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Squamish without a doubt is one of the most interesting places in Canada that you can find for windsurfing. Located at the end of Howe sound, the Squamish spit borders between the Squamish river mouth where it spills into Howe sound, and the Squamish estuary. On the far side of the estuary is Squamish terminals where during the summer large ships often dock.
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Like most thermal based winds, the wind turns mid morning building to around 20 knots just after noon. The thermals build like this almost every single sunny day from early spring through early autumn with amazing consistency. Some days the wind can build to 25 knots even 30 when the conditions are perfect. In the estuary or leeward side of the spit are great kiting conditions since kites are able to fly above the eddies created by the spit. The wind can last and even build to 8 though more often lasts until about 6.
Interestingly enough, unlike the windsurfing done in most rivers, the wind blows on a diagonal in relation to the river. Due to the size of the river---at most 50 meters in width---it is very fast flowing compared to most others. I have seen it flow up to 20kph or 10 knots as I matched it driving down the spit during an extreme low tide. When sailing into the river from shore it often seems that you are barely moving. The most unique thing about this is that due to it being at the end of an inlet, it is strongly affected by the tide creating nice chop that almost stands still during high tide and perfectly flat water when the tide is low because of a sandbar that becomes exposed on the far side of the river. In turn, the water can be milky white in color and near fresh. Some days there can be a great amount of debris floating down the river that you have to watch out for. This season, a stump has lodged itself on one of the sandbars off the end of the spit.
Rig & Launch
All of the rigging is done on the mattresses setup on the spit behind a concrete barrier blocking the wind. By convention Windsurfers rig behind the wall further on the spit while Kiters setup their kites and lines on the end of the spit. The launch itself can be quite difficult. Launching on the riverside you have to deal with the river current and large rocks while on the riverside. On the estuary side you have the wind shadow from the pilings at the end of the Spit.
You have to watch out for a lot of debris when it's low tide and in the middle of the season. Many people have broken fins, fin boxes and noses by hitting such items or the sandbars. Primarily you have to watch the river current so as not to get pushing into the Spit.
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Wednesday, 01 November 2006
meodigital.com :: You are into freestyle windsurfing , please tell us about your motivation doing all kind of tricks. I am in freestyle windsurfing because I love learning some new moves. I began windsurfng in summer 1986. When the temperatures went to cold, I started doing some windskate and realised how fun and easy it was. Windskate is so easy it helps a lot to practice new moves. Learning some new moves is more important to me than being the faster on the spot. Also, if you could do some tricks when your wave riding, then it is even better. But, with or without waves there is always something to do and to learn. It is cool to do as much tricks as you can on a very short time with some friends pushing each other. :: guy ripping at Gulf St-Lawrence :: photo (C) by Yanick Richard St-Vincent What boards and sails to to you ride ? Since three years, I ride for Ben Gauthier (Wind Spirit). So, I ride Wind Obsession's board. The wave board range is 70 l, 76 l, 82 l and the freestyle Swicht 99 l. For sails, I use Ezzy Sails. Overall great stuff! Ocean Earth, Select Hydrofoils, STS and Adrenaline are also supporting me. What's the best windsurfing spot you've been to and what are your plans for the upcoming winter? Since i windsurf, I've been to different place like Maui, Cabarete, Costa Rica, The Gorge, Cap Hateras and the Maggies. The best spot for me is where it is blowing often and where there are only few people. So let's say until now that, Costa Rica and the Maggies are the best spots I've benn to. Next winter, I might be in Costa Rica again for practicing more and more moves! :: winter sailing at Gulf St-Lawrence :: photo (C) by R. Landry Your latest magic moment on the water? My latest magic moment was last September when I catched a good north-east wind in the Maggies (?les-de-la-Madeleine) on a secret spot. The wind was side-off and I was riding super clean waves with few friends. My best feeling was when I was riding over a seal for 2-3 seconds. That was very cool! About your life and future? Right now, I am a teacher in high school and I have chosen to be a substitute for the freedom. In this way, I can catch more wind. So for the future, I hope to experience more great days of windsurfing. Don't forget to check out his cool windskating website: www.windskate.ca
Saturday, 01 April 2006
Please introduce yourself as an enthusiastic windsurfer in a few sentences...I'm from Vancouver, BC, Canada, the best place in the world for windsurfing if you have enough dedication. I started windsurfing many years ago on long boards at the local beach and had great fun doing that. I did that on and off for several years. In the fall of 2002 I bought my first short board, a Bic Vivace 282, and a couple of Hot Sails. The next sunny weekend I headed up to the fabled Squamish to try out the new gear. Arriving at the spit was all exciting, surrounded by tree covered mountains and shear rock faces on either side, the place was like no other. Seeing all these people flying around on the water in what I thought was an incredible amount of wind made my heart beat fast with a rush of adrenalin. After a couple tries rigging up, I finally managed to rig up the mid 90s sails on a one piece mast. Upon hitting the water I beach started as I wasn't able to waterstart. I headed out to the windline and when it hit I had the biggest rush of power. After going a hundred meters without planing I decided to turn around, so I dumped my rig and tried to waterstart for the first time. After struggling to get my rig flying I powered it up and was thrown straight over to the other side of the board. This wasn't going to work, so I seceded and tried to uphaul my rig. After several attempts I managed to get up. I pointed the board downwind on the way in and it happened. The board popped up onto a plane. I was flying, no better feeling in the world. Before I knew it, I was back at the Spit, albeit quite far downwind. I lugged my gear back to the rigging area and packed up. I was so worn out from that one run but it had made the difference. I was hooked. ::elliot english - ripping the wall/columbia river gorge :: (c) thewindsurfer.com You are living in the metropolitan area of Vancouver. Nearby Squamish River is one of your local playgrounds. What makes sailing there so special? Locally, it's one of the few places that consistently gets high wind during the summer. It blows every sunny day up there. First thing in the morning it'll be calm maybe even a light outflow. Then on a good fully sunny day sometime between 10 and 12 a light southerly breeze will begin and within half an hour it'll be up to 15-25 knots and perfectly steady. If there's a marine layer covering Vancouver and Georgia Strait the wind can get up to 35 knots though this is pretty rare only happening a handful of times per season. Launching from the spit you sail in either the river on the south side of the spit with it's glass smooth water and cranking winds perfectly for practising your lay down gybes or other tricks. Otherwise, you can sail out into Howe Sound and cruise about sailing up to the rock face which is responsible for the accelerated wind in Squamish. It's a beautiful place to sail with grand scenery and cold glacial fed water coming down the river mixing with the salt water of the inlet. :: click to play - short video clip of elliot (~4 MB) :: (c) thewindsurfer.com What other favorite playgrounds do you have? Quite a few. My favorite time to sail in Vancouver is the winter because we are directly in the path for low pressures on the northern pacific during those months. It's the season of high winds, big swell, small sails, and small boards. The two main places we sail from are Centennial Beach in a southeasterly wind and Acadia Beach on a northwesterly. I've sailed over 2m waves at either place on the bigger days. The setup is onshore at both locations, though when the wind is nuking you can get huge airs. What is your favorite aspect of sailing and why? The whole feeling of windsurfing is what attracts me to it, the sense of speed and the feeling of flying over the surface of the water. I admit that I'm not really a freestyler, more what I like to do is go fast and hit steep ramps to go up. Currently I'm working on looping, both fronts and backs. :: ripping at tsawwassen ferry terminal / Vancouver :: (c) thewindsurfer.com What boards and sails do you ride? For boards I ride Roberts. They're a local shop based out of North Vancouver. Nothing I've sailed so far has the same slipperiness in the water and the limitless speed I get from them. I have two, a 70l bump and jump board for getting big air and a formula board. For sails I've got a few from Sailworks, Neil Pryde and Northwave. The Northwave is a 3.7 I picked up for free in the gorge. The Neil Pryde is my primary summertime sail, a 5.4 2003 Raf Jet. I've got a Sailworks Hucker 4.2 and Retro 6.5. The Hucker is my favorite with loads of power and no lack of guts. You feel every gust and just keep on accelerating. Your latest magic moment on the water? Today, I was sailing 4.2 fully lit at Centennial Beach. The waves were over 2m on the outside with the opposing tide. I hit one face about to break and headed up into the wind straight into a massive back loop. I slowly rotated until I landed on my back in the water start position. It was my first full backloop. What a great feeling. About your life and your future? It's only mid april and I've already had 37 days on the water, not much time for anything else. Currently, I'm a student at the University of British Columbia studying computer science. The plan is to get my masters and doctorate and take the research route so that I will have the freedom to windsurf as much as I can. thanks to Elliot for being ripper of the month ! please check out his cool website www.thewindsurfer.com !! :: ripping boundary bay/Vancouver :: (c) David Clutton (C36)
Friday, 01 April 2005