Jan 15, 2012
Author: Steve Bodner/Photos by Lori Makabe
San Francisco Bay area racer Steve Bodner reports...
40 slalom heats run on day 1 + big air comp for kiters. Desire being at site for almost 6 hours I raced a total of 16 min.
4 slalom heats for expert men. I finished 4, 3, dfl and 2.
Wind was 16-22k with rolling swell. Slalom course had 10 gybe marks and almost 1/2 mile downwind. Race 1 started with me not pulling the trigger thinking there was another 1 min to go. From there it was playing catch up and trying to pass on anybody making a bad rounding in front of me. Race 2 started better as I rounded the top mark in 1st but started for the low mark 4 instead of 2 and getting passed I kept 2nd untill the 7th mark where I fell on a gybe and got dfl. I'm not coming out of the gybe marks with speed.
Race 3 good speed and rounding only to get passed on the inside at mark rounding on last mark to get 3rd.
Race 4 2nd into 1st mark behind Tyson and kept my position the whole race. Good gybes with clean air. No problems. I used 7.8 North Warp with 44 cm Crad fin and mast base at mid. Try mast forward at 60-70% to get going out of gybed better. Not sure yet about why leach is so loose. Maybe less downhaul tommorow...
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