Better conditions today with some nice sets coming thru.
The whole losers bracket was run and there were some nice, really nice heats.
Levi against Polakow was my favorite.
But it's too late for a detailed report tonight. I filmed all the waves of the final and I will post it at my earliest convenience.
I just want to mention a few things:
1) Angulo won the contest (this time officially), Polakow was second, K. Pritchard third and Levi fourth.
2) K. Pritchard won the wave world cup crown, Angulo second and Kauli third.
3) Iballa Moreno won the women contest AND the wave world cup.
4) The pussy factor at the party at Charley's was extreeemely high.
Why am I in bed at 10pm then?
Because right after the end of the contest (5pm) I called Jeff to see if they were still testing the longboards. "We're done", he said, "but sails and boards are still on the grass by the beach. You're welcome to come and pick whatever you want".
I got there at 5.20. Light wind, small waves at upper Kanaha.
Roughly 30 minutes of safe sailing before dark, I estimated. Clearly I picked up my new foamy 9.6.
Fun. Very fun. It had a too small fin that made the tail too lose, but I had a lot of fun. 30 minutes are not enough to come up with a detailed description, but here are my very first impressions:
1) impressive floatation for a 9.6. I could uphaul confortably enough.
2) very fun upwind wave-sailing
3) a bit akward downwind wave-sailing. But that could be the small fin and the weird messy waves of upper Kanaha.
4) it feels too light. It feels like it would bounce too much on the chops of a big wave. If this impression is confirmed, I may decide to make it heavier by glassing it with fiberglass.
In summary, it's a big step closer to my perfect board, but I don't think it's quite it. Disappointed? You got to be kidding me... I'm stoked! 'Cause I got more information now!
It's not about HAVING the perfect board. It's about dreaming of it.
I dream about designing, shaping and glassing my perfect board. It may take years, it may never happen, the board may suck... doesn't matter. I'm already stoked now...
PS Tomorrow there might be some perfect conditions for longboard sailing and the boards are still all there, that's why I want to go to sleep early...
Hangovers suck. I'm so over them! Life in Maui is too beautiful to be hungover...