Monday, March 26, 2007

Corpus Trip Plans (April 13-16th)

The time has come. Another windsurfing adventure has been scheduled for April 13-16.

This will be my fourth trip to Corpus Christi for windsurfing. A trip to Corpus means windsurfing classes during the day. At night, we'll be eating wonderful seafood and drinking a good beer or two. Except for the windsurfing, everything is within walking distance of the hotel downtown. You can see the photos from a past trip here.

Here is the plan for a windsurfing 4-day weekend in Corpus. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment, call me, or shoot me an e-mail.

Feel free to invite others!

Lodging:

For lodging, I'm staying at the Best Western (Best Western Marina Grand Hotel). This 2-star hotel is downtown, right next to a marina on the bay. You can find more info on it elsewhere on the blog. Check-in time is 3pm, checkout time is noon.

To Join in the fun:

This is your to-do list. Please don't procrastinate:
  1. If you have an invite please respond. If you don't have an invite, feel free to come anyhow -- just introduce yourself in the comments.
  2. Make reservations at the Best Western Marina Grand hotel or arrange to share a room with someone who did. Check in on 13 April, checkout 16 April. When I checked, the internet rate was the best deal. I am willing to share my room with someone and spit the cost. You are responsible for your own hotel reservation.
  3. Call Worldwinds at 1-800-793-7471 and schedule your classes, or reserve a board rental if you don't want to take a class. Tell them that you're with my group.
  4. Arrange to carpool and share your room. You can post a comment to try and get some passengers.
You can find more information on Worldwinds, what to pack, and more in other posts.

Class Suggestions:


Beginners:

You'll want to take the beginner class on Friday. You can ask Paul, Jay, Jason, or Freddy -- it isn't hard, and it's lots of fun.

On Saturday, you might want to try the intermediate class. I suggest at least giving it a shot, but it's up to you. The difficulty level increases a little, but it just means falling off the board a bit more often. Falling is half the fun.

Intermediate:

I think you'll probably want to take the intermediate class on Friday if you already took the beginner class before. On Sunday you might want to take the beach-start or harness class, but I suggest some practice first.

Beyond Intermediate:

If you already took the intermediate class, you may wish to consider the beach start or harness class. You'll probably want to get some practice under your belt first though. Reserve a rental board for the days you don't want to schedule a class.

Schedule (suggested):

Friday:

The drive from my place down to Corpus takes about 4 hours. If you live north, it will take longer. Lets leave Austin at 7am. This will give us some time to get there without rushing, and maybe pick up lunch along the way.

We should be at Worldwinds at noon and start surfing. Worldwinds closes at 6pm, so we should all be checked in at the hotel by 7pm. We'll desalinate and aim to grab dinner downtown at around 8pm. I'm thinking the Waterstreet Seafood Co.

Saturday:

Lets get breakfast at La Bahia at 9am. After, Windsurfing class or practice for as long as we can take it. We'll play it by ear for dinner, but maybe the Executive Surf Club.

Sunday:

Sunday, lets get a nice brunch at the Water Street Seafood Co. at 11am. Afterwards, of course, more surfing. We'll play dinner by ear.

Monday:

Breakfast and then the drive home.

3 comments:

John said...

We now have 7 people signed up!

Most of them are beginners. If you're sitting on the fence, hop off. You now have no excuse for feeling intimidated. :)

John said...

Start the countdown: one week to windsurfing.

The weather report is looking good. Highs are predicted in the high 70's to the mid 80's. The sun has been scheduled to shine.

Is anyone else excited?

John said...

Visit my suggested packing list.

Don't forget to RSVP!