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by Ryan » Wed Mar 16, 2022 8:36 pm

Mike wrote:So maybe the low tide walkway will stay?

Yes, there is a reference in here, ... lmodel.pdf
"This assumption was taken considering that even
though the berm will be removed, part of the core of the structure close to the natural seabed will be

But as Michael says
Michael wrote: With the riprap gone I think the current will erode what is left over time.
the remaining spit might eventually erode away, it might also collect sand and become a big sandbar, it will be interesting to see what happens.
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by Ryan » Wed Mar 16, 2022 8:46 pm

Fill in the Squamish Windsports survey. ... ss-update/

"The wind season is right around the corner and we know a few people have already gotten a couple of days in at the new island! The SWS board and our volunteer sub-committees have been working hard to find a solution that would allow the SWS to provide an access solution to our members. Now we'd like some feedback from our members with a survey. "
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by JonathanP » Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:28 am

raquo wrote:As an average-level windsurfer I don't think I'll be launching or drifting from the spit road. If anything, now it seems even more sketchy than before, both due to the wind and the flow, and my wind range with a given sail isn't as wide as some of the pros, so the potential for wasting time goes up too.

Also, side note, I think there's a general under-appreciation of underwater trap hazards in moving water, especially for wingers with their foils and unreleasable leashes. River SUP guys have generally learned their lesson already after a series of fatalities and near misses, now using quick-release leashes (and never on ankles), but I haven't seen much awareness of this in winging at all. People pushing themselves more into the river need to be more aware of such risks imo.

Good points. Windsurfing on a sinker board might make for a difficult return.

For the foil snag hazards, that's a good point. I've found the current to be very slow or even stagnant near the spit at the spots where I launch to not be a problem, though I usually don't leash up till after paddling away from shore. I wonder if the current will start to slam against the island, that could be a huge drowning hazard for anyone, leashed or not. Although the pylon strainers at the end of the spit seem like the biggest hazard out there, is there any reason to keep them there other than cost to remove?

There are still some logs, etc out in the far side that could be a hazard. Though for the most part I'd say the river flow is slow enough to make unleashing from a snag feasible, but definitely sketchy. I've switched from knee to waist leash, but should probably add a quick release too.
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by Ryan » Mon Apr 18, 2022 9:41 am

The remaining spit at around1.4 m tide.
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Coming back in about 3.5 hours later.
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The new Nexan windsports beach, looks great, the wind was dead onshore. (We sailed there from the spit, it's still closed and under construction.)
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If anyone was wondering what Woodfiber looks like. It took two hours to get there in 5 to 10 knots on our 11.8 Wind SUPs, I was on 5.7, Jen on 5.3.
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by john m » Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:06 am

Is there access to Nexen for windsurfing?
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by Ryan » Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:15 am

john m wrote:Is there access to Nexen for windsurfing?

Not yet, it's still closed and under construction. We sailed there to check it out.

Here is the latest update from the developer. ... nter-2021/
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by Michael » Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:19 am

Thanks for the photos Ryan, the new beach looks great. Love the SUP sail reconnaissance mission!
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by dan.e » Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:25 am

Thanks for the update, how is the parking situation?
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by Ryan » Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:55 am

dan.e wrote:Thanks for the update, how is the parking situation?

There is a new turn around at the new end of the spit, and the usual spit parking behind that, everything just shifted 300 m back.

As for Nexan, once it opens, there will be limited parking close by once development is done, people will most likely have to drop their gear and park, but apparently the beach will be open before the buildings are up so until then there will be lots of parking.
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by Ryan » Mon Apr 18, 2022 11:02 am

Spit Work Party, 30 April and 1 May.
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