I'm injured, so I get to watch this contest at Hookipa... at least good timing!
A few words on this event. Organized by Tristan Boxford, the program is open to all water sports.
Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP surfing, tow surfing, tandem surfing, hawaiian outrigger canoe surfing. Whatever the conditions will be good for. Mostly invitations only, but this morning they were accepting subscriptions at the beach. For the surfing contest, at least.
This morning they started at 10.30 with surfing.
A solid 12 feet hawaiian NW swell hit the island just in time. Many waves were in the triple overhead range, like this one.
I got there late, so that's the only good photo of the quarter finals I got.
Here's the board.
The surf contest will continue tomorrow at 7.30.
Around noon the wind picked up a notch (how was it down at Kanaha? you bastards...) and the kite competition started.
It took them a while before they were ready, so they could only do one heat. The wind got really light and most of the kitesurfers of this heat ended up being rescued by the jet ski.
Here's Pet Cabrinha hitting a lip.
And here's a kite on the rocks.
I always hated to deal with the lines on the beach... imagine in this situation. Good luck with those tangles...
After the contest, a few surfers challenged the tough conditions (Lanes looked pretty good, actually). Here's my favorite surfer of the day.
Tonight there's a concert of the guitarist David Nelson. He played in a few Grateful Dead records, so I assume it's that kind of music.
I've never really been into that kind of music...
It's 25 bucks...
Tomorrow I don't want to miss the start of the surfing contest...
mmm... not too sure about this concert... I'll go for an icecream in Paia and then I'll see...