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Wingfoiling Barbados

The fascination

Wingfoiling Barbados. By invitation, Barbados resident waterman Paolo Perucci writes on his latest flame: a fascination for wingfoiling. Paolo can help you sort out accommodation and surfing lessons, so make sure to check out his website.

My Fascination with wingfoiling and why there’s a pretty good chance that you will fall in love with it too. 

written by Paolo Perucci 

Far from being a blog to convince anybody to wingfoil, or wing thingy, or wing ding, or wingaling etc etc , I ‘d like to highlight a few (very good) points to explain why I, and it’s very personal, got into it and quickly addicted to this new sport. 

About Paolo

A bit of background info: I am a surfer , windsurfer, paddle boarder, kitesurfer. I have always been a fan of doing everything depending on what conditions require on the day. about 25 years ago it was a toss between rigging my windsurfing wave gear or just go surfing. so I continued to do both. This concept was new at the time (90’s) because, at least in Italy, very few people were skilled in more than one boardsport. But everyone knows that the best windsurfers coming out of Hawaii all have a strong surfing background. The concept of multi sport waterman became a lot more popular with Laird and recently, Lenny. So all of a sudden everyone does everything, or tries to. 

Paolo flying in Barbados

Truth is, the more you do the more you learn. I was always very much intrigued by the tight relationship between all the board sports, and how much more I could learn from applying skills I had learned in surfing to other wind sports like kiting or windsurfing. 

How he got started

I took up kiting a couple of years ago, while for 20 years my kiting friends had been trying to convince me to learn. I have for the last 2 decades been fortunate enough to live in Barbados, Caribbean, where almost any given day you can get in the water, especially if you are skilled at more than one board sport. It’s really about fun, and time in the water. Just like booking a tennis court or a T time, I can plan to hit the water at 4 pm on thursday, and be guaranteed I’ll be doing something , depending on conditions. 

The reasons why

So , that’s the first big reason I love the wing, and the foil:

1-One more option in the water, a damn good one, which is a lot of fun!!

Which brings me to my second reason:

2-It’s so much fun, hard to describe, the kind of excitement I can only remember feeling when I first learned to windsurf at age 12. 

It is so much fun it becomes addictive, so much so that for a good 6 months (windy for the most part in Barbados ) that’s all I did. 

3-it’s a workout, like no gym will ever offer you:

Yes good luck with that, learning if you’re unfit, you surely can but it involves a bit of pain. you WILL get fit, no doubt learning to wingfoil. 

4-marginal conditions become fun!

15 knots and some onshore chop? Epic wingfoiling. Blasting offshores and flat? Epic wingfoiling. Epic cross/off 25 kts and swell? well maybe I’d like to windsurf this day and then wingfoil later when the wind drops a bit!! But basically you can wing, and have fun, on a 15 knot day up to 30 kts and everything in between, swell or flat. so again, water time increases. 

5-Freedom

Freedom from kite lines for example. Long kite lines affect your ability to launch from certain spots too dangerous to launch a kite. And you’re constantly attached to these lines which, for me, is not a very happy feeling. 

Freedom from equipment, because the wing is small and light, and depowers incredibly well even on strong days. It weighs nothing, compared to windsurfing gear. 

Paolo in transition

Wingfoiling Barbados is also freedom from CROWDS!! this is such a good thing, you can go anywhere really, away from known crowded surf spots and windsurf/kitesurf spots. In fact, you wouldn’t want to foil next to too many people because, I admit, you would not want to hit anybody or yourself with a foil at decent speed. I hate crowds, so this is definitely my thing. Outside reefs and remote locations, this is what I prefer, unless I just want to have a good time with my friends, occasionally. Barbados has huge potential, I have only just started to scratch the surface of where I can ride on a wing. So all of a sudden I am really looking forward to winter, once again I am excited at what I’ll discover! And this is true no matter where you live. 

More reasons why

6-Learning

There has been nothing more exciting for me lately than to learn this wonderful sport, which is really two sports in one (you have to learn the wing and then the foil, I had never foiled before apart from a few windsurf foil runs). 

Learning has been so exciting, it really made me feel young again. Progression can be pretty quick too, so don’t buy a board to learn on, because you will want to get rid of that in a week or two and move on to something smaller. Same thing for the foil. 

Foiling adds an incredible new dimension to surfing. You’re still connected to the energy of the wave , but now you have to re-think what a wave is and start looking at the wave energy below the face of the wave. It is fascinating to learn how to control the lift of a foil. The feeling you get on a foil is hard to describe: you’re usually very fast and completely silent, there’s no water sounds, apart from maybe your foiling humming at high speeds. 

……and ultimately:

7-why the hell not?

There has to be a reason so many accomplished riders across all sports are falling in love with it, or do you think it’s a marketing Fad?

Wingfoiling Barbados: there is, in the end, only one way to find out, and that is by trying it, and decide for yourself. Good luck and please write some replies to this blog to let me know any questions you may have or if you would like me to talk about any other aspects regarding wingfoiling, i.e. how to learn, what gear to use, best conditions to start etc. 

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La neve è finita, andate in pace

Neve senza neve

Peccato. Più che altro perché al di la degli indubitabili cambiamenti climatici – la temperatura si è alzata di fatto peggio che nei peggiori scenari predittivi – finora in Appennino c’era andata bene. Anzi paradossalmente quasi meglio. Quasi. Quest’anno per esempio è mancata la botta di tramontana da 3gg e 0 gradi a Roma.
Vabbè ci si può rifare con il surf noAspetta un attimo.
No.
Le stesse perturbazioni che portano la neve portano anche vento e onde. E allora? E allora maui no ka oi. Dove però ha fatto miglior inverno degli ultimi 20 anni, quindi la primavera è a forte rischio de cippa.
A Maui, daje, aridacce vento e onde..

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Lo scirocco infrasettimanale

La Bomba – Natale 2019

Dagli annali iSurf (2005)

Puntuale come un orologio è arrivato lo scirocco di fine estate.

Un tempo a chiudere l’estate faceva il maestrale (ricordo diversi anni fa una settimana di fila, proprio a settembre , e la ricordo bene perchè avevo passato l’ordine al mio laboratorio di fiducia per costruire una tavola nuova custom dando la mia subito in cambio per arrivare al costo della nuova…), adesso è qualche anno che il maestrale è andato in pensione. . . e ci ha lasciato lo scirocco, che quest’anno ha preso pure il posto del termico e un’altro pò sostituisce pure la tramontana.
E vabbè.


Uno dice, a guardare le probabilità, esiste il 14% di possibilità (1/7) che faccia vento durante un giorno qualsiasi della settimana scelto da voi a caso.
Quindi le possibilità che faccia vento il fine settimana sono il 28% contro un 72% che ti fotta e lo faccia in un feriale (qualche purista della statistica avrebbe da ridire . . . ma semplifichiamo le cose, per completare il ragionamento) 
Tutto sommato poteva andarci peggio. 
Se pensiamo alle probabilità di vincere al superenalotto (che tutti i surfisti giocano con la prospettiva di trasferirsi alle Hawaii), sono molto ma molto inferiori. Facciamo a tempo a diventare tutti Campello, uscendo esclusivamente nei fine settimana. . . 
Allora la domanda semplice e disarmante che ti faccio è: ma come mai il vento arriva sempre nei giorni feriali? 
Come mai il nostro log book è una somma di 72% che si danno man forte l’uno con l’altro, e il vento fa sempre due pompate di venerdi e riesce a planare liscio attraverso i nostri fine settimana, senza fermarcisi neanche per sbaglio?
Mah. . . 
A questo aggiungerei le perversioni informatiche che ormai ti informano in tempo reale e le telefonate degli amici e il quadro di sofferenza è completo.

Per ricapitolare. 
Già lo sapevi dal giorno prima, ma saggiamente hai fatto finta di niente.
Magari di mattina ti arriva un sms del professore, se hai sottoscritto il suo servizio di infowind, che ti avverte che non solo era previsto (cosa che ci lascia ormai quasi perfettamente indifferenti, date le possibilità ancora elevate di sòla) ma c’è anche e per davvero! 
Verso le 11 poi magari la telefonata di un amico (c’è n’è sempre uno, e Andrè?) che dal tuo spot ti manda un laconico sms che declina “Lo so che stai soffrendo, ti volevo dire che è bellissimo” 
Ora dico io, ma se lo sai, perchè diamine mi mandi l’sms? 
Spirito sadico? 
Per vedere se scoppio e sentire il botto dalla Centrale? Mah. . .

Purtroppo non è finita li . . esiste anche Internet e la lan aziendale . . e i siti meteo in tempo reale, alcuni con i grafici temporali del vento (corallo beachwindfinder osservazioni itasurf.itwindwatch). Il mio browser in queste giornate al posto del pulsante di refresh ha un buco, a forza di rischiacciare per vedere gli aggiornamenti . . .

Ultimo e non meno curioso fenomeno. 
Se Mercoledi 15 settembre 2005 andavi alla Centrale, o Giovedi 16 a Focene, e ti portavi l’elenco alfabetico dei serfisti romani – che a Roma come ovunque in Italia grazie alla lungimiranza delle politiche di produttori e negozi sul settore giovanile si sono praticamente estinti nel corso degli ultimi 20 anni – e facevi l’appello, notavi non più di una decina di assenze parzialmente giustificate.
Ora io sono anni che mi chiedo che lavoro facciano i surfisti.

Certo meglio del mio, che non mi ha mai consentito di fare sega (va bene, lo ammetto, qualche rarissima eccezione, che ricordo però una per una, per il contorno creativo di palle che ho dovuto inventare a supporto e per il malox che ho dovuto assumere pre riprendermi dopo aver zippato un’uscita windsurf in 2,5 ore ufficio-uffico), pur avendo cambiato completamente genere almeno già tre volte.
Sono tutti professionisti romani che hanno visto in anticipo la sciroccata e si sono sbancati la giornata dagli appuntamenti? 
Tutti medici e dentisti che fanno chiamare i pazienti dichiarando gravissime incombenze dell’ultimo istante?
Tutti commerciali che si fissano l’apputamento col cliente guarda caso in località marina?
Tutti imprenditori che sanno far lavorare gli altri al posto proprio? 
Tutti disoccupati o impiegati ministeriali

Non credo.

Non sarebbe possibile . . 
Penso che i clienti alla terza sciroccata di fila si ribellerebbero, o no? E al successivo professionista o fornitore di servizi prima di diventare loro clienti gli chiederebbero “Scusa, ma n’è per caso che te fai uinserf, vero? .. No perchè sinnò tieni un pò bene aperto l’occhietto a zio ..” 
Che il capoufficio alla terza richiesta di permessino gliene farebbe uno definitivo, che non richiede la necessità di rientro. . 
E un adagio dell’imprenditoria detta che se non stai a bottega, difficilmente le cose funzionano.

E allora? Come è possibile?
E’ un mistero glorioso . . . anzi . . . sono molto curioso di scoprire il tuo trucco . . .

Ti immagini l’economia del windsurf?
Ti alzi in un giorno di vento scendi al bar e trovi un cartello con scritto: “Chiuso causa vento”
Fai dieci metri vai per fare benzina, e trovi chiuso. E vabbè, dici, tanto oggi vado a Focene, la faccio domani.
Passi dal tuo negozio di windsurf preferito prima dell’uscita per ricomprare le cimette del trapezio, e niente, stanno al mare pure loro.
E vabbè, esco senza cimette, ergo senza trapezio, alla Craig Mainsoville, detto Masonite, che diversi anni fa usciva a hookipa sempre senza trapezio (ora è in cura in un centro specializzato per le malattie neurologiche, ma non alle braccia).
Arrivi al mare, e prima di fare i primi due bordi, ti viene fame (lo ammetto, questa è improbabile . . data la foga prevento del serfista .. ma abbi pazienza). Ti giri intorno e niente. Bar tutti chiusi. Stanno tutti serfando
In compenso dai un’occhiata al tuo spot, sul picco, e vedi 3 milioni di romaniE questi? Mo che ci fanno tutti qua? Ma n’annavano alla partita na volta?
No, non sarebbe possibile. 

Sono peraltro anni che mi chiedo se uno contribuisce più al PIL lavorando o surfando (si lo so, non sto bene, me lo dice sempre anche il mio psicanalista. . . )
Caso I – scelgo di lavorare: nel mio caso se c’è vento, il contributo è minimo. . . dato il tempo che passo a fare refresh sul pulsante del browser del sito di meteo in tempo reale di cui sopra. Però è anche vero che vado in pausa e mangio (transazione economica) che uso il telefono (transazione economica) che faccio perdere tempo ai colleghi distraendoli (transazione economica di effetto negativa). Diciamo che vuoto per pieno il vostro stipendio diviso per 210 lo portate a casa, a cui si aggiungono appunto i caffè, i costi di trasferimento da e per l’ufficio, le telefonate etc etc. Diciamo che tutto incluso su un profilo medio di windsurfista (gente che tra attrezzatura, viaggi, station wagon e amenità varie ha una struttura di costi non proprio indifferente . . . ) circa 160 eu.

Vediamo ora il caso esco in windsurf e vado alla Centrale.
Gasolio: per la centrale con andata e ritorno alla media 150 kmh (velocità minima prevento 240 kmh . . . con ritorno a 60 kmh in stato comatoso . . . codice della strada e punti inapplicabili al serfista) fino anche a 20 eu.
Casello autostrada 3 eu (forse di più, mo c’ho il Telepass e manco lo so più . . la Società autostrade infatti ti manda quegli estratti conto con scritto sopra 60 . . . ma per quanto ne sai tu ce potevano scrivere pure 6,000)
Supplemento scendo-in-acqua-tra-poco-non-sia-mai-che-mi-viene-fame alla colazione: 5 eu.
Ammortamento auto accelerato per usura = 5 volte l’uso normale. Infatti vi sparate 200 km, supponendo che teniate l’auto fino ai 40,000 km che fate in 3 anni, che questa valga nuova 25,000 e 10,000 quando la vendete a fine periodo questo vuol dire circa 100 eu di costo aggiuntivo per la vettura (136 eu – i 26 di ammortamento se la tenete ferma in garage). Trascurando l’usura dei pneumatici, minima se non sei il DeCesaris ..
Usura attrezzatura. Vale circa 5000 eu (supponendo che abbiate roba buona, 2 tavole, 3 vele, albero rdm, boma carbon, muta trapezio e ferraglia standard + due pinne, e cha abbiate comprato tutto bene, o molto bene). Sta roba se non siete particolarmente fissati la tenete in media circa tre anni, quindi 5000/180 (media 60 uscite/anno per i windsurfisti della domenica molto dediti) e abbiamo quindi circa 28 eu.
Morale: 20+3+5+100+28= 156 (i 4 te li risparmio a meno non che non ci tieni prorio). Quindi? Quindi è perfettamente indifferente se state incollati alla sedia o andate al mare!!!.
Se vi andate a sparare qualche forward alla Centrale o rimanete in ufficio all’economia italiana non gli cambia niente!!! 
Ammesso chiaramente che non vi licenzino o non andiate falliti per l’assenza, nel qual caso aumentano i costi sociali.
Se avevi anche il minimo senso di colpa, ora ti ho liberato
Quindi dovendo proprio scegliere, serfate gente, serfate! .. incuranti di quanti rimangono in ufficio e rosicano ..

Epic sessions

There are rare times when even Italy pulls it all together.
Rome is endowed with a decent fetch both from the west and the south, south being reasonably better.

The Med is a big lake, but its shores are pretty far apart. Under the right conditions and when the wind blows for a couple of days in the same direction the swell can pick consistently and even if it never reaches a truly ocean-like period it can ratchet up in the high single digits, making it for an enjoyable session.

The second of December was one of those days, and we have a little gallery to prove it.

And the swell came, and the swell went ..

The nicest shot I got on the day

And so the mythical and long sought after swell came and .. went .. and was a bit of a disappointment to me.
You would have expected – having been surfing and windsurfing and in one more day kiting for five weeks – that I would be the fittest and readiest windsurfer in town. I know this place.
I cannot say I command Ho’okipa after a total of over 12 months of sailing here spread over 20 years – my first time here was in 1999 – but man I do know this place, his tricks and pitfalls.
And I have been on the water in Ho’okipa almost every day for five weeks, so being fit and training are definitely not an issue.
My session on the 19th of April alas was a total disaster.
I’ve had three separate sessions, with in between the second and the third a long shooting session whose results are captured in iSurf.it albums.
Take away from the day number one, especially when it’s hyper busy.

Look at the wind! Midday – empty and nuclear


Do get the sail right.
It might look obvious but if you are underpowered and your session mates are the best windsurfers in the world you’d better be going if you want catch a wave.
That is unfortunately not what occurred to me around 12:00 when I first got in. I was slogging on my 4.5 and saw everybody else taking waves from the back, from the front, from the upside, from beneath me.
I was standing idle, not moving at all and could not even pump to get on the plane, coz someone else would already be coming planing from the outside and make my “pumpable” wave on my behalf.
This ain’t mid march anymore where an error like this, having often been in 5 on the water or less, would be spared.
This is end super busy of April and a mistake like that kills your session.
I got close to zero waves and what I made was the left overs of others.

Ricardo Campello downrigs a notch for his second session: from 4.7 to 4.5

I did get out, but in the meantime the bad news is that you have wasted all your best energies of the first session, as the rest of it, the waves on the head, the let-try-my-luck-to-get-out part and the effort are on par with the best sessions.
Sesh two was in mid afternoon after having had my take-away home-made lunch at the car.
I got back in, and boy this time it was windy.
It was not just windy.
It was nuclear.
My 4.5 was way overpowered and the wind was typical Ho’okipa stuff, up and down 0 to 35 knots. By this I don’t just intend to exaggerate the fact that is the wind is not constant.
I do intend to say that at times you are sitting empty handed, and two seconds after you are struggling to sheet in your sail. It’s a bit of a ride on a raging bull.

This was my best wave shot of the day. You can tell it was not my day

So I got three nice waves, and then found myself in front of the beach with the forearms completely stiffened and having a hard time to water start due to fatigue and the nuclear wind. As a Ho’okipa semi-veteran I now am, I do know what needs to be done in these cases.
Get your ass out of the water immediately before you damage your kit or get hurt.
And that is what I did: I sailed in after less than half an hour.
Next I got to my spot on the hill to shoot photos and videos and appreciate at the fullest the art of windsurfing represented at the very top of the game.
After an hour and a half I was done with over 450 shots and 2 Gb of hi quality video: Album Part I Album Part II Video

Titoun-theMonkey going wild

After shooting the champs, I figured I was ready and hyped to get finally a good sesh in.
I went back in, always on my 4.5 with on an easing wind.
Got out nicely, what I dub “the strike” in bowling terms, that is when you are able to get in without taking any waves on the head, not very common feature in my sessions at Ho’okipa, and set myself up at Green Tress waiting for some good sets. The crowds were much better than the morning. We must have been 12 but were rapidly increasing with the late session brigade making the water. By comparison at lunch we were out in just 5.

How we would always like our lives to be: gear rigged up sitting on the beach and Hookipa firing on 4 cylinders

Unfortunately the wind had eased a bit too much for my 86 and 4.5 to feel confident. I got another three nice waves, rode them to the best of my ability and then decided, noting I was tired, it was getting busy and the forecast for the next day looked even better than it was for the day, to come out after less than 1 hour.
I did not want to find myself struggling the little wind and high surf in the evening.
I got out. The day was gone. My wave count was minimal to my 2019 standards, with possibly less than 10 good waves. What in 2016 would have counted for a super session.
I was hopeful for Saturday, but Saturday will prove to be a total disappointment, with the swell going back to 1 ft summer conditions in a matter of a few hours.
So my Good Friday was wasted and the expected session of the season did not work out for me as it has for many others.

An expert of later sessions, Graham Ezzy, showing how it’s done

But – men and women – this is Ho’okipa.
You are welcome to love her or hate her, but you have to acknowledge she is never and easy girl.
She does not let herself be subdued by anyone.
She can work in your favour if you pursue her long and well enough and you whisper to her the right words in her ear.
But she will never ever be yours.
An acquaintance, never a friend.
Ready to let you down and run for the next lover, more appealing, fitter or simply more motivated to pursue her than you are.
Ho’okipa, I love you!!
Like all the things that you know for sure in life will never be fully yours.

Evening: winds shifted side off and the conditions looks good even on the iPhone

The story of an unexpected double session

Ok this picture deserves raccontino, a little story
Today we were supposed to get a hard earned day off from the wind.Yesterday I shot all my bullets (Italian figurative way of saying) since we were supposed to get three days without wind.I checked with Giampaolo Cammarota on his blog were to go surf – SSN was giving massive 3-7+ at hookipa. But Giampaolo gives you bouy readings and webcams, and the new swell wasnt supposed to kick in until later in the day, so I decided to give a shot to hookipa.When I got there quote early for my standards I found hookipa surfwise as good as it gets: 1-3 and glassy.I felt so confident that I mounted my gopro on the board. A thing you don’t do on bigger days if you care about your camera.I had a nice session an possibly something will come out of that cam. I’ve had a few wave. Nothing worth mentioning as there were 20 people out, spread between Green Trees and H’Poko, and more farther towards Pavillion.

What it looks like underwater

A lot by hookipa standard. A friendly chap from southern california local of Topanga, a place I surfed too a couple of times while living in LA, a boy who must have been no older than 13/14 came by and with a grown up grim told me “these people are complaining it’s busy. This is not busy. They have no idea” Well I remember a day at Rincon on a very large north swell – a day that would see most of SoCal maxed out – entering Rincon and working all the way up from being the last one in to taking the top spot on the main peak. I did that not do that of the intention to actually surf, but simply to reduce the number of wave that I’d be getting on the head. That day in that spot I counted hundreds, literally hundreds of surfers.

The wait game

Going back to my session I got up on a few waves with my favourite technique: sitting in the inside with the kids and taking advantage of the leftovers of the other surfers. Of course this strategy comes at expense: you will get all the incoming large sets on the head. if you are sitting deep inside that is the deal.

The fatigue of going out: you can see surfing is more social than expected

The business was worth a few take offs, followed by very short runs. I still don’t have the speed to stand in the right spot on the board, so I tend to loose the wave that eventually closes out on me. But I am improving.

One of take offs

As I ended my session with my third wave, I got out and it was obvious that the wind was picking up. Windguru had sown a dead north shore, but I was on the hill trying to read my book and it was impossible. After half an hour with perfectly glassy conditions the first guy is out.
I decide to go back home and get my gear. Rule of thumb for hookipa: always have your gear in the car, you never know the magics of the North Shore. As I got home I relaxed had a coffee connected with friends back at home and .. an hour wen by.
By the time I was back on spot I could see a lot of action (check Jimmie Hepp album from the 04-05-2019 to judge for yourself

In the water the likes of Browzino, Jaeger Stone, Thomas Traversa. As I was almost rigged, they started to come out. The conditions had become too light even for them. I decide to go in anyways. After 20 minutes to get to the point with 10 knots maybe less of wind I decide to make it back in possibily on a wave. This was the result

The drop: mind you there is close to zero wind. You see that from the crest braking and not being blown at all
Close up
Wave is over

If you want to check out the pow video from the boom – you can see the cam in the close up picture

You can see from the video that there are two top turns that have not come out in picture

If you want to check out the full quick edit of the session, you can find on Vimeo iSurf video channel https://vimeo.com/328873718
Enjoy and keep the stoke alive!

Associazioni libere di pensiero con la parola: Hawaii ?

Dice Luca!, qual’è la tua prima associazione libera con le Hawaii?

Aloha Classic 2016

La magia di un arcobaleno?

Honolua Bay

Il misticismo di un tramonto ad Honolua Bay dopo una session con dimensione umana?

Jaws Peahi challenge 2016

Le incredibili onde di Jaws?

Ho’okipa 2019

Le incredibili condizioni perfette di Hookipa?

No signore. Nulla di tutto questo. La verità è piuttosto questa:

F***ing dish washing.
Dentro la mia testa ogni volta che penso Hawaii penso ai piatti che avrò da lavare. Migliaia di piatti. Decine di migliaia.
Ma dico? Sto paese che sostiene di essere arrivato sulla Luna – uno dei più grandi cover up della storia dell’uomo, secondo solo alle torri gemelle – possibile mai che si perde sui piatti?
Nel 2016 ero cosi disperato che ho pensato, mentre cercavo business opportunities, mo torno qua e distribuisco Electrolux.
Quando questi scoprono quanto è comodo faccio miliardi.
Poi però quest’anno si è delineata parlando con Sergio una realtà meno poetica.
Le lavatrici per dindirindina ci stanno. Solo non ci stanno nei posti che affitto io.
Voglio dire non ci sono mai state.
Manco una volta.
Manco per sbaglio.
Ma dico io! Come diceva il conte!
Mai un proprietario che gli venisse in mente, ok questa non è una luxury accomodation, ma a sto poraccio de Roma mo je faccio un regalo e je faccio trova na lavastoviglie.
Niente!
Invece arrivo qui e mi trasformo nel piccolo cenerentolo.
Lavo, stiro, ammiro, cucino, faccio la spesa.
Se mi vedesse mia moglie – e fortunatamente queste cose le faccio solo di nascosto – penserebbe
“Luca, esci immediatamente da questo corpo che è posseduto!!”

Beh, boyz and girls, posso aggiungere: che cosa non abbiamo fatto nella vita per il dio del surf!
Le seghe a scuola, le bugie in ufficio, i pranzi di famiglia bucati nelle festività comandate.
Ma ora la risposta migliore ce l’ho.

I piatti!
Sissignore.
Abbiamo fatto pure quelli.
I piatti.

Aloha ? ♥️ and have a great day ?night ?depending where you live.

Trip to the West side

As hookipa was slightly beyond my ability I decided to go check the west side and a some good south swell forecasts I had seen in the morning, calling 2-3, when it is normally 1-2.

Slightly over double overhead

First stop on the west side is my favourite McDonald in the world. Why it’s my favourite? Because .. it’s got the best flags! McD+US+Hawaii.

MacDonald
A super cool US truck
Inside an hawaiian Mac
McDonald = predictability

After refueling, I continued towards one of the most beautiful spots on the island, and not just for the conditions: Honolua Bay

Getting there
View from the side
Reassuring sign of human presence
The break: looking inconsistent
The beautiful beach to get out

On the way back, trying to surf the south swell, I stopped at another favourite of mine: Laniupoko

This is a nice park offering grass, palm shade, a nice beach, an enclosed little beach for kids and a decent south swell exposure.

Laniupoko – on the road to Lahaina
Laniupoko peace
Author enjoying a busy hawaiian afternoon
More sleeping under the palm trees

Nice protected little beach and finger

After some rest and having checked the minimal surf I headed back home. Drove through Ho’okipa to find it fully packed by the after work brigade.

Beach update 26-3-2019

First thing first. I am trying a custom board to complement my pyramid 92. Found this beauty at Quatro, one of Levi’s boards. Volume aft and thin tail. Tried it today in marginal conditions and rides like heaven. Snappy turns when needed and longer carves rail stuck in the water if that is your game.This is what it’s like to ride naked in Hawaii. Who needs board and sail bags anyways?The most loved sailor of all times is back on the water after sometime. It was great to meet and greet him. He was always here with Brian Talma when I first got here in 1999. He explained me – on my request – how to land a back loop. A backie he told me it’s not a rotation, rather a jump and a drop. Unfortunately Josh the advice was inpeccable. It’s implantation in the last few years less so.Lead Aloha Classic commentator and Simmer Sails team manager talking to the reigning queen of hookipa Sara Houser Jimmie’s weaponWind’s unfortunately turning soft. The odds of a surfing break from windsurfing are increasing

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