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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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