Monthly Archives: June 2016

Welcome to the Gorge Windsurfing Community Coffman Engineers!

coffman-engineersWe would like to send a warm and friendly welcome to our newest Business Member: Coffman Engineers, Inc.  We are so thankful for all the generous support from our membership.  To learn more or to sign up for your own Business Membership, please contact us at cgwa@gorge.net or sign up HERE.

Coffman Engineers recently opened a Hood River office.  Here is a bit about who they are:

“At Coffman Engineers, we serve as both prime consultant and sub consultant on projects large and small, including commercial, retail, institutional, government, industrial, and project/construction management. Incorporated in 1979, we have offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Bozeman, Montana; Hagatna, Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Los Angeles & Oakland, California; and Seattle & Spokane, Washington – serving clients all over the United States as well as overseas.

To meet client objectives and to integrate our many disciplines, we can create teams comprised of structural, mechanical, electrical, corrosion control, and civil engineers, as well as project/construction managers and professionals in a variety of specialty services. This ability has made us a leader in the engineering and construction communities, and has strengthened our reputation as being progressive, innovative, and a great place to work.”

Board Member Notes by Tom Kosmalski

SAILING UP THE LEARNING CURVE

Jump!@I’ve always thought that one of the great things about windsurfing is that the learning curve goes on nearly forever. Not the kind of sport where you plateau after three seasons. Here’s my take on that:

1981: Browbeaten into taking longboard lessons by some co-workers. Three evenings of falling off the board, climbing back on, and falling off again. Fourth and final lesson, and…..things click. Actual sailing! Follow instructor back to shop and purchase first board, a Dufour Wing!

1982: Fun ensues, but can’t really make it work in high winds. Pivoting daggerboard and harness recommended and purchased, and they work! Suddenly kinda sorta planing to exhaustion in high(er) winds!

1983: F2 Strato purchased with retractable daggerboard which allows full-on planing for the first time, as well as the elusive foot-steering via real foot straps. Jibes are a blast, but no real full-planing “power jibes” with a near-twelve foot board.

1984: Waterstart? Sounds like make believe. Swell!Two hours of struggling and being blown slowly across a lake, and it actually starts to work (some of the time)!

Early 1985: Sailboard 295 purchased. First “short” board — thanks to Open Ocean’s Brian Hinde for the awesome design! Now we’re talking. Planing jibes. One evening of breakthrough jibing in an offshore wind on Lake Superior. Twenty knots and glass smooth water. No better way to get the hang of jibing.

August 1985 – 88: Move to Gorge. Get knackered. Meet so many great people. Slowly get the hang of things. Break SO MUCH stuff (1985!). Swim in SO MANY times. Buy glass board — wow. Start riding swells. Learn to duck jibe. Learn to jibe ON a swell. Do two jibes on a swell! Start learning to jump AND TO LAND!

Never look back. Still here trying to tear and turn it up 31 years later!!!!