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Best place to learn to wave sail in WA.

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Created by Maddlad 6 months ago, 20 Mar 2018
Greenroom
WA, 7431 posts
7 Apr 2018 12:50PM
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Maddlad said..
Cant drive that far sorry Mark, i have an anxiety disorder that stops me travelling. Lanno is as far as i can go north at present. Cheers for the suggestion though. :)


Not being rude but seriously if you suffer from anxiety, as curac has said, don't sail Boaties!

Agrid
WA, 288 posts
8 Apr 2018 10:12AM
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Mark Mathews suffers from anxiety disorder.

Maddlad
WA, 225 posts
9 Apr 2018 9:25AM
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Greenroom said..

Maddlad said..
Cant drive that far sorry Mark, i have an anxiety disorder that stops me travelling. Lanno is as far as i can go north at present. Cheers for the suggestion though. :)



Not being rude but seriously if you suffer from anxiety, as curac has said, don't sail Boaties!


I dont intend to. ;)

Maddlad
WA, 225 posts
9 Apr 2018 9:27AM
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Agrid said..
Mark Mathews suffers from anxiety disorder.



Good on him. I have played gigs in front of thousands of people and had no issues either, so it affects people in different ways. What he might be able to do doesnt affect what i can and vice versa. Its different for everyone. :)

stehsegler
WA, 2905 posts
9 Apr 2018 1:13PM
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If you don't want to / can't drive far i'd say the following spots would be a good start:

- Lanceline South Passage on a small day. Just shoulder hop and stay on the inside.
- Lanceline Mainbreak (on a small day)
- Mettams when it's not too big. Just ask a local for advice on areas to avoid / you'll be most likely to hit reef
- Dutch Inn (Cottesloe), needs a big swell or a lot of wind to have waves but they are generally not going to destroy your gear.
- Crazy Waves / aka South Fremantle, this is a spot for NW winds and usually needs at least 30knts to get any waves. Not usually that good for riding but certainly great for jumping, plus while they can get to about 1 meter in height the waves generally don't destroy your gear

My top tips for getting into waves:
- if you wouldn't swim in it, don't go sailing in it
- have quick water starts sorted
- have jibing and/ or tacking in both directions sorted
- always ask a local for things to watch out for (submerged rocks, wind shadows, ocean wild life)
- have an exit strategy... ie if you loose your rig and/or board know how you are going to get back to the beach
- generally use a bigger volume board then you would on flat water in the same conditons
- watch the ocean before you go out. how many waves to a set, how often do they come, how big is the biggest wave in the set, can you sail around them

Try and find a copy of Peter Hart's Serious about Waves DVD or do a clinic with Guy Cribb next time he is in OZ. Nothing like professional tuition to get you started.

Agrid
WA, 288 posts
9 Apr 2018 9:34PM
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Good tips. There's a bit of technique involved it getting started off the beach if there is a bit of a shore break. I saw a good video somewhere then even reminded to put your booms in the sand on the side you are going to take off on. So you can give it a quick dip as you take off. Often there is a strong downwind current so the tail of the board will drift away from you before you can step on. Water starting is really hard because you will be drifting downwind at about the wind speed so little apparent wind to water start with. Walk out until its about thigh deep, watch the shore break further out for a bit of a lull, wait for a wave to come to you, drop you board on the other side and just go. It can be a disheartening experience trying waves for the first time if you are just getting mangled in the shore break.

Maddlad
WA, 225 posts
10 Apr 2018 9:11AM
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Thanks for the tips guys. I have no issues water starting, gybing, bump n jump etc, just preferred a break that wasnt as messy as Lanno was the day i tried it. I'm sure with more practice ill get the hang of it. Cheers :)



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