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ebb or flood at crissy??

 
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dizzy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:19 am    Post subject: ebb or flood at crissy?? Reply with quote

Question Ebb or flood at crissy?? Whats the best? Obviously the ebb can get you in more trouble if you have a problem...but does the chop smooth out enough to make it worth it?
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victor



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's all about the ebb. a couple hours into the ebb is usually the best setup, especially near the no. tower.

flood is not good at crissy. it's more difficult to get up on a plane and fight the current. if you miss the launch on the way in, which is very easy to do, there are only a couple of spots to land comfortably, one aptly named last chance beach.

in the same situation on an ebb you have lots of sandy beach on which to land and do your walk o' shame.

breaking down is never fun either way. carry a radio.
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airwave



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ebb's the best by far.

But if there is a lot of S in the wind a flood can be great too. You can reach up to the bridge and sail ultra flat, mid channel. 1st half or last 1/4 to avoid mass flood current.
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dvCali



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:51 am    Post subject: Re: ebb or flood at crissy?? Reply with quote

If there enough wind to keep you consistently on a plane it does not matter, either will work. If the wind fluctuates, as it is often the case at Crissy, you might be in trouble either way: at max tide you loose ground at 2-4 knots, although as Victor mentioned in a ebb you have a lot of landing spots upwind. Main difference is that the flood does decrease your apparent wind and you do need a bigger sail + bigger board in marginal conditions.

The chop behavior is a bit bizarre, sometimes in a flood it seems like there is as much chop as in a ebb ... but it does smooth out by the end of the flood cycle.
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rigatoni



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ignore ebb and flood and pay attention to high tide and low tide. Once you are past high tide, the flood backs off and the ebb starts kicking in on the inside. High tide is usually about an hour after max flood.

Ebb means nice ramps and not fighting the current to stay up wind. That said, sometimes sailing in the flood can be nice, especially if it is warm and windy.
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tomg



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the coolest sensations is sailing under the bridge at the beginnings of the flood when there is a big upwelling of smooth water. Right smack at mid span. Feels like a table top looking back toward the beach. But ebb makes the best chop for jumping, etc.
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