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2008 an unbeleivable season - best NorCal in last 20 years?
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bil7y



Joined: 17 Dec 2002
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: 2008 an unbeleivable season - best NorCal in last 20 years? Reply with quote

Early Solid Spring, Predictable windy summer, super solid late season. On the late season part we are getting legit bump and jump in late late october and then first really nice south storm winds come in TODAY.

Its not not even over yet but not too early to talk Best season ever? NorCal Triangle by my definition = Bodega-Rio-Santa Cruz. "Ever" = last 25 years of my addiction.

Enjoy and be safe - All treat Very Happy no trick. Twisted Evil

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carl



Joined: 25 Feb 1997
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Location: SF bay area

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where have you been? It's like that every year! Very Happy
March 'was' unusually good. The mid-late June smoke from the fires put
a damper on mid-season in the south bay. Otherwise it has been a great season,,,and early storm sailing too, usually the southerlies don't start
til Dec.
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Epenrose



Joined: 05 Nov 1997
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't think it was a particularly good coast year, swell was marginal and didn't have one of thos amazing late mega swell days.
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south-west



Joined: 04 Mar 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree with bil7y. I have sailed the coast since 1981 and I don't think I've ever racked up as many days as this season. Lots of waves with abnormally strong North westerlies all spring AND summer. It's just now started to slow down.
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SWE106



Joined: 14 Feb 2005
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Location: San Mateo

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With my humble 4 yrs of bay area experience, I'd say winter and spring were pretty solid. I've not sailed 4.1 completely OPed at the coast until this year, several days in a row. Awesome. The waves have been pretty decent all year round, with several epic southswell days (most of which I missed....aarggghhhh), though never any real "monster" swells. After spring to early summer, it became a little more hit or miss I felt, meaning if you weren't at the right place and time, you didn't get to sail (in stellar conditions). 3rd ave has been pretty bad after spring, whereas candlestick and PA certainly had there moments. September was dominated by an early fall-fade, whereas October made up for that with 2 solid weeks. Summer felt average. Was my most used sail size 4.7 last year, it was 5.0 this year. So certainly more than OK, but not the best I've experienced so far.
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ctuna



Joined: 27 Jun 1995
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Last Year was much better Reply with quote

Last Year was much better
Though it started sooner and ended earlier
This year Cold and not windy till almost May ended mid October
Last year sailing in March to end of August much more consistent
almost everywhere in the bay area and on the coast best season in years 2007.
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mogunn



Joined: 03 Apr 2006
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Location: SF Bay

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was one of the best seasons in recent memory for me. I spent more time on smaller sails than in the past few years March thru last week. Hope next year is a repeat.
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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to admit, I've been so envious that you folks had a stellar summer season. The conditions in northern SoCal were the absolute worst in my memory. Odd how different things can be just 300 miles away. I'll have to make a point of spending some time in the bay area next summer.
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victor



Joined: 03 Aug 1998
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

last year was better. i got 162 days in.

might have been my fault.

july & august were a little light.
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human_catapult



Joined: 20 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I moved to the bay area in June from the east coast. I will say that this season was by far the best season I've ever had for windsurfing... Laughing
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