Great stuff on Friday. Living in madison, it was a tough choice on where to go for some of us, but I wanted to go to Sheboygan no matter what even though it was probably going to be mostly north with very little east in it. Warm waters and north winds are hard to come by let alone riding strapless on a 6m. It doesn't get much better.
Truck was pre-packed the night before and the cooler stocked.
mrgrey...I like the timeline.
5:00: wake up like I was shot out of a cannon to check the forecast. Looks strong and mostly N. Shower, cook up some eggs and toast.
5:30: leave to meet up with Victor. Karl, Ben, Jeff coming later. Jens and Greg meeting us there also. madison crew, fondy/appleton crew and GB crew all there.
6:00: On the road.
8:00: Huh, it doesn't look so good. Lighter winds and it's NNW, not NNE as predicted.
8:30: Victor and I walk to the end of the pier and it's quite strong out there. 8m is my guess and the winds seem to be changing direction for the better. Clouds are clearing.
9:00: Going to rig and see Jens already pumped and ready. He's first out and makes it upwind to the jettie with no problems.
9:15 - 10:30: 1st session. I'm second one out and the 8m is perfect until the end. It's getting stronger and the swell and waves are really ramping up. 3-5 footers to start, ramping up to some incredible 4-8 with a few higher. Awesome session, but it's been a while since I've been in waves, so my timing was off a bit and got munched a few times.
11:00 - 12:30. 2nd session. F'ing incredible. Rigged down to my 6m Rally. It was really gusty on the inside, so getting out can be challenging. I got a great puff, but the waves were big coming in, so had to run the gauntlet 3 times just to get out past the first 400 yards before I could head upwind. Riders riding strapless know this well. You see a vertical face right in front and you have to run down the line and come out the backside. Sometimes you can jump it or make it over, but if it's vertical, it's usually munch time. The waves though this session were incredible. I had one smooth section where I caught about 13 turns all on one wave. It just kept going and going.
1:00 - 2:30: 3rd session. About the same as the second session. Tired when done, but want one more session.
3:00 - 3:30. 4th session. Well not really. Wind was more like 12m on the inside and my 6m wasn't cutting it, so did the walk of shame to get back.
Saturday: Rest day.
Sunday: Rest day.
Permanent smile on my face and to top it off, riding with cool friends makes it one for the ages.