Not much to report (onshore and rainy all week here), but tons of links in this post.
Le me start with Brian McDowell's Windsurfer International Magazine. Some of the links below are from his beachtelegraph.com.
Lately I ran into Sean Aiken videos and loved each single one of them. His latest windsurfing one is the best GoPro windsurfing video I've seen.
Never been a big fan of top of the mast mounts for wave riding, but I radically I changed my mind when I saw the one shooting towards the clew with the sail right in the middle (last two waves for example).
It takes a lot of time to mount the camera in all those different spots and to edit all the clips, so thanks a lot to Sean for doing that. I'm very impressed.
Love the other ones too. Sure he's a guy that likes toys...
Big Teahupoo video.
Chia classic race notice.
Francisco Porcella's Jaws ride with a GoPro on the front of his board.
Randy of Standupzone.com got himself a new camera and took some photos of his old passion windsurfing. Some really sick shots. Scroll all the way down.
Talking about sick shots, did you guys see Francky's shot with the ghosts windsurfers? Unreal.
Reef model 2010 (make sure you're sitting).
Killer kitesurfing video.
Actually, just like windsurfing freestyle, after a while the action of kitesurfing freestyle becomes a bit boring for me, but editing and special effects are phenomenal on this one. Kinda heavy, so let it load first...
Just received a press release about this upcoming big waves surfing contest in Chile.
Dave Kalama's blog is a great place for improving your paddling technique.
And since I don't like posts without photos, here's a question for you:
What do you think Kauli does on an standup board?
Easy... he rips.
See how he uses the paddles at every single turn?
We all know that standup boards can move around better than regular surfboards and can catch waves earlier thanks to their faster speed, but once on the wave they can't rip as hard because of their bigger volume... unless you use your paddle as a compass (the one to draw circles) to lean into your turns.
When was this? March 26th... a day that saw the death of a couple of surfboards...
Commercial break: I'm selling both sail (2009 4.7 Superfreak) and board (2009 81l Quatro twin fin) I'm using in this great shot by Francky. Email me for details.
Blog reader Brian went to Honolua bay yesterday and took these photos.
Video of Scotty and Boujmaa in West Java.
A couple of events:
1) Tatiana Howard's Butterfly Effect downwinder this Saturday April 17th.
2) the Maui Molokai paddling race for canoes and standups Saturday April 24th.
Unfortunately for the first, the forecast for this Saturday calls for a 9 feet, 10 seconds NNE swell that will make the shorebreak and waves at Hookipa quite challenging for the ladies.
But Tatiana has plenty backup plans, so just go to the registration and see what happens.
A bit of music: my friends Pio and Gretchen recorded a couple of tracks now for sale on iTunes.
But the musical phenomenon of the moments remains my song Sail!
A cool new feature of youtube is that if you click on "views", you can see the websites that linked that particular video.
That's how I found this greek forum thread from which (thanks to google translate) I report the comment of a user called Navarino:
giampaolo is just incredible! this guy is the definition of live my dream until the end of it.
Efharisto', parakalo, calimera and calispera to my vast greek audience!!!
Last, but not least, a great profound video.