Sweat and wet for the Foretrex 401 and 201.

There couldn’t be anything better than running with wifey in the morning. She invited me even to my comments that her shoes weren’t really meant for it but it was better to sweat with my other half than see her unfit for every day life. I decided to use the Foretrex 401 for the run as it could defy buildings of the unnecessary spikes if need be. It was a pleasant run with me urging her to run then brisk walk every 100 meters or so. Soon enough our sweat was worth the talk on the curbside commenting on all types of runners around the city hall. It was a comfortable rest on the shade and just talk about anything under it. However, at that point I could sense the northeast trade winds coming in as the huge flag was starting to blow on the right direction. But I still had lots of time for it. I was a bit worried I was already lost the poundage for my frame and adding another activity could increase the loss but to kite or windsurf the 2nd day of the tradewinds was very inviting. We went home took a shower and I still had lots of energy to burn. Waiting patiently for the forecast to change but still it was a breezy day with little clouds to form into thunderclouds. I left wifey to her own plans for the day as I had already previously planned for this and off I went. Punta Taytay seemed different after a season, lots of changes on the seawall and to the kite and sail tenders that I knew but they still were there one more year aged and a lot taller than before. We didn’t wait but pumped up the kite as the crowds were thin and the water shallow enough. This time I brought the ever trusty 201 and strapped it on eagerly. The sun was out and a constant breeze from the north made it a perfect side-on shore wind. Perfect conditions not for jumping but for cruising but with occasional hops of chops. I loved this day just a perfect tan and wet and cool for the rest of the day. Was it a tiring but wholesome day for me as we capped it off with drinks with other friends and especially with wifey.



Boosting air on a first monsoon outing.

The morning seemed a sleepy one. The night before Sam tried to invite by chat to go to Lakawon Island for a windsurfing trip on a monsoon season. I knew from past experience the place would be ‘rockin’ and indeed it was at 30 -35 kts. but I declined due to the fact I still had a job to finish  and by all accounts I’d be unfit to “hold” on to slalom equipment at which my smallest sail would be rated at 25-max 30kts and flat water including my level of fitness. Pros certainly could hang on with ease but not me at this moment. And so the group went on however what struck me was it was a Saturday morning and if i could have a few hours of sleep I could easily go for a quick ride locally using windsurfing or kite equipment. I woke up at around 1pm and decided I should be able to sneak-in a quick one. I initially thought of Bredco port but decided to go to Bong’s place instead and when I arrived the tide was so low. So comes the kite equipment, was I glad to have brought it. I could sense it was at least blowing 15kts outside the walled compound. Me and the help Gilbert didn’t waste much time and laid out the lines, pumped up the  12mtr.kite and with a few instructions launched. I brought two GPS units but chose the Foretrex 201 for now as it was easier to reset the max speed if there was a chance for speed runs. If not for poor Gilbert who was watching in the sun as a precaution I wouldn’t have stopped. It was good to see people tending plowing the low tide water for crustaceans and small fish and it was an indicator for me how deep the water was. With the center adjustment straps and pigtails at full depower boosting up on air was still a bit hairy as the wind had gusts to 18kts. But the part that I really enjoyed was getting wet for the first monsoon season.