11 Aug 2012

ROAD TRIPPING DIARIES – Week 2

“No rest for the windseekers”

On the last update we were starting our wind chase, driving to the north of Portugal. We’re still chasing the wind and are now on the road to Tarifa after a full power week of flat water and wind in Martinhal sailing on 4.2s and 4.7s. It looking like we are now going to be treated to 3 days of Levente, but if truth be told we are both looking forward to a rest day! Good news is that Levante generally brings about 40 knot winds, so its going to be a perfect testing ground for the 3.7 Edge Prototype.

After the last update we arrived in Vianna Do Costelo for two days of really fun sailing at Moledo, which in a small swell produces great cross on jumping. Both days I was on the 4.7 Edge and it was great getting to try out both the 69 and 77 quads. By the end of day two the waves got pretty small so it was the perfect opportunity to get the freestlye board out, which resulted in landing a ponch (A flat water barrel roll where you rotate over the sail). Monday looked like a no wind day giving us the time to head down to the Algarve where the forecast was showing a full week of wind in Martinhal, Sagres an awesome flat freestyle spot. On arriving in Sagres at sunset were cracked open some beer, it was cool to randomly bump into some German friends who we met on previous trips windsurfing around Europe and Africa. The German efficiency was ruthless and we headed straight for the bar for cocktails.

We spent seven days sailing in Sagres, which has all become a blur of full power windsurfing, coffee drinking, checking up on the RSX Olympic updates, eating pasta and sleeping but its been manic and best of all I nailed my first burner (A switch stanch sail ducked ponch) Woooo!!! Most days there has been a huge amount of wind, this has been a good opportunity to test out the prototype 3.7 edge which has proved to be hugely successful. We have been getting loads of video and photos during the week but the high light has been using the K4 harness mount for the go pro, which is an awesome product and has been a great training tool for learning new moves. The edges are working really well and a big bunch of French freestyler’s want to know where they can buy them in France!!!!!!! Tushy HQ??

If sailing all day wasn’t enough when the wind kept howling into the evening and the moon lit up the water I decided it would be rude not to give a night sail ago. 4.7s rigged and camera and flashes set up we sailed into mid night. This was an awesome experience and great to have the place to yourself.  

For now we are back on the road heading to Europe’s most southern point in search of a bit more wind. Fuelled by Portuguese Expresso we should be on the water for more action tomorrow!

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