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2021 Windsurf Journale

2021\51 = 20FEB2021 this is what the "ice" looks like up north

2021\48 - went up north with the snow model and the HSM Fire
                - we had over a foot of snow yesterday back home - snow day
                - lotta snow up north too and the skating path was not plowed
                - started adding a back ski to the snow model and shovelled snow
This is more along the lines of a snowfer or Langis Caron design !!
There is also a piece that I added to the front of this setup in the past ...
One change at a time tho !!

The other idea I have for the deep snow model is to put 2 skis on each leg to widen the "feet" and distribute the load better - like deep snow skis ...

2021\42 - yesterday's report said that I may as well forget the local river
             - and I wanted to try and make some modifications 2 deep snow model
            - after moving the mast base about on the deep snow model
            - I decided to try and move the base up
            - now before I test that I must ensure that I have some fun
            - did some speed runs with the SW Retro 8-oh on my ice model
            - it was W winds and gusts were well over 20 kph
            - i hafta give that part of the day at least an 8 outta 10 !! amazing
            - only lost points because there was only a small section with wind
            - and the ice was not ideal - some snow on it
            - otherwise I may have tried the windskate - next time !!
            - the deep snow model failed - it moved better, but too much effort
            - need to rethink it again !!
2021\41 = 31+10 = 10FEB2021 went to the local river Milles Isles 
            it was -11°C with about 1+ feet of snow on the ice
            the small opening of water to the West was closing rapidly
            and not much water to be seen under the bridge ...
            there were about three(3) snowmobile tracks in the middle
            had on my deep snow boots, worker gloves and a snow shovel
            the dude with the Jaguar was there listening to music again !!
                        (no-one else and no animals)
            there were some foot tracks from the parc and then a big puddle of
                water where someone had moved the snow         
            about every 15 feet or so, I checked if there was still water under snow
            closer to the middle, near the snowmobile tracks the ice was better
            butt not good ! I was giving myself shit for leaving some stuff up north
            now it is irrelevant - I CANNOT GO on local river = SHIT               
2021\32 - am using Julian dates this year lol 
            yesterday went n got my stuff
            was freakin out cuz the pic shows I forgot the "puck" for snow
            luckily I have the single bolt base off the windskate !!
            however, the snow model was not even tried today
            was supposed to get 20-30 kph NE winds this afternoon
            am lucky if I saw 15-22kph NE which is VERY light 4 snow
            tried my ice model and stuck with it - Parc Charbonneau
            many people asking questions, more snow than I thought
             and there was slush in the middle of the river
            could NOT give the session more than a 6 outta 10 !!
            (obviously using my SW Retro 8-oh 4 lite winds)

            btw there was a hole with open water in the middle to the West
            as I know the river - i was not concerned
            no pics or videos - nothing amazing lol
            except - no helmet or protective gear
            harness helped a LOT !!

2021\31 - went up north to get my winter stuff ...
                too much snow for me on the lake and Vaudreuils snow with slush
                            basically too much snow everywhere, but ...
                local river froze later and has ice with about 3-4 inches of now

2021\28 -Went to the local river to check the ice and snow levels
Ice is good with some open water in the regular places & about 4” snow
This is VERY doable for my windsurfing on ice/snow !!
A bunch of pigeons swarmed in
I watched them for a while and then made my way to the car
They swooshed away and I could hear it in the air - amazing
I then was looking to see if there was food where they were
And they all came back and I stood very still
There were 100+ pigeons all around me
They were eating little pieces of bread
When they moved on, I went to my car and they flocked off once again
Absofuckinglutely AMAZING !!

This afternoon me wife wanted ta drop somefin  off @ her good friends' place in Vaudreuils. Perfect, I'll go check the ice n snow there too. Dude was bringing a paraski to go on the ice and the parking lot was 3/4 full. Asked fellow coming off how much snow? About a foot. Shit. 

And then while they chatted, there is slush under the snow !! Double SHITE !!  Seems last weekend water was freezing under their skis. Fick mich Mensch !!! Ain't comin here for a while esti/osti !!! 

last entry s/b called "FUN with FONTS" #$%^&*()_$%^&*() 

2021\24 - Went up north to do the 2nd test on the new deep snow concept with a little more wind

                It was -14 degrees C with winds 25-40 kph NW

There was a lot of snow and still wet spots on the ice underneath :-( 
Wind was gusty as usual, but we are here today to test. The setup did not break. The cross braces at an angle ensure less chance of punching a hole in the sail.. 
It felt like the momentum was off - force is not going in the right direction and once starting to move it feels like there is going to be spinout ... Charles  Chepregi's snowfer and Langis Caron's design below have the skis angled at the back in order to avoid that ... I am not ready to angle the skis at the back - yet. What I will try first is moving the mast base back to change force points and angles ... It was a great workout and I got a sunburn - even with sunscreen !!

2021\22 -      Hey, Benoit Falardeau is selling a windski from Langis Caron !!

The price is a bit high for me, but it looks amazing !!

2021\17 - went up north to see how it looked after the 12"/30 cm of snow from yesterday
                Supposed to have some decent winds from the West and thought I'd test the 
                deep snow model

                For me the snow was too wet and there was water on the ice - about 2" = shit
  Then what the fuck is this dude doing going BAF/back n forth = WTF ??

Oh yeah, I checked the blue Mistral boom and it seems okay now ... 
and decided to NOT add nuts n bolts to the wind-skate - for now ...

2021\15 - went to OKA to check the ice since I had read on quebecwind that the ice was THICK and I saw this parked there lol :-)

Wind from the East & light, but there were still 2 kiters trying to  kitesurf out of OKA Park 
Unfortunately tonight they are calling for one foot of snow

Oh Oh, the Pacific Wind Monster is getting angry - 111 kph winds !!

2021/1/13 Brought the deep snow sled up to the country and prepared it for its virgin run
                    {I guess it is more "appropriate" to say maiden voyage ?? lol}

                Wind was extremely light from the South - supposed to be 12-20 kph
                The sled was run out to the centre of the lake and slid well
                Hooked it up with the SW Retro 8-oh, butt wind was too light

                The tried the wind-skate with the WindWing 4.6, but it was not enough

                Like an idiot, I had put the Retro away
                Hooked it all up again !!
                It felt like it was going to work, but the front skates seemed to have an issue
                At first I thought it was the loose string from the sail's downhaul
                Then I realized the front skate was UPSIDE DOWN !! lol :-)
                Once that was fixed, it skated across the lake just fine !!!
                It was absolutely amazing !!
                Why was I so afraid to try this sled??
                I cannot wait to go again !!!!
                BEST session EVER 

Note to self: Need to check the Philips screw at the end of the blue Mistral boom
                    Also need to replace the screws on the windskate ... 
                    Perhaps with nuts n bolts ??

2021/01/11 Went to the local river to check it out ... -----------------------------------------------
                The ice under the bridge had not formed yet and that was anticipated
                However, in the middle there still was quite a bit of water :-(
                AND temps this week are going above freezing-so, forget that location for now 
                butt up north ...
                Wednesday now calls for -1 degrees C and 14-21 kph SW with ~ 1 cm of snow
                Looks like that will be my next trial run !!!
                and maybe continue work on the deep snow model !! while there ...

As I am getting older, I tend to look for some of my old buddies .. Still connect to my public school buddy Patrick, some University buddies - mostly room mates or dorm mates. Sometimes people are more difficult to find since their name is more common - like Patrick Corcoran from Etobicoke. I moved since our last contact about 30 years ago ...

If you know his whereabouts, please contact me here

When I search google with that 1985 image I get "teen" or "tree" lol
Ironically Pat/Poco was looking into working with trees !!

His father owned a farm in Orangeville, but no Corcorans there ...
His father, Dan Patrick "Donal" died in 2009 sadly
Last known address is still Lloyd Manor, Etobicoke

This is an image of the lake where I go windsurfing in the summer and ice/snow surfing in the winter ...

As there is more snow than I would like in January, I am trying to see how I could do the ice windskating on the track people are plowing on the lake.

So, to go on the West side of the lake I will need ENE winds which are more rare ..

To go the East side of the lake, I will need winds from the Westerly direction ... which is more common ..

To go on the North section, I guess I would need SSE -        again  more rare ..

Let's see what the next week looks like ...

So, I want E-NE, W or S-SE and I will not go to the chalet unless winds = 12+ kph ... 
Nothing looks any good until seven(7) days from now and there will be some snow in-between :-(

Jerome from Blainville is selling his Fanatic Falcon 152 with a Maui Sails Titan 8 m² sail.
He says the tail was fully redone with carbon for foil sailing ... wants $2300 
I was curious and chatted a bit and looked up some details ...
This board is supposed to be more "performant" than my JP SLW92
HOWEVER, people do write about its length of only 230 cm - versus 250 on my JP
That is a MAJOR difference and would definitely affect sailing and tacking ...
Unfortunately that would be too dramatic a change with too much effort (selling mine, etc)

Preparing for the 2020-2021 Winter Ice n Snow Windsurfing Season ...


How can it be, that covid is lasting longer than a typical human pregnancy ??

We are ALL getting a little tired of it over here ...

Between COVID and mr. strumpf , it is getting difficult to tell them apart :-)

which disease is wurst ?? lol

The lake is NOT quite ready yet &  it may take longer than usual-temps have been UP !!
The blue boom and blue iceskate are at the WhiteHouse

My ice and snow sleds are "in the city" / back home
and the Arctic sled - well .. try it down a hill one day
it sucks on ice and sinks in water ... just too heavy
asked Ron on kijiji for videos of the Arctic he is selling, butt no go 

The Gaastra Flow 3X and WindWing sails are at the WhiteHouse and ...
The NorthSails Zeta is there too >  where is the 1 piece epoxy mast that goes with it ??
Could it be in the BlueHouse ?? just went through my notes and YES, it was the one piece epoxy mast that was used with the NS Zeta -should still be up north somewhere :-(
Luff 403-406 & always wanted to buy a 400 cm mast for it - let's take a look shall we ??
2-rad has a used 460 POS and a 490 Unifiber :-(
not much at windspirit either - 430 NP 35% goes for $215
boardsports has a chinook sdm for same price 400 cm - comes to about $250 delivered
I will go look for that one piece epoxy mast first :-)

Also back home, I have still to transport .... up north ...
The aforementioned sleds, RDM 460 and NP 490 masts, Chinook boom, SW Retro 8-oh and perhaps the SW Hucker 6.6 instead of the HSM Fire 6.2 ??
and where are my winter boots ?? back home in the garage !!
CANNOT forget things like mast extensions !! SDM & RDM
nor my cleats !! in case I wear my shoes 

Obviously once we finally do have some decent ice ...
Will need winter gloves, helmet n goggles, boots, extra socks, harness, knee pads, elbow pads, and of course the tool bag - which MUST have the mast base taken off the windskateboard !! 
Actually, that mast base is NOT required in the winter - the ice and snow windsurf sleds have 2 bolt quick release mast base plates on them - ready to go !!
Maybe not removed since last winter - where I sailed on ice ONCE - due to hernia operation.

SO much to do to prepare lol

Those winter sessions are just SO much fun !!!

Just read an article that said windsurfing is DEAD & that it was the fault of the internet !!
Guess I will be the LAST one in Montreal then - riding my old gear and refusing to foil lol
Just need to find a way to transport my Mistral Equipe 2 XR on my Toyota Prius C :-)

Went back up north and checked the ice on 18DEC2020

Damn - the ice is almost perfect - excellent sections, some cracks n bumps and some snow. The weather channel spoke of North winds 7-10 kph, but it felt like it would have worked = DAMN !!

Considered going back home and getting my stuff - an extra 2 hours travel in my day ...

Good thing I did NOT !! Needed to do a good Samaritan voyage for my uncle Gilles !!

Here's a video with my homemade backpack POV/point of view .. I keep spinning cuz I think we can see the horizon - there is a windshadow in the video too :-(

DANG - it snowed before I had a chance to try the clear ice

Looks like I will have to start with the snow version - and not take a chance + the BIG SW Retro sail !!

23DEC2020 - tried to go Monday and today - Monday was really NO wind and today, in the words of a fellow windsurfer,"Il me manque toujour 2 ou 3 noeuds du vent!!" 

Some dude picked up my sail and looked like he was gonna try the kit !! I yelled out and overheard his wife keep yelling at him,"Qu'est-ce que tu fais ??" Stupid ass !!

{btw on Monday it was just testing the sleds and the blue ice skateboard won !! Wednesday in 8-12 kph S winds it was attempted with that sled and SW Retro 8.5}

25DEC2020 There may still be hope in HELL after all. We are getting buckets of rain with freezing temps after - let's hope for some "ice, ice baby" lol

as you can see here, I did manage to get out on the ice on the 26th :-) it was GREAT !!!

27DEC2020 enjoyed myself so much on the 26th that I hadta go again on the 27th :-) wind was much lighter and so was on a sail much larger - have two more days before the snow hits !!!

wanted to try the blue windskate, but the wind kinda died :-(

Tuesday 29DEC tried to go again, but with snow in 6mph North winds, even the snow sled does not work with the SW Retro 8-oh..

Oh yeah -- I MUST re-do the anti-skid on the snow model - I could not stay on the board.
Perhaps with the cleats, but the wind was not great even on 2nd attempt ...

Hope this worked !! Otherwise it is time for the nuts (and bolts) like the windskate ...

Since we got all that snow (was actually less than usual by this time of year) ...
and my snow model was NOT functioning in the snow ...
I decided it was time to consider working on this model !!

Windsurfing during a Pandemic

OK, let's put later info first ...

It is now the end of November 2020 with snow on the ground here ...
We have a warm spell coming up, but will the winds align ??

I personally stayed away from the beaches and people until I was sure people followed some distancing suggestions !!

So, from May until September I sailed on a small country lake with a BIC SL200 and HSM SPF8.5
HSM SPF 8.5 = Hot|SailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5 m² dacron sail
From September until November I tried to go to OKA Parc as often as possible
That's less than ten sessions - with an average rating of 7.5 outta 10
Typically with my Shark HSM 145 and the HSM SPF 8.5 or the NorthSails Duke 6.9
NorthSails is now called DuoTone 
in May 2020 :

Today I went on my first COVID-19 pan damn it excursion alone ...

There was chatter that SEPAQ parks like OKA were allowing personal watercraft out...

So, I drove out to the parc today after work - Thursday 28MAY2020, which was another blistering hot day. The last two(2) have been scorchers -- 100° F / 38°C and feels like HELL on fire !!! 

Before I left, I double-checked to make sure that I had everything including my Park Pass
I do, but it expired in like October 2019. What year is it again ??
Oh well, I usually know the gate keepers and they let me get away with stuff ...

Damn, are the drivers worse than before the pan damn it ?? Farque me man ...
Remember Joe, the ONLY entrance is from the 640 ...
Okay, go around the circle and roll at 50 kph for a loooong time ...
Come past the gate up to the STOP sign and ...
Damn, It's some "older kid" sitting in a chair with a flashy safety vest
"Do you have your pass?"
"Yes" and I show it to him ...
"2019 to 2019... it's expired"
So, I explain I just want to do a quick tour and not even get out the car ...
"Je m'excuse, je ne peux pas faire ca. Vous n'avez pas une telephone pour acheter une passe journalier en ligne.?"
Non, non ... I just wanna tour the park ...NON !!
OK, OK.. is la Crête open then ?? Non and camping and other things will start soon ...
Yesterday and today the Park is packed ... WHAT ?? 
Oui, Oui .. They all want to go to the beach...
What about all this social distancing?? Yes, they are supposed to ... 

And WHO is policing this ?? (pardon the pun

The agent then explained that there is some governmental group that passes through and does spot checks. Farque, I hope they don't give out thousand dollar tickets #$%^&*

So, I continued ma journée with the intention of visiting Pointe aux Anglais.
Which meant I was going to drive through the town of OKA, right beside where the Kahnasatake Mohawks live that blocked access to the parc just last week ...
There was a sign just before town with a stop sign and three(3) kids with safety vests.
The sign said "Emergency Measures - Local Residents ONLY"
I have long hair and a beard and grew up near an "Indian" Reserve
The Five Nations people used to drink and do whatever the heck they wanted...
So, at the sign, I stopped, left my window up, nodded to the kid and continued ...
He sat back down on his chair ...
When I reached the bottom of the hill just below the reservation area there was another sign. It too said Local Residents ONLY..
Somehow, even tho there was NO kids and still, that sign was MUCH more foreboding.
You are a local who lives here, you know who lives up that hill.

Do you remember the OKA crisis, back in 1990 ??
Maybe this pic will bring you some flashbacks !!

The lesson learned there and maybe in some other parts of the white man's history book ..
DON'T farque with the Indians... and so, I turned around and headed home ..

Obviously if you are in a warmer section of the world than I, when we here are currently on April 1st, 2020 with a foot of snow (that is NO April Fool's joke) and socially distancing ourselves from our fellow man and woman by two(2) meters ... then perhaps you have access to a warm body of water where you can go alone or maintain a "social distance" (ironic terminology) from others ... One site is suggesting staying away from old people

Yeah - what kinda FUCKIN day is this anyway ??

Hats off to SailWorks who are making an effort in supplying face covers - can they make them such that we don't even need sunglasses any more ... or  .... perhaps keep them so dark that we can become a faceless society ? Pink Floyd like ..

Stay Home !!

It is now end of April 2020 and I am reading on windsurf forums and seeing videos of people windsurfing / windfoiling ...

At first I was quite upset. 

Well frankly, because I have NO access to water lol.  (and it is still cold)
Then I was concerned what about this virus moisture laden drool coming off these active windsurfers and dropping into the drinking water ?? My retiring colleague, Ed, informed me that CORONA is lipid based and does not last long in water (yes, he IS retiring during the COVID-19 pandamnit AND he reads more than I do :-) 

btw If you do retire during a "house lockdown" order, you still hafta stay home.
You just don't hafta work 😍

Okay, it is now Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 and the Quebec premier, some dude called Let'sGo is saying perhaps it is time to send the primary school kids back to school = WTF. So, now everyone thinks the restrictions have been relaxed and it's time to go back to "normal" ?? It is very warm today - like 20 degrees C and this is at the local boat ramp and park on Rivière Milles Isles !!!

Farque: It feels like the States are windsurfing like there IS no pan damn it !!

AND just check out what Florida beaches looked like weekend of May 9th = WTF !

pic stolen from CNN or some other syndicate

Global News says:
Federal officials says some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating will be available starting June 1 at national parks, historic sites and waterways and national marine conservation areas.

Apparently OKA Parc was open in mid-May, but the Kanesatake Mohawks were blocking both entrances. They even closed their weed shops like the medicine box.

so... what do people do during the "pan damn it" then ??
how about using your DIY skills and building a man toy ??