These State College folks had been here back on June 26, but they didn't get on the water much because it was a very chilly day and they didn't have wetsuits. So this was a "rain"check day for them. This time it was nice and warm. We could have used more wind, but every day of windsurfing is a good day of windsurfing. The fee went to Clearwater Conservancy.
Here's a bit of video of a July 29 Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup race in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. The wind was gusting to a good 40 knots (46 mph). In the heat shown, my friend, professional windsurfer Taty Frans (https://www.facebook.com/taty.frans) has the lead but unfortunately later loses it because of a bad crash. I shamelessly stole this video from Avanti Sails (https://www.facebook.com/avantisails.international/).
Jessica, Megan, and Chelsi had no sailing experience whatsoever; they drove up from Johnstown to try a water sport that was totally new to them. They all sailed and had fun, despite my negligently letting one of them get blown downwind into a corner that was almost impossible to sail out of. The GoPro camera recorded video from Chelsi's clew for almost an hour; the video below shows less than 3 minutes of highlights from that footage. (Thanks, Jessica and Megan, for sending me the still photos that did not come from the GoPro video.)
The fee went to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Sidney came up from Windber, PA with her little brother, her parents, and one grandfather and one great-grandmother. She's an excellent student and has the basic moves down pat. She did well even though the wind was extremely light. Thanks to the whole family for photos and video from 3 or 4 different cameras. The video at right below is from my ClewView-mounted GoPro, showing that an old skinny board like Sidney's father's is faster than a modern wide board in light air. The fee went to PAWS.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.