A waterstart consists of the wind in the sail pulling you out of deep water onto the board. It takes pretty much wind, and/or a big sail -- but a big sail is hard to maneuver into the right position for this. However, I luckily fell with my big 8.1 sail in just the right position for a waterstart, plus the gust that had been powering me was still blowing. So I managed to waterstart.
I included the airplane because it's unusual for the super-wide-angle GoPro camera to be able to capture anything in the sky.
This lady has a kayak she paddles on flatwater, but had no prior exposure to windsurfing.
The prevailing wind here on Sayers Lake is from the west, but a couple of days ago it was blowing from the south, which made it easy to get to places I don't normally go, like the skinny peninsula that is the end of the old railroad line (see aerial photo below). While approaching the old RR bed, I saw a juvenile bald eagle sitting there, but it fled before I got close enough for the GoPro to pick it up. But in the pics and video below you can see where it used to be a minute earlier. (Disclaimer: In all honesty, it wasn't that windy. I just picked the parts when I was planing to show you.)
Susan B. from Lock Haven, PA had given windsurfing a try while on vacation in various tropical paradises, but she had never had a lesson until I gave her her first couple of lessons. Since then she has bought her own gear and sails whenever she gets the chance.
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This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.