Very fun conditions at Hookipa yesterday.
Actually it was probably more fun to watch than to sail, considering how crowded it was: 40 people and an extremely high level of skills, with the Neil Pryde and Fanatic teams getting shot by four water photographers.
Because of the crowd, other than the first hour or so, I would have not enjoyed being out there, so I was pretty happy to take photos and watch the pros (and try to learn something from them).
The forecast for next week looks as good as it gets for wave sailing. Back to back NW swells with side to sideoff trade winds. Some days may get fairly big, but not a problem for these guys. It's going to be a great show and I won't miss it. You guys are so lucky...
Photo of the day: Ricardo Campello gets the attention of two photographers. I think the one from the top will make for a great shot.
Yeah, Phil Horrocks is "a bit" in the way, but I still like it. It reminds me of another good aspect of not being sponsored: man, all those stickers on the sail would bug the hell out of me!
Here's the other 32 (!) worthy photos in chronological order, starting from this guy on an old Simmer, who was ripping pretty hard.
Francky goes to Hollywood (I guess you can call Hookipa like that these days...). Better open your eyes out there, brah!
Mark Angulo chasing wife.
Leon Jamaer. BTW, he's the one in the Hot Sails Maui banner at the top right. Crazy shot taken in South Africa.
Lovely headless ladies.
Mr. Polakow shows up only when:
- he has a photoshoot (because he has to)
- it's big and gnarly (because he likes that)
Leon. This photos gives you an idea of how busy it was.
Mark landed one of his mutant (not this one) fully planing. John Skye and me were watching it and we both went: WOW!
Then John added:"look at him, he kept sailing like if it was nothing... if it was one of us, we would be claiming it and celebrating like crazy..."
John is quite impressed by Mark's sailing... and he's not the only one!
Not sure who this is, but for sure not a pro... good job at making the blog in a day like this!
Wipe out Boujmaa style.
A new pair of Russian legs (meaning: it's the first time I see this girl and she has a RUSxyw sail number...)
Fins, fins, fins!
Many broken masts. This is Ricardo's.
Victor Fernandez. Sorry, a bit dark...
Quite a few people went on the rocks: this is Swift. Notice the double ankle boots. Lots of sailors wear them. Wave sailing is really bad for feet, ankles and knees. We all know that, but it's so worth it!
It's too easy with the hook on the front for Nayra.
Sean Ordonez picked a very busy day for his "once a year" windsurfing session.
This brazilian kid is Ian Mouro and he landed a perfect double forward. It might be a common feature in Pozo, but you don't see many of those at Hoo... I was quite impressed.
Hey, he uses adjustable harness lines too! Must have a superior IQ... ;)
See you next time (probably tomorrow).