Wednesday, September 10, 2008
questo viso non mi e' nuovo... (I've seen this face already...)
That's what I thought when I saw this girl entering the water at Hookipa... I believe it's the same girl of a couple of posts ago.
Jeesus Christ again!
Where did the bikini go? Swallowed...
Ok, to be fair with the ladies, here's a true Italian stallion. Francisco Porcella looks pretty happy after his session.
Maybe because the girl dropped in on him!
What else we got? Here's Ulli negotiating with nonchalance the shore break at the start of a downwinder.
Yesterday the wind was very light and I put The Experiment in the water. Just for the fact that it took me out there and allowed me to sail for two hours (one of which alone at Lanes), I would consider it a success.
The board is extremely slow, it wouldn't plane in flat water even with a 250 HP engine on the tail.
But on the wave it's better than it was before (which honestly wasn't too difficult to achieve...).
The thing is that having thinned and shortened the board so much, it feels like everything needs to be moved forward. Can't move the fin, but the next try will be with the mast foot all the way forward and without the back footstrap.
I believe that board can be an alternative to the longboard in those very light wind days at Kanaha.
Talking about which, here's an abstract of Uncle Pat's latest forecast:
The north Pacific pattern is showing signs of the season change with an amplifying jet stream loop NNW of Hawaii. On average over the next week, such a equatorward loop to the jet, or trough, should dominate the area for the longitudes from the dateline to Hawaii. This equates to above average surf and below average trade wind speeds relative to summer norms on the north shore.
And in fact, the models for the next few days show a storm forming south of the Aleutians that will kindly deliver a nicely sized NW swell Monday and Tuesday. This time well overhead... guaranteed!
Is it going to be windy? Who cares! As long as there's waves...
And guess what, there are already! NW, N, NE... it's all good. Hookipa today was really fun, and when the wind turned a bit offshore, the waves got really, really good.
Too bad I made my second trip to the rocks of the season (Sept 10... bloddy hell, I'm going for the all time record this year!).
I did quite a bit of damage to the sail, but the funniest thing is that when I got back home and rinsed it off I noticed a little black spot on a panel.
Let's have a closer look...
Hysterical... Not only I went on the rocks, but I must have spent quite some time there!!!
Lastly, my backyard looks like a board repair shop these days... good, it means that I'm in the water a lot!
Surfing in the morning, windsurfing in the afternoon, fixing boards for the next sessions in between... what a life!
I don't need material things (other than boards, of course), a fancy car, the latest i-phone, trendy clothes, a successful carrier, expensive restaurants or any other of the bullshit that today's society wants us to believe that are important for us.
(allright, if she really insists, I'll take a date with that girl).
Wake up everyone and start looking inside yourself for what really makes you happy... and this planet is going to be a much better place!
PS. Last minute addition. Walter Scotto sent me a photo of a few italians: me with his beautiful wife and a worldwide (well, at least in Maui and Cape Town) known character known as i Manna. How's my beard?
Also, I'm watching the final day of the Trestle ASP surf contest.
The waves are great (super rippable), the level is insane. Just saw an amazing heat between Kelly Slater and Bobby Martinez in the quarter finals (Kelly won).
Now, should I keep watching or should I go surf Hoo and be back for the final (10am hawaii time)?
Mmm... what a dilemma!
10.25 am thursday update. Taj Burrow was leading in the final thanks to two great scores of 9.00 and 9.63. Kelly Slater was combo-ed! But he came up with two waves worth 9.70 and 9.27 and won the greatest money price ever for a surf contest: $75,000, at the same time pretty much sealing his ninth world title having already won 5 out of 7 contests of the season.
That man is amazing...