Today was a much better windsurfing day. The wind was blowing from the right direction, and the waves were nice sized. Towards the end of the day though, my brain and body get tired -- and that's when I tend to break stuff. This time, I was cruising out with a good strong gust, and a wave was shaping up in front of me. I thought I had it timed right, but I was wrong. The wave curled over a little too soon, and by the time I launched off of it the lip was going past vertical. And I hit it fast. I'd had fun all day doing jumps, but this one... I knew I was hoised as soon as I came off that lip. It all happened so fast... I just had a couple of image ticks of awareness. Board pointing straight up. Board pointing MORE than straight up. Looking up, through my sail, and seeing water, which meant I was somehow actually looking down. Uh oh. I didn't have anything even resembling control while I was doing the loop -- which is what it's called when you do a flip off a wave on a windsurf board. I've seen guys pull this off and land it. They don't usually land on their sail the way I did. Doh! The sail held though. I was really amazed to not be hurt. That felt totally out of control. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to do that on purpose, and I'm not sure I even want to try. Really scary. I got up and got out of the impact zone as quickly as I could -- trying to put together what had just happened. But all I had were memories of my initial trajectory, and just two or three flashes of what happened when I was in the air, before my butt was in the ocean. It's strange how, when things happen so fast like that, and you're not used to doing that motion yet, all you get are a couple of flashes of semi-awareness. Anyway, maybe someday I'll be able to do that on purpose, and I'll get to experience it without the fog of terror.
Looks like the wind and waves should be good again tomorrow. :)