24 February 2008 | Lac Baai
We traveled to the southeast side of the island today to check out the windsurfing haven. Lac Baai is a large, shallow, sand bottom mangrove bay just behind a fringing reef. It is on the windward side of the island and almost always has wind in the 20s if not the high teens. If you wipe out the water is deep enough to break your fall but shallow enough to make it easy to stand up and get going again with a beach start.
Em, Hideko, Roq and I visited the bay in the morning and watched so pros doing lessons for 12 year olds that were better than I'll ever be. We came back in the afternoon for lessons of our own.
Hideko made big strides and was riding around the bay with greatly improved control after some tips from the instructor. I was tired of raising the mast with the uphaul and came to learn one thing: how to beach start. The instructor gave me just the tips I needed and before long I was getting going with the mast in the air everytime.
The water in Lac Baai is very shallow and thus very warm. It was a great day under the sun with just the right amount of wind for us.