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Photos: Finally the Gorge is worth visiting for strong winds

 
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windfind



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Photos: Finally the Gorge is worth visiting for strong winds Reply with quote

Hi Gang,

California visitors to the Gorge were often disappointed this season. Endless heat waves and light up and down 4.7 to 5.2 winds have often been the norm. But yesterday, after weeks of unwelcome local and California smoke and hot air, we had smoke on the water and hot action.

Men were on 3.7 to 3.2 sails and women on 2.8 to 2.5's. with a good mixture of kite foils, yachts and SUP foils

So here is a mixture of photos of regular sailors and local hotshots. Hard to believe but all these photos were shot in a 20 minute period. This speaks volumes about the intensity of the Gorge scene.

I only had a cheapo pocket cam with me but still, the shots are interesting.

A few photos are below but to see all the action go to my personal website:

https://windnotes.smugmug.com
Click on the "Recent photos: Hatchery thumbnail"

Mike Godsey



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johnarmitage



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guy looks really dodgy


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windfind



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi johnarmitage,

Quote:
This guy looks really dodgy


What you cannot fully see in that photo is that his board is about 24 inches long. He had NO foot straps, his toes were curled over the bow and using a tiny soft kite. And, he was in total control as he rode huge swell and pointed at impossibly steep angles and weaved around pro windsurfers in 3.2 winds with gusts to 40. Pretty amazing.

Mike Godsey



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johnarmitage



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking velcro or something
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gerritt



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guy's loops look like mine. That's committed baby!


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Goodwind



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windfind wrote:
Hi johnarmitage,

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This guy looks really dodgy


What you cannot fully see in that photo is that his board is about 24 inches long. He had NO foot straps, his toes were curled over the bow and using a tiny soft kite. And, he was in total control as he rode huge swell and pointed at impossibly steep angles and weaved around pro windsurfers in 3.2 winds with gusts to 40. Pretty amazing.

Mike Godsey


Looked like David White, windsurfing coach Peter Hart's teaching buddy? Surprised

The attached pic is kinda funny: It seemed like pants is about to fall off the guy with the green sail while the guy on the JP board "laydown" for a closer look.



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windfind



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Goodwind: The attached pic is kinda funny: It seemed like pants is about to fall off the guy with the green sail while the guy on the JP board "laydown" for a closer look.


Hi Goodwind,

Yes, I noticed that perspective which is why I posted the wide angle version of the photo so viewers would focus on the glass smooth swell and laydown jibe not the eyes and the crack.

Incidentally, the first photo in this same high-speed photo series was just too provocative to post. There was an unfortunate exact juxtaposition of the mast tip and the crack which would have violated the prudish IW good taste guidelines.

Mike Godsey



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sailwave



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL on the lay down jibe better look comment! Very Happy
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nw30



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give the guy a break, I understand he's a plumber.
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rigitrite



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the guy on the JP is Tyson Poor.
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