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Water can cure anything!

"We were both super salty and there was some serious negative energy going on!"

Today I couldn’t help but feel stressed about the Naish Paddle Championship.  I’ve been surfing and windsurfing so much that the 10 mile run from Maliko to the Kahului Harbor kind of snuck up on me!  So, in hopes to prepare myself for the race, my Dad and I went for a downwinder from Maliko to Kanaha.  But, before either of us realized it, my stress had spread and we were having an argument about loading boards in the truck.  My Dad was arguing about the fact that I didn’t have the initiative to hold the door open for him in the wind and I was arguing because I help him 24/7 in the summer! 

As we drove up to Maliko we were both super salty and there was some serious negative energy going on!  We went out together and I decided to stay back with him and hopefully get positive vibes again!  After a while we both started catching some great glides and the ocean was taking its effect!  Then my Dad spoke up and said he was sorry for getting mad and I said “Darn right!”, just kidding.  I said I was really sorry and that I was just super stressed about this race.  But it seemed like as I said it I realized I wasn’t so worried anymore!  It seems like a good day on the water can cure anything...

Posted: July 17, 2010 at 09:43 AM
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An Equally Best Day Ever!

"When we got to Mama’s, Michi Schweiger and Dave Wissink were making it look epic!"

This morning we went to Kuau for a dawn patrol paddle session.  After yesterday we weren’t going to pass up a minute of this swell!  So we got down to the beach and paddled out!  As soon as we got out the waves picked up and started pumping in!  My Dad and I quickly got in the right spot and start catching sick waves!  It was shouldering perfectly and before long it was becoming another best day ever... is that possible? 

Anyways, after about an hour we saw Michi Schweiger and Dave Wissink paddle up to Mama’s which is a break a little farther down from Lanes, which is a little farther down from Hookipa.  It was already getting crowded with surfers so we thought it was a good idea to go with Michi and Dave and stay out of the surfers hair!  When we got to Mama’s, Michi and Dave were making it look epic!  It was head high and the wave had good punch!  It was a really great wave for hacking the lip and working the shoulder!  What was even better was the fact that when we got done with our sesh the wind was picking up! 

And a few hours later we were back at the beach and it was windy! The waves had picked up to logo high just like yesterday, I broke the sound barrier while rigging and immediately went out and caught a wave!  The wind was light again so it was totally glassy on the inside!  I went down the line and rolled into my bottom turn, dipping the sail down I felt a huge surge from under my feet when the board suddenly cranked up the wave!  Just as quickly as I dipped the sail I brought it back up again to hit the lip.  I kept driving the board into the face when, SMACK, I hit the wave right under the lip! I shot straight back down the wave and immediately went into another turn, and another turn, and another turn until I was dead tired and had to go in at the end of the day!

Posted: July 13, 2010 at 10:26 AM
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The Best Day Ever!

"I got a wave with Elena Pompei and she went straight under the lip..."

Today was the best day ever! I don’t even know where to begin. (My Dad suggests the beginning)...

Ok fine, I woke up this morning and played Halo until my folks woke up.  Then we made some nuts pancakes that I inhaled!  But thats just peanuts, or pancakes, what was really sick is how epic the waves were today! We drove down to Hookipa and the waves were firing! Its the middle of the summer and the waves were like head high... unbelievable! I went out and the wind was a bit light but the waves were sick. It was so glassy on the inside that I thought it was winter! Then it really turned into winter when the wind died. I sat on the beach totally bummed, but then I had the idea to get my stand-up board out! The paddling was as good as the windsurfing! I even pulled into a barrel, after which I then crashed and burned, but that’s not important!

Next, as soon as it died, the wind picked up again!  So it was back to the beach for the windsurf gear! By this time the waves had picked up to logo high! I got a wave with Elena Pompei and she went straight under the lip for a sick hit right as I hit an air almost over her! That whole session was full of that epic stuff! 

But then the wind fell again and it was back in to get my SUP!  After a few waves I was getting really tried. I mean I can’t even convey how long I’ve been out on the water, partly because I didn’t look at my watch! But then Mickey Eskimo paddled out and I had to stay out with him for a sesh! Good decision, as time went on the waves got even better! All of a sudden the set of the day came through and I was in perfect position for it! I thought about paddling out but I had to keep my pants on and wait! Then when the wave came I spun on a dime and paddled as hard as I could! I took off pretty steep and had to practically sit on the tail to keep from pearling! Then I made my first turn and whipped straight to the top, BANG!  I smacked the lip and then kicked out for more! The whole day was the bomb and I could for sure get used to this!

Posted: July 12, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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Connecting Glides

"...because he is like 85% heavier than I am, no offense..."

For the last few days I’ve been doing downwinders with Michi Schweiger.  He’s a really fast paddler and he totally smokes me! The most infuriating thing is that, as he quickly pulls away from me, he hardly paddles! 

     On the last downwinder we did, he told me that my strength to weight ratio was solid, which I suppose isn’t hard for me since I only weigh 100 pounds...  But anyways, he said that my paddling was strong and that he even had a hard time keeping up in flat water!  This was because he is like 85% heavier than I am, no offense Michi; but not 85% stronger.  I always knew I had a little gorilla in me. (My Dad says that the only gorilla I have in me is gorilla butt!)  He said the reason why he was so much faster than me was because he could connect his glides.  This happens when you use the swell that you’re currently on to propel you to the next swell and so on.  So today I did a downwinder by myself to practice connecting glides.

     As soon as I got into open waters I focused not on looking at the nose of my board and paddling as hard as I could but looking around me for the next route to a better glide.  I also found that when I connected glides I didn’t have to paddle constantly, instead I just paddled hard when I need to get over to another swell and took breaks when no paddling was needed.  By the end of the run I was connecting glides like a maniac! 

     Not only is connecting glides faster, it also takes less energy!  So when I got to the inside near the beach where I would land, I was able to use the same gorilla strength I had before!  With my new found skittles, I can’t wait to do a downwinder with Michi again!

Posted: July 7, 2010 at 11:48 PM
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Slalom...Freestyle...Wave

The last three days I’ve slalom, freestyle, and wave sailed.  It really goes to show how much variety there is in windsurfing!

     This Thursday was cranking windy!  Some racers had put buoys in the water so I figured it would be a good time to practice some slalom!  I went out on 4.6 and at first it seemed like a big mistake!  I was so overpowered that I could barely jibe!  But then something clicked and I stopped resisting the wind.  That’s when I started flying!  As soon as I let the wind take me, my board stayed level, rather than tail walking all over the place, and I sailed way faster!  The feeling of going fast on a windsurfer is like no other.  And you don’t have to gas station hop to do it!

     Then, on Friday there weren’t any buoys out so it was a better call to go freestyle.  I sailed up to a small cove where the water was smooth.  Every time I tried a move it didn’t matter if I fell or not.  The water felt more welcoming than anything else!  I guess that’s easy to say when the water temp here is like a billion degrees!  But either way, it was really fun and it was more like a day at the beach rather than a training session!

     Finally, today there was some small wind swell at Hookipa so we decided to head down and hopefully score some waves!  When I got down there the wind was light and I had to rig big!  When I went out I hit a sick delayed forward!  Then I went in for a fun wave ride!  The rest of the day was full of sick hacks and jumps!  What other sport can you do where you can shred waves and boost air at the same time? 

     The truth is that windsurfing is the sickest sport ever!  Its got something for everyone!  Unless you can’t swim... doh!

Posted: July 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM
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