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

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Comment by fishcamp on October 20, 2011 at 8:43am

Maybe its more the rocker than the fins.?.  Which quads did you try?  Hope the swell picks up for you today.   


PS - skunk on wind at WB last night.  Blew like stink down south.  Schlogged around on a 5.5 and caught chest to head bombs until mast broke.    

Comment by Alan White on October 19, 2011 at 9:21pm

You're definitely touching on a theme here with the pros and their advice... top to bottom versus pumping the wave. Certainly, youi'll pump the wave if you want some speed for a nice aerial, but for bottom to top (going vertical) you have to run way out in front of the wave, tilt the mast forward and almost lay i tdown, before cutting back up the wave face. The quads bog me down. It could be just me....

No waves today again. Just solid 5.0. There are some jumps out at "The Bombora", but all eyes are on the potential swell you mentioned. I think someone here confirmed what you read. We'll see.....

Comment by fishcamp on October 19, 2011 at 11:08am

I'm looking for that!  Maybe they favor a more surf style approach.  Don't draw out the bottom turn so much.  Try to go top to bottom and pump the wave rather than the sail for speed.  


Good luck.  

Comment by Alan White on October 19, 2011 at 10:34am
The quads really went upwind well,  but who's really lookng for that. The biggest thing I didn't like about them is the way they seem to bog down on a bottom turn.Lots of friction, and when you try give the sail a pump or two to make up for it, you spin out. You're probably right, that I need to spend more time on them. Thanks for the swell update. Was beginning to worry about this week. Three days of flat water ( knee-high)i is considered a skunk down here. The last three days have reminded me of Ft. Fisher. Side off, choppy, and occasionaly knee slappers. That said, there is a place around the point called The Bombora where you can really launch on over head stuff when ever thee is wind. Just one-hit wonders and side shore there.  Thanks again!
Comment by fishcamp on October 19, 2011 at 8:10am

Not sure if this helps.  Magic Seaweed confirms a small pulse today and tomorrow (Thursday), 2.5 ft at 14 secs.  Then they have it fading Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the next pulse fills in on Monday.


75L sounds small for a quad, and still too wide.?.  I've read for multi fin boards you should ride them at least 5L larger than you would typically rig.  Maybe that's just for east coast conditions.  You better get on those boards.  I would like to know how an east coaster's opinion compares to the write up :).     


PS - SW winds forecasted for here today around 30.  Swell jump up over night from flat to waist to chest.  Calm winds and torrential rain this morning.  Should clear and blow later.     

Comment by Alan White on October 18, 2011 at 9:14pm

Try as I might, I can't get dialed in on the quad fins. This board is my favorite, perhaps because it's a lot like my Exo 85. It's a single fin Quatro Wave. It's good from 4.5-5.8. Today, for instance, it blow hard...4.0 most of the day, and even though there were knee high slappers, I rode the Quatro Quad 75 liter Wave. I didn't like it. Too wide for 4.0 conditions. Ironically, Windsport Mag is here doing the board tests. I need to get on it!!  The editor, Pete, is a great guy and has all the new stuff lined up on the beach. It's just so damn hard stopping myself to change out the gear.

My arms are spghetti. In fact, I was on the water just long enough to throw a forward, several 360's and some duck jibes. Since it's so blow out, and the waves really aren't good today, I put in about 12 miles mountain biking. Some swell is forecast for Thursday, I think. If you have any idea about that, I'd really appreciate some information. News on swells here is only in rumor form. Should I save my energy ?  Any thing you can tell me~ thanks.


Comment by fishcamp on October 18, 2011 at 1:34pm
Nice!  Looking good!  What quatro is that?  Any board reviews?  Quads?  Thrusters?  Single fins?
Comment by Alan White on October 18, 2011 at 12:55pm
Comment by Alan White on October 17, 2011 at 9:28pm

Yes!  I did run across it and in fact got a photo. It's not very clear, so I won't up load it. The bird is probably a Kestle (sp) according to a bird person here. It (they) live in a seldom-used trail called "Zeta Gulch".   I also found tracts that looked a lot like big cat tracts. Kevin swears they're dog tracts, but I think he's just trying to keep everyone calm. Anyway, I'm heading out again tomorrow for a ride. I ride every other day and am now up to about 15 miles.


Flat water today, but solid 5.0 all day. Only tried about 5 forwards. Pretty frustrating, however, I did manage my first one-handed 360. 

Spare ribs on the grill as I speak....happy hour.... Im outta here. :-)

Comment by Frunobulax on October 17, 2011 at 5:32pm
Nice pictures, gentle big waves, brings back fond memories.  Did you ever see the Falcon-Owl again?

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