I arrived in the OBX on Friday and have sailed in 20+ mph winds each day that I've been here. I'm tired. My hands and feet are gnarly with cuts and bruises. It's actually pretty nice to have a little break on this light wind day. Who knows, I might sail tonight... we'll see.
It's been great though because I've gotten to hang out with some really good windsurfers. I'm staying in Avon with Josh Sampiero, editor of windsurfing magazine. He's a really cool, talented guy and he's always there to give a helping hand to other sailors. Yesterday he got me to give the ocean a shot. I got pretty close to getting past the sets out into the ocean but got hit in the face each time. Good to know that even if I can stay dry(ish) on jibes, I still won't have to abandon the satisfaction of being humiliated in some aspect of the sport.
I also met Bill Bell from OBX Beach Life and Andy from LostInHatteras. Both were really cool guys in real life, too, not suprisingly. I feel so damn linked in to the east coast windsurf blogging community now. It's like an elite community of badass windsurfers. Then me, easily the worst windsurfer ever to grab the boom.