QUOLI stands for QUolity Of Life Index.
It's a measure of how good is my life AND how good is the place I chose as home. In fact, those days that I don't get in the water it's either because I'm too tired, I have no time or the conditions aren't worth it.
As anticipated, the 2007 QUOLI has been an astonishing 95% (last year was 89%). More precisely, 300 days in the water out of 317 possible ones (physically in Maui and not injured/sick).
I need to clarify that it would be QUITE EASY for me to get in the water every single day (hence achieving 100%), but that is not my goal. It would make the QUOLI meaningless and stupid.
Here's a little legenda to better understand what's on the calendar. Btw, thanks to Windnews, the italian magazine I work for, for providing such a cool calendar in the first issue of every year.
In every cell there are three rows.
In the first row there's the activity:
W windsurfing (you can also ready it as wavesailing, since I don't do freestyle)
LS longboard sailing (wavesailing on waves in light wind on a longboard)
SL slalom sailing (free riding on "flat" water with slalom gear in relatively light wind)
SC speed challenge (new category: trying to go as fast as possible measuring the speed with a GPS)
S surfing (either shortboard or longboard)
SUP Standup Paddle surfing (on waves)
DSU downwind SUP (downwind runs on an SUP board)
DC downind runs on my one man outrigger canoe
T stands for Travel and I for injured/sick (these days are not counted).
In the second row there's the location (and the sail size in case the activity is w... for LS I always use a 5.5, for SL I mostly use a 6.0 and for SC I mostly use a 5.0):
plus a bunch of surf spots.
In the third row there's my ranking:
4* a hell lot of fun
2* not the best, but still kind of fun
You can click on the photo for a larger more readable version (right click "Open link in new tab/window" will open it in a new tab/window). I know, the girl on the background is distracting.
Here's the rankings distribution:
5* : 17 (6 %)
4* : 73 (24 %)
3* : 159 (53%)
2* : 33 (11 %)
1* : 18 (6 %)
which is pretty similar to last year's one.
Here's the totals per activity (the total number of session is bigger than the number of days, because once in a while I fancy multiple sessions of different activities in the same day...):
These ones instead, denote a trend: way more windsurfing than surfing. This is due to two things:
1) it has been a abnormally windy year. While it was really fun to wavesail often over head high windswell at Hookipa (at least four episodes!) in summertime, the lack of the classic, long period, clean and glassy swells so far this winter is annoying. Thank god, starting this afternoon we should have a few days of good surf and no wind.
2) I'm getting older (45 in two days!) and lazier. Of all the above activities, regular surfing is by far the hardest on my body. Every time I surf, my lower back is sore, so I'm not extremely motivated to go surf often, even though I really love it.
It doesn't hurt when I windsurf, but somehow I feel that all that bouncing on the bumps makes it worse for surfing... I'll have it checked next time I'll go to Italy...
In February 2001 I left Italy and my steady / high income job in HP, because I felt that working all day - 5 days a week didn't allow me to be truly happy doing the things I that really like.
7 years later, here I am logging a 95% QUOLI... How am I doing?