Sunday, February 17, 2008
The New Classic Cove
It seems like every time a southeast wind blows, the Cove becomes a madhouse of watersports enthusiasts. Odd, since the angles are kind of wrong now as the point has morphed over time. If you can find a copy of Kooks of Hazzard II, you'll see some of the Old Classic Cove footage, with mast high bombs peeling down the line for 100s of yards, side offshore wind holding up the faces, windsurf kits skittering across the faces. The New Classic Cove is somewhat, umm, different:
Mushy windswell, side on to onshore wind to swell angles, and a mess of fishing lines, kite lines, and downhaul lines all ready to tangle at a moments notice. Don't get me wrong, it's still really fun to play around in there, and usually the atmosphere is cheerful. When it's actually windy the jumps can be massive, and the wave rides, although mostly backside, can be long and fun. But it's a long way from those video clips I've seen! In defense of the Old Classic Cove, all the old timers claim that it only happens that way once every 6 years, if you're lucky. I've been here for 7, and I've seen the waves, and I've seen the wind, but never at the same time... Luckily, patience is a character trait deeply rooted in the windsurfing and surfing learning curves, and I've learned it well...
Stu (white/blue) and Emmanuel (red) pick off a nice set
So, today, Stuart, Emmanuel, 10-12 kiters, and I enjoyed the New Classic Cove setup in light SSE winds. Mushy knee to head high waves were pushing their way down the point. We sailed 5.4 - 5.8 and new school longboards/sups. Never going fast, unless there was a wave pushing us. 'Twas a "soul-surfing" session! Not too many radical cutbacks on a 12'2" board, that's for sure, but it's still an awful lot of fun, and a great tune-up for highwind conditions!
Emmanuel and Stuart
Posted by Andy at 9:19 PM