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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadian-vaccine-snowbirds-florida-covid-19-1.5863640

'Before docs, nurses, hospital cleaning staff ...we gotta take care of the Canucks.  What a great way to run a railroad.

Jim

(former CDN resident)

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We who get entertainment via satellite, usually miss major sections of The Tour, Dakar, and the Am's Cup.  BUT - Youtube to the rescue.  You can get the cliff notes version in 33min or the FULL, 3hr race. Hot C'hit!   Download time...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ec_O0Chcbc

Jim

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Don't break quarantine...
« on: December 21, 2020, 08:14:08 AM »
https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/georgia-news/georgia-college-student-jailed-in-cayman-islands-for-coronavirus-violation/

We got stopped in CR twice ..once on the main hwy I suspect because I had a board atop a rental and we looked like marks or drug suspects.. the other in a town because I drove with my headlights on ..and looked like a mark.  I cannot imagine being thrown in prison in the countries I have visited. 

Jim

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / UNITED in COVID
« on: December 11, 2020, 09:41:18 AM »
Self-quarantine ...with 120 new friends.

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-airlines-workers-focu/united-airlines-flight-attendants-raise-alarm-on-crew-quarantine-protocols-idUSKBN28L1HE

I wonder how many people in this society, given the example set at the top, actually G-A-S whether the guy sitting next to you gets it or not? 

Jim

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / 'Wing as pusher' move...
« on: December 06, 2020, 09:32:20 AM »
Cynthia Brown reports this move produces very high speeds. She said Alan Kadiz called it 'Starfish', but she likens it to a wingsuit.  ' Said; The kiter who was filming had difficulty keeping up; he had to keep looping the kite.

Jim

 

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Foil SUP / Chasing the elusive, inexpensive inflatable...
« on: November 23, 2020, 12:19:24 PM »
INDIANA has released what may be their third evolution of inflatable foil boards and Naish has, what looks to be, a very well sorted S25 Hover wing for 2021 with surely more labels to offer new versions.  As a cheap ole' Fuc and compulsive tinkerer, I want one for <50% of the going rate.  This particular test board is 9-0 x 30.  Thanks to OBX Dave... my friend Joe has his first foil - a GONG Surf Pro XL.  I am suiting him up with covers for the masts and other bits ..in exchange for being a 'test pilot'.  This was Joe's very first outing on any sort of foil.

Even tho' ..I got many things right, the internal 'stiffener plate' failed. By cutting out a hole for the stick-on carbon foil mount I ended up reducing the effective width of the plate from 11" to <4".  It buckled at the rear of the cutout. Luckily, there was crap for waves but a nice day, so not much wasted.  I have got a stainless sheet out back that is begging for some work...

Jim


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We are all gamblers, but better amateur gamblers appreciate those smarter than they are.   This seems a good tool.

https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu

Jim

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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Jones'n for a little travel?
« on: November 12, 2020, 12:55:34 PM »
This is a poor substitute but a visual feast for us water folk:  Perķ: tesoro escondido on Netflicks.  About 15min in you'll look for your passport.

Jim

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Foil SUP / AXIS 1150 review and comparison...
« on: November 03, 2020, 07:28:14 AM »
I appreciate 'engineer talk' compared to fanboy excitement...  I would like to see this guy travel to MEX or CR and see what he thinks of the ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIpY3VUlWro

There is a part 2.

Jim

 

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Inland rules...
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:20:28 PM »
I find it heartening there are places to look for inspiration and information outside the 'centers of influence' that typified CA, HI, OZ, and the Gorge for surfing and windsurfing.  There are now 'influencers' everywhere... 

Who'da-thought ...Okla-fricking-homa?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGfhlX0aMr4&t=0s

Technical foiling in upstate New York?!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roccGJTaaEs&t=0s

I think everyone who makes an effort to advance the sport by educating the public deserves a big thanks.  I feel (not at the time when I needed them) great teachers are 100% more valuable than star Quarterbacks.

Nick in Florida, Alan Kadiz/Maui, Dwight, Robert at BluePlanet, REAL Watersports have all been contributors...  I am sure there are many I am leaving out.  I am glad you are all there.

Jim


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Random / Recent Netflicks...
« on: October 30, 2020, 06:43:36 AM »
After watching 'Me and my Octopus'...  most stuff looks pretty cheezy.  We live in the country where the only options are weak cell signals, satellite TV ..and dialup equivalent for internet.  I record Amazon, Netflicks, etc... in town at the shop using a german program called Audials and tote home USB sticks.

As someone with little memory and attention span, I'd have never thought The Queen's Gambit ...a fricking program focused around 'chess' would have been the least bit interesting, but the scripts for the series are simply excellent as is the acting. 

As this series will soon run out for us... if there's anything you see that seems particularly well done. Please post it.  I bring home a lot of wilted lettuce on these USB sticks.

Jim

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Wingsurfing, Windfoiling, Wingfoiling, Wing SUP / Foil corset for inflato
« on: October 28, 2020, 03:16:16 PM »
..' just messing ..3-ply 'vert top fabric top/bottom - rubber-coated fabric for rail grip.  I made it one-piece but it was impossible to pull on.  Big ass zipper down top center works fine and covered with decking made for a 5-5 foamie.  Alu plate foil support trapped within double bottom.  Only two wind-days over 12kts in Oct blowing in a safe direction. (wife cracked C6 on one of them)  Have a friend who's anxious to try it in surf.

Jim


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Travel, Trips, Destinations / Recent (Oct 2020) St Lucia trip
« on: October 28, 2020, 02:08:06 PM »
This is a copy/paste from our local kite forum...

"We had heard of a kite spot in St Lucia from several people that I kited with in Turks & Caicos called Coconut Bay Resort. My wife surprised me with a trip to Coconut Bay last January, however it took 3 tries to finally get there. January and February are the best months for kiting there, but they have strong winds almost year round, with the exception of late summer/early fall. Coconut Bay is a very large resort with accommodations for up to 570 people. There is a family friendly side with water park/lazy river, adults only side, and upscale adults only with butler service. All areas are all inclusive. We were originally booked at the adults only Harmony area with the last room available. Fast forward a cancellation and two Covid cancellations, we finally were booked at the upscale all inclusive Serenity for the same price as Harmony. Serenity has about 20 rooms which are about 700SF each with their own pool and outdoor bar area.

All inclusive is really all that there with a restaurant and bar centrally located with all meals prepared individually with no buffets. There were about 6 honeymooning couples there and few other couples. Staff to guest ration was 2 to 1. Serenity is one of the few hotels in St Lucia that is Govít Covid approved. Temperatures were taken before every meal and masks required for all off location excursions. There was a 2 hour wait to clear the Covid screening tent on arrival to St Lucia. There is a very low incidence of Covid on St Lucia.

There is a dedicated kite shack at the end of the beach at Coconut Bay in which you could rent anything that you needed including foils and directionals. There is 3 person staff on location to assist or do lessons. Air line was available that had a set up to limit the pressure that could be sent through the kite valve, very clever. As this was off season, I was the only kiter at the resort. Linus (pronounced Leenis) was super helpful even performing a repair to one of my kites and giving some additional lessons for which he did not have to when I rented their foil for my third attempt at foiling.

There is a large beach which was super simple to launch and land from, a relatively shallow section of sand and grass, and then multiple levels of reef structure which I had not experienced before. The reefs were almost exposed at low tide. I rode my 17M the first day in light winds which did not really amount to a lot of kiting. The second day I rode my 14.5M OR Aluula Flite. I did get a good half day on the 14.5M. The reef structure really did not break down the waves like they do at other Caribbean islands so there was a good bit of chop. Once you got to the outside, there were some pretty substantial swells you could ramp off of. As I was out there by myself, I didnít partake of too much jumping on the outside being worried about dropping my kite in the wash over the reefs to the inside. I rode the kite shackís double agent foil for the rest of the afternoon with varying degrees of success as the wind was very light and keeping the kite in the air proved just as difficult as trying to keep going on the foil.

Another issue that I had not experienced before was the current on the inside of the reef structure. Essentially with the wind from the NE it drove a 3-4 knot current down the inside of the reef. This coupled with the light wind made for some slogging and working the kite to get back upwind.

The next two days were spent on excursions on the island in which we travelled over an hour one way to see the botanical gardens, active volcano, mud baths at the volcano, and lighthouse hill which overlooks the entire Southern part of the island. The second excursion was a snorkel trip on a catamaran to Sugar Beach and off shore of Jade Mountain on the East side of the island. The excursions were very good. Big takeaway here was that I donít know that I would rent a car and travel on island like I have on many other Caribbean locations. There was very little infrastructure that catered to tourists. It is like the island is made up of very small towns that are run and frequented by the locals.

I kited the final morning before flying out at 3pm back to Miami. Bummer of the trip was waiting 4 hours for our 8pm flight to National and then having it canceled and having to fly out the next morning. Sorry for the length, but I find the long descriptions that are written by many of us are very helpful in finding new and exciting places to kite. I would go back to Coconut Bay but probably would go in high season, even though basically having the beach and launch to myself was pretty cool too."

...sounds like a good spot to bring a wing.

Jim


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