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By: Pete
On-shore Hookipa

"...which is why I’m so glad I sail Hookipa in the summer."

Everyone thinks of Hookipa as an off-shore, down-the-line, wave sailing spot. And it is, but in the summertime the waves come at more of a side-shore direction. This often makes Hookipa a great place for jumping, when its windy. When its not you enter an entirely new Hookipa. A Hookipa where the wind and waves come to shore at the same angle making it slightly on-shore and the waves become much like a beach break. This new wave requires totally different sailing which is why I’m so glad I sail Hookipa in the summer.  

     Many windsurfers hardly sail during the summertime because they only enjoy sailing during wave season but its perfect training for someone like me who is trying to go pro in a time where the windsurfing tour is filled with many, disorganized, beach breaks! Its hard to imagine getting real-world-wave experience at Hookipa but I’ve been getting it for the last five years!  Its a perfect setup because I sail perfect waves in the Winter and then sail imperfect waves in Summer.  The perfect waves help me perfect my technique and fine tune the moves I’m doing, and the imperfect waves allow me to work on new moves and also play around with different styles of riding and new techniques! Many people overlook Hookipa in the summer, but its really the best training ground you could ask for.

Posted: August 6, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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