Another great day for the windsurfers at Hookipa, as documented in Jimmie Hepp’s daily album.
I usually try to only pick one photo out of it (the one that shows the waves the best), but today I also have to pick this one based on the move: just like Mark Angulo back in the days, Luke Siver is one of the very few that does “original” moves. Meaning: no one else does that particular move (which I I’m gonna name “Luke’s roll”). I compare these kind of sailors to the very few “original thinkers” in this society that is so depressingly homogeneous (every one wants to do what the others do, so they can look like the others!).
This is what I found at Hi-Tech when I started my work shift at 2pm: a bunch of newly arrived F-ONE wings. By 4.30 there were all gone (as the people we called on the waiting list, rushed in to grab theirs). Next will be a batch of Ozone ones in a couple of weeks.
One really good aspect I’m noticing of this new discipline is the following: it’s taking to wind sports people who have never done any wind sports! IF YOU KNOW HOW TO FOIL, in fact, and if you have a SUP foiling board that is stable enough for you to stand on it, this is a lot easier to learn than learning windsurfing or kitesurfing from scratch. And even if you don’t know how to foil, this might still be easier, provided you take lessons with the HST school, as they put you on a big stable and foiless board first to make you learn the handling of the wing (which doesn’t take much, really).
BUT, in case you do know how to windsurf and want to learn how to foil instead, the easiest way would be to take a windfoil lesson with me, (still through HST). I teach that with big surfing foils, which are much more stable and slow (hence easier) than the “proper” fast windsurfing foils. Being able to uphaul on a 125L board is pretty much the only skill required (tacking helps too, but it’s not mandatory). Here’s a video that shows how well a student did with just one lesson.
5am significant buoy readings and discussion.
2.3ft @ 15s from 185° (S)
1.7ft @ 15s from 180° (S)
My waist to chest high prediction ended up being a wishful thinking yesterday, as the webcam showed smaller sizes. It might be the case today though, as this morning it looks like in the waist high range (with occasional bigger sets, like the solid shoulder high one below). But don’t forget that the sets of an angular spreading swell are very inconsistent, so please check out the webcam yourself before going, as there’s plenty flat spells too.
3.6ft @ 11s from 345° (NNW)
The usual SOEST wind model page is not available this morning, so here’s the classic Windguru table that shows a fact that has been noticed by the most careful observers: the trades have been more easterly than usual for a long time (all summer, I’d say). I don’t mind easterly winds, as they might give decent surfing conditions in the early morning, but that’s also why the island has been so dry lately: they bring less rain than the usual ENE trades.
If you’re interested in learning how to read the windguru table, you can read this post that I labeled as such.
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