Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day at Coyote Point

My friend Ken Follosco took these pictures of me doing a jibe inside at Coyote Point on Labor Day (September 5, 2011)
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There is a wind shadow at the launch at Coyote Pt.  You have to wait for a puff of wind to help you get on your board without grinding expensive fins into the rocks.    Then you usually slog out for a few hundred feet to as much as a mile to find good wind.  Labor Day was great because the wind was fairly close to shore as you can see the sailor jibing near the wind line in this top photo.

If you want a good picture, you sail into the wind shadow letting the apparent wind keep you moving fairly fast.

Without much wind inside, balancing on a board is more difficult and you have to slog back out to the wind line to get going fast again.

If you click on the photos here and zoom in, you can see downtown San Francisco despite the rather poor air quality.  One some days, the views are beautiful.

Sailor:  Kirk Lindstrom
Board:  RealWind 270XL
Sail"  Sailworks Retro 5.5m^2
Photographer: Ken Follosco
Camera:  Canon PowerShot SD600
Date:  September 5, 2011 Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Windsurfing Joke: 3 Old Windsurfers

Three old windsurfers are chatting about sail size at Kanaha Park, Maui.

First one says, “Windy, isn’t it?”

Second says, “No, its Thursday!”

Third one says, “So am I. Lest go get a beer.”


Monday, January 10, 2011

Dean Karnazes New Book "Run!"

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

“Dean is not an athlete of clich├ęs but a man who deeply inhabits his life as a runner. He does that with a really solid sense of humor and an understanding that life…and running…can be very entertaining!”
—Bill Rodgers, winner of the Boston and New York City marathons

“Iron man Dean Karnazes is no mere mortal.”—Time
“Running with Karnazes [is] like setting up one’s easel next to Monet or Picasso.”—The New York Times
“The undisputed king of the ultras, who has not only pushed the envelope but blasted it to bits.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A ‘short’ run with Dean could land you far from home.”—The Washington Post
“The indefatigable man."—Esquire
“Ultrarunning legend”—Men’s Journal
“Money and fame aside, Karnazes [is] motivated by a primal need more than anything else.” 

Product Description

In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultramarathon Man—which Sports Illustrated called “fascinating” and the New York Times said was “full of euphoric highs”—world-renowned ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail. Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospitable places on earth, including the Australian outback, Antarctica, and the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.

From the downright hilarious to the truly profound, the linked stories in Run! create an unforgettable tableau, providing readers with the ultimate escape and offering a rare glimpse into the mind-set and motivation of an extreme athlete. Karnazes addresses the pain and perseverance and also charts his emotional state as he pushes the edges of human achievement. The tales of the friendships he’s cultivated on his many adventures around the world warm the heart and are sure to captivate and inspire readers whether they run great distances, modest distances, or not at all.