I will be in SF this Tuesday for work and was hoping to ride Crissy, and was looking for a local OR rider to show me the ropes. I’m a competent rider, just know that Crissy has some challenges for the uninitiated. Thanks.
Matt, just approach any of the OR Crew on the beach and he/she will give you the low down. Tomorrow will be windy but there is a strong afternoon flood tide that you have no chance of beating unless you’re on a raceboard. Don’t even bother stepping on your board until at least 4:30 or 5:00 when the tide starts to turn. This time of year Crissy nukes out in the channel but there can be a huge hole from the beach extending out to the wind line that takes some skill and common sense to negotiate. Just keep your eyes open and ” read the play “. Follow a local in if the hole makes an appearance. Yesterday saw over half a dozen CG rescues that were unnecessary for this reason. A group of ” Crissy newbies ” sailed blindly into a huge hole when there was plenty of wind to get to shore with 1/4 mile or so further to the east. Only one way to learn I guess…......and if you kite Crissy often enough eventually we all get our number punched…...
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I just wanted to thank all the SF Crew for pointing me in the right direction. Chris—thanks a lot for the board and wetsuit!