Friday, June 29, 2007

Session 7073: A Magical Morning with the Magic

This morning was small, glassy, and the water was balmy 55 F. Just one of these perfect summer dawn patrol here in Northern California, and nobody else has found us surfing, at least for an hour or so. So just me and a local buddy of mine each owning peaks. Nice rolling sets gets bigger every once in a while, and when it does, we paddle to the outside... or during smaller sets, we paddle back in a bit and continue to catch waves, or rest a little by paddling back further out.

I don't know about you, but it is like sitting in front of a mixing console and having fingers on the sliders, bringing them up and down to get the best mix out.

This morning, I took my Walden Magic out. It was lightly fogged in, a nice backdrop to perform some Magic.

Presently I own 7 surf boards, but the Magic is the one that I take out these days when a long board condition is called for. I pull out the side fins on all my long boards, and put a little bigger center on it.

The board never feels heavy in the water. Even if I screw up a bit and get in a situation of a "late" take off, it lets you take off. I call that a Magic. And when it comes to turns it seems I can create all sorts of turns with it and whatever I try, the board seems to easily accept my command. It lets me go where I want to go.... like I mistakenly take off in the other direction, recovering from that is just as easy. Just step back a bit and look in the direction of where I want to go. Never a disappointment.

I had some of the most fun long board rides with it in Santa Cruz connecting one section to another starting from the Hook and end up at the Privates stairs. I hate it when that happens because it is a long paddle back.

Do you have a magic board of your own?

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