GReat first day! Head high surf. 4-5 turns    5.5 sail and 90 liters. 

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Comment by rdm on October 27, 2011 at 9:15am

Have I?  Sure I've drooled over those Baja '08 pics quite a few times. 


Your description of side on vs side off is spot on.  I've yet to catch the north end in side or side off NE but hope to soon.  Can't wait in fact.  It is perhaps random chance but most always my side-off seshes have had pretty fluky wind esp inside when it was bigger swell.  Like a wind tunnel on the face though when it lights up.  Again probably random but the cleanest side or side off has been at Ft Fisher.  I'm learning more and more about how to make the east coast fun.  Really fun.

Comment by Alan White on October 27, 2011 at 8:14am

Ralph, did you see this page from 2008?

Comment by Alan White on October 27, 2011 at 8:12am

Yah, at least 4-500 lips. Actually, I spent more time working on my bottom turns than anything else. It's amazing how much you can learn in a good solid week or two like that. One day here and there is pretty good, but when you can go out day after day you REALLY start to improve. At least, I hope I improved.

The North End of CB is all about side, or side-off.  Yeah, I know it's often side-on, but if you can catch it on a north wind it really lights up.

Yes, I'd say a higher volume board and bigger sail for side-on condition is the call. On side-off you drop down a size. The main reason you can get away with smaller gear with side-off is because you don't have the wind shadows. There's usually less current in side-off too. Also, as you start your down the line run, the wind coming up the face of the swell increases due to the wave face pushing against the wind. In Baja, ideally, you slog out because by the time you're on a swell you'll get overpowered. It's amazing.  Quite often you'll be on a 5.3 and 85 liter board even though the wind may be blowing only averaging 15-18.

Comment by rdm on October 27, 2011 at 7:24am

Speaking of conditions, man you must have smacked a thousand lips out there on the left coast!  Sounds pretty wonderful.  I actually got an awesome wave sesh in last Wednesday.  The setup was very similar to the NE at core banks and north end CB.  SW was side on with SSE swell and large.  My photographer couldn't get pics of me on the waves because the view was blocked by the previous sets and no dune to climb.  When I find myself in big side on like this the wind is often blocked by waves.  Do you guys get this in big side on?  Big board / small sail seems to work best for me. 

A few pictures of the side on sesh.

Comment by Alan White on October 26, 2011 at 3:10pm
I've always been partial to my 85 Exo too, but one really needs to try various boards in different conditions. The one I"m using in the photo above was a 120 Freestyle-Wave and 5.8.  Conditions change so much, you just have to be open to trying different combinations. Styles do differ, so always take board reviews with a grain of salt.
Comment by rdm on October 26, 2011 at 11:40am
I think my style is similar to fishcamp.  I want a surfboard I can put a sail on.  Spend more time on the wave using mostly wave energy.  I don't have the skills yet but the 85L exo wave takes really clean wind for me to be comfy on it in waves.  Side shore DTL is incredibly rare for me.  I really like my quad so far.  Lots more to learn though about all of it.
Comment by Alan White on October 22, 2011 at 11:03am

Did so, and of course they return your salutation!

Kevin's been pushing the "Ticket to Ride" for next year. The deal is, for $2250 you have all the options, fly-in and out from SD, gear, food, etc.  You have to commit before the end of the year, although you don't have to decide your date until the last minute. He mentioned, though, that the last full week of July could easily be blocked out for  us if we wanted to get a group together. I'm game.

More or less was skuned yesterday. I got some planning time on the 5.8 and 90 liters, but zero waves. Most of this week was, in fact, pretty tame for swell. I think the biggest swell we had was at the beginning with waist to shoulder for a few days. By far, last week was very much better with head to logo most of the time. Kind of aniti climactic, except that we had a few good windy days this week.

For the famous South Swell, it sounds like the best chances are between July and September. FYI.

Last post from Baja.....flying out today.

Comment by Waterturtle on October 20, 2011 at 10:03pm
Hey Alan, tell Kevin, Clark, & Rodney I said that place sucks! And that I said Hi. Glad you're getting some nice conditions....enjoy your last 2 days.
Comment by Alan White on October 20, 2011 at 9:26pm

Another waist-high day....14 days straight. I'm whooped. Two more to go.

Fine, order yourself one. To each his own; but in my humble opinion, it sucks. How much are they?  2k? I'd rather come here again next year. Tyson Poor tired it and came back fussing after 5 minutes. He's trying different configurations on it now.

Comment by Alan White on October 20, 2011 at 12:57pm

I tried the new JP Wave Quad. It's called something like the "Single Thruster" with optional thruster boxes. I hate it. Nose looks like something from the late 80's.

Very cloudy this morning. No prob here. 12 straight days and mountain biking is taking its toll on this old man. Will probably clear off this afternoon again anyway. Next time I'm only coming for a week, or 10 days at longest.

Will try to post some more pics tonight.

Sorry you didn't get any wind. Sounds like something's brewing at Lake Norman today, judging from Raceboard's post.

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