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This Weekend We Sail

Windsurfing, yes. Sebonac Inlet looks good as of press time!

Hookipa 10/20/16

super challenging conditions, light wind

Sunday looks like a real NUKER (to Scott.)

Attention all windly hopeful: Scott thinks Sunday is going to be a big day. Windy. Wavy. Me I think getting excited about a forecast five days out is an exercise in windsuffering. But in the meantime, lets hear it for...

Snorkeling for "Work" at the Florida Keys Marine Lab

I spent the last four days snorkeling with Rhonda and my Florida Gulf Coast University students at the FL Keys Marine Lab on Long Key. It was delightful, and educational for the students, of course. I've posted an annotated picture album, and put a couple video clips together in a very short video. (See below.) KML Fall 2016 clips from James Douglass on Vimeo.

Sunday Shred at Meschutt

Taking a break from the 4.7 conditions, the conversation turned to our feet. "Why are you wearing winter booties" I asked Scott. The water was warmish...I was more than comfortable in my summer booties. "They don't let sand in," Scott...

Formula Windsurfing Boom Mount, 11.0 Sail

The seasons have just flipped here in Florida, from the overcooked rainy season to the drier and more comfortable, but still summery, season. In this season we often get wind from the Northeast, which is side-offshore on the Gulf Coast. Show More Summary

Hurricane Matthew related windsurfing session + red tide

Hurricane Matthew was a terrible tragedy for Haiti, and a major nuisance for some of the Southeast Atlantic coast. Here in Southwest Florida it was just a breezy Thursday and Friday. I was off work because the University had cautiously closed. Show More Summary

SUP Race Report: CGT Summer Race #8

Race: Race #8 in the CGT Summer Time Trial series. Date it happened: 2 October 2016. Host: CGT Kayaks and Paddleboards, which you can become a groupie of by joining the CGT Tribe facebook page. Location: Riverside Park on the Imperial River in downtown Bonita Springs, Florida. Show More Summary

Formula windsurfing session video

The other day I took a spin on my Exocet Turbo Formula II board with an 11.0 square meter Gaastra Nitro 4 sail. The wind was about 10 knots, which was plenty to get planing with that powerful board and sail combination. The video is below. Show More Summary

Bumpology

Whining heard about the terrain today at East Landing: “My teeth are getting rattled.” “My kidneys doth complaineth.” “The chop sucks.” "etc." I windsurf with a pack of old women, who spend their water time contemplating their vaginas. Probably I...

Gardiners Bay Y'all

It had been two years since my last sesh at Gardiners Bay ("Goff Point!" Scott says). I was intimidated...Gardiners gets big (we don't call it Land of the Giants for nothing) and I'm out of windsurfing shape from a summer...

Martha's Vineyard in a Bathtub

I have no idea if this crazy plan is going to work. Everyone I told about it said I was nuts. Probably true, but it still might work. Martha's Vineyard in a 12' Dinghy- I spend the first half of my vacation working on my boat, getting it ready for open ocean and to sleep in. Show More Summary

SUP Race Report: Lake Mary Jane

Race: 5th Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddle Race Date it happened: 25 September 2016. Host/Sponsor: Hosted by Wave of Wellness, a sup-based fitness / tour / yoga business run by Jessica Cichra. Sponsored by Albert Cichra Builders, a marine construction company that makes nice docks for lake houses and such. Show More Summary

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME!

For the second year in a row, our local windsurfing fleet is growing and we’re seeing more slalom racing on the San Francisco city front! It’s an easy to grasp format: if you can gybe, you can race! Come for the race and stay for the party. Show More Summary

ABK's Secret Clinic

At an undisclosed location on a special body of water to be named never (though its attributes…warmth, friendliness to beginners, shallowliness..may be reported) the mighty ABK traveling windsurfing clinic engaged with a group of windsurfing students for a clinique extraordinaire....

Martha My Dear

9-10-2016Josh and I make it over to Martha's Vineyard in his boat for kiting and fishing! This has been a goal for both us with our boating this year. Josh kiting in Katama Bay Is it crazy to come over here with his 40 year old motor that cuts out frequently? Yes, probably. Show More Summary

New Old Formula Windsurf Board, Again

This is my new old windsurf board. It's an Exocet Turbo Formula II from (I think) 2004. It's 230 cm long x 100 cm wide, with a 70 cm fin. It is a grand irony that this is the exact model of formula board I had FOUR boards ago when I lived in Fort Pierce. Show More Summary

SUP Race Report: CGT Summer Race #7

Race: Race #7 in the CGT Summer Time Trial series. Date it happened: 18 September 2016. Host: CGT Kayaks and Paddleboards, which you can become a groupie of by joining the CGT Tribe facebook page. Location: Riverside Park on the Imperial River in downtown Bonita Springs, Florida. Show More Summary

The Kook is Back

Watch out, world...I'm back on the water. After two months of landlocked exile, I returned to windsurfing yesterday, sailing with Bill at Mecox. Beautiful 6.2 conditions, and a jibatorium perfect for remembering how to do this darn sport. We ripped...

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