Sunday, October 5, 2008

You down with OGG? (YEAH YOU KNOW ME!)

So this place is without a doubt awesome. And by awesome I mean totally sweet! I'm here with Windsurfing Magazine helping them test the 2009 boards from various manufacturers. Apparently, it's good for them to have not-so-great sailors participate because lets face it: Most windsurfers are not-so-great. And there's nothing wrong with that.

So I'm here trying to give that regular joe feedback on these boards. Without getting too specific, some are more technically demanding to sail than others. And if there's anyone who would realize that, it would be a sucky windsurfer like me.

We've been sailing at Kanaha every day. This spot is neat. On the inside the water can be pretty flat with small chop. There is swell that lines up directly across your reach that can be like 20-50 yards apart, so you have room to find a ramp, line up and accelerate straight at it. On the outside, there are huge moundy swells that don't really break.

If you take a few reaches upwind you end up in a place called "uppers" which are these nice gentle waves that break over reefs. It's the perfect place to start catching waves because even if you fall, the wave doesn't really crush you... well at least when there is very little ground swell like there is now.

In general: Warm water. Warm air. Beautiful views. Azure water. Smiles all over the water. Oh yeah, it's pretty windy here too.

Here are some pictures that I took. I'll definitely take some time later in the week to take more...

Jake Miller: awesome windsurfer and all around nice guy. Here is his "Blue Steel" face.

Jake on the water. Pretty eh? He threw a huge loop a few moments after this photo.

A shout out to Giampaolo ;-)


Sierra said...

Ha. I am going to kill you! Taking sneaky pictures from the little log, while I drag my gear up the beach. At least you are enjoying Maui.

PeconicPuffin said...

Ah yes...the Board Tests. You're sailing at Kanaha and not from Honeybuns?

Did that in 1999...twas the very trip during which I claimed the mantle "worst windsurfer in the world."

You are fortunate...enjoy!

Catapulting Aaron said...


rathokan said...

hey, that jake miller... that's wyatt's brother, right?