The Block Island Times

Windy Weekend

By Daniel West | Mar 28, 2011

For an island 12 miles out to sea we have some great radio stations. I can always find a song that will fit exactly what I am doing at that time. I first noticed this one particularly foggy morning in May on the way to an early morning surf session when for some reason the Wolf (102.3) decided to put “Smoke On the Water” by Deep Purple on at 6 a.m.

Over the past few weeks I’ve heard “Thunder Struck” by AC/DC and “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors before two different lightning storms and this past Sunday they played “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions as I was en route to Andy’s Way to windsurf.

As it turned out “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was the perfect song to get ready for the 30-mph winds that were whipping up white caps in New Harbor. I met Stephen Land, the self-described “best windsurfer on Block Island,” on the beach where we rigged up.

I used a 4.4-meter sail for the entire four-hour outing, while Land started on 5.2-meter sail and eventually rigged down to 4.5-meters. The wind was kicking up some fairly large chop to carve turns on or, as you can see in the photos of Land, to use as ramps for some small jumps.

Andy’s Way is a great spot if you are interested in learning to windsurf because it’s pretty shallow even at high tide, allowing you to stand if you fall off your board. The wind forecast for this week looks like it will be fairly calm, which would be great conditions for a beginner.

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