Friday evening went out for a short kite session with my son around sunset. There wasn't much wind, which is always good when you have a four year old riding on your board. We could barely plane but it was really just an excuse to get out of the house and on the water. In the end the best part was sitting on the tailgate discussing the different colors the sky could turn. Absolute riot listening to my son discuss this. The kid literally had me in stitches.
Saturday was devoted to some much needed family time after the hectic travel of the summer. We went for a walk at Lobsterville Beach and looked for sea glass just as the cold front was pushing through with a line of showers. It was a little frustrating as the wind came up to 19-21 knots and of course I had taken my harness out of the truck to do some adjustments. The wind was short lived luckily and by the time we ate lunch the sun had come out and I made it down to Spring Point for a nice little skin diving session. Often times on the North shore you can dive amongst the boulders and catch site of some good size stripers but with the NW-North Wind the water was a little murky and the only thing I saw were a couple of Tautog's. Regardless it was great to get wet, play in the water and just enjoy swimming and seeing the watery part of the world. I took a quick little video. Check out the color of the eel grass, it was the most vibrant green I have ever seen and needed no video enhancement.
Sunday was spent with a little time at home in the morning and then I headed up island to catch some waves. If I had been really on my game I would have gotten up early when the waves were up but since my skills on the SUP are still categorized in the novice category it was probably a good call that I waited. I headed for Long Point but unfortunately The Trustees of Reservation has switched the entrance from the Summer to the Winter. The winter one is great and beautiful but the walk is a little longer and given the fact that the family was going to meet me I opted to go hit Lucy Vincent Beach. All summer long LVB is a permit only beach which means it is open to Chilmark residents who obtain/pay for a pass. While this is not really an issue as my folks are Chilmark residents it is nice to be able to roll up without switching vehicles and going through hula hoops.
LVB was low tide and gorgeous. Beautifully shaped little 4-5 foot waves with a nice side off wind was the perfect situation for a SUP novice such as myself. I caught a few good rides, had my fair share of nose dives and falls and managed to get some good exercise. It was good to get a nice piece of humble pie from the ocean although after eating my full I hit the beach to grab my fins and just do some bodysurfing. The family showed up a little while later and I switched modes and ended up finding ancient Shark's teeth in the cliff with my son. It's pretty amazing to be able to sort through some gravel and dust and find Shark's teeth that are thousands of years old.
All and all a fantastic weekend. Forecast for the Tuesday and Wednesday looks really good SSE-25kts which will be great to do some testing...If my kites get here in time. Keep your fingers crossed.