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The Battle of the Paddle Day One

"At one point I caught a wave with a five-man surf canoe just in front of me on the wave!"

Today [June 14th] I just got back from the Rainbow Sandals, Gerry Lopez, Battle of the Paddle and I wanted to type it down while its fresh in my mind.

     The real event started for me on Friday the 11th. I arrived on Oahu on Thursday with Ed Angulo but we spent the day buying supplies and preparing for the contest. No, the real fun started on Friday when my Dad flew in and we drove down to the event site in Waikiki! There were already people working on countless booths where businesses could showcase their products! After helping Ed load his things into his booth we went out and surfed! Now, anyone who has ever been to Maui knows that the south swells there are not even worth your time unless the planets are aligned! But Oahu is TOTALLY different. If there is even the slightest south swell there are head to shoulder high sets rolling in, and luckily for us we had a south swell! There were no contests today so we spent the whole day surfing! There was the slightest off-shore breeze making the wave hold up and wait to be completely shredded! At one point I caught a wave with a five-man surf canoe just in front of me on the wave! I was surfing alongside them the whole time while hooting and hollering whenever possible! Finally I spotted a bowling section that was... well bowling up! I shot straight down the line, dangerously close to the canoe, then I smacked the lip and threw a nice arc of spray into the sunset while staying virtually on top of the surf canoe! The tricky move was returned with a big shout from all of the canoe crew, it’s nice when different riders can come together on the wave and not get agro and salty (and when I can make funny alliterations like “canoe crew”. “New York Times” here I come)!  We surfed until we were dead which would later be known as a mistake but at least for the moment we had the most epic session!

     Later that night we went out to eat for Mark Angulo’s birthday. It was uber-crowded so we waited before we were seated. This was already after we had been standing either on our boards or on the Waikiki beach, now we were dirt tired and we had to stand even more! I don’t think I’ve ever stood so much in my entire life! But we finally got seated after an hour and a half, I know! Anyways, it was a great, and much needed meal and I think Mark loved his birthday so the day ended on a good note! A note that ended with us going off to sleep at midnight and a contest looming like a thunder cloud the next day...

Posted: June 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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My New Sponsor

Test TitleToday I put some new stickers on my board! No its not the Tiki or the fishing hook, I got those from Walmart! No it’s the Esky Flavor sticker!

Mickey Eskimo founded Esky Flavor and he’s taken a lot of his artistic ideas from surfing and windsurfing and put that into a new clothing line!

Looking at all of the cool pictures of him at the sickest places like Easter Island and Bali really inspires my artistic side! But don’t take my word for it, check out his sick website: eskyflavor.com I’m really stoked to be on his team and I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of Esky Flavor!

Posted: June 10, 2010 at 02:35 PM
By: Kevin Davis
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Race Day - Maui Slalom Series

"...it was kind of nerve racking with all the huge gear around me!"—Bernd

Today was race day! We woke up early and scarfed down some breakfast before getting to the beach and joining the skipper’s meeting. The race was set up with three outside buoys and three inside buoys. The first outside buoy made a start line with the flag boat. The flag boat operated a series of flags to correspond with our two minute start, yellow for 2 min., blue for 1 min., no flag for 30 seconds, and the red flag for the start of the race! From there the course was simple, go around all the buoys and then cut across the finish made by a pole on the beach and the sixth buoy. Since there were no kids doing it I would race in the 19-39 age division, after running four heats we would break for lunch and then start the next division which was Expert in my case. But I’m getting ahead of myself, first I had to race in the age group. 

     As I sailed upwind to the start it was kind of nerve racking with all the huge gear around me, I felt so small compared to everyone! My heat was the first of the day so naturally I missed the start of the countdown! I managed to get into the middle of the pack but I would like to have been in front, the race was really exciting and I loved to even get in front of a few guys! My next races went even better than before! I passed a lot of people in the start!

     After a good lunch I went back out to race in the Open Expert division! My starts were even better, for one heat. Then on the next two heats I got over early by a split second! I needed to be aggressive but I also needed to be in the race legally! So on the next start when the flag guy yelled the countdown, on “three” I started my watch and got moving. I must have looked like a moron water-starting before the countdown even ended! But it worked, I was able to plane through the start line a good few seconds behind the start but still ahead of the confused fleet! I ended up in third at the final outside buoy but fourth and fifth were close behind! I should have been paying attention to the water in front of me but I had to keep glancing back behind me to constantly block these guys! The lap was only a few hundred feet but it felt like FOREVER at the final few yards to the finish the guy behind me made a last attempt to get past me, his nose popped up to my upwind side and I tried to push him up but it was getting tight! I edged just ahead of him and crossed the finish line in slow motion. It was a great race and I hope to do more this year!

 
 
Posted: June 6, 2010 at 04:15 PM
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Training for Race Day

"...its all about judging the distance from the buoy and getting that spot on!"—Bernd

Today was another beautiful day in Maui. The sun was up with the wind and there literally wasn’t a cloud in the sky. But I wasn’t spending my time slacking around looking at flowers, I had to train for the Maui Race Series!

      My focus was mainly to tie off my starts since I was focusing, mostly, on jibes throughout the last few months. I would practice with a buoy, starting a 2 min timer at the buoy and then sailing out for a minute. After a minute I would jibe around and cruise in until the time on my watch matched the time it would take me to sail in, at full speed, to the mark. That would give me pretty good results, its all about judging the distance from the buoy and getting that spot on!

     The other thing I was working on was jibes. Lots of people overlook jibes. You’ll see them flying around in a straight line and think “How am I ever going to beat that guy?”. The truth is that guy isn’t working on his jibes and he will probably fall or lose valuable speed in the race. And the people I am racing against are all faster than me so my only two advantages are starts and jibes.

     Hopefully this practice will pay off in the race, I’ll let you know if I win but I won’t I lose!

Posted: June 4, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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Getting Ready for Pistol River

"...when a gust of wind straight from Uranus shot right at him!"—Bernd

Today was a lot like yesterday with great wind and beautiful, fun sized waves. We pulled up to our usual parking spot at Hookipa and instantly started rigging. I went out and the wind was steady and strong. The waves were smaller due to the tide but it was still clean and fun. We just booked our tickets to go to Oregon for the Pistol River Wave Bash. I’m so excited to go. Its going to be an unreal contest starting on the 17th of June and ending on the 20th. Unfortunately there hasn’t been a wave contest in Maui since like 2007 so its really great that I can go to this event. Here is the site address if you want to look it up: http://www.pistolriverwavebash.com/ 

Anyways, I spent this morning practicing everything that I could do consistently and then compressing it into a 15 min. heat. That worked great until the wind went completely haywire! It turned directly off-shore with a consistent speed of 15 mph gusting up to 5,000! I was just holding on for my life trying to pull in a few forwards and backs. On the wave I was just blasting down the line at mach 50 and then launching off the lip!

Then my Dad and I got on the same wave we both had the great idea to do cross-overs, a move where two people ride a wave in unison by bottom turning around each other... not exactly a good high-wind move! My Dad came first from high up-wind and came barreling down-the-line narrowly missing a dude in the water, then I snapped around him just waiting for my fins to break loose and for my entire rig to come crashing into Dad. Finally, Dad turned around and was about to go for a tweaked air when a gust of wind straight from Uranus (get your head out of the gutter guys it gets windy in Uranus) shot right at him! He was yanked forward and narrowly missed the lip that was about to come crashing down on him. In all this time I have been sitting on top of the wave that is steadily growing and pitching. And sure enough just as Dad gets the gust from Uranus, the lip comes crashing down and I go hurdling towards him! We both started laughing but there was also a bit of nervousness in that laugh as-well. Maybe next time we’ll check the conditions before pulling a stunt like that!

Posted: June 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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