Today was pretty unpleasant sailing and it is probably going to get worse tomorrow. I’m kiting almost directly downwind on a big board with big fins which is a bit like doing Formula 1, downhill……on ice!
My total distance today as the crow probably wasn’t all that much, but with me having to constantly tack back into the beach, I think I covered more mileage than it seemed.
The current combination of my big board and its big fins means that the board wants to drive upwind much more than I want it to.
The plan has always been to cut the fins when I got to this point, based on previous conversations with the board designers, so today was the day.
All 3 fins are now 6-8cm shorter than they were this morning and it will be interesting to see if I feel any difference tomorrow.
I stopped at Baua do Cunhau today for a look and break and it seemed like a perfect kite spot, with a combination of waves, flatwater and great wind angle.
After my break, I started to kite again, but the wind picked up to 20-25knots and I was still rigged on
the second knot (middle power setting) on my kite. I decided to come in and let it change it to the last knot (low power setting) so kited into the beach to change it.
With such strong winds, I had a few really nervous moments while trying to self land as I realized that there were powerlines just behind me and, I was trying to control a powered up kite.
During the self landing process, the clip for my leash completely bent which almost sent the kite into a loop heading straight for the powerlines!
To say I am lucky today is an understatement.
I ended up cutting the day 17km shorter that I had planned because there was a nearby surf factory that could cut and shape my fins and I was concerned about safety.
Although my legs feel OK today, even though it was slow going, I do think I would be much faster on a twin tip from now on.
My dilemma is that I started this as a one kite, one board mission, so switching out my board would invalidate this objective, however a twintip would be much safer and faster right now.
So I’m putting a question out to you, the readers, should I continue on my current board or switch to a twintip?
The decision is up to you 🙂