Today we headed back down to the beach for more individual preliminary heats. Low tide has been hitting in the late AM making for some interesting conditions. Today the swell was as small as we have seen it, around waist high consistently with head high sets. It was also pretty windy by the time most of our heats rolled around making it choppy and sloppy. Nonetheless, most of our team did well, advancing to the next round.
I arrived at the boat locker before 8am and caught our security guard posing as a “sleeping security guard.” I thought it was a most brilliant idea. I’ll act like I’m asleep and just when someone is stealing a kayak I’ll jump up and tackle them. Just kidding, these guys are working hard to look after our stuff.
This morning I competed against an English and a Spanish (Basque) in the IC class. I lead the heat by a healthy margin from the get-go, all the way until the last couple minutes. The final announcement before the heat’s end was White Bib (me) 1st place, Red Bib 2nd, Yellow Bib 3rd. A couple waves came through at the end of the heat and my competitors posted high enough wave scores to push me out by approximately a tenth of a point. So there you have it friends, I’m eliminated from the IC Class. This is a pretty weak display and I’m sorry to let my supporters down. I gave what I thought was my best but obviously it wasn’t good enough.
On the brighter side Joey dominated his heat placing first as did the majority of the team. We had six wins and three losses today. Bear in mind that Mens HP preliminary rounds begin tomorrow and the team competition has not even begun. Swell size is expected to more-than double in size overnight, giving us 6-8 foot waves perhaps. Swell prediction is rarely exact, so we’ll see if that comes to fruition
I am continually impressed with Tom May, our senior team member. The man is 57 years old and he surfs and competes like a champ. He has yet to lose a heat after paddling in three of them. Better yet he has placed 1st in all three, advancing himself to the next round. Tom has been surfing for fourty+ years and his wisdom exudes.
That’s all until tomorrow. Come back here for the next report. Also you can visit http://ESKAsurf.com for more full results.
US East Surf Kayak Team 2009