After a first week of complete rest with the foot elevated, I'm now stepping out and it definitely feels good to be in the sun again.
I can't even imagine how good it will be to be in the water again...
Despite the lack of ground swells, Monday and Tuesday Hookipa looked quite a lot of fun with offshore gusty wind and windswell sets. Or maybe everything looks good, now that I can't do it! It's like women and abstinence. After a while, they all start looking better...
Anyway, the photo of the day(s) goes to Boujmaa. He's so much fun to watch!
As you guys probably know by now, on March 31st an underground jumping contest was held. Boujmaa only got the GPS device to measure the jumps late, but he logged a 62 feet high jump (no rotation). Levi got the highest backloop at 52'7".
Congrats to both, here's the video of the contest by Jake Miller.
Now, if Levi went to 52 feet, how high did Nico go in his famous mega backloop?
Here's the other photos in chronological order, starting from Monday.
Philip Koester working hard on his skills on starboard tack.
Here's my setup. The guard rail is key to keep the foot elevated, but it's a bit in the way. So I put the chair on that pipe to gain a couple of inches. Now I only need a couple of blocks of foam to make the chair arms a few inches higher and I'll be perfect. Couldn't find them in my garage, if you have them at home, please bring them next time you go to Hookipa...
Nick. Beautiful shadow.
Hot Sails Maui rider Leon Jamaer.
The guard rail view.
Boujmaa. Nice hand drag in the water.
If you don't know how the current works at Hookipa, it's likely that you will need help to get back to shore.
Mmm... I think this is Timo Mullen. Btw, I met his brother Finn (super nice guy, just like his brother), who told me the story of his injury.
He broke a foot just like me in a heat of a contest. Ho took some novocaine, kept sailing and got to the final. A few seconds before the end, he went for a double forward and crashed badly.
Later at the hospital he was diagnosed with a broken foot AND a broken shoulder. Now, that must be a record...
Two months to heal the foot and five to heal the shoulder. He won the contest, but was it worth it...?
Now he's in Maui and he just got back in the water. First session after five months: Jaws. This guy knows how to take it easy...
New four batten sail by Simmer.
Nayra. Nice turn/legs.