The first time I went to Matt Pritchard’s clinic, 2 years ago, I was a newbie and wanted to learn to use the harness in ocean conditions and waterstart. This time, I want to safely go out further and faster, have more fun in the waves, and learn the fast/carve tack. Some people want to learn to wave ride/wave jump. Whatever you want to learn, Matt is a very patient and experienced teacher, and utilizes action videos and photos of yourself, a land simulator, as well as sailing behind you and giving great tips while you are on the water to effectively teach. Plus it’s a ton of fun!!! His website is: http://pritchardwindsurfing.com/
Last fall a group of SDWA landsailors set out for the desert playa of El Mirage Dry Lake
Decent conditions were bestowed on a few lucky sailors at Tourmaline yesterday the 6th of March. Winds while everyone was rigging was upwards of 20mph due to a nice Santa Ana breeze coming around Mount Soledad and compressing itself as it came around the point and got sucked into Mission Bay. Conditions by the time everyone hit the water were around 13-16mph with waves that were 2-3ft in size and relatively soft in shape. Luckily enough Chuck Mo. was there to document our experience so big thanks for taking his time to take the video and edit it all together!!
Featured Sailors in order of appearance: Andrew C (Ezzy Purple, Blue, wearing helmet), Chuck Ma. (Solid Blue Maui Sails Superfreak), and Dan S (Ezzy Blue and Black with 2 pieces of duct tape on the top)
Also another video taken and … Read More »
Friday, the 27th of February, San Diego Windsurfers were graced with pleasant wind conditions as a front that still lingers began to pass through the region. Winds were averaged from 15-20 S/SW with some higher isolated gusts. SDWA Sailors split up between a few sailing sites. A few sailors went to the Hilton. Dominik on 105l Exocet slalom board and an 8.5 plus 2 other sailors held down Santa Clarita point, and there were a few windsurfers at J Street in the South bay.
The report from the Hilton was the winds were 15-20. There was Amy on a 5.5, Don on a 6.5, Paul and Kathy on unknown (Thanks for the pictures!), and David Moyal. The only pictures of the day was from the Hilton and it looked like great smooth water blasting.
At J Street Gregg, Kelly, Chuck Ma., Steve, … Read More »
It’s been quite a quiet winter this year. Not many storms to speak of and today we stand on the eve before the first promising South Wind event. After about a month of waiting for wind after the last run of wind around the Holidays, the last few weeks have been full of some pretty decent Windsurfing here in San Diego. Here are some of the photos and videos that I (Dan S) took or others that were sent to me. I encourage all members to document any sessions that they feel are noteworthy and submit them to me to be showcased on the website.
Busy Day Windsurfing Sail Bay, San Diego
Video above, taken by Chuck Mo. was from Sunday, February 8th. Sail Bay saw steady and consistent winds and the SDWA were out in force. However so was every other … Read More »
Although San Diego has shut down for the season for most sailors, there have been a few moments of bliss to be had at our local wave spot Tourmaline. A few Santa Ana days have lit up an otherwise quiet and uneventful fall and for those who were there on those days we have had some decent surf and marginal++ winds. Here are a few pictures and a video of the Tourmo crew doing there thing. I do apologize for the picture quality, they were all shot with my phone with only digital zoom which sorta trashed the quality.
The San Diego Windsurfing Association met up Saturday Nov 1st for it’s monthly races. The usual crew showed up including Robert V, Kelly, Dan, Nina, Tuan and Gregg. The formula sailors opted to not race but rather do runs to the Coronado bridge and get some screaming runs in the flat water on the opposite shore near Coronado. In the 15-18mph winds the formula sailors were getting pretty wound up with Robert on a 12m, Tuan on a 10m, and Nina on her 8.5m.
Kelly and Dan opted for the 105 liter Starboard Hypersonic. For Kelly this turned out to be a frustrating experience as it’s a full sinker for him, and Dan got a few planing runs in even with a 7.0 wave sail. The wind picked up however and the shortboarders got out to play. Dan was able to … Read More »