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On Tuesday got separated from my board in a lull dealing with lines when my kite went down - last had it just below upper launch and maybe 200 yards out from shore ~3:30pm. After a long self-rescue in, I scoured the rocks all the way down to the lower "last chance beaches" but to no avail until 7pm or so. Hopefully a kind soul may have picked it up. My number and email are on the board.
I saw a board upside-down on the rocks close to the flag at the bend in the bike path. It was white and looked like a directional. This would've been around 4:30 or so. It sat there, being ignored, for quite some time.
Thanks Nick but this must have been a different board - mine has intersecting colored stripes (green, teal, orange, black) but very little white, with large green fins.
Yeah, I Googled the board after posting and it's about as different as you can get.
I feel your pain---I almost lost mine yesterday and my heart was sinking as I saw my $750 board floating away. I've heard quite a few stories about found and returned boards--hope yours is one of them!
actually those couple of floating boards weren't ignored, but they were inside a big hole, in general offshore conditions; most people who usually provide board retrieval service at 3rd were caught underpowered, fighting for life in the ~4pm shutdown on the inside.
(I, for one, on a 10m and twin-tip, wind was so offshore and dead inside that I had to tack out almost to Coyote channel marker to make it back to the upper launch dry.)
Board I tried to get but was too underpowered had yellow underbelly, I think someone eventually brought it in to lower launch, definitely was gone by time I went back out (on surfboard), by 4:45-5:00.
Quick thoughts: if wind is really dead, it sometimes pay to just swim upwind to the board, even against the kite. Plan B is wrap lines and climb inside the kite on your belly, use arms to swim back to board w/ the kite as a raft.
<< actually those couple of floating boards weren't ignored, but they were inside a big hole ... >>
Baypirate, just to clarify, what I meant was that the board was ignored *after* it had been rescued and was resting safely on the rocks. Yesterday was a rough day--the intentions and efforts of our local good Samaritans, even when unsuccessful, are always appreciated!
Thanks Nick and Alex - I will keep my fingers crossed for an eventual reunion with the board~Mark
Happy ending!! Board recovered from ranger at Coyote Hills Park which is just north of the east end of the Dumbarton Bridge!!! He said it had come all the way down, went part way UP a creek , and was found in the creek lodged by a fallen telephone pole with a shrimp hanging out in one of the foot bindings. Aside from a little dirt on the bindings, the board is still in great shape like when I lost it at 3rd. I gave the ranger a solid reward for his time and honesty! FYI my adhesive label with sharpie writing indicating my phone number and email, covered with clear packing tape, still looked new when I recovered the board. I would recommend this as a way of labeling for durability!
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