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Bald Point Gear Carnage

Aug 25, 2012 by alexb

Seems like it's happening again, not the worst I've done. Barely any wind and shin high waves. But I managed to snap the upper batten right where the cam sits on my Infinity 9.5. Guess it didn't rotate properly. Oh well, I'm now thinking Hot Sails Maui SuperFreak 10m. :)

Contacted Ezzy; I'll see what they can offer me.

Here's a shot of what the broken piece looks like. I do say it's dirt simple to remove Ezzy battens. I could probably fix that with some cf or glass layup, in a worst case scenario and then flip it around to the back where there's not that much tension put on it.

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Date: 09/05/2012
From: alexb

Cool man! I've watched a few videos on how to save gear in the break. The above break didn't happen in waves though; it was just choppy and I wasn't even having issues; I popped the sail and it though I broke the cam at first. I wouldn't take the cambered sails into waves. Can't depower them when you want to ride a wave.

As far as the batten, I was totally hooked up by Ezzy. In the end they sent me a brand new 2012 Lion replacement. I really didn't expect that! Their support is most excellent! I love my Ezzy sails but they just made a fanboy out of me.

Had a blast on Monday at AP with the USS Enterprise (aka Kona) and an 8.5. Wind picked up in the afternoon and chop was about thigh high. It's tough to turn that couch on a wave and the straps are worthless but I'm getting better. This Saturday is looking promising, so I'm hoping windlies.com isn't lying for once. :)

Date: 09/05/2012
From: Charlie Yontz

Thought you might be interested in this Alex: http://www.boardseekermag.com/features/technique/wave-tips-with-ben-proffitt.html ;-)

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