Here's some photos from Friday February 26th.
The waves up the coast were big and mean. Nonetheless, a few sailors were out. This is Russ who, together with Art, tried to make it out for something like 30 minutes or so. Dale Cook, instead, was on the outside catching waves and kicking out carefully early enough.
Yes Russ, chicken jibe was a wise idea.
Art's turn to try... good luck.
In the meantime, Bart was able to catch a wave at Hookipa.
Chris was out too and here he is making his way back in.
Finally Russ and Art made it out. This is Russ. He rode this one in.
A couple of tow teams showed up.
Bart caught a medium one at Hookipa.
Art broke his mast. That's one point in the cup and a tough swim back in. I met him later at the Kuau Mart... he was ok.
Another wave for the tow surfer.
Dale's last wave was actually a pretty good one... three top turns!
My respect to all the sailors that were out there.
I, instead, chose a way more mellow session at Kanaha. I put the GoPro camera on the mast above the boom and took a few pics. The conditions weren't that great and most photos had droplets on the lens.
This blog gets almost a thousand readers a day. Is there a water photographer amongst them that feels like sharing a tip for avoiding that? I tried Rain-x and sunscreen with no success. Thanks.
Lil bottom turn.
In search for better conditions, I sailed up to Uppers. Didn't find them, but I saw this amazing kind of catamaran on some kind of hydrofoil literally flying on the water pulled by a kite. I think to have recognized Don Montague. Wouldn't be surprised, since he's a pioneer of kite boating. Unfortunately, the usual droplet covers most of the boat and the kite is out of the photo.
This is a funny one.
It's 12.46 pm. It was pretty cool to watch the water going so fast out and in at Hilo bay on TV. Never seen anything like that. It looks like nothing destructive happened. Pretty impressed by how organized the warning was and everything else.
An unexpected day off and an unexpected day of rest too. Both very welcome. My thoughts go to the poor people in Chile that got their lives devastated by the earthquake.
PS. The 2010 ASP season started. The Quicksilver Pro Gold Cost is on. I just watched on the heats on demand Dusty Paine advance in his first heat against Jordy Smith and Drew Courtney... way to start your first ASP World Tour year, Dusty!!!
As while you're at it, don't miss watching heat 5 to check in what kind of form Mr. Slater is...
Great surfing also from reigning champ Fanning, but it's going to impossible to beat Slater if he surfs like that.