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tacking/gybing in Michigan waves
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This is my first year windsurfing and have progressed nicely on an inland lake; however, things get a little more challenging when I head out into Lake Michigan. Last night went out in 2-3 foot waves…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Janicki Aug 14, 2013.

 

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Sam Hansen replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"This is my first year and learning similar things. Right now, I am just starting to get on plane. I do remember the frustration of turning upwind without trying. I would check your fin size relative to your weight and sail like Scott suggests, but…"
Sep 30, 2013
Sam Hansen commented on Tom Stahl's photo
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Lake Charlevoix

"Thanks. I'm always looking for different places to sail when I head up North..."
Sep 13, 2013
Sam Hansen commented on Tom Stahl's photo
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Lake Charlevoix

"I see that this is Lake Charlevoix. Is there a public place to rig?"
Sep 12, 2013
Sam Hansen commented on Dave Dalquist's blog post Traverse City area & Keweenaw Peninsula sites
"This is awesome! I've been wanting to make a trip up to the TC area, but wasn't quite sure the best places. What about Torch Lake? I know there are a couple of public places and wondering if that was windsurfing friendly... Is it possible…"
Sep 3, 2013
Tom Janicki replied to Sam Hansen's discussion tacking/gybing in Michigan waves
"Sam, To tack I would look for a smooth spot or at least a lull in the swell.  "
Aug 14, 2013
Sam Hansen replied to Sam Hansen's discussion tacking/gybing in Michigan waves
"Thanks. Is tacking on the back side of the wave is also the best way to go?"
Aug 14, 2013
Don Ferguson replied to Sam Hansen's discussion tacking/gybing in Michigan waves
"Tom is 100% on the money!! Front arm straight is huge! Like Peter Dekay says Head up, jibe with attitude! don't look down!  "
Aug 13, 2013
Tom Janicki replied to Sam Hansen's discussion tacking/gybing in Michigan waves
"Hi Sam, To do a planning jibe - yes you want start on the backside of a wave, bend the knees, move hand back on boom, keep boom at arms length away, lean forward and look where you want to go. If you lean back on the…"
Aug 9, 2013
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tacking/gybing in Michigan waves

This is my first year windsurfing and have progressed nicely on an inland lake; however, things get a little more challenging when I head out into Lake Michigan. Last night went out in 2-3 foot waves with a 3 second swell which was a riot, but could not tack or gybe to save my life.I am wondering if anyone would like to give some tactics for changing course in these conditions. Is it better to start on the back side of the wave or at the peak or....... Any insight would be appreciated!SamSee More
Aug 9, 2013
Sam Hansen replied to Dean Gayon's discussion Rentals?
"I live in Hudsonville and Torch Lake is the closest that I could find. They are super friendly and very accommodating if you would ever want to get up that far. They live on the North end of Torch Lake and it is absolutely beautiful there... There…"
Jul 18, 2013
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Feb 12, 2013
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Sep 13, 2012
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Sep 11, 2012

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