Race the Lake of the Sky: Bobbie Gardner

Big Winds has a new power team rider: Bobbie Gardner. Bobbie checked in with this report from the 2013 Race the Lake of the Sky.

This was a great experience. I learned a lot and know what I need to work on. 14.4 miles is a long way — grueling.

Race the Lake of the Sky

Race the Lake of the Sky

The weather was perfect. The hardest part of the race was dealing with the boat chop. Since it was such a nice day all the boats where out in full force and, of course, Emerald Bay is the destination of choice, so there was a lot of mixed up water. I was chasing two women the entire race, determined to catch them. I caught them about 9 miles into the race. The boat chop was bad, but I think my downwinding experience from La Ventana helped in handling it. I paddled right through it and stayed up on my board.

Bobbie's rig

Bobbie’s rig

Beach setup

Beach setup

I also did my first buoy race . That was 2.8 miles of full-on sprint!  I would have come in first place in my age category but they put me in with the young ones — no age break, just board type! Not fair! But I did really well and I had a blast. I realized that I need to work on my starts and turns. My left turns were great, my right turns need help.

Course race

Course race

The race had 8 buoys with 3 laps around for a total of 2.8 miles. The 82 competitors in the race made for a crazy beach start. At times there was a head wind so I used your technique of squatting low and gripping down on the paddle. That worked great! I passed a few people with that tip. Now I am determined to get stronger and go faster.

See you on the water, amigo! Again, thanks for you great tips!  

Bobbie

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