i only just recently (august '89) learned
to windsurf. sadly, the weather quickly
got too cold for me to do much in the way
of cementing my learnings solidly.
now it is getting warmer, and this past
weekend i attempted to get back out and
practice a bit in anticipation of a great
time later this summer.
are wetsuits designed to be so skin tight
as to neccesitate twenty minutes of struggle
to get into one? after likening the experience
to being eaten alive by a large snake, one
windsurfer laughed and stated that he ALWAYS
got the largest wetsuit available simply to
save trouble and fit. he wore an xl. i found,
after trying on all other suits, that the xl was
the only one that i would comfortably haul up
around my thighs (no stupid comments here,
i simply have a very solid structure).
what is the optimum wind speed for a beginner
who wishes to remember how to heft the sail and
tack/jibe? the wind at the lake was about
8 to 10 knots, and even with the smallest sail
i could find, i was having enormous difficulties
maintaing control of the sail. indeed, after
reaching the opposite side of the lake, the wind
was stiff enough to cause untold difficulties
in lifting the sail to make the return trip.
what have people found to be good care for
injured body parts? during my wrestle with
the sail, i was knocked overboard by the boom
and landed knee first on a rock in ankle-deep
water. though the knee has not bruised, it
is sore and complains if torqued slightly, so
at the moment i am not running and am doing my
best to ensure it does not torque while it is
unfortunately, this injury means i will have
to stay off sailboards for the rest of the month
(for healing and scheduling purposes), but at
least it should ensure proper healing. is ice
or heat better for it?