The (fun) struggle continues, but I'll keep doing them (if there's nothing better to do) as every time I seem to figure out something. A proper downwind board (I'm thinking 7.6x26) would help at this stage where the main issue is to catch the little bumps that would give you enough speed to start foiling, but then the length would probably hinder the flying part or at least be not as good as a much shorter board. So I'll stick to mine and try to improve on that paddling and pumping technique that make guys like Kai and Zane able to start foiling even in flat water and no wind.
Talking about Kai, he lately shared a run with a 9 year old fan of him called Bobo Gallagher. Here they're posing with an ex Kai surfboard that Bobo got at the Hi-Tech anniversary sale.
And here they are in action. What a nice thing to do by our superwaterman. Photos by Tomoko.
3am significant buoy readings
2.8ft @ 8s from 159° (SSE)
1.7ft @ 9s from 167° (SSE)
In fact, I'm going again this morning (stay tuned for the beach report), because of the lack of alternatives and because of that low 16s energy that hopefully will be enough for something. Below is the collage of the maps of July 20,21 and 22 that shows a weak fetch in the Tasman Sea which is probably the source of it.
3.8ft @ 5s from 67° (ENE)
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has the windswell fetch.
South Pacific has a couple of tiny fetches.