Quick post update with a few links:
New issue of the Windsurfer International.
New website from positive-h2o.
This Saturday there's the Ole longboard contest at Launiupoko. I was able to trade some work for the entry fee, so I'll be in it. My only ambition is to have some fun (which is pretty much guaranteed) and learn something.
Three days ago, a month and a half after my foot injury I went :
- windsurfing (strapped)
- to yoga.
Both activities were extremely successful (even though yoga without my favorite instructor is not quite the same...).
There were some small waves and I could even do a bit of wave riding. In the bottom turn, the strong pressure of the footstrap against the top of the foot was still reminding me of the injury, but not too bad at all.
The main issue was cerebral. I was sooo scared to hit the lip (even if only two feet high). It will be another while before I can overcome that. I need to train my brain.
That's why I went out again yesterday.
There were no waves to ride, but with the presence of the two photographers that took over my job of documenting the Hookipa action, it was kinda crowded and everyone was pushing it on the jumps.
The first three are Francky's shots. Click on them and you'll see some pure happiness.
Even jumping wasn't an issue at all. I started small first and increased little by little. By the end of the session I did a fairly high donkey kick and landed it pretty flat. My foot didn't hurt a tiny bit. Solid.
It was hard to wait that long (not really, considering that I didn't miss much) before going back windsurfing, but I think the strategy paid back.
Nice sail twist, photo angle, background, framing, colors, everything.
Here's Francky's photo gallery .
Jeff did it again and the Maui Edition Superfreak is just the best sail I've ever sailed. Shorter mast, fuller head, smaller foot, I don't know what else he did, but that sail is such a pleasure to sail, so easy to throw around, so comfortable and so incredibly light (at least my custom version!!!).
Big thanks also to Jimmie, who took this shot. This is his gallery of the day, which sees a lot of action of Francky as a windsurfer too. I like shot #3...
BTW, windsurfing will have to wait again now.
One of the many positive things I learned out of not being able to go windsurfing is to appreciate surfing (or SUP surfing) on small waves on the south shore. The Lanai buoy shows 1.5 feet at 14 seconds this am and it will get considerably bigger Monday.
This is the weather map of last Monday that shows a beautiful fetch of wind aiming at us. Unfortunately, it moved pretty quickly, hence limiting the swell size and duration, but we'll take what we'll get.