the outside reefs at the Cattle Gate with a walk to the line tree, steep sandy beach.
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fxop



Joined: 13 Jun 1998
Posts: 182

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dllee is amazing.

Looking at port tack pictures makes me dizzy.

BTW on "port tack" days we are sailing *out* on port tack, right? Why do we call it ... seems weird anyways.

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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sailing waves on port you're sailing goofy foot. For most of us sailing in California in more normal west to west-northwest winds, you're riding waves standard foot. As a standard foot surfer my whole life, it's much easier windsurfing waves down-the-line on non-port wind days.
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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not amazing, just really old.
I am listed in Surfing California credits.
Also in Windfinder as a resource for a dozen sites.
Worked at Wises and shaped for him.
Worked at Sausalito Sailboards and Windsports, '85 thru '00.
Attended 10 AWIA trade shows.
Just osmosis teaches a little bit.
Now a kook who get's on his knees before standing up on a surfboard.
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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surfsailing both tacks is required.
S winds rainy days and NW clearing winds.
My 1st 3 wavesailing days, 1 at Sloat, 2 at PedroPt.
on S winds goof. Was nothing like surfing for 20 years.
Following spring, NW days at HMB, Wads, and VFW's.
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