Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Severe Conditions - Winds and Bitter Cold

Testing my skills, not only of managing the craft but of withstanding the wind-chill (must have been well below -10’) and the greatest of challenges to my endurance and stamina.

Staying warm (or at least avoiding frost-bite) was a priority.
It should be noted here that a secondary invention was extremely useful in keeping my nose and the rest of my
exposed face from the bitter cold. I’ve discovered that the plastic sail provides an excellent temporary solar-warmed, wind-protective ‘tent’ as I headed back into the wind for my next gust-ride. It causes me to wonder why something of this sort is not devised for people subjected to Arctic conditions, whether on mountain summits or enduring polar climates. This kind of plastic ‘Bubble’ proved extremely useful and a great relief from the steady punches of frigid gusts.

As for the sport, the multiple layers of clothing made for a difficult manipulation of the sail.
Protective goggles made for limited visibility. I was aching for that warm condition when all I had to worry about were my elbow and wrist guards and helmet.

But, it all was so worthwhile!
Again, the character of
Scootering-sailing as a Winter sport was proven. I demonstrated this with a wonderful freedom. The sheer joy of some of the best rides I’ve ever experienced made for a memorable day of this unique sport of mine.

Of course, the people who passed by, bundled up clutching their scarf-covered faces bent over to try and push through the formidable force against them, gave a quick glance. I could discern underneath all of their covering a grin or two.

The people who might consider my sport to be utter foolishness I try to leave alone.
But, to the others, who give me a thumbs-up or a shout-out “Genius!” I let out a hearty laugh and try to share the tremendous thrill and wonder which I’m so privileged to enjoy.

Finally, it was great to meet my niece out there unexpectedly. It was only to her that I freely admitted the craziness of my urban-surfing, observing that it was like skiing atop Mt. Loon!. LOL

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Health - Always Your Best New Year's Resolution

I highly recommend the Dr. Weil Integrative Health Program and community, for support, advice, and 'regular check-ups'. His daily and weekly tips are regular reminders of a positive attitude for maintenance of a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Balance - Simplicity of Form - Body Practice

Small Craft Advisory

Severe Conditions Yet Irresistibly Challenging!

Partly Cloudy / Wind
Partly Cloudy / Wind         High
25° FPartly Cloudy / Wind
Partly Cloudy / Wind         High
25° F

UV Index:                  0 Low
Wind:                 From WNW at 24 mph
gusting to 36 mph
Humidity:                 43%
Pressure:                 29.57 in.
Dew Point:                 8°F
Visibility:                 10.0 miles

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Surf's Up!!

Okay, Serious Sport Today!!!

Get your cameras ready....
This is the kind of serious day of Wind-Scootering I’m anxious for.
The kind of wind-velocity and, although streets are wet still, conditions may improve for excellent Urban-Surfing...
like huge swells!

This is the kind of day to really test my skills!