Monday, August 29, 2011

Oh, Irene

We woke up to pounding rains the Sunday that Hurricane Irene (technically a tropical storm at that point) blew through the Champlain Valley. The night before we had been gathering consensus among the SUP crew about when the best window to catch waves would be on the windy lake.

Predictions were for waves in the 5 to 6 foot range. We’d hoped for the wind to build before the rain, but Irene was already raining down heavy at 10 a.m. and blowing only 10 mph. But the waves built quickly, and by noon we joined Mike and his daughter catching 3-footers in an increasing North wind at Oaklegde Park.

Getting out past the buoys into position was a supreme workout ...

Standing up, not mandatory

Mike pulling in, about knee high

Best wishes for a strong recovery for all Vermonters now taking stock after the storm’s floods …

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