December 2018

Holiday Party! Dec 22

Yes, we're having a Holiday Party! What? Now you need details? Well, why didn't you say so?

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The Details!

Date: (Sure, it's in the title but we have to fill in all the blanks and boxes) Saturday, December 22 Time: 7 pm. Just enough time to get home from whatever you do for fun Saturday afternoon, clean up and head on over. Where: Chez Windfoil (aka Casa Webguy) Google Maps Linky Guests: Yes! Of course. Spouses, SOs, friends, relatives. What to bring: If you wish, bring a main course, side dish, salad or desert - it's perfectly okay to come without (ie don't stress about cooking). If you have a dietary restriction, you may want to bring something appropriate. The club is throwing in a couple of main courses, side dishes and desserts. Post in the comments what you are thinking of bringing if you wish. BYOB. What else to bring: Bring something for the ever popular White Elephant Gift Exchange. This is always the highlight of the evening. You may bring a regift, something moderately nice or something amusing. If you forget to bring something, no worries, I'm bringing a pieces of quality vintage gear you may use as your gift (quantities limited). Past gifts have ranged from a bottle of wine, an old windsurf board to bunny slippers.

Jem Hall Explains All

Almost every beginning windsurfer looks forward to the day when he or she can hook in and plane. The first planing day is a milestone - few of us ever forget the first day the board begins to slip and it seems everything goes to warp speed.

Planing speed Mr. Sulu

However, that's when the trouble begins. We've planed once but planing again seems so problematic. Everyone else is buzzing around and our board is just ploughing through the water. Worse, when we do get up to speed, the next step - getting into the straps - feels like we are standing one legged on top of a box car roaring around a mountain.

Frustrations mount. Again, while we struggle, others seem to so easily pop up on a plane, slip into the straps, drive upwind all while we are just bubbling in the water. Aaaagh!

Well, windsurf instructor extraordinaire, Jem Hall, has written a great article that will help. The writing is sparse but dense. There is no flowery prose but just a bunch of great points to keep in mind. Read it and reread it. And, hit us up with any questions.

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