I think most windsurfers in Bavaria spend lots of time in front of their computer screens checking webcams and wind reports in order to get an idea of the latest conditions. It can be very discouraging at times to wait for wind that will never really materialize. But every once in a while you can catch some wind - given that you can make it to the right spot in time, which is, again, not a very easy thing to do when you have a full time job.
|That cloud reminded me a lot of Table mountain in Cape Town.|
Today was a public holiday in Germany so I wanted to take it easy. However, I couldn't help but check the Kochelsee webcam at 7 in the morning. There was still a lot of fog around but I somehow felt that it wouldn't take long for the wind to pick up. In fact, the wind arrived at around ten to eight. It was still really cold when I went into the water about half an hour later. I choose 4.6 and 90 litres, which was alright in the gusts. Conditions were rather marginal to say the least. To make things worse, the wind dropped to completely nothing at about half past 9. That must have been the first time that I've had such a long swim home - still nice with the sun starting to rise above the mountaintops.
|A small regular kono in light winds and choppy water.|
|A grubby just before the wind dropped down.|
After that, we went straight up to the Walchensee where we were welcomed by sunny albeit wind calm weather. The thermal winds started to pick up after a two-hour wating game. It never got really strong but it was still nice with the sun and water colour and everything. Here are some more photos from today: