by Tom Beckman
After hearing all the scoop on ABK clinics, I finally did one at Bird Island Basin, North Padre Island, 10 miles south of Corpus Christi. It was a bit chilly, 60’s and falling in the water even with a 3mil wetsuit made me gasp. I have to say the clinic experience was no less than FANTASTIC! There were many great things about the clinic, but what stands out for me is the instructors standing in the water watching me(and the other 27 people) work on skills and giving immediate, to-the-point feedback. My goals were to get into the straps comfortably, going “scary fast”(which I accomplished), do a carve jibe, and light wind “trick jibes.”
In early April, I windsurfed Bird Island Basin on the Laguna Madre, North Padre Island, 10 miles south of Corpus Christi, TX. I also took a jibing lesson from Randy at Worldwinds Windsurfing. I have windsurfed here several times. I have dealt with Don, Angela, and Randy at Worldwinds. They have a homey hut shop next to the water. I told Randy, “When I get that carving jibe, I’m going to call you.” It’s all in the head, the procedure, the feet moves, the hand moves, the sail flip. I can feel it coming soon. Every minute on the water is a good minute. The Laguna is a hyper saline lagoon, so when you get a gulp, you feel like you have just gargled with super strength salt water. So keep your mouth closed as you go down! It is a beautiful place, and Worldwinds has great equipment to rent.