Wednesday April 21st 2010 was a day to remember for Mark Angulo.
He must have read on my last post that the other guys are now trying his mutant and immediately stepped up by increasing the level of difficulty: he's now doing them clew first.
Actually, most likely he just felt it coming in one of his clew first rides and went for it. A few tries was all it took him to stick one. Not sure it's this one, but it's impressive enough... what do you think?
Here's the other photos in chronological order.
Polakow had to leave the day after and even though the waves weren't as big as yesterday and the weather was pretty squally he called a JP photoshoot with his cell phone:"ok, we're on at 2 o'clock", I imagine him saying to the guys waiting at the heliport.
Didn't take Kauli much to do something worthy.
Soon to be followed by Swifty.
Mark, when he was still doing the regular ones.
Campello (I bet Francky got a good shot).
Considering where he is on the wave, this might well be the clew first one that Mark stuck. Plenty people filming on the beach, expect that to be online soon.
This is a mini sequence that shows another attempt. When I first saw this photo, I though:"what? that's quite a lame bottom turn all sheeted out like that...".
Then I figured that it was clew first and the left hand on the back of the boom is actually the front hand, so he's sheeting in the mast side of the sail with his right hand. My brain gets confused only at seeing such a thing, imagine at doing it...
I mean, how rad is that?
Victor doing something rad too, but I don't know what.
Duck tape, Boujmaa?
Swell on the rise today. I start working again today (at least I'll try), but I'll be at Hookipa in the late afternoon, so stay tuned.
The NW buoy went up to 8 feet, 15 seconds out of 323 at 6am, while the Waimea buoy is still at 4 feet, 16 sec.
Considering the travel times, expect some big sets in the late afternoon.
Here's an article that describes the travel times (for Ben... and not only). Hope you guys can read it without a Surfline account, please let me know.
Also, big thanks to Marc Serra, who in the last post suggested some photoshop adjustments for my photos. Marc, I did adjust the levels and contrast manually (the automatic one does bad results on most photos) on the very top one of Angulo, but I didn't have the time to do that for the others. Merci.