Spring has been brutal on my equipment. Everyday there is wind and waves and everyday I am damaging, or just wearing out, my stuff! One day the waves had come up to 8 ft Hawaiian and I sailed for a few hours, by the end of the day I had buckled two boards in the board snapping machine that is the end bowl! Most days there is very strong wind, so I go and practice jumps. Jumps are the most destructive for boards. When I jump I weaken the boards with flat landings and over-rotations, then I go out at Hookipa on a big day and expose the weak point in the pit of a wave. So, after a couple of weeks in this routine of destruction, I’m left with my spare-spare board! All I can say is, it looks as if in a few days I’m going to need a spare-spare-spare board because this thing looks like it’ll break if you pick it up too fast!
Then, the day before yesterday, I took it out at Hookipa. The waves were around 5 ft out of the North, really good shoulders smoked through the break from middles to the end bowl. I went out and had a blast! The first few waves I caught were epic, really solid and satisfying. But then I wiped out. I tried for an air, went over the falls, and shot into the tumbling abyss! After that the board didn’t feel the same. It had been my board over the Fall and early Winter and took a bunch of beatings, this was its last... I caught another wave and laid into a bottom turn, half way through my board wobbled and warped and I was bucked off and into the pit! The rest of the session was ridiculous! I was the only person bouncing through turns and around sections! Then my second highest batten broke and the sail went out, this was turning into a very unlucky day! By the end of my session my stuff was tattered and so was my pride. “Look on the bright side,” I thought “tomorrow can only be better!”
The next day was much worse. The waves were now around 4 ft and the direction had turned to an East swell. Close-period sets rushed through the break like storm surge and I already smelt trouble. Dad and I had solved the gear problem by getting permission to use the brand new 2012 photo shoot gear, under the instruction to try not to break it! I went out, tripping out over the new gear and how cool all the brand new stuff was, and caught a few waves. The board, sail, and everything else felt perfect and my session was perfect! Then I tried for a goiter, under-rotated, fell backwards over the falls, and my gear rode straight into the rocks. I remembered the instructions I got when receiving the gear that was now on the rocks, oops! I swam in through the rocks and clambered up to dry land. Luckily the gear wasn’t broken so I went back out. I caught a wave, aired, and went head over the heels into the pit where my gear went into the rocks again! I repeated steps 1-3 and re-evaluated my situation. Two unlucky days in a row! Was there some kind of curse on me? All I can do is give it another try...