Sunday, April 12, 2009

The butterfly effect downwind

Here's a very appreciated contribution by Tim in the comments.

Tatiana and Juliana's Butterfly Effects are non-profit events bringing together water-women, of all skills levels, for a fun non-competitive gathering, with the aim of instilling self-confidence in girls from many different water-sports and encouraging them to experience and do something that they haven't done before (e.g. launching from Ho'okipa, doing a down winder etc). Many girls who are now regularly ripping at Ho'okipa launched there for the first time during a Butterfly effect.


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Post update: here's websites with photos of the event:
- Tatiana
- KP
- mystery bob
- Bart's blog
- Dan Rayburn

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Never seen so many women all together in Maui.

These must be ALL the women of the north shore. The situation went back to normal at the evening party at Jaques when the guys largely outnumbered the girls again. Oh well...


I clearly couldn't miss the opportunity of snapping some portraits.


Somebody really didn't want to miss out.


A one man canoe race launched from Maliko a few minutes BEFORE the girls got in the water... the other way around would have been interesting.


The stretching session was my favorite.


'Zactly.


KP too enjoyed taking photos of the ladies.


Elena Pompei was showing off a butterfly bikini of her creation. Warning, checking the models on her website can cause headache.


The wind was light and most girls were on standup boards. Kitesurfers had no problem, windsurfers probably had one of their longest schlogs of their life...
Oh, talking about Olukai slippers, they're organizing a double OC-1 and SUP race on May 16-17. Here's more info.


A few months ago I promised to take a photo of a couple of incredible Irish eyes. Finally they are back in Maui. Ladies and gentlemen: Katie the cutie.


Got to love today's fashion.


Jeff Henderson. Sorry Jeff, a little out of focus.


Mo' better now.


Need a hand?


Late in the afternoon I went to Kanaha where a Gaastra photoshoot was taking place.


Classic shot.


This is me instead on my ex Bjiorn Dunkerback 15 years old slalom board custom shaped by Peter Thommen. Still going fast.


Also thanks to my 6.0 Hot Sails Speed demon.


Sunday morning the NW buoy shows a new swell hitting at 4 feet, 15 sec from 330 (still only 2 feet at the Waimea buoy). Not a big one, but still a fun one. Should be better than this.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bet you felt you had all your birthdays and Christmases in one day on this particular photo shoot.
The stalker succeeds would be my title for your blog.

Anne

Jamin said...

Congrats to all the woman who took part! And to Tatianna and Julianna for pulling this off.
Many of the windsurfers did in fact plane most of the way downwind. Just enough wind for a 4.7 for most of them. Then the wind died once everyone reached Kanaha. Actually a perfect day in terms of winds/waves for this event.

--Ben

meesh said...

Just a note that not one windsurfer, or sup-er freaked or batted an eye about kiters weaving in and out of everyone (indeed I was high five-ing SUP'ers & holding the nose of windsurfers boards) That was the great thing about this event, the purpose was to have fun while celebrating the ocean...... on any board. And it should be like that every day. In stark contrast I did a kite downwinder the next day on my own and got cut off a couple times by (male) windsurfers and told to leave upper Kanaha whilst riding one crappy, measly wave on the way to kite beach. What a load of bollocks. I think it just goes to show all the sport segregation on the water (and mountains) is mostly a male thing.

cammar said...

Men suck.
That's why I'm into women.

Tim said...

Tatiana and Juliana's Butterfly Effects are non-profit events bringing together water-women, of all skills levels, for a fun non-competitive gathering, with the aim of instilling self-confidence in girls from many different water-sports and encouraging them to experience and do something that they haven't done before (e.g. launching from Ho'okipa, doing a down winder etc). Many girls who are now regularly ripping at Ho'okipa launched there for the first time during a Butterfly effect.
It would have been nice if your post focused on the accomplishment of these two amazing water girls (Tatiana and Juliana) and the hours and hours of time and effort both of them put into organizing this event so over 100 girls could have a day choice day on the water together, rather than putting a whole lot of provocative photos of the participants on the internet! One or two of these photos of the girls would have been sweet as but putting around 10 is a touch over the top (and creepy) and contradicts Tatiana and Juliana's aim for their butterfly effects.

cammar said...

Tim,
thanks for your comment, I copied the first part of it at the beginning of the post. I totally agree with you on that.
I don't agree at all on the second part though, so I left the rest of the post the way it was.
Don't forget I linked other sites that covered the event, so I think the readers had a good idea of what the event was like.
I know that some of the photos I took are considered "provocative" or "creepy" (as you call them) by some readers.
I honestly don't see what's creepy about those beautiful women. Eyes, butts, legs... I like them and I have no problem at taking photos of them and publishing them.
I'm not lacking respect, I'm appreciating.

The cultural differences in this field are remarkable.
Don't forget that I come from a place where if a beautiful woman passes by men turn their heads instead of pretending not to have seen her.