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    The other thing that makes a big difference to handling is where you
    site the footstraps on a board.
    Stick the straps in the centre of the board (like a wave board with
    the front two straps close enough to touch each other) and you 'll
    centralise your weight and make even the stiffest of 'slalom'
    orientated boards more manoeuvrable.
    That new 2005 S-type from Starboard is supposed to be a fast all-
    round board but really benefits from the broadest range of footstrap
    options I've ever seen making it possible to set the board up with
    straps out on the rail for top speed, or else inboard for chuckabout
    freestyle stuff.
    I don't know what sort of fin is supplied but alternate the skeg from a
    swept back one to a vertical one and you've got a truly versatile board
    there.
    (Editor, have I just written your review?)
    Now back in the UK.

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    Adrian,
    Yes I did simplify things a bit.
    The driving force of the South easter is indeed the oscillating Atlantic
    high and any thermal effect can actually reduce the wind on hotter
    days. (When the SE wind is not blowing, or filling in properly, the locals
    usually blame the heat)
    But the forming tablecloth is a great indicator of wind and I have rarely
    seen it windy in Blouberg without this cloud forming.
    Of course you do get other, darker cloud on the mountain on rainy
    days in Cape Town. But the classic 'windy day' table cloth forms as the
    increasing wind picks up moisture off the Indian Ocean side of the
    peninsula. This moist air then condenses into cloud at the higher
    altitude as the wind rises to pass over the 'table top'. And then the
    moisture evaporates as the wind tumbles down the leeward side of the
    mountain before blowing the sun brollies out to sea in Camps Bay and
    infuriating the sunbathers there by about mid afternoon.
    I suppose my real point was that this hovering 'table cloth' of cloud
    that sits over one of the most beautiful mountains in the world also
    allows us to read what our invisible friend, the wind, is doing.
    If only the weather here was so simple...
    But we're a bit off-topic here!
    Now back in the UK.

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    I've got a lot of work on at the moment, so I won't be here as much
    as usual to add my comments here.
    That's probably why I'm dreaming about being back in Cape Town.

    The Mountain in Cape Town is special, in the way that Uluru (Ayers
    Rock) is special in Oz and Sugar Loaf Mountain is unmissable in Rio.
    It's not the mountain's height that matters. It's the way it dominates
    the skyline and your day, where ever you are.
    Where we sail in Blouberg, you get the classic view of the flat profile of
    the mountain, with Cape Town city bowl nestling at its feet. And, at
    Big Bay, we usually sail until sunset with this as a backdrop to our fun.
    You watch the sun set over Robben island too that's where Nelson
    Mandela was encarcerated for so many years. But it is Table Mountain
    which is both spooky and spiritual in a way I can't explain. You could
    say the mountain provides the backbone for Cape Town and its
    people.

    I climbed up the mountain on foot a lot on the last trip (most tourists
    miss a lot by just taking the cable car, but there are several footpaths
    and simple climbs). I was amazed to find a whole 'nature park'
    landscape up there, like some 'lost world' that Spielberg might film.
    The huge plateau also has valleys and waterfalls and flora and fauna,
    and the gaps between rocky peaks give you breathtaking views of the
    blue sea so far blow. There are very few signs of mankind up there
    either, despite the mountain being bang in the midst of a thriving city.

    You get very different views of the mountain, depending on where you
    are on the Cape Peninsula.
    One weekend, my friends who live in the city, took me away on a white
    water canoeing trip, some three hours drive along the 'Garden Route'
    which follows the Indian Ocean coastline. As we drove they talked
    about living in the shadow of the mountain and what it meant to them.
    One said; "Sometimes you see figures on the mountain, and the most
    famous is Queen Victoria, lying down..."
    I humoured them and laughed a bit to myself.
    But on our return late Sunday afternoon we approached the city with
    the sun starting to lower in the sky. And there, was indeed Queen
    Victoria, lying down in her bed along the top of the mountain. She was
    perfectly silhouetted with her hair in a bun and with a duvet of cloud
    pulled up to her chest.
    Put this city on your list of places to visit. You won't be disappointed.
    Now back in the UK.

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    We're really gettin off topic here.
    And is it me or is the server timer wrong again?
    I'm posting this at 9.20am
    Now back in the UK.

  5. #12

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    Yep. Timer is about 2 hours out.
    Now back in the UK.

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