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V.V.V. Session started by V.V.V., on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 19:50

The howling winds from yesterday subsided overnight, and this morning offered clean but slightly mixed up conditions (if that makes any sense...). There was only the lightest breeze from the south and the water texture was mostly glassy. The fading swell from the weekend was slow, mushy, and disorganized, and it looked like Law Street or green pipe might be the call. 

Today I brought the late '60s McTavish Tracker by Morey-Pope that @bird gave me (more on that board to come), and I had to spend some time sanding out a repair to the nose after our two noses collided Friday before last, breaking both of them in the process. Ouch. At least my nose heals on its own!

That thing is really weird to ride... it's 8'10", mild vee in the tail, very thick and heavy, fat rails, wingtip nose, and a Greenough inspired plastic flex fin. It's a bitch to ride. The first thing I noticed is that it offers you no help getting into waves. The deck rolls off steeply at the tail, so you can forget about getting any extra push from the wave. My other longboards (I consider this a longboard despite being a touch under 9') have enough tail rocker to give you some lift when the wave approaches, which helps force the nose down the face and get you going.

So anyhow... after sanding out the repair I decided to head right out front, and I quickly picked up a several pretty fun waves on the inside right off the culvert. It was pretty much an even mix of lefts and rights which were holding up nicely as the tide dropped. I only got about 1/2 of these conditions though before the tide bottomed out, and then I headed outside to wait for some of the bigger rights that were pouring in at the glass house. 

The rest of the session was really hit and miss, but some really fun ones did come through now and then. @Kerryroo was out, plus a dude named Mark whom I've seen around a lot but never knew his name. Luis got a really nice right on his new 8' Hank Warner thruster. I finished it up with some more really fun waves right out front as the tide started to fill back in. Probably stayed out an hour or a little more.

It wasn't a stellar session overall, but definitely worth it! The sun was out, the wind never really got on it, and nobody got hurt! 
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