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- The Chilean Coast / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultThis is a video made by Klaas Voget that features he and Victor Fernandez. Together, two of the best wavesailors in the world. The video shows what I consider pretty typical days at Matanzas and Topocalma. They are good ..
- If you lived in Southern Chile / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultIf you lived in Southern Chile, your Tuesday afternoon session might look something like this.I ditched my gear for a few weeks to do some standard backpacking style travel in the Lake Region of Chile and saw this scene ..
- Ramoncito y Yo / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultSay hello to Ramoncito. He is a 1977 Chevrolet van that somehow found his way to South America. He doesn't always work perfectly, but his motor is strong and reliable. He has 3 manual gears that shift on the column ..
- Ok, Matanzas / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultKlaas Voget being Klaas VogetWhen you talk about wavesailing in Chile, probably the first spot that comes up is Matanzas. It's a small town on the coast with not a lot going on beyond windsurfing. The name of the town li ..
- I sailed x many days last year... / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultSorry folks, I stopped counting some time in August around 120 sessions I think. Maybe I got close to 140 in the bay. Then like 20 days in Maui. Then 15 days in Chile maybe. Who knows. It was for sure more than I've ever ..
- My Thoughts on the Windsurfing Magazine thing. / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultWell, this is sad news. As I'm sure you've heard, Windsurfing Magazine will be suspending publication for the foreseeable future. Obviously, it's hard for me to swallow because I've contributed a little bit over the year ..
- Wave Snobs be Damned - Embalse Puclaro / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultGo ahead. Crucify me for coming to Chile and sailing flat water. There have been some really nice days of wavesailing here on the coast of Chile. More than nice, incredible days. But there have also been waiting periods. ..
- Pichilemu: Little Forest. Great Waves. / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultWhen I was considering my options for this trip, one of the things I had to consider was which beach town would be the best for me to stay. The two main options close to the well-known wavesailing area are Matanzas and P ..
- Finalmente! / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultThe first week of my trip to Chile was busy. I was catching up with family and trying to get things ready for the next two months of easy-breezy windsurfing. These types of things can be done easily if you're here ..
- Santiago de Chile / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultI arrived in Santiago two weeks ago with an 800 pound bag of windsurfing gear and just slightly more than an iota of comprehendible Spanish. Maybe the bag was a little lighter and maybe my Castellano is slightly better t ..
- Maui - the big finale / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultTesting the one-handed sailing capabilities of the RRD Quad. Very important.I'm sure you've all enjoyed reading this enthralling mini-series of Maui based blog posts. I hope no one fell of the edge of their seat. (Mom? y ..
- Maui - part one of a 10 part miniseries / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultMaui made me so very lazy about blogging. The delightfully warm water and air quickly sublimated me into a cloud of "I'll get to it later". In about 26 days of potential sailing, I ended up with about 5 or 6 with that pe ..
- SCIENCE CHALLENGE! / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultCan anyone name this native Hawaiian bird? ..
- Neosporin, Surf Wax, and my old Corporate Amex / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultJust a few of the essentials of a trip to Maui after you've been laid off. I found the cold-water surf wax I was using would get awfully "ookie" when the air and water temp add up to about 170 degrees. The obvious tool t ..
- It's alive!!! / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultOh man, the last month has been awesome. You had to be there.I'm going to give this blogging thing another shot. I'm sad to see all my old images disappear, but I do think a lot of the value of blogging is in the "live" ..
- Ride with Tyson / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultPoor abused blog readers: I'm on a road trip in the Pacific Northwest right now. Of course, the first stop was the Gorge. Lots of pictures and maybe some more writing will be coming, but for now, have this. I will say th ..
- Teach me how to Grubby / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultI have this hope to complete the trifecta of sliding 360 moves this year, but I'm not sure if it's going to happen. I completed my first spock a year ago. I made my first flaka a month ago and now I'm hoping I can some ..
- Google+ hosed my blog / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultRecently I accepted an invite to Google plus. I really didn't want to or think much of it, but it took literally two mouse clicks so I figured what the heck, why not.The interesting thing is that when you sign up for thi ..
- Playing Catch up -- June / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultJune was, as per usual, a pretty dang good month for windsurfing in the Bay.I windsurfed 20 days and actually missed a few windy days. We had a couple of weird patterns at the beginning and the end of the month, but ov ..
- Stalking Epic Sessions / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultI'd recognize those profiles anywhere. I was looking at the Pozo News blog to see if I could find anything interesting about the Red Bull Rockets jumping contest that is being put on by epicsessions.tv.I'm sure awesome v ..
- Dirty Dancing / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultWelp, I made a Swayze (aka flaka) and I'm feeling pretty lucky about it. Not because it was a freak accident that I made one, but because it's a move that is easy to get stuck on. Fortunately, I was able to avoid a lot ..
- Commentary on Pistol River Results / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultNathan Mershon is kicking ass and taking names. Nathan who?I'm probably not alone in looking at the top 10 list for the Pistol River Wave Bash and being somewhat surprised to see Mershon's name on top. I'm a pretty avid ..
- Pistol River Wave Bash! / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultIt's coming ladies and gentlemen, in just a couple days heats will begin for the Pistol River Wave Bash.In preparation for this huge, badass affair, I've (finally) shared an album of pictures that we took during our last ..
- SWM seeks Flaka help / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultOne of my main goals this season is to make a flaka, also known as the Swayze. It's a move that, when performed by someone who knows how to do it, looks pretty easy. (I guess that could be said for any maneuver, but this ..
- Carl gets a Vulcan / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultSome kook, Francisco Goya, and CarlIf you haven't been following it, you probably should be.Carl Spiess, an extremely friendly Canadian who I met through Windsurfing Magazine's board test started a blog to document a yea ..
- Badass Gadgetry / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultOne of my good buddies Sergey is a badass tinkerer. I, on the other hand, can't tie a bowline.He's been making a ton of videos on his site videojibe for years using multitudes of mounting mechanisms, optical options and ..
- April and May were Windy in the Bay / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultApril and May are two of the most dependably windy months in the San Francisco bay for strong wind. I calculated my average sail size and it was 4.520929459. We get a lot of 3.7 and 4.2 days to offset our more typical 5. ..
- DOUBLE SECRET COASTAL SPOT / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultThis guy, he got an aerial, then tweaked it.At the end of last month a few of my "flatwater sailing" buddies and I headed to a spot whose name I dare not reveal. I will tell you it rhymes with "Schmavenport Glandings". I ..
- Tubamania / The Human Catapult /
The Human CatapultOne of the sort of legendary windsurfing spots in the bay area is called Tubamancha. It's a legend for a couple reasons:1. It's difficult to get there.2. The wind is more offshore and the wave rides are longer than anywh ..