Even though I timed everything right (a very early session up the coast and a very late session down the coast), I had to give up too many beautiful big waves completely devastated by the chop/windswell to be truly satisfied. But it was a gorgeous sunny day after weeks of rain, so that felt very good.
Strong wind sucks. At least on this blog...
Here's the shots I took at Hookipa.
Mark performs a clew first aerial 360.
This time he's in the middle of a big set.
Shit, that's gear from the shop...
Not sure at all, but to me it seems an aerial kick out jibe. He's back foot (right) has already moved to the new position and he's jibing the sail. I could be wrong, but I seem to remember that he stuck it...
The aerial Nick Warmuth did off that lip was glorious. Unfortunately, I totally missed. Still getting used to the new camera. Still not liking it 100%.
Very impressed by Nick's performance.
Kai Lenny went out on an old asymmetrical board of his dad. Right click on the photo, open the photo in a new window/tab and you'll see the tail.
One wave was was all it took for him to figure out that board so radically different from nowadays boards. This is the bottom turn he did on his second wave.
Top turns were all pretty bad though. Good news: modern boards are better!
On his third wave he really started to look like Craig Maisonville...
Paolo has to work on his style, but good job being out there.
As usual, Zack Howard surfed well.
Polakow did a downwinder. He thought about catching a wave at Hookipa on his 14 footer, but he's too smart to do something so risky. I wonder if he regretted not going sailing. I think he would have liked it.
Nick going late again. Me shooting early again.
Patrick backloop at Lanes.
Quite impressed by Morgan too.
Lastly, here's a clip that shows how Jack miraculously escaped the rocks.