Well, you should have been there... too late now!
Anyway, these are (part of) the boards that you could have tested this afternoon at Kanaha. Francisco, Lalo, Keith Taboul, Jason Diffin all there to help you with your setup.
Problem was: too much wind!
Check the Iwindsurf.com graph: 20 to 35... my kind of conditions!
I tried the 2009 72 and 66 custom wave series and liked them both a lot. The 66 in particular was my favorite, seen the nuclear wind.
Anyway, thanks guys that was fun.
Not much to brag about this (supposingly) great wavesailing week. A new swell filled in today, but with the wind like this, so strong, offshore and gusty, it was really hard to enjoy the wave riding... at least for me!
Is there anybody in Maui that still gets excited about strong wind forecasts?
Strong wind in Maui sucks, because it's gusty. Unless it's onshore or side-on, in which case it's not gusty, but it sucks anyway, because it creates tons of chop. So, there's no escape: as I said, strong wind in Maui sucks.
That's why I get excited instead when the forecast is for light or no wind (as long as there's waves).
Like the one coming up: Wednesday light wind and starting Thursday no wind (or light Kona) for quite a few days. With a large WNW swell arriving at the same time (the two things being extremely related, since the captured fetch will get close enough to the islands to bring BIG waves and shut down the wind), that means epic surfing.
Yu and Hu!
I hung out with the boys (and the girls!) at Kanaha the whole day, so another day with no photos. But I'm going to start using a rich reservoir of great photos taken by Chico. There's some real gems. I'm going to publish them one at the time whenever I need to. Windsurfing mag showed some interest in a couple of them and there's a possibility that they will publish them. So I'll leave those out.
BUT, all of a sudden the pasta with artichokes I'm cooking while posting is coming together, so I don't have time to select the photo.
In other words, come back later to this post for that...
And all of a sudden after dinner it got late and my wind-abused body needs to rest. The photo will have to wait... 'Night.