Last 10 Windlogs Show Calendar
07/25/2014 (72nd this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SSE@22mph

board: '14 JP 93 FWP         sail: 5.8 EZZY TIGER

 072 - Sorta more than expected but not enouth SE.  Out in chop midway between the spoils and back to the drop-off and north end.  First two runs were on the Skate but way too much everything.  More downhaul and change board made it all good.    

07/21/2014 (71st this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SSE@22mph

board: '14 JP 93 FWP         sail: 5.2 EZZY TIGER

 071 - As forecast except didn't get the SE shift.  Out and back to SI#2 working the drop-off both ways.  Seemed to be holes in and outside, some big gusts and more than enough chop.  Water is still dropping and there are a few jellyfish.  

07/20/2014 (70th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SE@21mph

board: 112 FANATIC SKATE         sail: 5.8 EZZY TIGER

 070 - About as forecast and fairly flat.  Out to SI#2 and back to the north end.  Some drop-off runs both ways with smallish inside holes.  Tomorrow looks similar too.

07/16/2014 (69th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SE@21mph

board: '14 JP 93 FWP         sail: 5.8 EZZY TIGER

 069 - A little better direction today with less chop and fewer holes.  Out to SI#2 and back to the north end.  Lots of smooth shoreline runs.  Only a handful out and next few days look good.

07/15/2014 (68th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SE@20mph

board: 112 FANATIC SKATE         sail: 5.8 EZZY TIGER

 068 - It was peak time of the day and a handful out.  Mostly BAF on the drop-off both ways.  Also a bunch to SI#2 and some to the north end.  Holes made it a bit on/off but plenty of power and smooth otherwise.  Several more on the way.  

07/08/2014 (67th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SSE@24mph

board: '14 JP 93 FWP         sail: 4.7 EZZY TIGER

067 - Had obligations so it was a very late start but turned out to be about peak time.  Lots of power, chop but also inside holes.  Just went BAF to SI#1 with less than a handful out..   

07/07/2014 (66th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SE@19mph

board: 112 FANATIC SKATE         sail: 5.8 EZZY TIGER

 066 - Missed late blow yesterday and clouds today kept it down a bit.  Out and back to SI#2, power was hard to find, good outside but tough with holes inside.  Some drop-off outbound runs were good as were a few to the north end.

07/06/2014 (45th this year)
Mark Plunkett @ Windy Point
S@10mph

board: Fanatic AllWave 9'2"         sail: 5.3 Severne S-1

A while back, I told someone the value of taking an ABK Clinic is that often you will not learn a move during the clinic, but at a later date, you will start trying the move again and it will start to come to you. For me, it is often not the move I really want to learn, but rather, something that they distract me with while I am trying to learn the move I want to learn because I am struggling or the conditions are lacking.

For example, when I wanted to learn a planing exit for my gybe, they had me sail backwinded in the light wind. Even when we had good wind and the planing exit was not happening, I learned to jump gybe. While trying to learn the vulcan during one clinic, they had me try upwind 360s in the straps, or in lighter winds, a donkey gybe. I don't know why. I had no real interest in learning any of these moves, but now, I can do them all.

Initially, I was not a LWF believer, but eventually, I did finally buy in. I can remember how hard it was for me to learn a non-planing upwind 360, and how good it felt when I finally got it. This year, I said that my light wind goal was to learn a duck tack. I did try a bunch at the recent ABK camp in the non-planing light wind at BIB, but no luck. I saw the sail either slam into the water to windward or helicopter past brushing the nose of my board after the throw. Only one of the campers could really duck with any consistency. He was older than me and from San Francisico (Richmond). Why are the windsurfers so good out west? I saw him practicing duck tacks on Andy's SUP in the light winds during the lunch break. Since, I have the same SUP, I figured later I would give it a try on a super light day here on Lake Travis.

Conditions today were terrible for windsurfing. Light lines of wind, with periods of no wind eddies. For the first hour, it was mostly switch-stance practice, with the usual outcomes after the throw. I know I looked pretty kooky to the weekend beach crowd. After an hour, I had one successful Duck Tack on port, but nothing even close on starboard. As the wind shut down again, I thought about calling it a day, but something inside said to keep going.

Then it happened. The key was to stall a few seconds after the hand cross-over but before the throw. I started to get it on both tacks, better than 90%. Now I realize it was on a SUP and not my sinky FS board, in 10mph wind, but finally I was learning something new. And that feels REALLY good. 

07/05/2014 (44th this year)
Mark Plunkett @ Town Lake
N@0mph

board: Fanatic AllWave 9'2"         sail:

Nice paddle in am before the masses got on the water. 

07/01/2014 (65th this year)
Mike Murphy @ BIB
SSE@24mph

board: '14 JP 93 FWP         sail: 4.7 EZZY TIGER

 065 - A bit disappointing, rigged for the forecast but had some issues.  It was out and back to SI#1, at first well powered and later sorta marginal.  Very unsettled with lots of cross chop and big holes that dumped me into the water for cooling several times.  Less than a handful on the water.