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.

Lawrence jibing at Gordons
Jibing at Gordons.

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.

Lawrence Stewart goes for a duck jibe at Cook Street in Victoria, BC.
My first session on Vancouver Island at Cook St right at the end of May.
Lawrence's car packed for Nitnat Lake
Packed for Nitnat Lake
Lawrence windsurfing at Nitnat Lake
Nitnat Lake Windsurfing
Phil Soltisiak windsurfing at Nitnat Lake
Phil Soltysiak Tearing up Nitnat Lake
Lawrence going for a forward at Gordon's Beach
Going for a forward loop at Gordons Beach, I need to get my legs closer to my ass, however I still made it around.
Lawrence doing a windsurf jump at Gordons
Jumping at Gordons.

I’m going to try to provide at least a quick update every two weeks in the summer.  Stay tuned!