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

Hey:

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 
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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 ..

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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 ...lol


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 !!
      https://www.peconicpuffin.com/the_peconic_puffin/2020/05/that-was-a-weekend.html


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 ??

wind n weather without all those damn ads

 It seems it terms of sites - people are saying this is the ONLY one !!

https://darksky.net/forecast/45.481,-74.0562/us12/en

I may as well set up a widgets page with local sites then - damn it

or maybe it is time to go for iwindsurf or windalert membership 

BUTT they have ads too $%^&*()_ AND barely fit on my screen ...

here's one from windy.app widgets - try sliding the bar :-) or clique the link !!



Made it to OKA Labour Day Weekend

 All summer I have been avoiding public places due to this covid thingie

Bin goin to the chalet and longboarding it on a small lake up north - actually NE

Wind was supposed to be 20-40 kph from the WSW, but was from the NW and felt stronger - side shore

Started off with my HotSailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5 sail on the Fanatic Shark 145 HRS using the Hydrotech G10 40 cm weed fin that I purchased this summer. The fin was fine and I was planing NO problem. The issue was the wind was NOT onshore as hoped and the waves were over one foot "au large", but I planed and jumped some waves. When the wind kicked, it was too much for me... I tried to stay closer inshore, but that did not work. Felt like I flew faster than I ever have before - forget footstraps man lol

If I felt more comfortable I think  I could have handled the bigger winds with the NorthSails Duke 6.9 in my Toyota Prius C. At least I can say that I planed a lot on this day :-)

When I arrived I was the first one to park in the 2nd section and when I left, the place was packed. It seemed like there were more kiters than windsurfers .... This pic is from Georgie taken later in the day with a menacing cloud.



Oh yeah .. it was $8.90 for an adult to go to the parc and needed to be purchased online before. Once there it was another $9.94 for parking - wait, that's supposed to be for the beach parking and from the camping area that is blocked off. Means it was almost $20 just to get in the place. 

Last week a 60 year old kite surfer died on the water at les Isles de Madeleines - due to a heart attack. Buddy Marc was there the next day on the same beach and said that was all everyone was talkin about.

So ... I thought that if I could jibe or water start in deep water more readily, perhaps I would have stayed on the water longer on that day ...  By chance I saw Peter Hart's 10 Steps to Gybing which he sells as a DVD - asked about an electronic copy which apparently exists for £17 which is ~ $30 CDN. Sounded like too much money as compared to Dasher's 12 steps on youtube ...

BUT THEN I found this trick on this video which just sounds amazing - fall in the water on the other side ready and in waterstart position - now THAT i gotta try :-)

and i found this one too - quite long and old, but lotsa good info !!

Since September 2020 I made it out to OKA Parc's La Crête about eight(8) times.

COVID-19 and  loss of my van reduced and changed my windsurfing for 2020 entirely !!

SailWorks Hucker 6.6

Well, I saw it advertised at a price under $100 and so; I just had to try it ... :-)

Michel came from Lac St-Jean on his way to Australia and dropped it off ...
Hmm, that was like two (2) weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic announcement ...

I did not have any pics yet and so posted one with the SailWorks stamp of approval  ...


Mine is NOT quite so colourful and must be an older version since it does not have the arrow. It is the more of a star shaped design

Seems mine is a 2007 based on dimensions - except mast sleeve looks open - specs say closed

475 cm median on the downhaul and I was using a PX RDM 460/90% mast
and 204 cm outhaul on the Chinook aluminum boom

I tried downhauling it with the winch, but forgot how much force Sailworks sails need

Once I thought I was done, I pulled and poked n looked and put at least another 5 cm downhaul. I was looking at the sail and thinking either the mast is wrong or this sail loves downhaul. Well I read that many have used PowerEx masts with the Huckers successfully... So I just gotta put MORE downhaul - more than I ever do !!

GREAT Hucker Review here: 


and where I got the pic too :-)

My wife asked what are my plans for this sail. There are many. I hope to use it on the MEQ2 longboard (especially with newbies or bigger winds) , in higher winds on smaller gear and maybe even in the winter - like in the next post :-)

and of course I hafta put that infamous video from the Sailworks crew !!


Somewhere in-between, I set the RDM extension to 10 cm. It is now end of April 2020 and we are still in the "middle" of the pandemic i.e. still in "lock down". ("They think" the COVID is at it's mid-point, but no-one knows ANYTHING for sure. Just the concept of "THEM thinking" is preposterous :-

I tried rigging the sail in the backyard, just to see ... butt ...

The downhaul setting of 460+10= 470 cm is FAR from ideal in theory and reality. The sail is flagged as 473-477 luff. Even though I have now set the extension to 14 cm, we have barely reached the minimum.

When people say these sails take a LOT of downhaul, they are NOT kidding. I use a crank/winch now and had to use it twice during one downhaul session and to a less than minimum setting !! 

The outhaul is 197-200 boom , but what I tried today is irrelevant since the downhaul was not even close to ideal. (Believe I put 180+17.5=197.5 which is at minimum and I had to PULL to get there...)

Checking the sail from the SW cog, it showed we were still missing lotsa downhaul !!!
                                                          Which we knew already (sorry about the royale oui).

I made some dorkie videos that I will share for now in the hopes I can offer something better in the pan damn it future - like on the water !!



Dorkie Video No. 2



Summary of my trial riggings:
  1. It took me three(3) trial riggings b4 I felt we were approaching the proper setup.
  2. Sailworks' sails and this one in particular require a lot of force when downhauling.
  3. I am NOT sure the Powerex 460/100 RDM is the ideal mast for this sail.
  4. Also read somewhere that Sailworks suggests SDM for this sail - Dale Cook sail !!
  5. Need to inspect used sails better - were 2 monofilm issues I missed @ purchase.
  6. Power can be controlled with the outhaul
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I have a SW Retro 8-oh sail - rigged with a hardtop MS 490/75 mast and a soft top NP 490/90 mast.

Ironically the soft top NP 490/90 won !!
and I consider the PowereX mast a soft top - I use it with an HSM Fire 6.4


la Journale de 2020

"La journale" is being presented as latest entries first
- a suggestion me bro made a few years back

Saturday 07NOV2020 OKA NW 10-40NW --> 20-40SW Shark + SPF
                                                 wind may have been lighter than that
Was supposed to be 20-40 kph SW and was almost nothing when i arrived
Took my time and had to crap with local toilets closed - crap %^&*(
Did one tack and came back - had my good glasses on !!
Then waited for some time
Went out again and as I came back, it picked up
The kite foilers came out
It felt like I was chasing the wind today and could NOT get my equipment right
When I came in it looked like the boom clamps were open !!
Once or twice when I thought I could plane and did not, I kept asking myself
"What's wrong" 
Since my expectations were not met at all ... Will give this a 7 outta 10 
When  I arrived at home, my son was there with our grand-daughter and his wife ...:-)

Thursday 05NOV2020 @ chalet SW10-30kph BIC SL200 HSM SPF 8.5
Just when ya thought your windsurf season was over !!
Went and worked from the chalet and was on the water in the early afternoon
Wind only lasted about an hour and I was never in the harness
Just the same, it was a 7.5 outta 10
I was glad I went cuz while rigging my sail in the morning I saw three
to four crows chasing a hawk/eagle - it was amazing

Saturday 24OCT2020

Yesterday was WARM and windy from the SOUTH
The Champlain dudes like Georgie were out
This morning was getting COLD and wind NW 
Warmed up a bit more than expected and I shoulda gone :-(
between ten and noon was NW and good 
but NW is my least favourite @ La Crête
ever since I spent 2 hours in cold water there :-(
waves and wind go in the same direction then 

Thursday the 15th - next day

As usual, THIS was the day to go
BIGGER winds from the SW, warmer and finished @ 15h00
#$%?&*?&*())_+ shit shit shit :-)

Wednesday 14OCT2020

worked the afternoon from OKA Parc using my hot spot on the phone
there were not a lot of people and my conference call lasted long - until 16h30
by the time i got on the water the wind had died and all were getting OFF the water
until I was the only one out there - it was beautiful, but a bit light on the wind
since i got a smile out of it will give it a pass 6 outta 10
winds NW 15-25 kph Shark + SPF + weedfin

Thursday the 8th I am, I am 

Today the red zone rules of covid are supposed to start, but no-one knows what the fuck {pardon my French} that is supposed to mean - nor the future implications thereof...

Oh yeah - last night was the american vice-presidential debate
Much better than the presidential fiasco & the highlight was the fly on Mike Pense's head
{for two minutes !! ..............................................it mustah smelled some good bullshit}

Yes, I was drooling to go out windsurfing again !!
However, it is once again NW gusty 20-50 kph winds and cooler
Bad day at work too - thus , NOT a good start to things
                
                                                                                            Let's hope for Saturday :-)
Saturday -- La Crête - Shark HSM SPF + 40 cm weed fin NW-SW 20-50 kph 9/10
                                    see the secret journal ...

Wednesday 07OCT2020

That's right - big flub yesterday = gotta go taday !!


When I got to the Parc winds were from the NW and not the SW, but they were lighter
Looked like they were about 20-30 kph, but stronger further out ...
I was hoping for SW cuz then I can run parallel to the beach and practice stuff in not so deep water ..
Set up my Fanatic Shark HRS 145 as usual with the HotSailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5 m² sail ...
The wind kicked a bit and I loosened the luff on the sail a bit with the lower outhaul hole
As both the wind and waves were from the same direction, tacks were not very pleasant
and i hadta do a few unpleasant uphauls ...
There were about ten kiters and maybe four windsurfers.
I was practicing beach and water starts and staying closer to shore - did not feel right
And then the wind really kicked at around 17h00
I carefully and diligently took my stuff off the water !!
Even Sylvain was getting off the water - he usually stays longer than anyone !!
He mentioned the wind was solid and too strong for his setup too
Sylvain is a kite foiler and I have seen him in the lightest of winds with a 20 m² kite !!
As we were packing the winds howled even more - this was getting closer to 18h00
Just when I got all my shit in the car .... it started to pour = woohoo
Not an ideal day on the water, but there were smiles all around = 8 outta 10
Oh yeah - had Chocolate Fondue after the session - even better !!

This shows the wind strength which is like what we had @ OKA Parc except we had NW winds

Forgot to mention à windsurfed between storms (kinda did)

                And when my wife got home from picking up sixteen year old Bee from school

                                She was freakin out about the lightening, etc

                                                Told her - will be gone by 17h00 & I will be ON the water J

                                                                Thought about going in my bathing suit, but 

                                                                                    wore wetsuit and booties J



Tuesday 06OCT2020

Wind is supposed ta be 20-40 kph WSW
Had a REALLY shitty day at work
and decided to go no matter what - with a bad feeling in my gut
fixed my NS Duke 6.9 with some tape before I left ...
wind was about 20 kph when i got there
Eric was getting off, Georges was playing with a drone, Sylvain was jumping,
one kiter was having trouble coming back and Marie was dragging her ass across the water
When I decided I will go across the water and wind seemed to be picking up ...
i realized that I had forgotten my boom ...
Fuck it - went home ...
Almost 1400 new cases of covid-19 in Quebec today
They will be shutting down the parks soon !!

Sunday the 27SEPT2020

All week I was watching what was going on - wind, weather, apple picking, etc
YES, apple picking - last weekend it started and it was not as nice weather as we are having now...
Which means the highway to OKA will be JAMMED
However, i woke up NOT feelin good :-(
Even though wind may swing to SW and 20-40 kph ...and
I have braved the crowded apple picker roads before ... NO windsurfing
this means I MUST be ill !! called the hotline and I have a covid test tomorrow ...
(Luckily for me ... I don't think we got the 20-40 kph SW winds @ OKA )
and yes, i DID get poison ivy - once again :-(


Wednestday the 23rd of September

Wind was supposed to be WNW 20-35 kph in the afternoon
The forecasts did not all agree and that is a bad sign !!
When I got there, the UNIX consultant I worked with @ Bombardier was there :-)
Actually met Eric from work, who called 911 on me last year
Met the kiter who I used to chat with on the train ...
The parking was fairly full and I went to the 2nd section
where I caught poison ivy last time :-(
Wind was very light and I never planed with the Shark and the HSM SPF 8.5
even though I rigged it loose
It was about 25 degrees C and I went out with my bathing suit
I did fall in once and buddy asked me if I was cold
Told him I was a polar bear!!
It was mostly kiters on foils with a few newbie windsurfers ...
Looked like Sylvain was out with his 18 meter kite on his foil !!!
Shoulda have had my MEQ2 and GA Swift 10-oh !!!
cannot give this session more than a 6.5 outta 10 
and only got good marks becuz it was a work day, windsurfed in bathing suit

sunset  was beautiful






















Sunday September 20th

Farque kijiji can be annoying !! %^&*()
Find a 48cm MFC freeride fin in Hamilton for $55
I go and measure my fins and decide perhaps I will see if dude comes near here 
or how much to ship it - usually about $25 ...
clique on the ad and "annonce non disponible"
WTF is that supposed to mean %^&*()_

Wednesday - next day ...

My fuckin tape measure is there - was I stoned on crack ? lol
Wind was supposed to be 30-50 kph SW which is on-shore @ La Crête 
Brought the Shark, HSM SPF 8.5, Duke 6.9 and HSM Fire 6.2 with lotsa fins
No parking fee any more and thus cost me only $8.90
Wife arrived hime with the kid around 15h20 and I was on the water around 17h00
Dude there was de-rigging a 6.6 - said he was there since 10h00 !!
The place was PACKED
I checked the wind and knew it was to drop and so, rigged the NS/DUO Duke 6.9
When I put it in the water, it looked like water went through a crack and it felt broken
NEED MONOFILM TAPE B4 NEXT USE !!!
I was NOT rigging the 6.2 and the 8.5 may have been too much ...
The fin I tried was the Makani 37cm freeride
When the wind gusted I was able to plane no problem
Otherwise it was too light -- should have put the 8.5 - since it was onshore !!
Cannot give this session more than a 7 outta 10
Was disappointed with myself cuz when it was over my head I swam in 
rather than trying the water start from there ... :-(

Tuesday September 15th

Shit, I cannot find my windsurf tape measure metric/U.S.
Hardly use it any more, but comes in handy when you need it :-)
Good thing my spare in the garage is there, butt US only ...

Sad or day ?? 05SEPT2020

Yesterday I had already purchased my day pass to OKA for $8.90
today I had to pay another $9.94 for parking --> $18.84 
wait, i am NOT using the beach parking !! it's blocked
kid knows and i tell her i understand her position
the right side of the parking lot @ La Crête was FULL
and so, I was the first one in the next section
saw benwindy, sylvain and guylain
they thought i looked like a Kanesatake Mohawk from Oka 
with my long hair n beard lol

wind was supposed to be WSW, but was rather NW
which is side shore and means you gotta go almost straight out
(like when i was stuck in the cold water for two hours $%^&*()
guylain freaked that i was going out in bathing suit and wet suit jacket only 
it was about 20 degrees C which perverts into 68 degrees F
told them I was already too hot !!
benwindy had a 7 meter sail ready to go and i went out with the HSM SPF 8.5
on my Fanatic Shark HRS 145 which is 75 cm wide and I tested my 40 cm weed fin
"au large" the waves were about two feet and I was jumping
if it all stayed like that I would have been okay, but the wind cranked on occasion
i put the outhaul an extra 2.5 cm out and adjusted the harness lines
it was cranking too much and I walked to the end of the beach
wind went more WSW and I did a couple of wild and crazy runs
but in the end i had to walk back to the real sandy beach
saw Marie and as I said hello I was distracted - and weed fin hit my left ankle :-(
wind cranked - i was not taking any chances
took my stuff to the end and undid the sail in the weeds
i am guessing the wind started at 20-50 kph and then cranked 40-55 kph NW !!
wind graph says it was definitively over 25 mph - which is only 40 kph !!
feels more like it was 15 to 20 knots with kicks over 25
dude that was parked beside me and went on the water when the wind was kicking  ...
had an Ezzy Cheetah 5.5 on a JP 101 liter board with a 30 cm freeride fin
he was average height with a slightly muscular build

washed my booties at the water fountain - girl in carriage lost her rabbit toy
asked lady momma if they had lost something ...
sometimes kid's are tired of their toys and toss them
momma freaked out - said no way -- this was really close to the child's heart
i said oh my goodness I saved a child's life today :-)

Georgie explained why I should use a small water kite rather than a training kite on land
Sylvain was getting changed behind his curtain on his truck and chatting with us
Told him it felt weird chatting with a nude dude
He said it will generate nice dreams :-)
told him more like nightmares lol

when i left, the entire parking lot was FULL 

asked Guylain aka KingKong what he was using ... in the gustier stronger winds
Fanatic Blast 130 with a 7.5 metre sail and a 43 cm fin
i might have used a smaller fin, but only 3 cm less !!
the blast is 70 cm wide which would have been perfect for those waves
slice em or jump em as you wish ...

Note: this was the one and only time I planed this summer so far !!!
A couple of times I jumped in the water at full speed and was laughing out loud
I can tell that if I was not so nervous about going out in the deep ... then 
it feels like I could actually crank it in those winds with way over-sized sails !

FRY day the 4th of September

windsurf day - i am workin - wife has car stuck in traffic
bought my OKA park access ticket online for tomorrow
after work took the training kite out for  a spin
winds WNW between about 10 and 35 kph
fun fun !!

Sunday the 30th of August ...

Went to the country to pick up the Shark and the HSM SPF 
because I was drooling to go to OKA at least once this summer
Up north winds were again to be NW 20-40 kph
and it was the same story as last Tuesday
BIC SL200 with the SPF in gusty very concentrated sections of wind
go from wind shadow to some wind and then POW FULL ON wind and then none 
at least it was warm and i had on farmer john pants and booties with T-shirt
Maybe I'll get to go to OKA and maybe I won't = oh well

Tuesday August 25, 2020
Winds were to be NW 20-40 kph
Brought the full GA Swift 10-oh kit since it was just me in the car
That sail is what I call being a little overzealous 
The wind was VERY gusty and NW 20-40
I tried the SHARK with the SPF, but the wind was just too gusty
making it an unpleasant sail
tried the BIC SL200, but that was not much better
zokay - not bad for a day's work - work, windsurf and home for supper
wait - no-one home - okay - ate  some donuts lol

looks like others had a similiar day like mine -- 10 to 25 knots NOT easy

Saturday 22AUG2020

We go to the chalet on weekends and I windsurf when there is wind
Last weekend and this weekend the wind often seemed to change direction
N, S and SW seemed to be the common directions
Never enough wind to take out the SHARK - damn

WED 12AUG2020

Just one week later and me bro-in-law is quarantined at the chalet ...
Got the ok to go up with groceries during work hours and continue from there
IF the data hotspot works well enough or at all ...
Had to disable security with no password and it was better than @ the other chalet
Got to do a quick session with the standard equipment
Musta bin overexcited becuz I did not have shoes nor booties and some "ropes" were not attached
Did not need the harness, but as Georgie allways said - ya can skip the PFD, but NOT the harness
Ironically it kept slipping down about to impede my sailing + I didn't need it @ all ...
Wind was NW 15-20 kph

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
                         ground

                      - 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
                                                                WTF

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
                                                     HQ-RUSH-V300-pro.html
                     - 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