Last month Roy's house burnt down so it was amazing that this contest was happening at all.
The wave ski crowd are a cool bunch of dedicated dudes from all over Florida mostly, many are stand up surfers. This year the event was opened up to kayaks so I thought I'd give it a shot and signed up for the 'Open'.
Four foot it was, but glassy it was not. A steady on shore wind was blowing early in the morning and continued to do so through-out the day. The swell period was short, maybe 4 secs. So, it was a six hour drive to surf a Tybee style break.
My first few heats I thought, started quite well, but I consistently scored low. My tactics were somewhat off for the Waveski crew. I'm used to dropping late, ripping fast, throwing a turn and getting off before everything goes white. But 'length of ride' was scoring high so I had to figure this into my new strategy. The conditions continued to build, which also aided this new change of tactic.
Anyway, to cut a long story short I continued to progress in heat after heat, made the final and came third overall in the Open section.
We had a great time and surfed our butts raw, but Georgia beckoned and we were back across the boarder before midnight.
Photos and video coming soon.