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Motivating and worthwhile --> Thomas Hofmann - In Flight 2     Foilboarding progress - Comparing One year after startup…

Checking out the restaurant chef it seems…

Will continue with foiling progress below…



        July 3rd   (3rd session update post below) - Failing (My/Our) Way To Windsurf Foiling Success…
A few CHANGING & UPDATED personal reports about wind-foiling progress, under the picture.



        A few third session thoughts (about wind foiling).

It's difficult to carry the board to the water, make it to the wind line…     …judge depth on return from a run, dismount, and get everything back somewhere safely on the shore.   [So, for starters,   With all the footstraps attached back on the board holding & transporting everything is much easier.   Ordered a Euro Pin Head (upper) quick release for the mechanical uphaul from Chinook and started looking for a Euro Pin medium mast extension.   The US cup release pins are a brute to disconnect especially with the new solid hard rubber deviator (Surfbent®) when separating the sail and mast (on an extremely wide board) for shoreline transport.]

Different set ups (and advice) with/without footstraps, mast base position, foil position, uphauling, old uphaul disintegration, and way more are simply distressing distractions at this point.   [Watching the tutorials over and over again (with focus) has shed more light on set up.]

It's very difficult/confusing to control the first few flights.   [Have been uplifted a number of times and made a few 3 - 10 metre runs.   Practice makes perfect.]

Work at pumping to get up on the foil…   [Tutorials, footstaps, and mindful stance position will all ultimately help.]

NB   Uphauling again, after 40 years of water starts, is still no longer an easy, fun move.   Will work hard at becoming a competent uphauler.   [In addition to a basic workout I found some basic/simple daily lower body/leg, strength, squats, lunge, lift, etc. etc. muscle enhancers, to help with the uphauling manoeuvre.]

NB   Will always carry a spare, failsafe uphaul.   Will search for and purchase light, commercial, fail safe uphauls.   Will regularly inspect and secondly replace uphauls every two to three years.

First sloggiing jibe OK on 150L board, first attempted foiling jibe was chaotic and felt somewhat out of control!   [Footstraps give the feet a predictable home base placement, without them the random shifts of weight created directional instability]

How do you actually remember to shift forward (Slingshot position A) to slow down acceleration once up?   Shiza!     [3rd session - 90 cm foil in position B seems better.   Got a few (easy, partial) lifts in under-powering conditions.]

Windsurf muscle memories need to be somehow erased temporarily.   [Need to develop a compartmentalize an on-demand foil brain (memory storage place) (like with a second language).]

Beginners should be about 1 metre sail size below windsurfers.   As foiling efficiency increases sail size will be around 2 metres lower.

Watching Cliff on his windsurf foil rig in big waves on his 3.7m sail at Sherkston keeps the focus inspired, and ultimately doable.   [Rome wasn't built in a day now was it?]

[Very worthwhile watch -> Thomas Hofmann - In Flight 2     Foilboarding progress - Comparing ONE year after startup…]


(still updating) June 24th   A few windy moments from Long Beach…

Still more to come, way behind in current priorities.   Please click on any thumbnail or picture to enlarge it.







The Stance…




June 21st   a good fit…


June 15th   Archives 2016   Long Beach…


Archives 2016   (Long Beach)     Aside:   Here's to our necessary compliance and patience coping with all of this new challenge, slow and steady…


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June 9th   morning coffee…



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June 3rd   A brief video from the back deck looking north…

(iPhone - Video clips)   An electrified sky as the storm approached last night…



From the May 29th post, (memories)   1947 MGTC (model below)   1950 MGTD (Photo in photo below)   1954 MGTF (recently taken in Chelsea, UK)





May 30th   A North American hummingbird's average wing speed is around
an amazing 53 beats per second in normal flight.


May 29th   A hummingbird on the oriole feeder & a blue jay drops in…



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May 29th   Beth iPhotoed a 1954 MGTF while jogging…


May 28th   (68 mph)


Sunday, May 24th

When I'm not taking pictures of birds...






Tuesday, May 20th




Tuesday, May 19th




Monday, May 18th   Morning coffee at the window…






Sunday, May 17th   A short vid of our flock…

Click HERE - (Brief Video)   Morning coffee with our orioles…

Sunday, May 17th   Parent and fledgling…





Friday, May 15th   Chatting away…



Thursday, May 14th






May 12th   Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?   He's in the tree!



Monday, May 11th   Anxiously waiting at the kitchen window this morning.   Please click on any picture to enlarge it…






Monday, May 10th   Feels like snow again…




Early May     Morning Coffee (warm) inside looking out into (frigid) conditions…
Aside: Working manual settings through a window with mixed results.




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Sunset on Sunset Bay…



Warm up please…



Rainy morning coffee…



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May 2nd, turned 80, thanks Johnny!


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Thursday, April 30th    Had a very welcome visitor this morning…



Sunday, April 29th     Saw a refection of the oriole feeder, as well as the hummingbird feeder while having coffee…


Sunday, April 26th     Feeders out, filled, ready & waiting…


April 25th, 2020   A long set up & a fun shot.   Eventually captured a beautiful tri-colour fly by (through the kitchen window
this morning, after 5 passes) only using a prime 50mm 1.4 EF lens with DSLR (5D2) settings on Tv, 800 ISOs, 1/800th sec, -2/3f…


April 2020    (from - Archives 2009)   Spring Series, SSC   Pt. Colborne…





Thursday, April 23rd    (Archives)   Remembering moments - Early March, early 80s, early morning…



Wednesday, April 22nd    (Archives)   One of those (reposition and get ready for lift) moments of quiet reflection when a thank-you for this amazing life comes to mind.
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Sunday, April 19th     (Interesting mid/upper colour/contrast) - last light, sunset on the treeline along the Niagara Escarpment.



Thursday, April 18th     Archives 2006   Two Pics below (click image)     Brigand's Bay, Frisco NC…


A Robby Naish video reviewing a 2020 Naish windsurf foil and board.

A selection of Slingshot foils reviewed with Wyatt Miller

Wyatt Miller talks about & demonstrates Slingshot Windfoiling 2020…


Added this crop to the April 5th post.


 


April 13th, (1963)     Happy Anniversary Nancie!   I would love to do it again…


     


Saturday, April 11th     It was today, on Easter Saturday, 57 years ago (Saturday, April 13th, in 1963) that we
married.   A day later we were on our way along Seneca Lake to Watkin's Glen, NY…


     


Friday, April 10th     Archives 2002, Sunset Bay


     


Thursday, April 9th     A Weather Network video of a windsurfer sailing by Japan's erupting Mt. Sakurajima, April 6th,
possibly a hopeful sign of some sort…


     


  Wednesday, April 8th     Currently reconfiguring the rack and anxiously awaiting a windy, green light…


     


  Tuesday, April 7th


     


April 5th, 2020    (One of many tech tools)   The Fibonacci (number) series, as sometimes used in art forms and
in helping to create more interesting photographic compositions…

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…     A series of numbers in which each number (Fibonacci number) is the sum of the two preceding numbers.



(Adobe) Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC both feature several rotating Fibonacci cropping options for photographers.
Click the link below to see 3 ways to better crop your photos for some added interest.

Fibonacci (naturally observed and applied applications) as seen in seashells, galaxies, art, and photography.



Tech related photog assist - check out the 3 tutorials…

Lesson over, think about it, search the internet, magazines, and your photos for an actual or a possible Fibonacci or other crop.






Click the pic below to compare a possible improvement in the composition, (a background flag was also removed)…

Above are 2 older photo recropped using a (Lightroom CC or Photoshop CC) Fibonacci grid line as an example.   The spiral shape can also be
(somewhat) eyeballed when taking a photo, but better applied in a post-edit crop using a spiral shaped, overlay tool.



     
April 2020     Archived ~ 2001   Sunset Bay, Wainfleet

Best to let sleeping dogs lie…



… Hobiecat, stowing and sailing, (reefed below left for around 15 knots)



The only cat our Nukeyboy liked…


(above left)   Still one more downhaul reef grommet for even higher winds…


     

April 1st, 2020     A Most Happy Birthday Bethy!!!   Click on the pics for a current view.


     

A last look, before heading north, Algarve, Portugal.    (March 15th)

     

     

Memorable Happy Hours above, timeless walks below…
     



Caught one!
                 


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Villamoura, surprisingly affordable, (but where your Humvee and yacht may be same-named & colour coordinated),
it seemed & felt somewhat out of place imo, but worth a quick visit…






     

  Monday, March 9th


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An extraordinary moment…







When optical refraction/recognition and Happy Hour collide…

       

  Sunday, February 29th     Miles and miles of boardwalk connect inland destinations and importantly protects the dunes…


Always a well deserved pit stop after a long walk…


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  Sunday, February 25th     Exploring the coastline west to the town of Armacao de Pera…


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Cold beerselfie, lovely after a long hike…




       
Sunday, February 23rd     Blowing 6.0ish     Windsurfer sighted…

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Saturday, February 22nd       Home base below.   And a great walk on Galé Beach…

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Friday, February 21st       Arrived.   Life is good, so far…


       
Thursday, February 20th       Site will report from the Algarve, Portugal in a day or two…

       
February 2020   Archives…

       
February 2020   Summer Archives…

       
February 2020   This past Summer's Archives…

       
February 2020   Archives   True grit…

Determination, focus, and intention…
       
February 2020   Archives   (Maggie) Nickel Beach - summer 1983…

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February 2020   Archives…


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February 2020   Archives…

       

       

       

       

Destination Praia da Galé, a beautiful golden beach near Albufeira, Portugal later next week…

       

Cliff surf-suppin'/sup-surfin' an OBX wave…

       
Augie's and Pop's Big Snow Adventure!

February 8th, 2020     Real Time With Love…

       
February 2020     Daily Archived memories…

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

         

         

         

         

         

         

         


     

January 28th   Archived memories…



     

January 27th   Archived memories continued…



     

January 26th   Archived moments and great memories continued…



     

January 25th   Just a teeny hint of mild yearning…


     

January 24th   2019 summer archives…


     

January 23rd   Archives   SSC, Summer Series 2019…


   

January 22nd   Archives   SSC, Summer Series 2010…


   

January 21st   Archives   SSC, Summer Series 2010…



     

January 20th   Archives   Cape Hatteras, Pamlico Sound, OBX…



   

Currently In The Wind   2020   Please Scroll Downward

January 19th   Archives, October 2019…


   

January 18th   Archives, 2014…


   

January 16th   The French Trench (Saintes-Maries de la Mer, France)…


Speed sailing on the French Trench…

Farrel O'Shea's Top Tips for the Luderitz Speed Canal Challenge…

   

Thankfully, the wind's about to give lift…

 

January 14th…




     
Joe     Archives…




     
Archives…



     
Breezin' up…


     
NYR Onboard 2020


     
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