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PoorBoyUS22



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you really want to lear how to wavesail there really is no better place than Punta San Carlos Baja, insteady of getting thrashed on the Cali coast and breaking tons of gear for one hit wonder waves you should come check out WYatt Miller and my clinic in San Carlos where you have perfect side offshore winds allowing you to use your windsurf skills to build speed on the wave face instead of needing to bea a really good surfer to get going fast. The side off shore conditions also mean you get to zip right back out upwave in a singel tack. Not to mention that the waves are gentle top to middle breakers that keep you from breaking gear. Also you get 8 bottom turns on a wave so you can really improve in a single week. There is no better place to learn wavesailing. With some good instruction and video review over dinner you will be ripping when you show up at Waddell or Davenport late in the summer

Oru clinics runs from May 18th -25th come on down as they say you just dont know until you go.

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keycocker



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go with miller. If you can't do that, try learning some basics on flat water.
Since the best way to ride out a set while down is from the top of the mast, you can practice doing a water start from there. In flat water hold on to the top and hand over hand on the mast ountil you reach the boom with the sail flying, then do a quick normal start.
Practice sailing slowly on your wave board. After years of pushing your speed you forget how to sail at a near stall without falling. You will need this at times to line up with a wave. Maui is full of wannabe wave sailors who spend all day speeding past the correct entry point as it approaches.
If your wave site is onshore like most places, try practicing turning sharply to windward and then sharply downwind without fully stalling. This is how you catch the front onshore wave without passing through the set first
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which wave looks easier to learn wave sailing?
Jericaocao in Brazil or PuntaSanCarlos?
Both usually small, both side off winds, both meek and mild.
Jeri is shallower water. PSC you need to walk down the cliff, walk out past the dead zone inside, then water/beach start in chest deep water.
I've only been to PSC.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, riding PSC is very similar to riding N reef, Davenport, if PSC has a big enough swell.
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ctuna



Joined: 27 Jun 1995
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Location: Santa Cruz Ca

PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:12 am    Post subject: The waves are fantastic in PSC Reply with quote

The waves are fantastic in PSC
but there is a definite get bashed against the cliff factor
on high tide. Also side offshore is kind of different to get
used to after side onshore around here.
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airwave



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The easiest place to learn to wave sail on the west coast is Arroyo Laguna.
Though at times there is very little wave, which makes for great outside swell riding.
It is also one of the most consistently windy spots on the California coast.
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loopy



Joined: 21 May 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airwave wrote:
The easiest place to learn to wave sail on the west coast is Arroyo Laguna.
Though at times there is very little wave, which makes for great outside swell riding.
It is also one of the most consistently windy spots on the California coast.


Natural Bridges is also quite similar to AL. good place to ease into wave sailing with open ocean sailing, getting in and out of the beach, etc. The down side of NB are small launch area (next beach is quite a ways downwind in the no wind zone), windline is usually a slog out (good training for slogging and swimming), and wind tends to shut off earlier than up the coast. On the plus side, there's a really smooth section inside the kelp bed, there's the break at sidewalks and up at longs and wilders, warmer and less spooky, and it holds up a big swell when it's closing out up the coast.
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edscott



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:56 pm    Post subject: Natural Bridges Reply with quote

NB's is not really a wave sailing spot, but sometimes it is. I would not recommend it for a first-time wave sailor. It's light on the inside, there's major kelp beds sitting right offshore and the wave doesn't really break there on a regular basis. Also, there's a nasty backwash, esp on high tide, if you're not careful and get out right away, your rig can be trashed - personal experience speaking here.

That being said, it's a mellow bump and jump place once you clear the beach. You just have to point downwind and blast through the kelp to get outside, then you're fine. Coming in make sure you have plenty of mo so you can reach the beach, otherwise, you might have to slog a bit to get back.


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edscott



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:13 pm    Post subject: Getting off the beach Reply with quote

Besides getting through the waves for your wave sailing session, the other major skill I see for a beginner is getting off the beach. The shorepound can be quite vicious in Nor Cal, the key is to try to get out as quickly as possible and not loiter at the edge of the water.

The worst thing you can do (I see beginners do this all the time), is beeline right to the water's edge irrespective of the what the shorebreak is doing and immediately get worked, or sit in the water a long time waiting for an opportunity to waterstart. Ideally, you should stand on the beach near the water's edge in the ready position (rig ready to go on a moment's notice, perhaps holding it) observe the shorebreak and look where other sailors are launching. You time a gap at the end of the set or after a big set goes through for your launch. Ideally, you will be standing in the water as the last wave of the set goes through and waterstart behind the last wave immediately after it passes. When the water from the set pulls back it often has the effect of dragging you and your gear out a bit giving you a little boost.

Try to waterstart immediately. Again, no.1 rule is do not loiter in the beach break zone. If you can't get going right away, make sure you pop your rig over any incoming sets. If you start drifting and you or your rig gets caught in a set, under no circumstances (rule no. 2) let your rig get between you and the set. This can end badly - you can get pinned beneath your rig or you can end up with broken limbs as well as broken equipment. Better let your rig get worked rather than you. Once your rig goes over the falls, grab your sail as the wave pulls back and lift it clear of the water. Do this promptly to avoid having your gear get sucked out, but if you can't do it let it go. You can't fight tons of water dragging your rig. One you get control of your rig again and get it clear of the water, get out, catch your breath, regroup and try again.

No loitering in the shore break!
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xander.arch



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great advice Ed Scott!
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