Got to empty the memory of the camera here...
Let's start with Hookipa on Jan 5th. There was an interesting mix of NW ground swell and ENE windswell. Few sailors out (tricky conditions). Graham Ezzy went out and did a perfect push loop on his first wave, pretty much landed planing. Guess what he did on the next wave ten seconds later? Another push loop...
I didn't have my camera out yet for those ones, but he deserved the posting of the following three photos.
Kuau saw some action too.
This war monster was flying over Hookipa. Fuck that shit!
By the way, never seen the engines mounted so far forward on the wings. You guys are lucky that I'm not an aeronautical engineer, otherwise I would post a long explanation of the reasons... (nonetheless, of course, I do have a guess).
Ok, Graham Ezzy did two pushloops in a row and deserved three photos. And what about me?!
Clearly, I didn't do any pushloop, but I did two pee jibes in a row!!
The pee jibe is one of the most difficult thing I can do windsurfing. Here's what it is:
I'm planing, hooked in the harness and feet in the footstraps. As soon as I start peeing, I try to jibe without stopping the pee. It's not easy, you need to be really relaxed in your jibe... the most critical part is when you have to switch your feet.
It's a difficult move to learn, because you can't practice it that much. Unless you go back on the beach and drink a bottle of water every 10 minutes...
But, as I said, I got so good at it that yesterday I did two in a row, without stopping the pee (which must have been abundant)!
Since the pee jibe is at least two times more difficult than a pushloop (PWA guidelines), here are my six photos kindly taken by Sharon from the beach at Kanaha on Sunday. The waves were waist to head high, the wind was light (5.5 and 87l board) and only a few people were out (most of them on Superfreaks).
No need for mast high wave for me... as Ulli says on his blog (check out the gnarly Kuau conditions the same day), I always have a lot of fun, no matter what the conditions are!
The first photo shows a pee jibe. Can't see the pee? Of course, I got a wet(!)suit!
Little top turn. Can't do it peeing yet... working on it.
The white SF is a 5.0 (btw, just got a 4.5 like that!), I'm on a 5.5. Can you see the power difference? Maybe it's just a gust, though...
Kind of stuck in that lip there...
This is too funny. Click on the photo and look at the guy in the bottom of the picture... "help me, I'm drowning!"
The Johan Cruijff of the waves... (see how many Freaks around?)
Changing subject, Lano pointed me out this site for helmet cam discussion (Ely, check it out). I was impressed by this windsurfing video (still made with expensive and complex equipment, though), but even more impressed by this one (wait until he starts flying). These guys are nuts!