Yes, I lost two board on that day. Also, I found three - 2 of my own, and one Door belonging to ironben - I'm surprised he didn't mention it on the forum, he looked way upwind compared to where it washed ashore. I guess he expressed his gratitude by becoming my advocate on this forum
But I think I can express myself more clearly that he did on my behalf.
1. Thank for all your words of wisdom regarding sketchy conditions, the sometimes-offshore wind, the overall conditions being unsuitable for beginners, etc. I will be more watchful next time.
2. Also, thank you, Ivo, for taking my bag from the beach. True, my car key was in it - but how would you know? And if you left it, chances are that my wallet, Blackberry, and possibly two kites would be stolen from the car - so nothing but gratitude for that.
3. Let me tell you that I didn't expect anyone to fetch my board for me, unless they happen to ride just by it - so whatever bitter words in that regard have been spoken, this is not my thinking. I certainly can take blame for my own screw-ups.
4. For those of you guys who saw me way downwind - believe me or not, it was by design. I can stay upwind pretty well, I just had this idea - somewhat unrealistic, as it turned out - to do a downwinder while looking for the board. In a way, it worked out - from where I landed, it was a short walk downwind to the place where I first saw ironben's board, and then mine (one of the two, the second one washed way down, in the Ogden Dunes subdivision, much later).
5. I am relatively new to this sport but my nick stands for something - I have 10 years of windsurfing behind me. I sailed in 15-foot waves, survived 3 hours in cold water in my rashguard after my boom broke far from the shore, and rescued myself in conditions that were downright crazy compared to what we had on Miller on Friday. It doesn't make me disaster-proof but I can make in ashore, and a few years of competitive swimming many years ago still helps. And I don't mind taking a bit of self-abuse if I can learn in the process. I think knowing your limit comes in many shapes and forms, and one's technical abilities in only one aspect of it.
See you on the beach, hopefully in more auspicious circumstances