We've been wanting to write about this for quite some time: how drone photography changes the way that we and the rest of the world sees windsurfing.

For those of us who have windsurfed for a long time, still photography was the more common method of relaying the windsurfing experience to others. If done by a family member, it usually resulted in a nice seascape with a smudge on the horizon which indicated "windsurfer". Unless you had a friend with a really good telephoto lens, this was really the way the world saw you - that dot on the horizon. Colorful dacron sails at least made us noticeable but then we had to go and ruin that with the advent of the monofilm sail. While monofilm had distinct performance advantages with it's lack of stretch, it made windsurfing about as visually appealing as a Pringle potato chip.

If you were really lucky, you would occasionally get a glimpse of some video or film footage of windsurfing. But, this was precious; so precious that the club spent a considerable amount of money amassing a video library so members could share VHS videotapes. We'd spend windless hours in the Outer Banks watching Peter Hart teaching us how to jibe and Robbie Naish slash waves and jump higher than a helicopter.

Then, Youtube and the GoPro changed so much for us. While the internet spelled the demise of windsurfing print journalism as an industry, it ushered in amateur and professional windsurfing footage by the truckload. You no longer waited for your periodic magazine refresh or the new DVD. A click and you were immersed. We started to be able to share what we felt and saw on the water with the rest of the world. Our friends could begin to understand the feeling of speed, the froth of the wake behind us, the water's shape. This was better, much better. Often footage was limited by the lens available or the inability to change the viewpoint readily. The wide angle lens meant it was hard to grasp a wider sense of what was going on. The fixed mount often resulted in footage of the backside of the sail, someone's feet or some other irrelevant aspect. However, the ability to create our own video footage and share it easily outweighed the shortcomings.

Maybe three or so years ago, drone footage of windsurfing started to appear. While camera drones had already been flying for sometime, it took a while for a drone capable of flying at the speed necessary to keep up with a windsurfer in breezy conditions to become affordable and widely available. In a sense, drones merely mimicked what helicopter based videographers had done in the 80s and 90s but helicopters are expensive and safety and their rotor wash limits how, and perhaps more importantly, who they can shoot. With a drone, we can see us, or people like us, windsurf. What we see is tangible. That really could be us.

While we've posted a number of videos shoot somewhat or wholly with drones before, here's a little collection that we've made that, hopefully, gets you excited about sailing this spring. Enjoy.

Yard Sale - Spring 2017 Edition

Spring has sprung. Well, it's a bit early being late February but we personally witnessed Trey windsurfing in just a shorty the other day, so it must be true. Okay, so he forgot his long suit at home but some years at this time, we're debating whether it will break 40 degrees and warm up enough to even go.

With the change of seasons, some of us need to clear out the garage to make room for newer toys. Others just need to thin the herd a bit. For some of us, we swear that there were only four boards in the garage last August so we haven't a clue how suddenly (and, legitimately) there are six. We aren't aware that boards, fins or sails can procreate like rabbits but they keep popping up.

There are new or progressing windsurfers who are looking to expand their quivers. Maybe it's that first short board or maybe a larger sail. It's time to go shopping and the budget may not allow brand new kit so decent used kit is appealing.

So, it's time for a yard sale. Post what you have or what you are looking for on this thread in the forums: https://windsportatlanta.com/content/yard-sale-2017-22617

If you've listed something recently, just post a link to your existing post if you wish - no need to do it all again.

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Turning Marginal Days into Fun Days

Report on New RRD Firemove 122

If you’re like me, you love days when whitecaps cover area lakes. Steady, strong wind makes sailing easy. But light and gusty conditions are far more common. Rather than complain about the lack of good wind, I recently upgraded to a new board that turns many marginal days into fun days on the water.

The board is the RRD Firemove 122 liter. The Firemove captures the excitement of short-board sailing in lower winds than I previously thought possible. It works great with both my 8.5 and 7.0 meter Ezzy sails. In Bonaire I rented this RRD board and thought it was also a good match with a 6.5 meter sail. The 122 liter Firemove handles a wide wind range and smooths out chop. A big advantage of the design is that it stays on a plane, coasting through lulls, without sacrificing turning ability. This board is extremely easy to jibe and effortlessly turns to ride small waves.

I have to credit Alain Ciclet for introducing me to the Firemove. He’s an experienced windsurfer who learned on the south coast of France where Mistral winds create epic conditions. He wanted a board that preserved the excitement and feel of short-board sailing in lower winds. Alain brought his new Firemove to Nags Head where I saw him sail in a variety of conditions.

The Firemove is made in a range of sizes between 100 - 135 liters focusing on all-around freeride performance. The new 120 liter and last year’s 122 liter board come with a quality 42 cm Powerbox fin. JP makes a similar line called “Magic Ride" of wide, short, thin boards. An extra-wide Formula, or Super lightwind board will plane in even lower wind, but can’t match the sheer fun and turning ability of RRD’s new design. This was the most popular board in the rental fleet at Jibe City in Bonaire. I’ve found it’s equally at home on Lake Lanier or the Outer Banks.


Fall Classic Notice of Race

Editors note: This is the Notice of Race, a fancy document that is a required thing in the racing world. Don't let it mislead you that this isn't a fun, easy-going event and open to all even if you decide not to race but want to spend a fun weekend witih a bunch of windsurfers. Whether you race or not, you really should consider coming out. If you have any questions, post in the comments below. A pdf of the Notice of race can be downloaded here.

The Atlanta Boardsailing Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club invite you to compete in the 38th Annual Atlanta Fall Classic.

IMAGE(/sites/default/files//pictures/fc16_art-small.jpg)Rules– The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 including Appendix B- Windsurfing Competition Rules, the Class Rules of any applicable fleet, the printed Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions will be available at late registration/check-in at the LLSC pavilion. Advertising is unrestricted. Entry– The regatta is open to sailboard competitors. Registration will take place at the race site Friday night and Saturday morning, October 21st & 22nd. Please email the regatta chair if you are coming: Chris Voith Any group of 5 boards may compete in a trophy group including (but not limited to): Open Unlimited • Sport (7.5 Ltd) • Kona • Formula With enough entries, a Workshop Fleet may also be included. Within any of these, divisions (i.e. light-heavy, men-women, etc) with 5 or more entries may also be formed as trophy groups. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in up to four divisions. Fleets, Classes and other divisions may be combined, created or deleted at the discretion of the registrar.

Competition Format– Course Racing and/or Long Distance. Courses may be modified to suit the classes entered and wind conditions. The courses will be illustrated in the Sailing Instructions, available at check-in. The Low Point scoring system will be used. One race must be completed to constitute the regatta. Wind Minimum– For any Formula Class, an 8 knot wind minimum as measured on the course will be observed. For all other classes, it is intended that after one race is completed, no race will be started in which pumping would be the primary means of propulsion. IMAGE(<a href="https://windsportatlanta.com/w/images/thumb/4/45/LLSC_start.jpg/500px-LLSC_start.jpg" rel="nofollow">https://windsportatlanta.com/w/images/thumb/4/45/LLSC_start.jpg/500px-LLSC_start.jpg</a>)Schedule– Friday: 1200 Club opens • Tuning - Practice • 1700 - Happy Hour - Registration • ~1900 - Suppah Saturday: 0900-1000 - Registration & Check-in 1030 - Competitors’ Meeting 1130 - First possible start. 1800 - Happy Hour 1930 - Dinner Sunday: 1000 Racing Resumes Venue– Lake Lanier is comfortably warm in October but cold fronts can bring strong wind and cooler temperatures. Bring neoprene! Pets are allowed at LLSC except at the clubhouse, and with the usual expectations. Live lake cam looks SW from clubhouse

Accomodations– Free camping at the race site (tent/van/RV sites & hot showers, but no hook-ups). At exit 16 off I-985 (~15 minutes from LLSC): Country Inn & Suites 800-456-4000. / Comfort Inn 770-287-1000. / Jameson Inn 770-533- 9400. Exit 8 off I-985: Renaissance Pine Isle Resort 770-945-8921. / Lake Lanier Lodges (cabins w/hot tubs) 770-967-1804 For a more complete list see: www.lakelanier.com.

Entry Fee Includes– Friday munchies & brews • Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday & Sunday • Dinner on Saturday • Commemorative shirt (or other thing) • Door Prizes • Trophies three deep in each division.

Directions to Lake Lanier Sailing Club– On our wiki From Atlanta: North on I-85 then I-985 to Exit 8 • Left on Lanier Islands P’way continue ~1.5 mile to traffic light (past West Marine) • Turn Right on McEver Rd continue 4 miles to • Left on to Jim Crow Rd. (this becomes Old Federal Rd.) It’s 2.3 miles from McEver Rd. to LLSC entrance on the left. From Charleston: Go to Atlanta, then see above.

For more information: Contact Chris Voith
404-386-8505 or voithphoto@gmail.com.