Petone Beach

(AKA Petone) Petone, Wellington, New Zealand

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Chilly but good

Petone Beach, Petone
Windsurfing: Bump n Jump
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm Sunday. May 30. 2010
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: S Wind Strength: overpowered   using 5.1 - 5.5m sail. Swell Direction: SW Swell Size: knee Tide: - Falling.

Caught up with Bruce for a chilly session in Petone. Was a bit slow at start but filled in later. Heading out towards the pier was quite choppy and the swell direction didn't really offer much opportunity for chop hopping action. Coming back the other way offered quite smooth down the line runs between bigger swells. Also got a few little rides here and there. The end of the session got really nice. Fully powered up. Fastest I've been on this board to date.

Setup: 5.5 Simmer Zero - 103l JP Freestyle, 30cm fin. Initial tuning of sail was good - added outhaul when wind picked up. Board was very lively at start, moved mastfoot forward 1cm, fixed it. harness lines moved 3cm or so towards the mast, felt more balanced (probably because this was set up for 7sq from last session.

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31.05.10 12.06 pm
must have just missed you. Had a good one at petone a bit earlier in the afternoon. its been surprisingly good lately.

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31.05.10 12.08 pm
It was bloody cold. Glad the wind came in again for u. Windguru is looking pretty weak for next week,so I have a few days to warm up after yesterday.

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31.05.10 2.26 pm
I was surprised how much better it was without the gloves. Those gloves work real well to save the skin on your hands from long session friction issues but it SUCKS in cold water. I was a little stupid thinking they would provide a layer AGAINST the cold but they're part leather which soaks in cold water, chills even further in the wind and practically freezes your hands... Will make a note of that in future.

Gotta tell ya the runs coming back from the pier doing the little down the line kinda direction and doing a few turns on the bigger swell was really fun!

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04.06.10 4.43 pm
What about neoprene groves?

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