As promised in my July end update, here is my back loop carnage video from July 9th.
It was a good day at Gordon’s Beach on Vancouver Island. June 9th, 2013 served up some small but steep rams and fully to over powered winds on my KA Kult 4.7, and 88L Mental Custom. A fun day for working on backloops, I’ve still got a ways to go, some are beetter then other, but it was tons of fun! Here’s a compilation of many of my attempts from that day.
I’ve been planning to write this update for awhile, but would either get busy looking for jobs, working on projects or the wind would come up and I’d be out windsurfing! I’ve scored about a dozen sessions on Vancouver Island this June, and Mostly on my 4.7 and 5.3. The First Session I grabbed was at Cook Street in Downtown Victoria, a bit underpowered on a 5.8. This was my first session on the water since the fall and my car accident, it wasn’t very long as the wind dropped and my arms were sore.
The best days I had were no doubt at Gordon’s Beach, which has some of the most reliable winds on Vancouver Island other than Nitnat Lake. I’ve scored 9 sessions here, from choppy to some nice wind blown swell, where you can score a few backside hits, and good for launching forward loops. One day I showed up, see a huge stickered up trailer from Ontario… Phil Soltysaik, his Brother Tom and Austrian Max Matissek were up here work on some video and travel projects for magazines. Pretty sweet to windsurf around with them, watch them and share a few drinks around a camp fire at Jordan River in the evening.
I also scored one weekend at Nitnat, conditions were good, typical Nitnat, picking up in the afternoon. I was working on Vulcans and watching Phil, Tom, Alex and Adam busting out Funnels and more latest freestyle moves. My ulcans were far off, I’ve got to work on a bit of the fear factor, I’ve had a few sprained ankles, and split my shin at Nitnat. Oh well it’ll come.
Check out the pics below. Big thanks to my girlfriend, Leah who took a bunch of pics, and Mike Nash from West Coast Captures for a few more.
A forward loop attempt at Gordon’s Beach, BC on June 6th, 2013. It had been awhile since being on the water, and even longer since looping due to an ankle injury at the start of a three month trip in Brazil. It was fun and gave me a bit of a confidence boost again, to throw a loop in the cold and slightly overpowered conditions.
Winds were blowing from 25 – 30 knots, with some small to med wind blown swell coming in, this was only my second session at the spot since moving to BC.
The mount I used for my GoPro is a $5 mast mount made out of some PVC piping, cheap and has worked great so far. I’ll share more on that soon.