Well, I'm not really sure what criteria Francky follows to select his picture of the day, but I'm sure happy to announce that yesterday's one is moi!
I believe we all sail a little harder when Francky is in the water, that's why we're all happy to see his red helmet bobbing around. It will be different in April, when all the photo shoots will be done and there will be five photographers and 100 pros all over the place, but let's focus on the present.
The present sees a strong high pressure that generates gusty trade winds with frequents up and downs due to the squalls that pass by. Really not my favorite kind of conditions, but at least there's a 9 feet, 8 seconds windswell from ENE that keeps us rolling.
Here's the other pics from yesterday.
And since I don't like posts without photos, here's one from the epic Tuesday session. What you see is called STOKE!
And a receding hairline...
PS. Congrats to Taj Burrow for winning the opening event of the 2010 ASP season at Gold Coast, Australia.
He surfed really sharp. But check the heats on the demand, round 4 heat 4 and tell me if Mick Fanning wasn't robbed...
IMO, his first wave was underscored (come on, look at those two first top turns!) and Kai Otton's second wave was overscored (clearly not a 8.03). He lost by a mere .19 and that must have hurt...
The ASP season started. The webcasts are just fantastic and they finally figured out that they have to post the heats on the demand without posting the score first (duh!).
The level of the surfing is unreal. Kelly, Parko, Taj, Mick, Jordy, Adriano, Dano... guys I can call by name and recognize after one turn thanks to all the webcasts I've seen.
Are those guys better than the top windsurfers? Nah! Our top windsurfers rip just as hard as those guys. The difference is that windsurfing contests don't get webcasted. I recently read that the PWA asked his top 10 sailors not to sign in the other independent contests that started to pop up (like the wave classic series). That sucks. This is medieval management. We need something different, that's for sure.
Allright, in the meantime, next ASP contest is March 30 - April 10 at Bells Beach.