Archive for June, 2010

Exploring the new frontier Of Wave Skiing (part 2)

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Best California Spring skiing ever….
After a great weekend of SUP surfing and kiteboarding in Santa Cruz; the next morning I followed the swell down the coast and met up with Eric Akiskalian from Towsurfer.com and surf photographer Mike Jones of Azhiaziam.com for a mid morning tow surf session. After my first wave skiing session a couple weeks ago, I really wanted to see how these wave skis worked on a steeper faced wave that had a little punch to it. My optimal goal is to ride these skis in the tube; I just have to find the right wave with a good swell and smooth conditions.
The storm that was pushing the swell down the coast, had a lot of strong winds associated with it, making it a challenge to make the call where to go. We studied the conditions early morning and decided to go for it even though there was a light wind blowing. Sometimes you can wait for days for perfection, but half the fun is about the adventure and you never know what you may find unless you go. After 30 minute of getting the jet skis, boards, wave skis etc all ready to go, we were cruising our way out of the harbor. After a quick bumpy ride up the coast we checked a couple breaks and decided to check a below sea level reef slab that breaks about a mile off shore. Sure enough with the low tide and building swell, there were a couple fun pits to be had.
waves were small but perfect for some wave skiing R&D
I towed my partner Eric into a couple nice glassy runners for an hour and then when we switched I opted to give the wave skis another shot in some solid, steep, fast racing pits. Ever since I tried the wave skis a month earlier, I really wondered how they would handle in ledgy fast waves with the obvious consequence of getting plowed and going over the falls with skis on. deep in my mind, I know it’s possible to get a tube with these skis, it’s just how big and can they hold an edge at high speed without blowing up??
kind of weird putting on ski boots while watching waves..
waiting for the chairlift ride out to liquid mountain…
This time I was better prepared with biodegradable liquid soap to slip my feet into the tight ski boots. Skis on, life vest and ski poles; hand me the rope, I’m ready to do some major R&D. Eric throttles the ski and pulls me out of the water to the outside, where we wait patiently for a set wave. A couple minutes later, I’m up and gliding into my first bowl of the day. It’s all about getting your timing right with the way the wave hits the shelf or shallow reef. The speed i get from the whip of the jetski puts me in perfect position and I arc a sharp turn down the face, followed by another arcing bottom turn under the lip of the wave. The high speed takes me a little further past the tube section, but gives me a good idea where I can bleed some speed to set up better for the next wave. “What a rush”.
whipping into the moving peak to set up for the bowl after dropping the rope.
It wasn't perfect but i can see the light at the end of the tunnel…
I kick out in the safety of the channel and grab the rope as Eric passes by me and we zip back out for another. Every wave, I get better and better at managing my speed and control over the ever changing conditions. The light onshore wind leaves a slight crumble on the lip making it hard to get a clean tube, but still smooth enough to get some great rides. The great thing about this wave, is that it breaks perfectly almost in the same spot every time and if you miss time the right bowl section, you can still turn hard Left and ride it out the other way. like a perfect A frame.
you can really gouge turns just like in the snow..
whipping in to these Lefts were so much fun.
After about 15 waves, my confidence is peaking and I start to get a little too comfortable and thats when mother Nature gives me a good slap in the gut. I whip into this wide set wave and let go of the rope a little too early making me too late to make the section and as it closes out, I decide to ride around the exploding lip and get gassed where the white water takes my feet out from under me and knocks the wind out of me. I can’t tell you how hard that hit me, but I felt like I could only squeeze a breath in and out of my lungs the size of a ping pong ball. My skis still on my feet ; I lay floating in a little ball catching my breath for a good 5 minutes.
It's a trip riding waves with both feet facing forward side by side.
I got off pretty lucky, laughed it off and grabbed the rope to keep my sanity in check. If you don’t get back on the horse, sometimes that might be your last ride. Eric towed me into a couple more waves and every time after a ride, he would sling me into the next wave on our way out. We call this move, the inside whip because you can arc the ski towards the in coming wave and do a super sharp turn whipping the rider into the face, giving the rider a burst of speed banking into the lip straight into a bottom turn. It’s a huge thrill and if your timing is on, you can almost get every wave in a set.
My favorite; The Inside Whip..
taking the high line, one step closer to the tube ride….
An hour and 25 waves later the wind started blowing a little stronger and we all decided to call it a day. it was a great full day of hard wave skiing R&D and it gave me a new found respect for the unknown which I can’t wait to explore and push further on the next swell.
A big thanks to Eric for towing me into so many waves, to Mike Jones for shooting photos and to Jason Starr and the McDermatt brothers for custom shaping these great wave skis.
Here’ s a look at the new custom big wave skis that the McDermatt brothers shaped for me for the 50′ ft ++ days for next Winter season. Stay tuned…..
new big wave, wave skis for 50' and bigger

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Kolaiah’s BOP Hawaii Experience:

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Kolaiah Jardine

“The Battle of the Paddle Hawaii was an incredible experience to say the least. Two days of beautiful weather, intense racing and the best athletes of the sport set the stage for the greatest race in Stand Up Paddle to date. I began day one as a volunteer instructor for Na Kama Kai, Duane Desoto’s non-profit organization that teaches ocean activities and safety to Hawaii’s disadvantaged Keiki. This is something that I am involved in on a regular basis, but this day was extra special. After spending a few hours teaching the children about the ocean and Stand Up paddle it was time to take a rest and prepare for the Elite race. The race was the most grueling race I have ever done and I think a majority of the other competitors would also agree. Three 1.5 mile laps, in and out of the surf, with a soft sand run in between each, made for an exciting display of athletic performance. The 12’6” Surf Race board worked great and I’m happy to report a 33rd place finish overall in the Elite race, with a time of 1:36:40.

After and evening of carbo loading, stretching and sleep, day two had arrived. The downwind course stretched approximately ten miles from Hawaii Kai (Maunalua Bay) to Fort Derussy/Duke Kahanamoku beach. With variable ENE winds from 10-18 mph, this race was a race of technique, experience and brawn. Being that this is my usually training course, I was very eager to participate and report a good result. Once again, the 12’6” Surf Race board proved faithful with a 1st place finish in my board class and age division. Thank you Starboard! To end this exciting weekend was the much anticipated SUP Surf Team relay. Team Starboard was represented by Myself, Conner Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, and Kalani (Kristal) Brown. We paddled our hardest and worked as a team to place 5th over more than 20 teams. This was so a great experience. I would like to Thank my sponsors Bomber eyewear, Victory, Rhythm clothing and or course Starboard for their support and also Congratulate Danny Ching and Candice Appleby for their incredible victories. ”

Aloha & A hui hou,

Kolaiah “Fuzzy” Jardine

Youri Zoon RECORDED: Episode 7 -Paradise beach

Monday, June 7th, 2010

After winning the second place in the overall PKRA competition of 2009, Youri heads to South Africa. On a road trip he discovers that South Africa has more to offer than just the spots around the Cape Town. The first spot on his trip is called Paradise beach….with a reason.

European Championship SUP race in Saint-Maxime, France.

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May, the European Championship Paddle race took place in Saint-Maxime, the bay of Saint Tropez.
A total of 103 Paddlers came together from California, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Holland to compete; a very great turnout.

On Saturday, the day started with a relay race.
The relay team is put together with 4 people; with a minimum of 1 woman.
Chuck Patterson, Byron Kurt and Xavier Masdevall were looking for 1 girl, so I joined them – using the Starboard 12′6″x26″ Surf Race (a board Pascal lent me. Merci Pascal!)
Our team; with a mix of champs became first, which is a good way to start an event

picture by privatemauichef.com

The 2nd race of the day was the 7 km distance. (12’6” and 14” foot)
The competitors paddled rounds around 6 buoys. After each round we had to run with our boards, about 20 meters over sand before entering the water again for the next round.
It seemed that the concept ‘the Battle of the Paddle’ in California was copied, a fun way to keep the paddlers close to the public and spectators.
Very good vibes from the water and land mixed together in how the SUP sport is being received during this first European event here in the south of France.
The wind was very light and the paddle conditions were good.
The board I could use for this race was “The Pin 12’6” by 30 – a design from last year -. (Merci Marc!) Compared to the “Surf Race” it was a bit slower. I ended 2nd place after Fabienne D’Ortoli; pro kite girl and since 2 years stand up paddler from France. Nicole Boronat from Spain, a long time-respectable pro water woman, became 3rd.

The 3rd race was held on Sunday, the 30th; a long distance from 14 km.
The conditions of this day were pretty rough with winds reaching gusts of 25 knots. The race was being adjusted for safety reasons; again rounds around buoys, but now bigger rounds. We were supposed to SUP from the bay of St. Tropez all the way to St. Maxim, but this route was not safe enough – big chance we would ‘fly down to Corsica –
The headwinds we would endure half way each round reminded me of the SUP 11-City Tour last year; where we had long hours with ‘just that’.
I focused on each stroke and a steady rhythm, which I could keep the entire race.
I ended up fist from the women and also left some guys behind me, which is always fun. The board I used this day was again “The Pin”.

For video images and more results of the men (there were many men results; 15 podium places to share between classes of 12’6”, 14’ and unlimited), visit site: http://www.micromax.tv/film.php?idvideo=343

http://www.micromax.tv/film.php?idvideo=342

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pictures by privatemauichef.com

Dave Muir preparing for Waterman League in Tahiti

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

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Tiffany and Anne Marie in Maui

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

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