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Bald Point Past Weekend

Apr 18, 2012 by alexb

Great weather this past weekend! Saturday was PERFECT over at Bald Point. With the 125L and the 8.5 I was planing from 8am until a little after lunch. I figured Sunday would bring the same and of course I brought the big and bigger sails. I regretted the decision I made that morining all day: "oh, I wont need anything smaller". :( but.... I was still out on the water from around 8 to 3 :) WAY overpowered and the waves were twice the size as on Saturday. Tried to get some air but I never got the board off the waves, much. On the other hand I was flying all over the place. Made a short video from Sunday, check it out.

http://128.186.74.111/video/baldpoint/video.html

:)



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Date: 04/19/2012
From: fhawk

Yes, that is the park. No water or bathroom. That is an old pic, and the parking has expanded with small stones that are hard on bare feet. Good to know that little Bald Pt area at least has a portalet. The bathroom up at the marina used to be open, but now they have it locked. Waves were breaking very hard on Sunday, with good form in long lines. Tide was way up in the sea oats. Does not get that good often, though we get some wave whenever it blows from the SE to SE at least 20. We nearly went over to the south side of Cape San Blas, but figured it would be too big to get out in the onshore conditions.
Date: 04/19/2012
From: alexb

Is this the place? http://g.co/maps/yndfs

That's the second public beach parking, the one across from the public boat ramp. ? So the waves were breaking there?

This is where I've been launching from http://g.co/maps/v4wz9 There's a shower and a bathroom there.
Date: 04/19/2012
From: fhawk

No, not at the end of the road near the preserve, as it is pretty shoaled up there, and waves don't break all that well. I know that rock jetty you mention. We launch in a park area that is hard to see from the road, but it has parking off the road on the Gulf side. There are large white rocks marking it on the Gulf side. It is 1 mile past, ie west of, the old KOA campground (long gone) which is where the road is closest to the Gulf's waters and the Gulf sometimes laps right over the road there. For wave sailing, it is not very practical to use much larger than a 5.5, because once anything larger is down in the surf, it becomes nearly impossible to waterstart. Also, for riding waves, we have found 100 liters is about the max that can easily be handled on a wave face. Normally, this is not an issue in the Gulf, since unless there is pretty solid wind, there are almost never good waves.
Date: 04/19/2012
From: alexb

Fred, are you talking about past the rocks on the left at the end of Alligator Drive? The ones that separate the couple of houses before the preserve? I've paddled out there on the SUP last year. Where did you launch from?

Besides wishing all day that I had grabbed the 6 and 6.6m for the 125L, I was also wishing I had brought the 88L and the 5m. LOL I'm now also wishing I had checked out the Alligator Point side! I just didn't expect it to be so perfect on Sunday. Saturday was a blast but definitely nowhere close to what Sunday brought out. I'll learn to bring EVERYTHING one of these days. I'm thinking of taking the passenger seat out of the jeep to get everything to fit easily.

Thanks!, Alex
Date: 04/19/2012
From: fhawk

Alex-- Looks like you need to move around to the waves on Alligator PT. with us. Gary Tucker and I sailed our small wave quads (78,74 liters) and 4.5/4.7 sails from 10-1 on Sunday at AP, one mile past the big rocks on the coast (there are some limestone boulders marking the park). Surf was breaking solid, waist to chest, some shoulder, long clean lines, beautiful up the line rides all day long. You could pick up the set waves way outside, and work it right to the sand. Wind was SSE, pretty onshore, 19-24. Waves were the best they have been in several years. Sat morning early was pretty good at SGI, sideon, 18-20 for 2 hrs, waves were waist to stomach, fun up the line, but super bad current. On my big quad (83) and 5.3 sail. Come on out to the waves. Cool video, and Pink Floyd is perfect (GT's fav). Fred Hawkes (443-9512)



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