As forecasted, yesterday was another day of nuking wind.
As predicted on this blog, the late afternoon saw some big squalls make the wind go up and down and the author managed to squeeze in a short sesh thanks to that.
But until then he was taking photos and here's the best of the day.
Ricardo Campello goes high before landing almost on top of Patrick, who saw the thing and went as deep as he could. Crowded conditions can be dangerous, but no damage in this case.
I believe Ricardo and most of the other NP sailors were showing off their 2012 sails (Kauli wasn't because he rigged early before the sails were delivered at the beach).
This thing of the 2012 gear is something I cannot care less, but I know that a lot of people find it overly interesting. So it's possible that these photos will show up on other websites. In which case, I only ask to please link my blog back.
And I also feel like giving a message to all the sails brand:
I don't mean to damage anyone and, despite being supported by Hot Sails Maui, I take photos of EVERY good sailor, regardless of their sail brand, 12 months a year. I believe that is worth something in terms of exposure and publicity (well over 1,000 unique readers a day in average) and overall this blog contributes to spread the stoke about windsurfing.
I'm aware of readers that tried windsurfing for the first time because of this blog.
I'm aware of readers that went back to windsurfing because of this blog.
I'm aware of readers that daily dream about windsurfing because of this blog.
So if you think that having your next years sails published on the internet is bad for your business, do your self a favor and don't give them to your team riders until it's the right time. And if you need to take a photoshoot, go to Camp One or somewhere else, because if you go to Hookipa there is absolutely no chance that those images will stay off the net. Have you seen how many photographers (pro and amateur) are on the cliff???
Here's a graph with the March stats to substantiate the previous statement about this blog's traffic.
Here's the other photos in chronological order.
Kauli's questionable t-shirt shorts combo.
Victor. Not sure if those are 2012 North and I could not care less. That's a nice aerial and that's why it's here.
Drew drew (sorry, I had to say that!!) a nice line in his bottom/top turn combo. Check the spray he generated in his bottom turn. He's such a good sailor!
There he is again hitting a lip.
Polakow did a downwinder instead. Heike seems to be delighted to sail in front of him...
The pretty face of Iballa Moreno will sell some of those sun glasses.
Iballa's underwear choice. We would have preferred a g-string, wouldn't we?
Zane's first jump. Nice crash.
Pio and Kauli discuss fins.
Boujmaa finishes his duct tape repair.
It bloody worked!
Nico bailed this one, but later he did a perfect landing in a fairly high backloop. Don't forget to support my "petition" for his partecipation to the jumping contest by posting a comment on this FB page. Thanks a lot to the readers that have already done so. Keep the comments coming!
Kauli in the middle of a squall.
Keith sails back. He's an amazingly efficient sailor. His boards have tons of rocker, yet he has no problem planing on very small sails. That is a 3.3!!!!!
That's all for today.
Want to see more photos? Here's Francky's (finally on facebook!) and Jimmie's galleries.
Hang on, just found another one (Norwegian Kai's) that shows that Nico backloop I was talking about.
Here's the shot. Not a bad jump, uh? Perfect landing.
Today I have another day off and the iWindsurf.com Hookipa sensor is already showing 18 to 34 so I think I'll take photos again waiting for the squalls to eventually allow me to go out too. Later.