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2018 Journal Entries

01JAN2018 The day started with a BANG. Fireworks on the lake up north @  01012018 00h00. Next day snow looked like it did not sink much when others and the dogs went over it. It was confirmed the ice was good and there was not much snow. As usual, this means the wind was lacking and my stuff was elsewhere ...

Headed back home with the young Bee and left the wife up north with her family including her mum. The wind looked promising and so, packed the van with the 2 best sleds, 8-oh and 7-oh sails and all the rest of it. Barely out of the driveway and got upset. The fan for the front window was not starting. This has happened before in a winter and now we are having -20 days and even less at night. Oh well, if i am blinded by the sunlight and kill someone, at least i have an excuse - you got it - the sun !! Made it to the river, but already had a bad taste in my mouth. The river now had a wet layer on top also and saw water in the snow footprints. Am sure it was thick enough, but with those conditions and the lack of good wind... headed home with my tail between my legs. In the winter it can be more discouraging.

Buddies from NE states sending me this video from 29DEC2017 does NOT help !!
Then they got snow which ruined their ideal conditions too :-(

Luckily the next day the temperature went up considerably - to a whopping -16 degrees C and the fan in the van worked - no wind of course %^&*(

SAT 06JAN2018 today it was around -20 degrees C and windy ... Like yesterday ... Had to go to the local river and check the conditions. Yes, it is still frozen ... They have marked the ski trail on the south side with the XMAS trees. The conditions were ALL over the place - like never seen before !! There were perfect sections with some snow on the ice, there were others with deep snow on the ice, some sections had had the water blown over the snow and froze AND there were still sections with deeper snow, then water on the solid ice. The WORST conditions ever. NOT even going to work next week and the temps go up. May have to check Lac de Deux Montagnes after all ...

FRI 12JAN2018 the weather is up n down like crazy. As mentioned has been cold, but today was +10C in Montreal. Georges sent me this video from the 9th ...

Snowkite on January 9th 2018, Come Fly With Me from Georges Kassir on Vimeo.

SAT 13JAN2018 started raining yesterday, got colder for freezing rain and then we got about a foot of snow. supposed to go really cold again. It has been so cold that they have been surfing on "slutch" in New Jersey...

SAT 20JAN2018: another disappointing day :-(
after seeing George's video from OKA ...

thought those conditions looked ok and George confirmed it on the phone
BIG winds today and so brought the small sails and checked it out = NON
same as local river as far as i was concerned
slush and could NOT see where it stopped and 3-4 inches of wet snow
later went to Pte-Claire to look at houses & checked Lac St-Louis = MUCH BETTER
will have to keep an eye on that

SUN 21JAN2018 put a deposit on a REIX competition DIV2/division 2 board
from Eric Bouillet.
He is the international spokesperson for the DIV2 class !!

The board was found on the rocks and repaired. He managed to get original parts from France, but it has a BIC Sport fin in US slot. The mast base screws into the "holes" and twist tightens. A regular mast base can attach to that. It came with the REIX sail too and thus is practically DIV2 race ready.

There are NOT many pictures of this board on the internet. Did find this one as well. Will have correct that situation :-)

SUN 28JAN2018 Rosemere WSW 12-17mph WSW - WW snow&ice sleds = 5 outta 10
checked yesterday and looked ok, but no wind. Today it warmed up - over +4 degrees C ... The wind was good at 12 to 17 mph WSW. The temperature made the snow soft and there was water in some places. The snow was NOT conducive to a good ride on neither ice nor snow sleds. Giving the session a bear pass ... Need better base ...

SAT 03FEB2018 already FEB and had 2 rotten sessions so far :-(
went to local river (with my stuff) to check it out
van heater fan was not working again and ice/snow was so/so
wind was supposed to be WSW about 10 mph - yeah right
stayed around 4-6 mph - not even worth trying with the 8-oh $%^&*
next time go check first ?? not that far from home ...

still no sessions, but by end of FEB with all the thawing, rain and freezing the ice conditions were good... for me NO wind on weekends and/or busy with moving people. Buddy Georges does get out and calls Lake of Two Mountains a real skating rink = MY kinda conditions #$%^&*

IceKiting On The Lac / Come Fly With Me from Georges Kassir on Vimeo.

George's video was from 26FEB which was a Monday. Yes, a workday for most of us :-(
Well, I managed to get back from the States earlier than expected and managed to get out:

MON 05MAR2018 ice sled OKA GA Flow3X 7-oh NE 20+ kph = 8 outta 10
There was some wet snow on top of the ice, but ok after freezing temperatures over night. Gave the ice about a seven out of 10. Was going to give the wind the same, but it did pick up and thus 7.5 out of ten. Since I did manage to go out and no animals were hurt in the process, i am giving it an 8 outta 10 session. The animals are myself and the kit...

The harness lines were adjusted more forward and everything was great ...
Am hoping for a session with great ice n wind though !!

SAT 10MAR2018 OKA 20-40 kph NW snow-sled SW Retro 8.0 => 8 outta 10

wet snow on the ice from Thursday and wind shadow from the NW 
met Mannie from previous job, Bomardier Aerospace in the parking lot 
tried the ice sled first, but was pushing snow - conditions were about 6 outta 10
took out the snow sled and put a larger sail - to overcome drag - the patched SW Retro 8.0
fellow from VoilOka came out on his skis - wanted to know who is windsurfing in the winter
thought he said his name was Mark, but website says Jason ...
he tried it and was VERY interested
his buddy is building a sled with a raised platform too !!!
he too remarked that we were in a windshadow - we could see 2 kites further out ...
the wind where we were just was not enough - another bare 6 outta 10
as i was going out past the windshadow i spoke with a fellow kite skiing
lo and behold, it was ski-Guy :-) with an Ozone kite that has chambers - cannot be used in water
he also has paraski sails ...
once i got past the windshadow I was good to go ... now the real fun started
after about 45 minutes I was burnt - i had done too many attempts in the lighter wind section...
my right forearm was TIGHT
also adjusted the harness lines a few times - that helped, but it was too late.
walked the board in , but was not ashamed
i managed once again to windsurf on the ice n snow !!

the sled is the same as this one - but without the additional blue extension
and as discussed the sail was my old SW Retro 8.0

On the quebecwind forum, where I wrote the French version of this outing, 

they commented on the green grass under the sail (obviously an old photo)
and so ... i put this photo :-)

Forgot to mention ...the local river, Rivière Milles Isles, is FINISHED
i.e. TOO dangerous to even try and windsurf on 
tested it last week near Parc Charboneau and was ok
the section near the bridge is OPEN i.e. finished !!
unfortunately NOT open enough to windsurf on the water either
wonder how Lac St-Louis is doing then ??
should have checked Sunday when I visited my mother on West Island :-(

SAT 17MAR2018 Vaudreuils NW 30-50 kph snow sled GA Flow3 = 5 outta 10 :-( 
Since it was NW was not sure I wanted to do the BIG walk on the ice like last week. Took the Subaru with both sleds on the roof and all three sails inside (6.3, 7.0 and 8.0). When I got there, there was no-one. That's a bad start. Walked down for first check and for sure need the snow sled. Even at that did not like the amount of snow. The wind was quite strong and solid and so opted for the 7-oh. Sure enough the issue was the snow. Also, one of the skis has the metal loose underneath which is not perfect. Could get it going, but was rough over the snow and the wind was strong and so hard to go from nothing. Perhaps should have tried a "water start" - get into postion sitting down and let wind pull me up n forward ... Since it was colder than usual and I was not having fun, decided to call it a failure. Have to rate it since i did go out and so, gave it a fiver. This is because no-one got hurt and nothing broke. The wind was actually good. What I really wonder is, how would this work with a deeper snow sled ? wind was strong !! the image is still in POC mode/proof of concept i.e. not assembled

Used to say that the snow sled was good in 3 to 4 inches. After today I would say more like 2-3 inches...

MON 02APR2018 ice sled OKA HSM Fire 6.3 WSW 20+ kph = 9 outta 10 !!

So far this winter I have been out about five(5) times and none of them were memorable ...
We got back from the States a little bit early (Easter weekend) and nights are back to being a little colder.
Winds to start later in the day and I arrived at OKA Parc at around 11h00..
Ice was hard with NO snow on it, but it was rough. This means NO spinout, but don't fall ...
Was going to put the 7.0 meter sail, but put the 6.3 just in case ... NOT going for speed ...
There were brown spots on the ice to the east and so stayed further west and not too far out ...
Went in the harness a couple of times, but it was not needed.
Met Sylvain the kite foiler on my way out. Said he went yesterday, but it was slushy and he water skied over a two(2) foot crack with water - NOT what I saw and so am glad I stayed in the area that i did. Gave it such a high rating because it had to be the best of the season and perhaps the last ...

SAT 07APR2018 checked OKA Parc and the winter season is OVER !!
wind was howling in the morning and so, went and checked a little later
even gtj was saying wind was too big for windskate ...
looks like the ice cracks got larger and the wind blew the pieces about
creating the ice piles i was so used on Lake Simcoe when i was young
nice photo op !!

Thursday 12APR2018 Vaudreils

SAT 21APR2018 OKA main beach MEQ2 TR-6 8.4 WNW 20+ kph = 8 outta 10
Just last week I was considering going on the ice @ Vaudreuils. Now the water is open and there is little to no ice on the edges. Was hoping to use the HSM SPF 8.5, but it is at the in-law chalet. Forgot how heavy and how much work the race sails are. Had my new 5 mm semi-dry quicksilver boots, BARE two piece wetsuit and Dakine gloves. There was a windshadow at the shore, but good winds further out ...  It was the sail that did me in AND the wetsuit. My forearms hurt, especially the right one. The good news is that I was NOT cold at all and the water is marked as 3 degrees C. It helps that it was a beautiful sunny day. Saw two kites further west, in the La Crête bay area ... musta started from the other side ... Had a power nap after. 
ah yes, was wondering about foiling - André says 2 meter less of a sail required
means would have been out with a 6 to 7 square meter sail = much easier to handle ,,,
when i arrived, i realized that i had NOT checked my list - THE checklist !!
was NOT sure I had my sailing glasses, nor the pouch to put my car key ...
luckily the glasses were there and the key went in the harness pouch ...
also, when i undid the mast, i forgot to loosen bottom camber first :-(
rough start, but still an 8 outta 10 !!
Never regret my windsurf sessions ...

SUN 22PR2018 went up to the in-law/out-law chalet and carved a path to the lake through two feet of snow. The ice is starting to melt at the sides - barely. On top of the ice is just a thin layer of snow and then solid ice. There seemed to be some wind from NNW. With my re-done snow sled and the SW Retro 8-oh, it woudda bin a GO !!!

SUN 29APR2018 was hoping to go out today, but may have mixed up my days.
Yesterday was less rain. Now we are getting constant rain and flood warnings.
NOTHING like last year. Except Fredericton, NB is flooding almost as bad as 2008.
Picked up my REIX Competition from Eric Bouillet on South Shore.
He wants me to show up at Trois Rivières and Kingston with my D2 !!
Michael Hollow is selling his RSD2 out of Toronto, but asking $2499 !!

02MAY2018 did NOT rain today = finally and it seems many went on the water UNTIL they were overwhelmed by BIG gusts. It was SO warm that Yvente was out in a shortie ...
graphs are available on iwindsurf this week FREE

SAT 05MAY2018 OKA end of beach MEQ2 GA FLOW3X WNW 10-50 kph = 8 outta 10
yesterday was MAJOR wind in Hamilton, Toronto and Hamilton. Here is a snip-it from Toronto aeroport. realizing it is MPH !!!

Worked Fri night to Sat morning and had enough energy to go out. Just in case - took the MEQ2 and the smaller GA FLOW3X. The HSM SPF 8.5 is still at the in-law chalet. Gotta go get it SOON. There was a BIG wind shadow and there was period with almost NO wind and then a GREAT blast. If it would have stayed LOW it would have been 7 outta 10 !! windalert is free this week...

Forgot to mention:
the entrance via the camping section was closed due to high water
obviously means the water levels were high at the beach as well
la Crête was completely locked down
others made it there Wednesday and were told to leave the area when discovered
saw one dude head out on a bright sail that looked like S2Maui colours
did not see him again until i came in an hour later and winds were back up
may have been Charleau with his Blast 115 and SW Hucker 6.6

12MAY2018 beautiful day and I am driving to the Quebec City Aquarium ... alone ...
Now, WHY would I do that ??
Sold my AHD SL2 132 to Louis Leclerc of Rimouski who is getting back into windsurfing ...
For me, it is a board I did not get to use it to its full potential ...
Needed more time with water starting , tacking, gybing and obviously foot straps ...
Helmut asked "WHY did you sell it ? You are still buying old stuff !!"
This year purchased a D2 REIX longboard.
Told Helmut I was preparing for the races in Trois Rivières and Kingston :-)
Trois Rivières is FRI AUG 3 - SUN AUG 6 ...
Kingston is AUG 11-13 ?? 
man that is close together !!

I would have liked to keep the board, but I had eight boards - now seven ...
Two at the chalet and the Mistral SLE is another sell potential ...
Here at home I now have FIVE boards

1) the D2 REIX
2) Mistral Equipe 2 XR - my most used board
3) JP SLW92 - my early planing machine - could sell this one easily - HIGH demand at the moment
4) Shark 145
5) BEE 124 LTD - my high wind board - with 6.3 - don't go smaller ...

If I don't use the JP SLW enough, I will sell it too ...
Was considering foiling with it ...
If I sell the SLW, I will also sell the TR-4 10 + 520/100 mast + HPL carbon boom

Sunday 20MAY 2018 i had the chance to try it on Lake of Two Mountains in NW 20+ kph winds. The board went fine and i was considering going to the other side of the lake before tacking in case anything went went wrong ... Ah, what can go wrong ... It was a little tricky to tack and on the second attempt, the sail and board separated with the sail in my hands ...
Managed to get the board and when i turned towards the sail, the board slipped out of my hands ...
This board seems to float high in the water and with the wind and waves, it was moving ...
do i abandon the sail and go for the board again ??
what if i don't get the board then i have nothing $%^&*
stayed with the sail ...

So .. that brings my number of boards down to six ...
Still have NOT recovered it many weeks later and Eric is suggesting I resort to options a little more out of the bag - for me it is a $200 board - for Eric it was a board found and fixed and part of a D2 revival - sorry Eric ...

THURS 07JUN2018 - too bad i am home and sick - seems like a good day to go out...
heard mixed reports from OKA - wind too up n down ...
Seems George was out with a 15 m kite sail and LARGE kite board - fins all on one side
Benleau was out with his iSonic 117W and a GA 7
Benwindy also out with a 7-oh - on his 135 or ??
Guess if i went it would be MEQ2 with the Duke 6.9 rigged loose and never get a rating over 7.5

FRI 08JUN2018 Rosemere MEQ2 HSM SPF8.5 SW 20+ kph = 7 outta 10
too difficult to get upwind with such inconsistent wind, boats out and small current
snagged one of those homey buoys
dropped it off on the other side ...
not sure i wanna go here again - am getting fussy %^&*(

TUES 12JUN2018 OKA La Crête SHARK 145 NS Duke 6.9 SW 20-40 = 7 outta 10
managed to leave work at 15h30
on water around 18h00 for an hour or so
parking lot was full and some trees need to be cut to get to water
wind seemed STRONG
kites were downsizing from 11 to 9 meters
windsurf s/b around 5 meters then and i had only the Duke 6.9
oh well, at least it is on-shore = NO danger
met the fellow who saw me last time on the Shark too
he was going on his AHD FF 117 and 5.5 sail - told me later it was GREAT day for him
wind was gusty and not consistent across the stretch
i started with full downhaul and outhaul with the mast at 135
this just was not working for me
put mast at 140 and released some outhaul
this was much better and did manage to plane a few times 
managed many water starts
oh yeah - was with my 40 cm repaired Select fin ...
George says this was one of his best days ever - jumped over 30 feet with his kite - for 10 secs
at the end saw three sailors take off with NS Warp sails and orange boards
Force10/Richard told me it was Vincent of 2-rad and others on demo equipment
slalom boards/Falcons - went over to see and there was even a Falcon with Horue foil
i never met Vincent before - think he set up Helmut's new Gecko
when packing it in met the Russian fellow - guess I should get his name ...
he was out on a 109 liter board with a SW Retro 6-oh !!
says he was over at times - then again he was there since 16h00
and i only arrived at 18h00

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