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Session: Crowded

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Monday March 17 2008 04:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 6

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 76 F Air, 72 F Water

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak

Description:

I got down there after work for a good surf session.  I was expecting a fairly small mid-week crowd.  I was very surprised when I arrived to find about 10-15 people getting out of the water and by the time I paddled out there were still a good 20+ people in the southern break and a good 10-15 people in the middle break.  I don't go on Sundays due to the crowding, but this seemed just like a Sunday.

I'm not sure if it was due to Holy Week starting or what.  The gov't holidays don't start until Thursday.

Anyhow, the onshore wind was pretty solid and there was a ton of chop in the water.  The waves were good size, about the max I can really make any progress on.  I was trying to get some practice with turning.  I did get my tip to come back up out of the water and almost get it to turn, but normally I would wipe out shortly there after.  Generally I was getting too far out ahead of the wave before I could do the turn move.  So by the time I was turned, the wave was just catching back up with me and knocking me over.

Looks like I need to work more on catching the wave before it breaks and then standing up right as I catch it, rather than a couple seconds after I make 'sure' that I've caught it.  This should let me get the turn going while still on the wave face.

I had limited time to be in the water and was constantly dodging other surfers.  There were almost non-stop waves, so most everyone got their share.  But there was a lot of giving way that was needed by everyone, along with a lot of dodging people who were riding the wave (and thus getting yourself thrashed).  I wish summer wasn't over so that I could keep advancing my skills enough to ride a shortboard and get out of beginner areas. 

Buddies:

Created: Thursday March 20 2008 08:09:49 PM

Modified: Thursday March 20 2008 08:09:49 PM

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