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Bummer that Stinson didn't work out.
I made the longer drive to Doran and met up with Sandy, Donny, and Art. There were 3 or 4 other kiters and a few windsurfers out, too. Wind stayed strong all afternoon. The notes for the ikitesurf Bodega sensor mention that it reads 5-10kts low on SE wind, and that seems about right based on conditions on Sunday.
I would have spent more time actually riding if I had just stuck with my twin tip instead of trying to figure out how to ride a directional *and* get out past the shore break in direct onshore wind. I still have a lot to learn about riding on on the coast!
After struggling in the shore break, I realize that I should have followedGabe's suggestion of launching from the tip of the beach. With a SE wind and the way the beach curves, the wind would have more of a sideshore component than near the mid point of the beach where I launched. I would also make for a quicker trip out into the larger swells in the bay.
If you do make the drive, make sure you have at least $1.50 in quarters to feed the shower!
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