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When there's absolutely no wind

by C36 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:24 pm

S1 – Mountain Bike – Lindsley Park (2020 July 25)

Tour. Opted for mountain bike ride with DavidM over a `too light` wind session at Pipers. What a treat to have that a five minute ride from your house! DavidM was rocking the ebike!

S2 – SUP – Long Beach (2020 July 25)

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Longboard waves. Decided on evening glass off at Long Beach after quick wind/surf check at South Chesterman (not much of either). One local mentioned, “It’s not epic, but it’s sunny.” Gentle sluffing waist-high longboard waves. There were rides, but it looked better from the beach that it was. Ethan would not have gone out, but I did and I had fun. Nice to get wet and cool down. Set up camp overlooking Mackenzie Beach at sunset and ate dinner at twight. Full day.

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S3 – SUP – South Chesterman/Rosie Bay/Cox Beach (2020 July 26)

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Three. My ‘early start’ turned into 10 am, but caught the low slack tide. A couple of warm-up waves in the cove at South Chesterman, then a few at Rosie (one nice one near the south headland), then rounded the horn into Cox Bay and was treated some clean fat lines with lots to choose from. Fairly easy to catch, but not much power. Caught one nice wave with power in Rosie on the return trip. Nice to be able to sample all three beaches/breaks in one session.

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S4 – SUP – Cox Bay (2020 July 27)

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Three to five feet. Looked like a lot of work and for hardly any reward on first glance (five rows of white water and only one row of waves, but as I watched I saw this was the exception and there were two to three rows of clean waves on the outside. I grabbed my gear and headed out. Two surfers leaving the water said much better than yesterday, “There are waves today!” I Found Udder was already out there and joined in the fun. Udder said, “About as good as it gets for three to five feet!” Glassy faces closely spaced so there was lots to choose from - most with decent size and a few bombs, more than a few fun drops, and lots of multiple turn waves. What a nice surprise! Later I heard one local decided to hike to the look-out instead of heading out and saw us out there enjoying “…what looked like Hawaii…” and regretted his decision. Glad I went out and shared the birthday present with Udder. Wind teased at Long Beach but not enough wind/waves to draw me out. There was more wind at the Chestermans, but not enough wave there – both were flat. Still a good day and more time to prep dinner.

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S5 – SUP – South Chesterman (2020 July 28)

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Opposite. Polar opposite of yesterday – looked doable from the beach, but turned nasty on the water. Saw Udder make it out through a seam a couple of times as I walked out to the water. I tried for over an hour, but never made it out. Dumping/thumping break was unrelenting on the one to five second period and the ocean was offering no gaps (to me). Finally I decided to call it and head for South Chesterman to get a few rides in to reassure myself that I could actually do this. It was windblown, rolly and lumpy but I got some rides. Redemption of sorts.

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by C36 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:16 pm

S6 – SUP – Cox Bay (2020 July 29)

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Fun. Sun and glassy fun-sized waves. Lots of options with all breaks in play. Some lullage today made getting out easier (if you timed it right). The only downside was there was some competition for the peak at `land-o-lefts` and the crowds on the inside, especially mid-beach. Super-fun session!

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S7 – SUP – Cox Bay (2020 July 30)

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Mini. Smaller sets rolling through this morning. Only the north end of the beach in play – both mini-wedge and second peak. Was able to cycle more than a few times – paddle out, drop-in, ride, repeat. Small, but clean and fun! Went back for a sunset surf check and it looked painful – five rows of closeouts and rolling whitewater. Decided to save my energy for the next day.

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S8 – SUP – Cox Bay (2020 July 31)

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One a day. Took mid-day shift after waiting for the morning fog to burn off. Udder was out and we cheered each other on. Some fun rides! In a day that favoured lefts I got one very memorable right. Committing to send-it more and hit the lip a few times as it exploded (only landed a few, but fun trying). Went back for an evening surf-check and if the twilight shimmer had stayed I would have gone out, but cloud and flat light rolled in a killed my stoke. Sessions this trip were turning into a rhythm of one a day.

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S9 – SUP – Cox Bay (2020 Aug 1)

Dawn patrol. On the water before 8 am (not quite dawn patrol but definitely the earliest start for me on this trip). I was out there but Udder wasn’t. Looked modest on the webcam but there were some solid clean sets on the water. The early morning crowd was more skilled than the mid-day shift so it took more effort and commitment to score waves, but once you had them those out respected priority so you got a clean wave more times than not. Awesome session to end the trip on. Checked out Long Beach (onshore and wind blown), Wick (clean, sideshore, but smaller), and Flo (onshore and really small) on the way out just to make sure I had made the right choice.

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S10 – windsurf – China Creek (2020 Aug 1)

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Unicorn. Forecast was for 10 degree temperature differential Tofino to Port Alberni. Arrived to marine layer to the south, sunshine and inflowing wind. Early wind looked steady, but I hedged for evening build. It did fill in more, but it got puffy, shifty and was a lot of work. Jerry said it was punchy 5.0 the day before but I would be surprised if it as gustier than this – hard to do anything with too much/not enough conditions while I was out. There was a unicorn though – but it was the inflatable Walmart swim-toy kind, not down-the-line wavesailing. It looked like the wind steadied a bit and straightened out with the inlet for the late evening sailors, but I was spent by then.

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