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Owner: axxis
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Registered: 12-03-2003
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9th March 2003
Windsurfing: Vetch's Beach, Durban
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Stength: 15 knots
Surf / Sea State: calm
Air Temperature: 31
Sea Temperature: 27
Weather: clear, sunny
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Distance Covered:

Major slog session. Basically rigged too small. Had an option of the 5.4 or 7.0 and went for the 5.4 hoping it would build to that strength.

Launched and was powered just short of an easy plane. Wind was onshore so I figured if I slogged a bit upwind I'd have room to play with and could pump / surf onto the plane. Soon realised it wasn't going to happen. Wind remained marginal for hours.

I could have gone in and rigged the 7.0 but I discovered that the starboard side boom arm to nose piece connection was loose and would probably break so I thought I'd just slog around and see what happened. As it turned out it lasted the session but it wasn't particularly taxed.

Frustrating but I guess it's all good for fitness and balance. Slogging is tiring ;-) Got to practise my non-planing gybes and executed one lovely balance gybe. I wouldn't call it a tail sinker because I managed to maneuver round without sinking the tail at all.

Other post-mortems - NP freeride boom has been a let-down quality wise. It feels good, is light and maneuverable to sail but I bent it easily when I had just got it in a major wipe out. Since then it is a dog to adjust and the little pin-things that lock the length adjustment are very weak and prone to failure. Now, not that many sessions down the line, the nose-piece fails. Booo. Will try to avoid NP booms in future.

On the up-side - it was a superb day in durban. Sun, breeze, beautiful clear blue water. Next time will take a chance on the big side rather.

See you on the water.

James
Toys Used:
F2 Air 265
Neil Pryde NR 5.4
Neil Pryde Freeride 460
Neil Pryde Freeride 165-205
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ProLimit Seat Large

 

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