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Test TitleToday I put some new stickers on my board! No its not the Tiki or the fishing hook, I got those from Walmart! No it’s the Esky Flavor sticker!

Mickey Eskimo founded Esky Flavor and he’s taken a lot of his artistic ideas from surfing and windsurfing and put that into a new clothing line!

Looking at all of the cool pictures of him at the sickest places like Easter Island and Bali really inspires my artistic side! But don’t take my word for it, check out his sick website: I’m really stoked to be on his team and I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of Esky Flavor!

Posted: June 10, 2010 at 02:35 PM
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Race Day - Maui Slalom Series

" was kind of nerve racking with all the huge gear around me!"—Bernd

Today was race day! We woke up early and scarfed down some breakfast before getting to the beach and joining the skipper’s meeting. The race was set up with three outside buoys and three inside buoys. The first outside buoy made a start line with the flag boat. The flag boat operated a series of flags to correspond with our two minute start, yellow for 2 min., blue for 1 min., no flag for 30 seconds, and the red flag for the start of the race! From there the course was simple, go around all the buoys and then cut across the finish made by a pole on the beach and the sixth buoy. Since there were no kids doing it I would race in the 19-39 age division, after running four heats we would break for lunch and then start the next division which was Expert in my case. But I’m getting ahead of myself, first I had to race in the age group. 

     As I sailed upwind to the start it was kind of nerve racking with all the huge gear around me, I felt so small compared to everyone! My heat was the first of the day so naturally I missed the start of the countdown! I managed to get into the middle of the pack but I would like to have been in front, the race was really exciting and I loved to even get in front of a few guys! My next races went even better than before! I passed a lot of people in the start!

     After a good lunch I went back out to race in the Open Expert division! My starts were even better, for one heat. Then on the next two heats I got over early by a split second! I needed to be aggressive but I also needed to be in the race legally! So on the next start when the flag guy yelled the countdown, on “three” I started my watch and got moving. I must have looked like a moron water-starting before the countdown even ended! But it worked, I was able to plane through the start line a good few seconds behind the start but still ahead of the confused fleet! I ended up in third at the final outside buoy but fourth and fifth were close behind! I should have been paying attention to the water in front of me but I had to keep glancing back behind me to constantly block these guys! The lap was only a few hundred feet but it felt like FOREVER at the final few yards to the finish the guy behind me made a last attempt to get past me, his nose popped up to my upwind side and I tried to push him up but it was getting tight! I edged just ahead of him and crossed the finish line in slow motion. It was a great race and I hope to do more this year!

Posted: June 6, 2010 at 04:15 PM
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Training for Race Day

"...its all about judging the distance from the buoy and getting that spot on!"—Bernd

Today was another beautiful day in Maui. The sun was up with the wind and there literally wasn’t a cloud in the sky. But I wasn’t spending my time slacking around looking at flowers, I had to train for the Maui Race Series!

      My focus was mainly to tie off my starts since I was focusing, mostly, on jibes throughout the last few months. I would practice with a buoy, starting a 2 min timer at the buoy and then sailing out for a minute. After a minute I would jibe around and cruise in until the time on my watch matched the time it would take me to sail in, at full speed, to the mark. That would give me pretty good results, its all about judging the distance from the buoy and getting that spot on!

     The other thing I was working on was jibes. Lots of people overlook jibes. You’ll see them flying around in a straight line and think “How am I ever going to beat that guy?”. The truth is that guy isn’t working on his jibes and he will probably fall or lose valuable speed in the race. And the people I am racing against are all faster than me so my only two advantages are starts and jibes.

     Hopefully this practice will pay off in the race, I’ll let you know if I win but I won’t I lose!

Posted: June 4, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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Getting Ready for Pistol River

"...when a gust of wind straight from Uranus shot right at him!"—Bernd

Today was a lot like yesterday with great wind and beautiful, fun sized waves. We pulled up to our usual parking spot at Hookipa and instantly started rigging. I went out and the wind was steady and strong. The waves were smaller due to the tide but it was still clean and fun. We just booked our tickets to go to Oregon for the Pistol River Wave Bash. I’m so excited to go. Its going to be an unreal contest starting on the 17th of June and ending on the 20th. Unfortunately there hasn’t been a wave contest in Maui since like 2007 so its really great that I can go to this event. Here is the site address if you want to look it up: 

Anyways, I spent this morning practicing everything that I could do consistently and then compressing it into a 15 min. heat. That worked great until the wind went completely haywire! It turned directly off-shore with a consistent speed of 15 mph gusting up to 5,000! I was just holding on for my life trying to pull in a few forwards and backs. On the wave I was just blasting down the line at mach 50 and then launching off the lip!

Then my Dad and I got on the same wave we both had the great idea to do cross-overs, a move where two people ride a wave in unison by bottom turning around each other... not exactly a good high-wind move! My Dad came first from high up-wind and came barreling down-the-line narrowly missing a dude in the water, then I snapped around him just waiting for my fins to break loose and for my entire rig to come crashing into Dad. Finally, Dad turned around and was about to go for a tweaked air when a gust of wind straight from Uranus (get your head out of the gutter guys it gets windy in Uranus) shot right at him! He was yanked forward and narrowly missed the lip that was about to come crashing down on him. In all this time I have been sitting on top of the wave that is steadily growing and pitching. And sure enough just as Dad gets the gust from Uranus, the lip comes crashing down and I go hurdling towards him! We both started laughing but there was also a bit of nervousness in that laugh as-well. Maybe next time we’ll check the conditions before pulling a stunt like that!

Posted: June 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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All these things can improve your racing dramatically!—Bernd Roediger

Today Mickey Eskimo and I did two downwinders in one day. That really made me work hard! One thing that really helps me is breathing while I paddle. Now I know you’ve probably heard this a hundred times from a hundred people but trust me, it works so bear with me. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth can enhance your stamina, cadence, and form.

Whenever I get tired it’s usually because I’m not breathing correctly, then when I start focusing on my breath I feel so much better.

Another good thing about breathing is how it can effect your cadence in flat water. Once you start focusing on your breathing you can incorporate it into your paddling and create a stellar cadence. But for me this only works in flat water because in glides you have to paddle really hard at certain times and ease off in others, so cadence isn’t as much of an issue in glides as getting in a rhythm with the waves.

Finally, the breath can improve your form. This works because your body operates on oxygen, believe it or not. So your paddling muscles will be more muscular if you breathe.

All these things can improve your racing dramatically, so if you lose you can blame it on your pipes!

Posted: May 30, 2010 at 05:07 PM
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