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la Journale de 2020

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- a suggestion me bro made a few years back

Wednesday 05AUG2020

Wifey had the car and the day started out with rain anyway .... In the afternoon the wind was still kicking and there was NO rain - some clouds looked ominous, but kinda ok. Went out with the 3 m² kite to the local soccer field. There was a lady with two young girls, who squealed whenever the wind picked up - and it did - to the point that I emergency landed twice - it was just pulling too hard for me from the W/NW - guessing over 40 kph ...

Tuesday the 28th

Yesterday was rainy with not much wind and so no windsurfing
On this day, it was a beautiful lake kinda day
that actually started as a "red sky morning warning"

The wind was strong at times.

My tacks were NOT good

Fell in three times in a wind shadow

Winds were SW 10-50 kph about

Obviously SL200 and SPF 8.5

Franco tried to go to OKA, but they would NOT let him in - you MUST buy your ticket before online !!
He went to AAO instead. Had a hard time with his 5-oh wing and windsup.

Sunny day on July 26th, 2020

It was supposed to be a rainy day with BIG winds
well, big for me - up to 50+ kph from the SW
When it did rain on this day, it was drizzle
what about the wind ??
When it came time to set up the equipment,
I kept asking myself, rig for now or 4 forecast ??
This was because the wind was quite light
Rigged the usual SL200 + SPF 8.5
As I was rigging, the wind started to pick up
like A LOT
to the point where I was wondering whether I should rig down
instead (as I am lazy and always doubting the weather), I rigged tight
the downhaul was pulled tight, outhaul tight AND on the lower hole
i probably should have rigged down and I would have been able to stay out longer
there were times when i thought the sail was gonna be ripped from my hands
some of my tacks were quite messy too :-(
too bad i did not put the 7-oh on the Shark
then again - the holiday week is just starting :-)

Saturday July 18th

Lovely summer day with a SW breeze under 22 kph
The whole fam damily went up north - well almost all of us - missing three
Which ain't bad since the baby's other grandparents came up too
So, we were nine(9) people in total - seems pandemic max is 10
As usual BIC SL200 and HSM SPF 8.5
While downhauling with the winch, I thought I would give it just a little more
and the rope snapped - that was a first for me - i guess if outhaul was on
it would be less dramatic for the sail

Sunday July 12th

Yes, still going to the lake
Winds from the N/NW and supposed to be 20-40 kph
tried with the Shark and SPF, but it was unstable winds and I was in the water
went back and got the BIC SL200
the wind was quite narrow in its bandwidth and thus i was often trying to get back to it
thus it was NOT a great windsurf session, but it was such a nice day
me wife was there with me and that made for an even nicer day
even tho that meant NO cheats on the alcohol lol
not that that is a regular event !!!

Monday June 29th

I am still on holidays and the prediction is some rain with some wind up north
Now my go to stuff is there and that is where I will go until I am convinced it is safe to go where there are lots of people. People are NOT doing social distancing on and near beaches :-(
Winds were from the East and ranged from 10 to about 25 kph
Managed to go in the harness a couple of times
The weather was warmer than anticipated and not much rain
Obviously was on the BIC SL200 with the HotSailsMaui Speedfreak 8.5
Thought I could use the HPL carbon boom, but it is 220 cm minimum length
The HSM SPF outhaul is 180 + 32.5 = 212.5 cm which is too far away to even try :-(
I added about twelve inches to the uphaul line - a suggestion from way back
and YES, it actually DOES make it so much easier to uphaul a BIG sail
You are already standing straight and using the full body to haul
made the mistake of going out one more time when it looked
like the weather might change and it did
there was a little bit of rain and then
the wind changed direction from the North
and then back to East which made getting back difficult
which means, yes, i did fall in and had to get in the water to get off :-(
relaxed afterwards with a shot of CC and some BD
NOT a fan of CC and so last time for that one
time to go back on the wagon !!

Thursday 25JUN2020

Yesterday I was hoping to head up to the chalet and hit the water, but that never happened ...
Instead we went to my son's place and my wife held our new first grand-daughter :-)
AND I flew my 3 m² training kite afterwards  in SW 15-35 kph winds

it was GOOD

Luckily there was wind again today and I am OFF on holidaze :-)
Headed up alone with the Fanatic Shark 145 HRS and 50 cm fin ...
Wind was 15-40 kph from the SW again which is not ideal for the lake
Obviously I had the HSM SPF 8.5 on the Shark with mastbase at 140 - later 135
Had a difficult time getting out of the bay, managed to finally and moved harness lines back
Oh yeah, I downhauled MORE and also had the outhaul @ 32.5,had wetsuit n booties
Traded the boards out to compare & it felt like the BIC SL200 planed better :-(
It was a great fun day and I sat at the water's edge for a break and afterwards as well
Why did I feel like ISIS and the US afterwards had anything to do with the greatness of the day ?
Ah yes, I cheated and had half a bottle of Coors Light on the dock afterwards :-) 😎 😎
I am an alcoholic and like to cheat once in a while, but never with more than that

FRY Day 19062020

Finished my work day @ the chalet
we call it the White House
Yes, it is white and BIG
There are six giant bedrooms upstairs ..

Wind was from the WNW and between 16 and 24 kph
As usual I was out on the BIC SL200 using the HSM SPF 8.5
Adjusted the boom down to slip in and out of the harness more easily ...

It was too hot to windsurf - we have temps I am NOT used to 33° C
which in Fahrenheit is 33x9/5+32=~92°F WOW
In the sun it was unbearable - shade was good
Took some Coors Light to cool down
and found some of Chas' GC
good work day :-)
fry day lol

Sunday 14JUN2020

One day before my daughter-in-law is to be induced and i am to become Opajo :-)
Wind was 10-20 kph from the East
I knew it was light wind and I enjoyed it
Obviously BIC SL200 and HSM SPF 8.5
It was a pleasant day on the water - just what I needed ...
Oh yes - I am still ONLY going windsurfing up north - keeping social distance !!
The wife came along and we did chat nicely with Unca Freddy and Joanne ...

Friday 12JUN2020

Worked from the chalet in the hopes of windsurfing after work
Set up the stuff at lunch time - BIC SL200 and the GA Flow 3X 7-oh
just to be safe ....
Wind was REALLY gusty and did not settle down
i gave up at around 17h00 - was not going to wait longer and be disappointed
and so - headed home

This is what OKA looked like yesterday - GLAD that I did NOT drop bye !!!

Nice Social Distancing
Pan Damn It !!

After reading the reports on QuebecWind, I no longer feel like I am a windsurfer :-(
They are all out on their 4.x sails and < 100 liter boards jumping and jibing
and in the middle of it all Georges tells us of his jumps with his 9 meter kite.
At this point in my life I realize that I will never reach that level - oh well

Saturday 06/06/2020 
Yesterday we visited Gary, the bro-in-law from CT up north
I brought my HSM SPF 8.5 and NP mast, butt wind died
Tried to tell the wife that i needed to get there earlier for wind
She did not understand that and so, today I went back up again
Dropped her off at our daughter's on the way ...
Saw this while checkin the wind ...
Poor feller :-(

Looks like he mighta hit the window

There was NOT a lotta wind when i got there

Decided to set up the SPF to review its setup

My phone notes say 17.5 cm extra downhaul and  32.5 cm extra boom length/outhaul
Tried downhaul with what was there.
That did not feel right and I added another 2.5 cm
It seemed better then - especially after some Chocolate Fondue
Went out in the light wind and then came back and got the harness
Next run out I adjusted the lines to longer and slid the boom down about 2.5 cm
Was able to hook in and out plus be comfortable
Good thing cuz the wind kicked in
Had some fun and then saw text from my wife during a break - was she asking me if i was done
Oh well - i am kinda tired from those runs
I would not have minded some more light wind stuff lol
btw I am an idiot - forgot my booties and was not wearing the good crocks
rode the board quite straddled - always one foot against the mast base
earlier I hurt my foot and never looked  - seems it bled a lot - oh well
wife freaked out when she the blood and cut - oh well

Somehow I managed to not fall in, break another BIC clip and chip the front mast base "hole"

29MAY2020 - it's a beautiful Fry Day !!

So, at lunch I drove up to the White House bringing my harness and boom; finished work early and was on the water by about 15h15
I almost hit Christiane who was doing her swim - Louis did not warn me !! He just looked at me with his blank stare n smile. Like he always does ...

The sail was set with the winch and was best when FULLY downhauled; with +25 cm outhaul (180+25 = 205cm total)

I fell in a couple of times but the water was comfortable. We have had blazing heat lately ..

Obviously the session was with the BIC SL200 board + Gaastra Flow 3X cambered 7m² sail on the MauiSails 490 hard top mast. I tried using the harness, but the lines were not set well ... Was having too much fun to worry about those details on that day ... I was out for about an hour - and is was just heavenly - especially after a shot of spiced rum and a hit of Galiano ... wine :-)

The winds were 20-40 kph from the west, but swung south at times & hit 30-50 kph at times - I was practically planing with the BEAST !! Fun, fun ...

Oh yeah, I almost forgot - the deck of the board was quite slippery I wished I had brung me booties - good thing for Ken's crocks !! These are some kinda special crocks - mine used to slide like crazeeee

14MAY2020 - yupp, we are still in "lockdown"
                      - some primary schools are starting up and people are "misbehaving"
                      - all this sit at home stuff just makes me drool and shop 4 stuff
                      - this is NOT good !!
                      - in the last five(5) years I have spent under $400 a year on windsurfing
                      - if we assume that one can windsurf here six(6) months of the year,
                      - that's around $65 a month or $2 a day and VERY reasonable
                      - I have been looking at a Fanatic Hawk 120 for $650 (Maxime)
                      - this would require selling at least one or two boards - which one(s) ??
                      - also looking at a Simmer 2XC 8.5 with mast for $800 (what 2 sell??)
                      - for this one - it is more difficult since people are NOT using large sails
                      - everyone is going foiling with smaller sails now
                      - perhaps it is best to just "wait and see"

10MAY2020 - this weekend the winds were stronger than usual - WNW 20-50kph
                      - and i was curious how i would handle this
                      - went out today and found winds to be all over the place W, then NW
                      - winds went from cannot keep sail/kite going to had to let go
                      - it was so strong at times!!
                      - also practiced keeping sail at 10h00 and 2h00
                     - how the F do they kitesurf with this kind of instability ?!?!?

07MAY2020 - supposed to rain and not a lotta wind from the W/SW
                      - oh well, maybe time to try and make a video of this insanity ...
                      - so, that's what I did ...

and here is the 2nd part  - seems no cheap n easy way to join em ??

03MAY2020 - SUNDAY and a nice one at that ----------------------------
                      - it started with rain and then turned into a beauty
                      - Marc said he was going out on the water - will check back with him later
                      - wind W-SW 20-35 kph and some chambers look torn = oh well
                      - grande fun !!!

01MAY2020 - a picture is worth a 1000 words :-) Fry Day woohooo

27APR2020 = Mundane Monday
                      - wind was light - about 20-30 kph and again from the NE
                      - thus I went alone and tried a whack of stuff
                      - even tried pumping the kite to get it up higher
                      - managed to fly the kite quite high
                      - different dude came as I was getting off @ 17h30
                      - he did not say a word to me :-)
                      - none of those dudes seemed to be there when I arrived @#$%^&*(

26APR2020  - SUNday = NOT (cloudy n gray with threat of rain showers)
                      - this time wind was from the NE 20-35 kph - up n down with slight
                         shits in wind direction
                      - Jayroh did a good job today and got nervous when he felt the power !!
                      - when I had the kite, I felt in full control and actually did a full loop
                      - did some quick saves and had NO issues starting the kite from the

                      - some other people were in the next field with their dog = open space

23APR2020 - Thursday & almost Friday
                     - wind was from the West about 20-35 kph, but to go down later
                     - waited for my older son at home to finish work - mistake
                     - wind was more like 20-30 kph and difficult to keep trainer kite up
                     - young dude in red vest came and told us in English that we are not
                        allowed in Rosemere parks - told him there was NO sign
                     - he said it was a town ruling - told him we would be done in 5 anyway
                     - NEXT time will tell him open spaces are allowed  !! and
                        that I asked the cops :-) who have passed on numerous occasions !!
                     - we left 10 minutes later anyway cuz the wind died

19APR2020 - skipped Friday, but was yearning for outside activity
                     - think the windskate is on the back burner and kite training has
                       "moved up the totem pole" (in the words of my sister)
                     - field was finally dry enough for me to go in my shoes
                     - thus the boots were used to hold the kite down
                     - i practiced ALL kinds of stuff and was feeling VERY confident
                     - ran gentle figure eights through the power zone too
                     - landed the kite at the edge of the windzone, but learned it was difficult to
                        launch from there (only for when done with the session ??)
                     - definitely feels like "I am getting the hang of it" - pardon the pun :-)
                     - oh yeah, best part was the planning - got wind, got off n then drizzle started !!
                     - managed to fly the kite high

17APR2020 - it's a FRYday and I don't feel like going with the training kite WTF
                    - guess I went too many days in a row ... don't want it as a routine ...
                    - btw all this kite activity and pandemic does NOT stop me from
                              shopping for windsurf equipment
                              - one lady said people were coming by the next day to look @ stuff

16APR2020 - yes, the very next day, I was OUT on the field AGAIN
                     - in case you have not seen the kite: HQ-RUSH-v300-pro.html
                     - had issues with the strings at first as usual, but got it all figured out
                     - with the help of Phillippe, a kiter from Rosemere
                     - he reviewed a few things, gave me more tricks and said:
                       "You are ready for kite courses with Gilles @ Parc OKA" :-)
                     - btw it is EASY to maintain distance when working with a kite !!
                     - I was doing figure eights, starting from upside down, dropping the kite
                       from way up high and starting it up before it hit ground

                     - BEST kite practice day for me EVER !!! :-)

Forgot to mention:
                              At lunch I searched for a BETTER place to practice
                              Parc in front of the arena is closed
                              Too hilly with trees in front of the Catholic Church/School
                               Reno Depot had an area in the parking lot, but there was BIG puddle
                               Private Rosemere golf course looked full of trees n tight runs ...

Secret: I tried to hold the kite by its lines and cut my hand and finger - no blood tho - 
            just some skin lol          Propolis ALREADY doing its job !!!

15APR2020 - managed to go out after work
                     - winds were a little stronger & once again a fellow came and helped me
                     - my lines were tangled and I could NOT get going
                    - shoes to hold down was good, but again tree blocked wind down low
                    - where is a better place to go ??
                    - also, when kite goes over your head towards the wind - what to do ??

14APR2020 - We had NO power all day and I am WFH\workin from home ...
                     - Had a SUPER windy night and power died around 2 a.m.
                     - Late in the day I went to the same field as Sunday, butt was wet
                     - Also, the wind seemed quite high

12APR2020 - Yes, we are in the "middle" of the COVID-19 pandemic
                     - Parcs are closed and everyone is "social distancing"
                     - It is Easter Sunday with a nice W/SW breeze of 20-30 kph
                     - Temps to go up to about 12 degrees C with the sun showing her face
                     - NO better day than to kite my HQ Rush V300 PRO - obviously 3 m²
                     - This was like my 2nd time flying this thing and a gentleman came by
                     - He watched, asked some questions then helped me - from the distance
                     - First he threw the kite up, then launched it while I threw it up ... nice pun
                     - Showed me the ropes and then I continued on my own ...
                     - Wind was a bit light and tricky
                     - Oh yeah, it is Easter Sunday and I am afraid to try the windskate
                     - That's because I busted my shoulder on the ice Easter weekend 2008
                     - I am not usually superstitious, but I will make an exception on this one :-(

                     - Before I forget, the centre line was loosened & I steered from the ropes
                     - NOT just steering with the handle - pull on those ropes !!

07MAR2020 - The One and ONLY windsurf session on ice this "winter" of 2019/2020
                      - https://joewindsurfer/2020/03/winter-session-march-2020.html
                      - I had two inguinal hernias repaired in November 2019.
                      - That pretty much killed ALL winter activities for me
                      - I actually had six(6) weeks convalescence

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