As usual, Matt is being a little reserved in his discription of the day. It was blowing solid 25kts with large gust. We had rigged the 20 but left it on the beach because the group of guest we had were all non-sailors or small kids (except Lyle, but we needed him to help watch the kids). Matt says that Lyle and I were trying to drive the bow down, but the truth is, two red flags were flying off the clubs mast, we had no business being near the water. We kept telling the kids to keep upwind of the boats. Lyle tied his pop up sunshade to a cemented in 4X4 just to keep it from blowing away. Even then, he added a second line just to be sure because it kept shuttering in the large gust.
The run Matt took was spectacular. Think of the Tiger video pitchpoling in the trench, except with 4 foot wind waves on the short fetch Mission Bay. Matt came flying off one of these short steep waves and got air on the Wave. He says he was standing up, but that is only half true. It was kind of like Dean Froome with the boat falling away from him as he jumped the 18 in "Sharing the Wind". As the Wave landed, it was already bow down. The momentum pitched Matt from were the boat pitchpoled about 20 yards from the beach, to just past the mast. The kids later found several small fish in the tramp pocket no doubt scooped up durring this violent event. The style points were for the spin and half flip Matt did as he sailed past the mast.