The last three days have been epic! I’ve managed to have some major breakthroughs, and what great timing! With the AWT contest in Waddell Creek, I feel really comfortable.
The first day was the biggest breakthrough. There were head high waves coming out of the west and light wind at Hookipa, perfect for airs! I sailed out and caught a nice wave. Then the wave formed up on the inside, it set up perfect for a big air! I shot down the line with tons of speed, but this time I wasn’t going for an air. I had been working on goiters throughout the spring, and this was the perfect setup! I shot down the line and leveled into the flats, then I came up and rolled over the lip into the flats, a perfect goiter! I couldn’t believe it! I had been working on this move for so long and then, it just happened! The whole rest of the day was sick. I landed six goiters and really felt like I made some serious headway there!
On the second day, I got a call from Levi Siver that the Oxbow Ride the Sky Exhibition contest was on. When I got there, the wind was up and the waves were still head high coming more from the North which made it peaky. This new direction made it easy to plane out between the peaks and boost some jumps! I met up with Levi, Jake Miller from EpicSessionsTV, and the organizers for the event.
Today was more of an exhibition to show people how cool the live broadcast could be. But it was still really good practice. I realized that this was an opportunity to get back into the rhythm of throwing down everything you know in 15 to 20 minutes. It was also going to be a great chance to practice getting over the nerves of competing against other people, which is always a mind boggling problem of mine. So I strapped on a tracker and went out. Right away I felt a heightened sense of the jitters. My blood pumped faster and my thoughts raced, but it was a good thing! I was so amped on this anxiety that I forgot how scared I was of doing high jumps! On my first run out a set wave came up perfectly! I stayed locked into a fast stance, determined to win even though it wasn’t even a real contest! I hit the over head ramp with tons of speed and soared into the air! The water beneath me got further and further away until I realized I was way higher than I had ever been before! Then, set on making a sick first impression, I turned my board downwind. I felt the hair raising sense of vertigo as I initiated the forward and looked down at the water from a dizzying height. Then everything came plummeting down towards the dark grey water where I landed and received an excessive amount of water up my shorts to very sensitive areas! Despite my pain I lifted an arm in triumph, that was undoubtably the highest delayed forward I had ever done! The rest of the day was one big jump after the other, and I consistently landed them too. Now I feel very comfortable about the way that I jump, especially under pressure!
By the third day, I was wondering what kind of sick stuff was going to happen next! The last two days were so valuable to me, I learned a lot and was able to perfect a lot of moves! Today would be the day to wrap it all up. I did a bunch of jumps and Goiters, I perfected the moves that I had been learning over the last few days, solidifying my comfort for the contest. Later in the day I focused on freestyle in the waves, something that got me some attention in Pistol River and would work well in Waddell. I threw some Spocks, Grubbies, and Flakas on the wave as well as some Shakas as transitions! I also ran some heats mentally, focusing on flowing everything that I know into 15 to 20 minute intervals. I fit some Goiters, freestyle in the waves, and big jumps into my routine and made sure to try and relive those jitters that I got recently. All in all I feel ready for this contest with some new moves under my belt as well as some perfected ones that I can throw down and tweak at the drop of a hat! Now it is a waiting game until the contest as there is no more wind or waves, my training is over for now...