Hello 4wheeling on the beach!
So one of the things I've learned about wavesailing, is that often times you have to search for the ideal setup of wind direction, sandbar, and swell. I mean, simply pulling up to the parking lot of the main beach, and finding good conditions at that exact spot: an off shore sandbar coupled with side off wind, is pretty darn difficult. It happens, but very rarely in my experience.
Now if you have the ability to drive out onto the beach, and search for the ideal setup, well then you've significantly increased your options, and in my opinion, rate of success, or "scorability" potential.
So back during Wavefest, I became a Gypsy, catching a lift out onto the beach with anyone who took pitty on my ill-equiped self. And beggers cant be choosy, so I often didn't take the right gear, didn't have the right sail/board, etc. I could have been better equiped to shred. The Cove Session comes to mind......
I swore to myself that over this winter, I'd make the switch to a 4wheel drive vehicle.
Sand and beach DNA from many many beachs on the floor of that van!
So here is a shot of my garage with all my gear splayed out all over the floor. I'm actually thinking of adding additional secuirty measures ;). I need to work on intelligent storage solutions (any suggestions dear reader?). I'll also havet to modify my routine in terms of the stuff I travel with for a given sesh. Granted, with the van, I could go loaded for bear, but it did feel redundant most of the time.
Ken, the Tiki-Doll is secure!
Now I did offer this van up to sell in the windsurfing community, but the only reader who expressed an interest lived in Australia! And such an indescriminate demise for a windsurfing van autographed by The King himself Robby Naish, well lets just say I'm sure to accrue some negative juju. Probably get skunked the next several sessions.
If anyone on the Delmarva is in the market for a new or used Dodge Ram, I highly recommend I.G. Burton. Ask for Kyle Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org (302-236-2865), he worked hard to find me the 4x4 I wanted. Thanks Kyle! And those where some supercool 4wheeling pics you showed me. Keep it up pal! You only go around once.
So I bid a fare adieu to my windsurfing van, many adventures we did score together......