Summertime continues with a lovely alternance (just made up this word) of small south swells, sailable windswell episodes at Hookipa and standup downwinders. Not a bad summer, for sure.
Talking about SUP downwinder, Standup journal has published an article in which I claim to have done the first one ever. Well, originally I wrote that I thought I did, but they changed the words in a more affirmative way... too late to fix when I realized it. Who cares anyway...
I did win the first official race (four standup competitors in total!), that's pretty much for sure. Amazing the number of people that got into the sport and the level of specialization of the equipment that happened shortly after.
I still do my downwinders on that 50 pounds good old Timpone though...
Thanks to the Standup journal for publishing it. Believe it or not, that was my first paid article in English. 'Bout time!
We're in standup mode, let's enjoy this video that Dave Kalama posted on his blog. What a surfer he is!
And still talking about magazines, this is a photo published by Windsurfing. See those stones carefully placed under the ladies hills so that they wouldn't sink in the sand?
I did that. And, since Francky was super focused on getting the light right (tricky backlit shot at sunset), I was also nominated by Shawna as the director of the poses... that was a fun photoshoot!
Yesterday the local windswell peaked and there were some fun waves to play with at Hookipa. Very short period (8 seconds), not as fun as the California windswell of the beginning of the week (10 seconds and better direction), but still better than flat.
Jimmie caught a bottom turn of me. More, much better photos in his FB gallery.
This is the weather map predicted for the south pacific on Monday. That's a serious fetch that unfortunately won't stay in that position for long. But I predict high surf advisory on Monday August 15.
I'm still selling these two boards. 9.3x27.5 Kazuma SUP.
2011 74l Quad IQ Starboard. Email me for details.
Plunger and liquid plumber didn't work. Now what do I do?
PS. US Open of surfing happening at Huntington beach. Quarter final Slater vs Burrow coming up soon on the live webcast.
PPS. Congrats to Graham Ezzy who won the AWT contest in Punta San Carlos.