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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)

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