Saturday, December 18, 2010
Not a surprise at all.
Congrats to Dusty Payne as well for re-qualifying for A.S.P world tour. I think he is the only Maui guy on the tour.
There must be something in the water here.
Lots and lots of surf this week. Not a very good chance of windsurfing, but I'm not complaining.
Lot of swell coming in this week. Should be fun.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
November was a blast. We had a few big Northwests, but most of the action was wind swell. Typical La Nina, but I'm not complaining. We might get some Konas this week, I don't if it's going to be windy enough to sail, but should be fun.
See you in the water.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Aloha and see you in the water.
you might have to be logged into facebook to see the video
Monday, November 22, 2010
What amazing conditions we've had here. Completely surfed out and ready for the wind to pick up.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The second half of this post is about kiters. There have been a lot of kiters at uppers the past couple of weeks. I have no problem with kiters, they are searching for the same stoke that we are all looking for. Many of them rip and are really fun to share waves with. There are exceptions of course, but smile and share a wave, we can all get along. There are some really great kiters out there too don't lump them all together with the bad ones.
Yesterday at about 5:00 one of the Italian guys got pounded and lost his stuff at Hookipa. He probably swam the wrong way, and got sucked out the channel. His gear washed into the inside of lanes, where I was de-rigging my stuff. He tried to fight his way in through the channel, but tired out and just started drifting. The lifeguards were gone and he was in a really bad position. At the same time a kiter who came up to Hookipa for a couple waves had his kite deflate. He lost it in the waves and it washed out to sea. Hopefully it won't strangle a dolphin or something...Before you get angry though, this is what he did next, he saw that the guy was in trouble and paddled back out the channel and gave the Italian guy his board. The Italian guy was pretty pooped and couldn't really paddle so the kiter pushed him into waves and stayed with him until he got to the inside. The kiter saved this guys life. Then another kiter swam out to his gear and helped bring it in at mamas. That same kiter helped me off the rocks at lanes. What a show of good seamanship.
Much mahalos to the kiter who saved that guy, and much mahalos to the kiter that helped me get my stuff over the rocks at lanes, I owe both you guys a couple of beers. If anyone knows who they are let me know. I know the hero kiter goes to MCC.
To top all this off, some asshole windsurfer came down to lanes 5 minutes before this and yelled at all the kiters for kiting Hookipa. There were 5 windsurfers out, and the kiters ripped, they weren't endangering anyone. I hope that windsurfer reads this and thinks twice before doing something so stupid.
To the Italian guy, what the hell are you doing out there? Know your limits, especially after the lifeguards leave. You didn't belong out there and I hope you share your story with everyone you know...
Pass on the good vibes...Aloha...
Sharing a wave with a legend
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Also, come check out the movie with us. For a good cause too!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
But I sure would like to cross over your bridge
Said I may not dress in style as the men in your town do
But I sure know what to say: I love you
I wanna love you in the morning
Love you in the evening too
Even when you're lonely
I'll make you happy when you're feeling blue
I'm just a stranger in your town
Once in a while I pop around
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Epic conditions all around Maui this week. I'm missing it all with 5 staples in my head. The fin caught me and split my forehead open. I got really lucky could have been much worse, and thank you to everyone that helped me out. Forecast is looking good all week got to stop getting injured!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Pray for surf surf...
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here (http://www.sas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Final-WAR.pdf) is an interesting article about the value of waves to not only to surfers but entire communities. It describes the basics of how waves are formed, travel across oceans, and set up along the shoreline. It's not possible to calculate the intrinsic value of a surf spot like Kanaha or Hookipa, but it would be fun to know the value of those spots in dollars to the communities around them. My guess is that it would be a lot more then most people would imagine. It's all of our responsibilities to protect them. Three of the best surf spots in Maui are in danger of development right now, Honolua bay(http://www.savehonolua.org/) Makena(savemakena.org) and Maalaea(http://www.surfrider.org/maui/savemaalaea.htm). Check out the sites and see if you can do anything to help.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Here is a couple of pictures from the jungle in Colombia. I spent ten days there with Laura and her family. Nothing but good vibes the entire trip. They showed me around the city, took me through the rainforest, into the jungle and around the coast. So much Aloha...
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The contest is all wrapped up here in Morocco. We had all different types of conditions during our ten day waiting period. In the first two days we had small waves with mostly jumping, and on the last couple of days we had some down the line action with over head sets. The down the line days were a bit tricky as it was a long wait between sets and finding the right wave of each set was critical. Some of them lined up across the whole bay and closed out while others held up and peeled allowing for great rides. The wind was light and gusty and sometimes just disappeared. Our team had a good third round with the local knowledge of Sofiane getting us a second place. The wind picked up a little in my heat, I was riding my 5.3 Fire and Quad 80. I managed to put together a couple of nice waves and tied for second with Yann Sorlut and Francisco Fonseca took the win.
In between these two days Zane decided he would do some laundry in the hotel we are staying at. He did a whole bag and when they gave it back to him it had a list of prices for each piece. Bad choice. They ranged from 3 Euros a sock to 17 Euros for a shirt. The total bill was 175 Euros for a bag of laundry! More money then all the clothes were probably worth. After a few panicking moments he got it together and with a smile at the receptionists he managed to talk it all the way down to 30 Euros.
The next day Francisco Porcella was in the first heat, but he got the Moroccan stomach flew and was stuck at the hotel. I sailed for him in that heat and finished with another second place after JB Caste. Finally our veteran Kai Katchadorian showed everyone the Hawaiian style of riding with big vertical cutbacks on every wave. He had a tight heat but pulled out the win and secured our first place in that round. Our first place in the last round wasn’t quite enough to move us into second place, but we were all pretty happy to show what we can do in wave sailing conditions.
We got really lucky with this event, the forecast was really bad the entire time, but every day we showed up at the beach we had conditions. Just before the closing ceremony we got word that the council of Morocco in Hawaii was in town and wanted to meet with us. It was a great meeting and they are really motivated to help the watersports community here in Essaouira. We exchanged information and hopefully we will be able to work together in the future.
At the closing ceremony, local boys Boujmaa and Fettah cleaned up with the best team award, best international rider, best local, and best move. Another of the local rippers, Abdel, won best wipeout with a big pushloop bail. Everyone made a pretty big party at one of the local bars. The sinus infection I got earlier in the week turned into a fever and I went home a little early. Judging by the look of a couple of the guys I think I was pretty lucky to avoid it.
All the riders have headed home now, but I have an extra week to hang out here in Moulay. I’m staying at Cafe Moulay it’s the family home of Abdel and Fettah. Two of the young charging windsurfers here in Morocco. Boujmaa took care of me yesterday as my sinus infection got worse. He set up a doctor for me, took me to pharmacy and cooked me the best meal I have had so far. The Arabic translation of Aloha is Marhaba and many of the people in the windsurfing community here know how to practice it Boujmaa is a great example of this.
The vibe here in Moulay is very relaxed. There isn’t much rush to anything except if it’s possible to catch a free ride to the city. When there is no wind the wave is very soft which makes it great for SUPing. It looks like the wind is going to pick up just before I leave. There is a video up on waveclassicinvitational.com and they will be adding the final video sometime this week. Hopefully I will be feeling better and able to get some more time on the water.
A big thank you to
©Maxime Houyvet:Open Ocean Media for the action shots and the group shots
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Yesterday we had our first day of competition. The conditions were 25 knots and 1 with the occasional 2 foot waves. Great jumping, but not the best waveriding. I was fully powered on my 4.2 Fire and 72 liter OES Quad. The first round had some great action with big backloops, pushloops, and even a couple of doubles! The contest format is very cool, one sailor from each of the five teams sails in every heat. All the competitors sail and judge each others heats. Our team is Kai Kachadorian, Francisco Porcella, me, and our local boy Sofiane. Our whole team are hardcore wave sailing specialists, even our local is one of the best wave riders here. The jumping style of the contest is not the best for us, but after two rounds our team is locked into 3rd place. The most important part is that we are having fun and enjoying sailing with the locals here in Morocco. Today we are getting a little later start, everyone is pretty tired and sore from the action yesterday. We might run another round today, and a small swell is forecasted for next week. Praying for surf here. Check out more of the action at waveclassicinvitational.com
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Not much waves yet but we've been able to get some surfing in! I did get an hour of sailing today if you can call it that in front of the hotel. Very light even by my standards, side-on and one foot fun though. Thank you Guy Cribb for letting me borrow some stuff. He's here teaching windsurfing lessons at the local mistral club, check him out. More pics to come, forecast is looking good!