Friday, June 24, 2011
.........and stellar indeed it was!
Every time I take out the mat I am learning something new. I am really getting the hang of using a hard carving turn to pull out through the back of a wave that is about to close out and using a sharp drifting turn (almost a 360 sometimes) to terminate my momentum at the end of a ride.
For some reason, I am also now suddenly able to duck dive it almost as effectively as if I was on a board.
A big squeeze and a bend of the corners downwards to concave the bottom of the mat as I drive under the whitewater before pushing the mat ahead of myself and up the other side of the wave. There was a time when this would just have seemed completely impossible.
At the end of the session, as I was waiting for my beloved to emerge from the water so as I could carry her 8' 4" board back to the car in the howling off shore wind, I was musing at how my seemingly innocuous neatly rolled up mat and UDTs with fin socks stuffed into them could provide me with such a wonderful wave riding experience.
Whilst I wrestled all the way back up the beach with her board, my beloved kindly agreed to carry the mat and fins and then had the audacity to complain that the UDTs were a bit heavy! Yes they are, and a good thing too as they are an essential part of balancing my centre of gravity whilst riding a mat!