Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Trip Plans: Corpus Christi June 23 - 25

Our next monthly trip to Corpus Christi has been scheduled for June 23-25. I think this will be trip #6.

We'll surf by day and enjoy Downtown Corpus by Night. Except for the windsurfing, everything is within walking distance of the hotel downtown. You can see the photos and posts from a past trip here, here, here, here.


If you have any questions, you can leave a comment, call me, or shoot an e-mail to john at windaddict dot com.

Feel free to invite others!

Lodging:

For lodging, I'm staying at the Best Western (Best Western Marina Grand Hotel). This 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 -- rooms in this hotel will fill fast:

  1. If you have an invite please respond. If you don't have an invite, you can shoot a mail to john AT windaddict dot com.
  2. Make reservations at the Best Western Marina Grand hotel or arrange to share a room with someone who did. Check in on 23 June, checkout 25 June. When I checked, the AAA rate was the best deal. 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 John Knox's group. Please note that Beginner classes are quite full on the 23rd. There are beginner classes open on the 24th however, if you're willing to just rent a Kayak or otherwise amuse yourself on the 23rd.
  4. Arrange to carpool and share your room. Feel free to post comments asking for rides or riders.
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 Sunday (as noted above, you probably can't get a class on Saturday). You can ask Jay, Jason, Matt, Karen, Freddy, or anyone else -- it isn't hard, and it's lots of fun. The beginners class will probably start at 11:30 am.

On Monday, you might want to try the intermediate class if there are openings. 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 and Beyond:

I strongly suggest taking a class ASAP even if it is just to get a refresher. With a month between each surfing session, a refresher can mean the difference between struggling all weekend and moving on to the next level.

Don't forget to reserve a rental board for the days you don't want to schedule a class.

Schedule (suggested):

Saturday:

The drive from my place down to Corpus takes about 4 hours. If you live north, it will take longer. Lets leave Austin at 6:30am. This will give us some time to get there without rushing, and maybe pick up lunch along the way.

We should be surfing at Worldwinds by 11. Worldwinds closes at 6pm, so we should all be checked in at the hotel by 7pm or so. We'll desalinate and aim to grab dinner downtown at around 8pm. I'm thinking that I'd like to try the Waterstreet Oyster Bar.

Sunday:

Sunday, maybe we can get breakfast at La Bahia. After, Windsurfing class or practice for as long as we can take it. We'll play it by ear for dinner.

Monday:

Lets do breakfast at Agua Java. Afterwards, of course, more surfing. Around 2 or 3 pm, I'll probably drive back to Austin.

2 comments:

PeconicPuffin said...

So how was the trip? What did you learn?

-Michael
The Peconic Puffin

John said...

The trip was fun. We had three new beginners introduced to the sport. I spent more time in the harness and managed to stay planing maybe just a little longer than before. Finally, we all learned not to drink quite so much beer.