I recall a day last
year when I woke up all excited to strong SE winds. I thought to myself...
this is going to be an amazing morning at Lucky Peak. It turned out that
day last year was a bust. It's funny but at 38 year old, I feel my
memory is starting to go.
I left the house
this morning with visions of grandeur. The wind was howling SE and ALL THE
NUMBERS LOOKED AWESOME. On my way out warm springs, I saw a guy with a
windsurfing board heading the wrong way. I thought to myself..."man, he is
going to miss out this morning. Must have been the cold that scared him
off". Driving up the canyon, my "pleasure meter" was pushing 10. You
should have seen the horizontal spray from the phallic fountain at the base of
the dam. WOW! It looked like most of the spray was being blown into the
trees at discovery park. As I made my way across the dam, I saw NO
ONE. What the heck. There were plenty of white caps.. but not as
many as I expected. Maybe it was the angle of my vantage point. I
knew it had to be nuking. Glad I brought the 14m. As I stopped at
the spillway and took a reading, the best I could get was 16-17mph and air temp
of 47F. Brrrrr. Maybe the low water was diverting the air over the
To make a long story
short, I finally hit the water with my 17M Fuel and was powered for about 5
minutes. It always looked better up the canyon and I struggled to even
hold my ground. Even with the dense cold air, it felt like there was
nothing there. The wind had 30sec moments of potential, then would die
down. Even some major holes and rotors near the edges. It was very
frustrating for 1 hour. When I finally found myself between the two big
intake towers, I decided to do the "Eighty" Petranik upwind board drag.
Eddy, that the best thing you ever taught us. I made it all the way back
to Turner gulch and brought the kite down uneventfully. I had to go back
up to 'brickner" beach to collect my gear but that only took about 7-8minutes
since the water is WAY low.
Two other things I
noticed this morning. When I got out, the wind was rocking down Turner
Gulch but tranquil out in the main channel. Probably a result of the
strong SE winds. And the water is still delightfully WARM. Hope we
get some decent wind this week. I have to erase this morning from memory.
Some body remind me
next year when I get excited about very strong SE winds in