Officially Summer

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today is the start of Summer Solstice, which means summer is starting or at least should be. My friends and I have been back in Hood River for 3 weeks now and have been teased by the thought of summer. We have had some warm non windy days with supper cold rainy weather. Although we have had some really good sessions on the river, we cant wait to hop in the water without a wetsuit.

The past weekend from the 17-20 there was a wave competition on the Oregon coast called Pistol River. It was the first wave event on U.S. mainland in many years. Check out the video down below for some action from there. Next weekend is WindFest where all the companies show up with all their new toys and allows us to play on it all.

We found some guys traveling across the country trying new water sports. We had some good times on the water and off with these dudes. Check out their promo and you might see me and my friends on it at a later time. Here is what they are all about. CLEAN BREAK is about breaking away from the every day and getting re-charged. It’s about traveling in search of the most adrenaline pumping action water sports and the heady rush of just letting go and living in the moment. If that moment brings competition, bikini babes and interesting local flavor – awesome! From Kiteboarding in San Diego, surfing in Venice Beach to Windsurfing in Hood River, OR and Wake Boarding in Orlando, FL

We have had a great time up here so far, and here are some pics past 3 weeks. Check back for more pics from WindFest.

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Finally in Hood River!

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Finally made it to Hood River, OR, which will be my home for the next 3 months. I started in Houston and drove up to California to visit some friends in Bakersfield. I then headed up to Mammoth mountains to meet up with my friends that I am staying with all summer here in Hood River. It was snowing up there in the middle of May when I was there, and was able to do some snowboarding. Mammoth had the Katal landing pad witch is an airbag to learn tricks on, which was pretty cool to watch some kids throw down. Overall it was a fun long trip with overall miles of 2800 miles so far, and no trip is complete without a tire that blows, right when you think everything is going so smooth.

Here is a sideshow with some pics showing my blown tire, the hot springs in Mammoth and the half pipe , the USC ski Team cabin we stayed in, and the drive into Hood River Oregon. Check out the video of the Katal pad, and my friend in the blue and yellow on the ski’s (Chris Farro), stay posted for more!

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Summer!

Posted: May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

Summer you finally came! While summer is finally here, it brought some rough changes to my life. My family and I just moved to League City, which is about 45 minutes below Houston and 30 from Galveston. Its hot and humid but its looking like a good change in the long run. BUT I’m jumping in the car tomorrow morning for my summer trip. I will be stopping in Mammoth California for some fun with friends in the snow there, and I will then head out to Hood River with the boys for an epic GORGE summer! I just finished packing the van with all the gear and my bed for the following nights while I’m driving. Its bed time now and will be on the road soon! Check back for more pictures and videos about my summer adventure!

Antoine’s secret!

Posted: April 8, 2010 in 1

Power to Weight: Your Stance vs Antoine’s

(Thanks to CarbonSugar for this awesome article about the perfect formula stance)

After the Antoine Albeau domination of the 2007 FW Worlds in Brazil, a great post was written by Andreas Macke posing some ideas on how one man could dominate an event so much. One thing to consider is that Antoine is around 100kg whereas 2nd placed Steve Allen was  82kg at the event. Power-to-weight plays a very important role in  your speed around the course, so let’s have a look at it more closely  and see how you can improve your stance to get the most out of your gear. We will begin with some ideas from the master of theory himself, Frank Bethwaite and then move on to look at the techniques of the top FW sailors.

Sail Carrying Power - RatioFrank Bethwaite was at the forefront of development of the 18ft Skiffs from the 1970’s through to the 1990’s. He suggested that the performance of boats that sail with the apparent wind forward of the beam at all times (as does a FW board) is governed by the ratio of the sail carrying power versus the total weight.

(See the above picture and read the full chapter, “The Quest for Speed”; pg 164 -High Performance Sailing)

This chapter was written about 18ft Skiffs. A modern FW’er emulates the performance of an 18ft Skiff. A good comparison was the Ronstan Bridge-to-Bridge race in San Francisco. Micah Buzianis (USA-34) and Kevin Pritchard (USA-3) competed against many top 18ft Skiff boats from Australia (including the World Champion from England) as well as the best of the best in kitesurfing. Micah narrowly beat the 18ft Skiff in this race highlighting their similarity in boatspeed:

The “sail carrying power/total weight” ratio for a sailor like Antoine Albeau on FW gear is in the vicinity of 55% compared with 61% that Bethwaite identifies for a modern 18ft Skiff. The total equipment weight of FW gear is around 26kg (unless you have the new Exocet board!). With the hydrodynamic lift that a FW board generates when planing, the “sail carrying power” is perhaps a better determining factor in going fast, rather than Bethwaite’s sail carrying power/total weight ratio.

SAIL CARRYING POWER =
Righting Moment / Distance between the centre of effort of the sail and the combined lateral resistance of the hull and fin.

Antoine, at 100kg has a sail carrying power which is 20% more than someone like Steve Allen at 82kg. With the development of the FW class, raceboards have become wider (up to 100.5cm now) and in the last two seasons, even wider in the tail. This allows for more sail carrying power which has been helped by the stability and handling of the newer wide-luff race sails.

All that being said, there’s more to winning a race than simply eating a few too many meat-pies before you go sailing, which is proved by a guy like Steve Allen coming 2nd overall at a relatively light weight of 82kg. So let’s focus less on what you can do physiologically and look at some things you can “actually” do to help you go faster around the course at whatever weight you are…

Silvaplana 2007Have a look at this photo from the racing in Silvaplana, 2007. The lead boat is Alberto Menegatti (ITA-456), behind him Markus Bouman (NED-6) and 3rd in the line is myself (AUS-120). Notice our distinctly different techniques. With Alberto on the uphaul rope he can get his body much further hiked and still have the sail quite upright. Markus gets out a little further than me but isn’t sheeted in too well in this picture. I believe I am too upright in the photo and have since worked on my technique to improve my stance.

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Once again  Antoine Albeau rose to the challenge at this years Formula Windsurfing World Championships to claim victory again. Follow this link for more information and race results from the event – ContinentSeven

Antoine Albeau

Windsurfing Lifestyle

Posted: March 23, 2010 in 1

Interview with Wojtek Brzozowski about the “windsurfing lifestyle”

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Why Formula Windsurfing is cool! :)

Posted: March 23, 2010 in 1

Check out this video I found on you tube about some thoughts about why formula windsurfing is cool!

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