June was pretty good. Perhaps the best part of June was that it didn't bubbled much, as several of you recently mentioned at the beach. June is often known for warm air and cool lake temps resulting in a bubble, but not much this year. We had some warm air temps, but the water was also warm. We saw 22 sessions on an average windsurfing sail size of 5.3m and board size 96 liters. That's over 5 days per week. The average air temp at the lakeside during those sessions was 68.9 degrees. Just beautiful weather!
About two-thirds of my June sessions were on the foil. Lisa and I have been slowly improving. Our last session of June was on 3 foot rolling waves with the foil in the open Lake. So fun! We scored a couple sweet NE and NW sessions in June, while the remainder of our sessions were predominantly SW.
This foil thing has opened up a whole new world for our windsurfng. With the foil you can go wherever you want because you have such an incredible capability to get upwind and downwind with ease. It's very little effort. You can check out a cove or a bay, and then easily get back to where you started. One day in Rochester I was practicing my upwind technique. When I got out in the open lake the shoreline all looked the same when I turned around. I didn't pay much attention to it until I decided to take a break. I didn't know where the van was parked. I came into the beach and walked to the road. I was about a half mile upwind of the van and I wasn't even trying all that hard to get upwind. It's really pretty cool.
Summer has just begun, so enjoy it!
Eric L. Mihelbergel is an intermediate/advanced windsurfer, kiteboarder, and foiler living in the Great Lakes Region of New York State who enjoys sharing about windsports and fitness.