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johnl



Joined: 05 Jun 1994
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Location: Hood River OR

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tstizzle wrote:
johnl wrote:
That's some good looking gear. Not the stories that I heard about old beat up gear. Glad you are having a great time...


hey johnl,

i sailed with you in the bay area i think before you moved to the gorge. i remember when you went because i was jealous!

did you hear that the gear in arenal was beat up and old?


Hey tstizzle that sounds like me Smile

Now granted this was a few years ago, but I had heard that the gear choices and quality was a notch or two below most other places. Maybe it wasn't as popular then and the clientele was smaller. But definitely not what I saw in your pictures.
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coachg



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I set up a separate post for the short board tack debate. Stop trying to hijack this thread.

Tstizzle,

Thank you for such a nice post. With the death of Windsurfing magazine & only a couple of issues per year from Windsport, getting first hand, up-to-date information is just hard to find. Sitting here through a mild, windless winter, your forum blog was enjoyable and I'm sure boosted the windsurf stoke for many. Mr. Alcorn will tell me all about over a post session beer this summer I'm sure.

Coachg
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coachg wrote:
I set up a separate post for the short board tack debate. Stop trying to hijack this thread.

Tstizzle expressly requested advice on techniques for staying upwind, especially in marginal winds. Some of us responded. At the risk of confusion but if it makes you happy, I'll move my comments there and leave it up to Tstizzle if he wants to pursue the topic further.

Mike \m/
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jpbassking



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Location: Leo

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A trip to this lake is definitely on my bucket list!
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SPQR



Joined: 18 May 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tstizzle - thanks for the report on the new Freewave, sounds like Fanatic hit the bullseye, nice graphics too!
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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thombiz wrote:
tstizzle, thanks so much for the post on Lake Arenal. I've heard small bits of information about it, but your posts have amped up my desire to give it a vist! Thank you so very much!


glad to hear it! this place is fun and different and funky and windy. not your typical beach windsurfing rental...

plus, i'm glad you liked the posts. i tried hard to do a good job so it means a lot to me to get positive feedback on it.


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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you guys are all awesome! thanks for the positive feedback about the posts. i really appreciate it. i was reluctant to start this post, and i have to admit it has been a lot of work, with the bad internet connections here.

but it makes my very happy to hear from people who have enjoyed it!
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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:29 am    Post subject: lake arenal windsurfing / day 14 Reply with quote

well, it has arrived: Day 14 of my two week trip to lake arenal / Ticowind. unfortunately, i have less time than i thought i would have because of a long day sailing and a bbq afterward (we got a kilo of fresh tuna loin and another of camarones from the coastal fisherman). so i don't think i will have time for another final post until i get home tomorrow night late.

i will post another then, however, and let you all know the summary of the trip's sailing conditions. for now, suffice it to say i sailed a 4.2 in the morning from 9 - 11:30 and then a 4.7 from 1:30 to 4:30. yep, you heard that right: 1:30 to 4:30. my palms are bleeding...

will post a summary asap, but it's likely it will be monday morning when that happens so, until then, thanks for listening and thank you for all the positive feedback!!!


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isobars



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:01 am    Post subject: Re: It Doth Wind Reply with quote

tstizzle wrote:
isobars wrote:
but where are all those 3 to 5 foot swell you talked about?


there's no way i could get a pic of the swell. it's further out in the lake and all i have is a crappy point-n-shoot. plus, i'm more into the sailing than the picture-taking.

You and me both! Thanks for the clarification; it's a big help, since GoPros mash the swell flat and -- as I now know -- shoreshots don't do it justice.
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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: It Doth Wind Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
tstizzle wrote:
isobars wrote:
but where are all those 3 to 5 foot swell you talked about?


there's no way i could get a pic of the swell. it's further out in the lake and all i have is a crappy point-n-shoot. plus, i'm more into the sailing than the picture-taking.

You and me both! Thanks for the clarification; it's a big help, since GoPros mash the swell flat and -- as I now know -- shoreshots don't do it justice.


yeah, i wish i could have done more to show the swell. i zoomed the point-n-shoot out to it's max but still... it's NOTHING like as big as the hatchery on a really windy day. but it still gets big. it's also much steeper and sharper than the hatchery, more like a wave-swell (if that makes sense). on a windy day like yesterday it was about 5-6 feet at its biggest.
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