Thursday, March 31, 2011

6.5 hours, 20 seconds

Yesterday was an epic day by all means.

I like a nice shot at the beginning of the post, so here is Browzinho in the shot of the day.

But before we move on to the other photos, I feel like telling about my amazing day in the water.
At 7.30am I entered the ocean at a south shore spot. Having checked the buoys I knew exactly that the big NW swell would have not hit until late in the afternoon. I also knew that there was a 2 feet, 17 sec swell from the south.

I love when there's a south swells AND a big NW swells, because usually the first one goes under the radar. Most people on the north shore didn't even know about it.
Anyway, the waves were shoulder high in the sets, perfect for my new 6.2x20.75x2.5 Kazuma with carbon stringer (which will deserve a post soon). Four people out for the first hour, then slowly up to 10 people, but still very fun.

South swells are less physically demanding than north swells, because there's more time between sets, in average they're smaller and there's usually an easy channel to paddle out. So I wasn't really all that tired when, after three hours, I got out at 10.30. But I was supposed to work for Russ and be at the shop at 11.
When I got to the car, I found a message from him saying that he didn't need to be replaced anymore.
"Damn, I could have surfed longer! Well, I can always paddle out again I guess, but let me go check that other spot..."

As another example of how good things are always hidden in what seems to be a bummer, that other spot (one of my top 5 waves in Maui) had only three people out. Sets were inconsistent, but when they came there were at least 5 waves in it...
So I surfed 1.5 hours more (before the wind got on it).
Had a lovely lunch with my lovely friend Sharon and then went to Hookipa to shoot the start of the swell.

The show was top level. Helicopters, the best windsurfers in the world, beautiful waves with a football field between each other, offshore wind, bright sunny sky. For shooting windsurfing, it doesn't get better than this.
Following the plan I had already thought days in advance (the buoys only help to eventually reassess it), I then went to Kanaha for the late afternoon session. The waves were chest to overhead high (occasionally logo), very clean thanks to the light offshore wind.

After sailing so many sessions at Hookipa, when I go to Kanaha I feel like Robby Naish. I hit lips (that mushy ball of white water shouldn't really be called lip, but you know what I mean) after lips and sailed as aggressive as I've ever sailed.
I hit more lips in two hours there than in the whole winter at Hookipa, that's for sure. That's why, at my level, when Kanaha is working is still way more fun for me.

Two hours I said (5 to 7), and that makes a total of 6.5 hours in the water, which explains the first part of the title.
The second is related to the period of the first sets of the swell. There's something magic about long period waves which I can't really describe, so you just got to trust me on that. It was really magic out there.

A big fish salad at Fish Market was the worthy dinner of a wonderful day. I ate together with a friend who was smart enough to forget his JS 6.2 V2.1 two days ago on a wall in Lahaina and clearly didn't find it the day after. Please email me if you know about it.

And now, finally someone will say, the rest of the photos in chronological order.

Helicopter one, Starboard photoshoot.




Keith (follow the line left by the tail of his board).

Skyler. He was super pissed when he got out of the water. No idea why.

Nice legged aerial by Anne Maire.

Mark, something off the lip.

Boujmaa broke three sails and finished the photoshoot with a 5.5 (waaay overpowered). Not sure that's the one in the photo though.

Doesn't really look like, but this turn of Levi was pure poetry. The speed at which he did it was mind blowing. He and Keith have extremely different styles. Yet they both rip at the highest levels.


I wanted to get Ricardo and the helicopter in the same shot and this is not exactly what I had in mind. But you can see Ricardo's body through the back door of the helicopter. He did an amazing crash on that wave and I'm sure the photographers on board have some good shots if it.

Bernd escapes.

Victor. Love the shadow.


"Nice turn, master! Woof!". Keith's dog faithfully awaits on the beach.



Leo Ray with one of the new Naish sails.

Robby figure eighting with Bernd.

This morning I woke up early as usual, but decided to skip the surf session.
The waves are going to be a lot bigger and the plan is to do an early windsurf session, a photoshoot at Hookipa (IF someone will go out) and a late windsurf session.
Maybe I'll take the gopro out, so stay tuned.

Life is good. Like, really really good.


Anonymous said...

I think that's Bernd in the last photo, not Kai.

benjaminpink said...

Love all the great photos! pure windsurfing porn. I'll be in Maui on Tuesday, stoked!

Olaf Mitchell said...

Yes Giampallo life here on the north shore is really really good! I missed the south swell action but most of us did. I actually had a heads up and still missed it.I caught the Hookipa show from another angle and it was quite a show there were so many stars out yesterday.
I chose the usual launch spot and I don't mind saying that I was questioning my sanity But when Tracy launches in front of you whats a guy to do. I was closing out a lot so I had to choose wisely. I still got some good ones.BTW: Skyler was pissed because he lost his entire rig! He got in his car and drove down to where we were about a half mile down the beach and swam out into the impact zone and some how found his kit and sailed in to the channel and de-rigged on the rocks like it was just another day. Sorry for being so long winded today. Aloha, Olaf Mitchell

cammar said...

thanks I corrected it.

Ben, good for you!

Olaf, thanks for the report and Skyler explanation! I met Tracy at Fish Market later and she was a bit spaced out becuase of the session... :)

Juan said...

Amazing the first photo!

Jan said...

What a sick shot of Keith!!!
That's what is called a PERFECT timing on a trigger Giampaolo!