The key to windsurfing

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Last time out I put my key in a waterproof pouch secured it with the chord around my neck and stuffed it inside my wetsuit. Six hours later I come ashore and retrieve the key as I pulled it out of the neck hole of my wetsuit it feels a bit heavier than usual, as it came in to view I see the key is floating in its own little bag of Luke warm water, like a fish that you win at the fun fair. The remote opening electronics are fried. luckily the ignition chip in the key are still working. An expensive mistake, the Ford garage says 1500 SEK for a new key…….. Might wait with that.

Nynäshamn last week

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fine sunny day

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We wernt the olny people out this time round, met up with Matius race number SWE73, out on a formula board with a 10m2.

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Barbro tries out the beach gym.

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I had a bit of bad luck the wind swang round to NNE and sailing home was straight in that direction, I finally made it back to the beach after a marathon effort, I still cant get the board to go upwind when planning I can get it to cut upwind at slower speeds…….. thankfully. Jukka got a bit concerned at one point and helpfully pointed out that if i couldnt make it back to get help from one of the passing boats…… thanks & bye 🙂

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Tommy Tries out windsurfing

Been a bit slow at getting this post up, a few weeks back a friend Tommy expressed an interest in trying out windsurfing, so a few Fridays back we gathered up the gear and headed down to Dalarö and met up with Jukka. After we schleped the gear over the footbridge and along the shoreline to the launch site it was 4pm and Tommy got to try out my ever so sexy 80s style spare wetsuit! Lovely :).  The wind on the day was very poor, barely over 5m/s but I had the JP superlight with my and Tommy got to use the Kona 0.9. All in all the lucky soul managed to squeeze in over 6 hours of tuition, and by the end of it between Jukka and I we’d managed to teach him the basics, raising the sail, sailing across the wind in both directions and shakey upwind turns. He did really well to get all that down .

Also a good session for me on the Superlight, the wind was almost non existant but I rigged up the 8.5 helium and gave it everything I could throw at it and managed to get it skimming across the mill pond flat water of the bay, utterly magical in that there was so little wind! most of the kitesurfers had given up on waiting for the wind and had left, but there were a few guys hanging around in hope. Once I got the board planning I think I lured one of them off of the beach, he probably reasoned that if I was planning he would easily pick up higher winds, what he didnt realise was the superlight gets going on a fart of wind, he managed to get his 17m2 kite off the beach and 50 meters out on the water and then it lost all lift and he spent the next 30 mins trying to get it off the water and back to the beach. The JP is very impressive all the more so in that on several passes I didnt need to even pump the board up on to the plane.

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AHHHHH!!!!! *SHEAR PRIMAL GUTTERAL EXPRESSION OF FRUSTRATION* AHHHHHH!

Its been almost a month now I’ve been waiting on skidsport.nu the only supplier of Neil Pryde in Stockholm, I still haven’t heard a peep out of them despite following them up a week or so after initial contact. *update; Walter has made several attempts to get in contact with NP but he hasnt heard anything back from them, he will get back to me*

Its getting really boring and frustrating having to put in so much time and effort in to getting companies even to repond. I still havent heard anything from North sails they haven bothered to reply to any of my attempts to contact them through their webpage or Twitter, just a wall of silence, the local supplier Surfspot say they have had a conversation with them but failed to acheive anything of significance, when i asked them what they said about the shockingly poor quality of the mastfoot they said that they would ask them, which is entirely the point of contacting them the first time! Also I asked them to let me know when they got spare parts back in stock and I had to ring them up to find out if they had restocked. 😦 . The last I heard was that I should go over to the shop and they would “see how they could help”. I’ll head over there this week.

Unifiber 5.5 Torn

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I managed to wreck two sails this week, the 7.5 helium and the very first sail I bought a unifiber 5.5, I managed to fall on it and rip out the seam along the bottom of the lower monofilm section. Ive done a quick and dirty repair with gaffa tape. This sail is now designated for “stupid” projects like ice sailing or for begginers to have a go with.

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Neil Pryde Helium 7.5

I  managed to bust one of my light wind sails, the camber must have taken a beating the other day when I was over powered, I looked around after being catapulted and saw a camber roller laying on my board, the axel pin and the other roller were claimed by Davey Jones. Now I’m waiting on skidsport.nu who are the only NeilPryde dealers here to get back to me with a price for parts.

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