After a few days without wind (and a Tsunami!!!) The wind and waves has returned full force. In fact high surf advisory is in effect at the moment. With a big swell Lower Kanaha is normally great fun, so we were aiming at a session there. But since we also wanted to shoot a few pix, we decided to go by Spreckelsville first. (The waves at Kanaha is so far out that it is not possible to shoot there, where at Spreckelsville the waves are close to land.)
It was certainly not great conditions at Spreckelsville. Kind of a stormy, very messy and choppy ocean.. But hey, it’s always good to get in the water!
We never made it to Kanaha eventually, we had a feeling that the conditions wouldn’t be that good there either and with a great forecast as far forward you can see, there was no reason to push too hard..
A solid forecast and one of the majestic set waves at Kuau.
We were probably not the only ones not stoked with the conditions. It seems nobody was out during the day at the stretch from Kuau to Hookipa. With regular sets at over 1½ mast and with chops the size of a car – it probably wouldn’t have been that much fun anyways!!.. And admittedly I would have been shitting my pants out at Hookipa today! hahaha
More to follow soon.
Aloha from Maui!
It is so good to be back, especially this winter where Denmark has felt like it was a part of the Arctic Circle! I’ve enclosed a few shots to give an idea of the contrast that I just experienced! I’m always really appreciating the travelling I’m able to do, but this winter it’s been more than a blessing to get away!!!
Although it’s statically still a little early for the trade winds to really kick in over here, we been lucky with the wind already. We had a nice 4,5 session yesterday, and forecasts are calling for stronger winds the coming days! And waves, well this is Maui, and there’s always some swell running!
I’ll be back soon with some photos and more updates!
Sorry for the long break here on the blog, but this winter has just been harder than anything to get through! Not only the coldest for ages, but also the windsurfing industry has really been affected by the financial crisis. So renewing agreements for 2010 was not a “dance in the park”. But I can proudly report that I’m still with some of the finest companies in the business!
It’s going to be lots work in the future to get the needed cash, but it’s also going to be tons of fun and challenges. And hey, noting comes without efforts! So although I feel like I got 2 full time jobs right now and my lovely daughter Wilma too. It’s not a problem, as I get to play on the ocean at my time and choosing!
Talking about winter, boy oh boy, this one has been a nasty bugger alright! But thanks to primarily my SUP board, I’ve still have made it out about every second day. Despite having to fight my way through big snow dunes to get to the water, and virtually sometimes having to stay clear of ice pieces in the water. The water temperature gauge at the harbour has been saying -1,3 the last days! But still it’s remarkable how it’s actually not too bad out there once you get used to it!
There’s still a tiny group of “die hard” locals and we’ve had some quite remarkable sessions at the best surfing spot. At this spot it’s normally always packed, and too busy really for going on the SUP. But my good friend Mads and I have had the spot for ourselves several times, even on a Sunday!..
I beat my “cold record” for sure a little while back. On this particular day I had gone out on my surfboard. The air was -8, and where the water pulled back at by the shorebreak there was a layer of ice building up. I only barely held out for 2 hours, and I was so cold (There was also wind putting the wind chill factor in effect as well!). When I came out of the water, my feet had gone totally numb from the cold and I could hardly walk. But I couldn’t help laughing when I looked at the forehead of my friend Jonas that I was walking back with. He had a little bit of hair hanging out under his hoodie, and there was a little icicle hanging down!
It’s been too cold to go windsurfing (at least to be reasonably comfortable), however a few weeks ago a rare low (rare for this season..) came through and shortly brought the temperature up to 3-4 degrees and I managed to get one session in with quite enjoyable conditions on 3,9 in Middles. But one crash with the open gloves in the icy icy cold water, and you were done, and no way to recover other than returning to the beach for a warming up..
Now you might feel sorry for me, with all of this winter suffering! But DON’T! I’m in the middle of packing up for Maui departure in a few days time! Sun, warmth, wind and waves here I come!
The winter has really hit Denmark and we have had the lowest temperatures in 5 years with down to almost -17 in the night. So it’s been kind of hard getting out to play in the ocean. But on the right day, it’s still fine to get out and catch some waves. Today the wind eased off, so it was possible to take the SUP out. It was – 5 so I wore thick gloves, but after a while the paddle started to become really hard to grip around. At first I blamed it on the thick gloves, but then I realised there was a layer of ice on it! Despite that, it wasn’t really that cold, and you could easily stay out for a couple of hours. Still I’m glad milder weather is on the way, so I’m hoping for some windsurf sessions ahead!
After the Sylt world cup finals. Kauli took some time off from the competition stress, and went to Klitmøller.
When he arrived he had gotten the flu really bad and had to stay in bed, he was fully wiped out and could hardly stand up! But the funny thing was that when he realized that we were getting good conditions, he virtually jumped out of bed! Full systems overwrite! He just wanted to sail! This goes to show his dedication and love for the sport and probably also why he is so bloody good!
Here’s the video from his session in Middles. Enjoy!