On return from a great Baja trip, it was time to go to work for three days and miss the smoking local winds at Leo. At least the swell was not up to add to the torture. Was able to go to the gym, run soft sand six miles and do the push up sit up bit of my lifeguard days at each tower prior to the first day of work and then it was two days of long hours but laughing my ass off. The gal who was paired up to play the maid in the bit was incredibly talented and had a fake Russian accent that had the entire crew howling with laughter.. She grew up in a small R town with a couple of chickens and a pig...and on from there with the joke lines... Lots of people thought she was really Russian. I was playing the scumbag rich hubby who was chasing the maid around. Crack up and totally out of character for my persona but got great laughs going through the motions. Now I know what those gold chain,caviar, club type "tragically hip" no morals type of guys feel like. Ha, ha..Guess some gals are actually atracted to those scumbags. Hopefully they did not take my character to be my real persona.. That would be horrible but playing the character took my thoughts off the usual sports and more towards how that gal got to be such a darn good actress in the few years she has been here from Florida. It's simple, focus, focus, hard work and stay focused on what she liked to do the most. No leaving the city and keeping her sports to the gym and jogging at the local park. As in kitesurfing, distance running, swimming, surfing, biking,paragliding or any other endeavor, what makes you better is time spent immersed in it. If you enjoy doing something enough and if you have the additional cognitive stimulous as she did in her work, so much the better and rewarding. Years away from doing stand up and a bit of a recluse has me rusty in that area. Hitting town again and classes as before to hone the skills. She was a great motivation. After seeing a patient in the morning it is workout, teach kitesurf and study.. Motivation is a great thing.
We have had fun wind every day this week and I have been popping out at Deer Creek after the morning run or bike/errands/work to go on down winders to the slot. It is summer rules on weekends and John R. (head lifeguard at Leo) told me he was considering a total ban of kiteing anywhere in the County to Leo area before five on weekends or weekdays when the no launch flags are up on the towers. Launching elsewhere and just staying off the shore was always ok in years past. Hope he does not go with that. I was the only guy out on Sunday as I started at a different spot and worked my way down. He pulled up with the light bar going and we chatted a bit. He said, you look like you are having fun as usual Traig but will magnet people in by being out. He smiled and said "go have fun and finish your sesh. So it was a run down to the Slot and hopefully he will be cool with alternate launches and a shlog down to the wind line at North Beach as long as we stay off of the beach when the people are there. Will see. His big worry is the influx of kiters in the surf lineup at Secos during a large south swell. These conditions at Leo are of course what we live for year round here in Bu. The number of kiters and bonehead rulebreakers in our ranks and those of the windsurfers and one very vocal and complaigning poleboard rule breaker with no wave ediquite and a knack for whinning to the guards about wanting right of way on all waves over kiters, etc. has changed our playing field and threatened both sports. Follow surf ediqute rules and be safe.
The sky and water have been magnificent colors and the porpoise were jumping two feet from my kitesurfing student today in the Leo area do to the huge school of bait fish that have been at our coast section the last few days. Sharon did great in his lesson and was up on his board. Hopefully get him up again tomorrow. Even a job loving fertilization specialist Phd Md. can find the time to sneak out to learn. It has been a month since flying his venom last but he is going to increase water time now after fun of this lesson. The stoke on the dude's face today was priceless. Teaching lessons can certainly be rewarding that way.
After the lesson Frym and a lot of other kite buds rolled up for a kite session in nine meter conditions. The no strap 6'4" Miranda was under my happy feet. Once again trying to not use straps.... ever. The week down at SQ resulted in no knee pain, do to lack of jumping and just doing the old waveriding strapless as has been my favorite for years but hijacked by the frequent Jhonesin for jumps and of course the necesary lofts over set waves... No more straps for me. Might have to get a reel leash..gag....to save the old styro surfboard when in the rock zone of inside Leo Slot or County.
See ya on the road, trails, sky, water or sand. Be cool to put space in there... Maybe when those space shots get affordable for us normal schmoes. Live life, forgive, forget, formulate fun and move on. Can't wait for the next SQ trips surf downwinder. You can hit more lips in one day than Mohamid Ali did in his career.. Fun, fun, fun with no straps and a board friendly sand beach...
Oh, here is a quick shot from work and that very talented actress who actualy managed to smile after being stuck with me..Told you she was good at her craft.