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Team PropTalk Hits the Water

indsurfing lessons out of Gunpowder Falls State Park made for one awesome summer day for Team PropTalk last month. Kaylie Jasinski, our assistant editor who hails from Middle River, has taught windsurfing and standup paddleboarding at Ultimate Watersports for four years. She instructed a team of eight PropTalk staffers on a light-air afternoon in early July. Our skill levels ranged from total novice to those who had tried it before. None of us was yet proficient. Ultimate’s Gunpowder location is the only place on the Chesapeake Bay where the public can show up and take lessons or rent a board (which someone else assembles and takes to the water for you). The lesson area is ideal. You practice on a windsurfing simulator on a flat grass patch near the beach before you head out to the

nicely protected practice area that keeps you in waist-deep water close to shore. This is important, because beginners tend to fall off the board, and it’s easier to get back up in the shallows. However quiet she can be in the office, Kaylie gave us a lively and thorough lesson. Within an hour, we were all up surfing along and even turning, not always gracefully, but capable enough to return to the beach on our own. That we had stable boards with smaller, student-friendly sails helped, as did enough breeze to move us along (but not enough to overwhelm us). Thanks to Kaylie’s skilled instruction, Team PropTalk rocked it and had a blast! In addition to windsurfing, Ultimate Watersports offers standup paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing. Click to to learn more.

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