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Pros of Spring!

All the pros were here today.  Kauli, Brawzinho, and Philip were just a few riders at Hookipa.  Everyone was pulling big moves and there was a new energy and life to the break that seemed to be missing during the last few months.  Before, Hookipa was a quiet spot, a bit like an empty house.  Now the entire place was full of enthusiasm, Hookipa was again the hub of wave sailing.  In the past, Hookipa had an intensity as it frothed in the overcast light.  Now, the sun beamed through clear skies and the waves performed in the natural spotlight. 

     Speaking of spotlight, the photo shoots were up and running and every team rider for every company was down here hamming it up for the cameras.  Naish had been shooting the last few days too.  All the gear is brand new and the graphics are fresh and different.  This new energy was inspiring and it only happens in the spring! 

     Spring meant that winter was over and a new phase was coming, summer.  This winter I had done so much and gone so far, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia.  I remembered the winter starting with the Big Island stand up contest and the surprise I felt when I went so far in my first stand up event!  Then, before I could stop gloating, I was on a plane to Japan.  I’ll always remember that trip.  I experienced the new, the people and the culture; and I experienced the old, my family’s roots of samurai and Shinto priests.  Coming back from Japan, I was inspired by my ancestors and their cool stories!  After Japan I enjoyed the winter.  I paddled and windsurfed the biggest waves I’ve ever ridden before, I pushed my limits and learned a lot about myself and how to build my mental strength.  With a strong head I went to the Sunset Beach Pro.  In Oahu’s Northshore I faced a lot of demons and pushed the limits of what I thought I could do.  From there I went home and found that my performance at Sunset had reached a lot of people, after a few days I was invited to Morocco!  Never had I imagined that I would be invited there, why would anyone pay for me to be in their event?!  Where I saw a culture of builders in Japan, I saw a culture of naturalists in Morocco.  I’m so lucky to be able to see all of this at 14!  The lifestyle there was basic and sleepy, it was a peaceful place where I enjoyed some great waves.  Then I came home and ended up here, after a whirlwind of traveling and learning I had survived another winter! 

     Now all there is to do is look forward to summer!  I plan to go to Santa Cruz, for the first event of the North American Wavesailing Tour, early next month.  Then possibly Tahiti for the third stand up tour event.  After that I can enjoy the summer for a while before going to Pistol River for NAWT stop 2 in June.  Then, the next week, I’ll be in Oahu for the Battle of the Paddle.  After another break I might go to the BOP California and then stay for the stand up tour event there.  Then I’ll work on my jumping some more in the summer until the wind begins to fade and the days get shorter again.  When I feel that raw intensity of the ocean as it froths in the overcast light, I’ll know that winter has started again.

Posted: March 29, 2011 at 08:58 AM
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Exploring the Desert

The Dakhla festival was incredible.  We explored the desert, experienced the Moroccan culture, and windsurfed some unreal conditions!  In the week that Dad and I were there, we discovered an entirely new world full of entirely different characteristics.  The first thing that hits you is the desert.  The physical differences. Dakhla is a peninsula on the Moroccan coast, between the Sahara and the Atlantic.  This creates an out-of-this-world landscape full of mind-blowing scenery!  When we arrived in Dakhla, it was midnight. So, because only the stars were out, we couldn't see the vast expanse of desert that surrounded the camp.  But in the next days we found so many breath taking spots it got old!  There are sick plateaus to the Northeast and a gigantic lagoon to the inland side of peninsula.  When you look at the lagoon right, you can see the reflection of the plateaus.  They're two 50 ft high parallel lines that go a mile in both directions, incredible!  But there isn't only desert in Dakhla.


At night, a bunch of people in the camp would go to the town nearby. There we ate kalamari and camel, yeah camel!  The festival had concerts on all the time too.  In town, you could grab an avocado milkshake and listen to local Arab music echoing through the streets. We still didn't come just to eat the food though!  We came to windsurf, and we did!  The waves at the campsite were unreal.  They broke off of a point break about 200 yards out and rolled all the way in before connecting with the next beach break and speeding up.  Then it would all fold over onto the sandy beach.  If you rode the wave right, you could have a long stretch back out again!  Everyday was a good day, the wind and waves were always perfect and we explored throughout the entire trip.  I had an unbelievable time in Dakhla and can only hope to go there again next year to do it all over again!

Posted: March 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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