"Nique turned, fell and got worked straight in front of the rocks!"
Today there was some fun wind swell at Hookipa. Kristen Orth, who’s from Maui but now goes to college in Oregon, and Nique Vetromile, who has spent her summers here for years, came down to sail with us! Both of them don’t really sail at Hookipa much so it was classic watching them shift around nervously on the beach. Finally, I helped Kristen through the shore break, which was pretty gnarly today, and she launched and made it out like a pro! Then it was time to help Nique, I helped lift her spirits by telling her she had a tough launch to beat and that she would probably pale in comparison to Kristen! She gave me a look and then headed down to the waterline. “Should I launch after this wave?” she asked, “No way, if you did you’d probably die!” I joked helpfully. “How about this one?” “Mmmm, right now the shore break is at it’s worst so just be careful.” That’s when she started freaking out on me so I decided to stop heckling her and let her launch. She did so with ease and headed out with Kristen.
My Dad and I, between bursts of laughter, launched and followed them out! After sailing in and out through the waves a little we all sailed way out and after Kristen and my Dad turned around I dragged Nique out a little farther. When we got into the deep blue I turned around and sailed right up next to Nique. I think she knew what I was going to say before I said it but I did it anyways, “I dare you to look down!” “No way,” she said all too quickly but I was persistent, “Come on, I’ll go with you.” She agreed and I had the devious idea to leave so she would totally freak out, but she would probably end up killing me and that’s not a good Monday! So I looked down too and all I could see was blue, no bottom... After a lot of hooting and hollering we went back in and caught a set wave! Nique turned, fell and got worked straight in front of the rocks! I sailed up next to her and tried to calm her down but she was already freaking out. I jumped into the water and grabbed her gear but I was more worried about her. She was talking a mile a minute about going in the rocks and finally I had to kinda raise my voice to get her attention and snap her out of it! Finally we got out of danger, we sailed back to the beach, and laughed about it! Sometimes the most exciting windsurfing isn’t going for the biggest moves and constantly testing the newest gear, sailing with a couple of friends is where windsurfing started and it’s the key element to fun!