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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Home again

Finally home in Norway again after a looooong trip home from Maui. I can't say that I was impressed by the weather when we landed this morning. Fogg, wind, rain and temperature about 8 degrees was what met us when we got off the plane. Actually it was so windy that many of my friends was going out windsurfing, they claim that the conditions haven't been this good since Tormod and I left three weeks ago. Tormod and I was not tempted to join them, it tempted more to crush on the sofa in the appartment. The best news for us to day was that all our gear got safely home to Norway with us, boards sails etc. all arrived in time and whitout any damage to Gardemoen.

Got some sailing at uppers the last day

The last day in paradise and once again we went to Kanaha. It was windy so I rigged my 4,4m2 and went to Uppers since it was totaly flat on Lower. Got almost two hours with great sailing before it was time to pack up and head to the airport for check inn. At the airport we where lucky, all our bags weighed below 50 pounds and was axcepted for transport after a fee off 340 USD, this was for three boards so I guess we where lucky. At the moment we are in Frankfurth waiting for our flight to Oslo, lets hope that all our gear comes home intact.

Later to day I might also add a video filmed on the water the last day

Friday, October 26, 2007

Windy, windy, windy and waves on Kanaha

Pozo or Kanaha? The strength of the wind gave me a flashback to Pozo, but since we had perfect logohigh sideshore waves Pozo was out off the picture. Kanaha isn't that bad either! Sailed with my 4,4m2 and 84 liter waveboard using a 20,5 fin and had a great time "ripping" the waves. Didn't get off the water before 5.30 when the wind started to dropp.
I know that there where a lot of people complaining about the gusty wind but I guess my timing on the water was lucky because I had a blast most of the time.
Tested some new angels for my videocam mounted bouth on the boom (leward going in) and also attached to the mast just above the boom. Check this place for a video to be launched soon

To morrow is our last day and it looks like another day with wind & waves, guess we will be pretty exhausted when we leave Maui in the evening.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kanaha once again, then up to Ho'okipa

To day we sailed once more at Kanaha in gorgeous conditions, used my 5,0m2 but after only 2,5 hour we was exhausted and went to Subway for lunch.
The first hour at Kanaha I sailed with a headcam, but as you can see on the attaced video, it's not easy to get good shots when the camera just keep on bounsing up and down

After lunch we decided to head up to Ho'okipa to check out the action. Ho'okipa was "going off", when we arrived Naish, Polakow and probably many other off the top guns where rigging down, but there where still plenty off action going on. Francisco was out testing some new gear, and I have to admit. His bottomturns are something else, even better than mine...... Just check out some off the pictures I took.
Ho'okipa on fire

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Video from Kanaha

Decided to cut and past a small video from Kanaha to day, here it is. Not exactly Oscarnominee but it's a start. Lets hope for better result tomorrow with a headcam.

Kanaha on fire!

Once again we where blessed with lots of wind and wounderfull waves at Kanaha, sailed with my 5,0m2 and had a blast in the waves at Lowers. Average size where head to logo and for the first hour or so there where plenty of room on every wave and it was just to grab all the waves I possibly could get on to and rip the appart. Averaging5-6 bottomturns on the waves gets you realy stoked. For the first hour I tested my new camera but I have to admit it ended with a lot of video off a clear blue sky. To morrow I will test it mounted to a helmet and hope for better luck.
After to long sessions in the waves I hit the beach for the last time of the day around 5.30 totally exhausted. After this it was time for refueling with some food so we went to Paia and got a huge steak at Milagros. Anohter day in paradise almost done and as it looks now we will have wind and waves for the remaining 3 days on Maui, thursday and friday even promisses "high surf" so at the moment it doesn't look like we will be boored the last days either.
No pictures to day but maybee at video to morrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chilling at Kanaha

Chilling at Kanaha

No waves and no wind to day. We went to Kanaha and chilled on the beach for a couple off hours before we went to pick up Tormod's boom at Hawaiian Island surf & sport. I also managed to spend som money to day when I bought a digitaly waterproof videocamera witch should be fun to test when the waves arrives later in the week.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tour d' Paia


After a great day in the water and on the beach we prettended to be tourists and took some pictures in Paia. This is where we have found most of our favourite restaurants, like Jaques, Paia fishmarket, Cafe Mambo, Cafe Aimes, Milagros and of course the fantastic foodstore Mana Foods. In this litle town you meet all kinds of people, and the majoroty is surfers and windsurfers, but you also run into hippies who still think think that woodstock was last week.

Time for surfing

Surfing at Kanaha and boggieboard in Paia

Sunday morning and no wind. We borrowed some Quatro longboards from Lalo and went to Kanaha for a great session in the waves. The paddel out at Kanaha is a test of endurance but the award is a wounderfull natur experience. Sitting out there with about 20 other surfers from all over the world, and off course some locals is just someting you don't want to miss. There is also a growing numbers of standup padlers, but so far it is not a problem. Spent almost two hours in the break and was lucky to get some nice rides. And a good advise, save some strength to your paddel in to the beach, it's a long, long paddel.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Light wind and swell at Kanaha

Superlight Kanaha

When we arrived at Kanaha to day it was very clear that the rule was go big or go home. Go home was not an option since the waves looked pretty cool. I rigged my 5,3m2 and took my big waveboard, Tormod took his bathingtowel and chilled on the beach since his board was to small.
Going out it felt like beeing at Punta Preta, big glasy waves and hardly any wind. Managed to float my way out trough the channel and sometimes over the waves but was hardly ever planning on my way out. Once outside it was just to pick a wave and enjoy a realy smooth ride on the waves. Some of the waves where actually the biggest we have seen so far. After almost two hours it was time to hit the beach . On the beach I met Pascal and Ronald, they also wanted to get some action and went out. But after one ride each the wind died and they almost had to swim to the beach.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Kanaha once again

Kanaha fredag 19. oktober 2007

Had another great day at Kanaha to day, started off with 5,om2 but had to rigg dow to 4,4m2 pretty quick and had two hours off sailing in waves at about 2-6 feet. The waves where about the same as yesterday, but it was longer between the realy good once.
After lunch I rigged my 5,om2 once again and had another two hours before the waves dropped and sinze my strengt also dropped at the same time it was one happy surfer who hit the beach after another day in paradise.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Epic Kanaha

Epic Kanaha

Once again Kanaha delivered the goods. A nice swell at 2-5 feet was rolling in all day long and the wind was steady 10-15 mph witch made it a great day to realy test my small Goya at 84 liters in down the line surf with my 5,3m2. If I wanted to I could have used my 5,0m2 as well but it's nice to have a litle extra power. After lunch the wind dropped a litle bit so I decided to take my 95 liter Goya and ended the day with another great session in the waves. A huge tank to Tormod for the pictures.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Smooth sailing at Kanaha

Once again we ended up at Kanaha where the wind was very light when we arrived in the morning. We took off and did some shopping, grabbed lunch and went back ater a couple off hours. The wind was still to light so we just chilled on the beach, waiting for the wind to pick up. And about 3.30 it did, rigged my 5,3m2 took my big waveboard and went out for an hour and a half with light wind wavesailing. The waves where about 1-1,5 meter and I had great time ripping down the line at lower Kanaha.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kanaha delivered

Kanaha 17102007

To day the north shore off Maui got hit by the first winterswell for the seasson, the forcast said 2-5 feet and as we hoped, we got our best day of sailing so far. We sailed at Kanaha, I used my 5,3m2 and big waveboard, before lunch the wind was very light and I was only planing when riding the waves. The biggest waves where about 2 meters and extremly smooth and glasy. After lunch the wind picked up a litle bitt and it was full power almost all the time. Got some realy great rides and was realy stoked when I hit the beach for the last time of the day around 5 o'clock.

We had dinner at Jaques in Paia when Kai and Kyle dropped by and joined us. They had been on Ho'okipa and was upset by the fact that the windsurfers who went out got their gear confiscated by the Rangers and was ordered to meet in court. The reason was that there had been to many surfers out, but according to Kai the surfers had gone out after the windsurfers even though it was blowing plenty.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bump & jump at Sprecks

Sprecks 15102007

After our tour at Twin Falls, we went to Sprecks for some bump & jump sailing. The swell have not found the way to Maui's northshore this fall, so we have to enjoy what we have. Sailed a couple of hours with my 5,3m2, but in the end I had to rigg down to my 5,0m2 and had a nother hour with great jumps and some photoshoots from the water. About 4.30 we packed up and went to Jaques in Paia for a New York Steak, after at hard day at the office........

And when we talk about waves, Lalo is talking about some swell coming in to morrow, I guess we will have to wait and see.......

Here is a videocut from Sprecks, filmed by Sigurd and edited by Tormod

Twin Falls

Twin Falls

The day started kind of slow with tour to Twin Falls just 5 minutes drive away from our house. Twin Falls is one of Maui's many waterfall and there is a nice hike through the "jungel" to get to it, the entire trip took us about an hour.

Sprecks v.s. Kanaha

We took a litle tripp down to Kihei to day, looking for a Bikeshop but couldn't find it and returned to the north shore only to find that the wind had picked up. We went to Kanaha, rigged 5,0m2 and sailed up to Uppers sinze it where no waves on lowers. Here the conditions where far from good. So after an hour sailing overpowered in crappy chop we decided to pack up and drove up to Sprecks. Once again I rigged my 5,0m2, the wind was gusty like it had been on Uppers but the waves where actually pretty good considering there where hardly any swell at all. I managede to get some bottomturns and cutbacks, but as usually sprecks is first of all a great place for jumping. After all it was a great session witch ended apprx at 4.3o when the wind dropped.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Iao Walley

Iao Walley

After yesterdays party at our house where a lot of Maui's best surfers and windsurfers dropped by we had a slow start this morning. Yesterday we also did some shopping and we started this day up finishing what we didn't accomplished yesterday. After that we took a tripp into the Iao Walley and practiced beeing tourists.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Finally we got some waves

When we passed Ho'okipa on our way to Kanaha we was very stoked when we noticed that the waves was bigger than we had seen the last week. Down at Kanaha it was obvious that we at last would get some waves. At lowers it was more or less flatt, but on Uppers it looked like there where som nice waves breaking. Due to the light wind I rigged my 5,3m2 and took my big wave board and jumped into the water. Pretty soon I realised that the wind was VERY light but never the less I managed get up to the waves on Uppers. Finally there I got some nice rides , not epic. But after many days with absolutly no waves I was stoked to get som bottomturns on the two meters onshore waves Uppers delivered.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

To days exercise

Had a great swim in from uppers at the end of the day after my mastbase said, by by.

Some waves on Uppers

Kanaha 12.10.2007

Finally we got something that looked like waves on Uppers, sailed with my 5,3m2 a couple of hours before lunch and took some pictures out on the water, sorry about the quality of the pictures but its not easy taking pictures like this.

Sprecks almost history!

Sprecks oktober 2007

Took a litle tripp down to Sprecks on our way to Kanaha to day. Sorry to say but Sprecks is soon to be history, the parking has almost disappeard in sand and the beach is no longer what is was a couple of years ago. If nobody in office decides to do something about it, this legendary beach for many scandinavians will be impossible to reach in a couple of years, unless you like to carry your gear form the highway or sail up from Kanaha or Camp One, you will have to rent one of the houses with private beach access.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Another day whitout waves

Another day has passed and I still haven't taken a singel bottomturn. Looking at the possitive side, the wind came back and I sailed most of the day with my 5,0m2 at Kanaha. In the afternoon I switched to5,3m2 and also my biggest waveboard . This was the first time I tested this board. The board is about 95 liters a it goes off realy early. Cruising around at Kanaha at full speed while almost everybody else where strugeling to get back to land was kind of cool, just to bad that there where no waves to play with. Like the small board, this board also is a dream to gybe and feels just great under my feets. Let's just pray for some waves, because I realy would like to test bouth boards in the waves, and maybe even try a bottomturn.
Pictures are of our house and Lalos dog who is watching the house, (the dog couldn't scare anybody)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What to to when it's no wind or waves

We where just crusing around, had a late breakfast at Marcos and checked out a shop where we could rent bikes for our planed tripp down from Haleakela. 80 bucks for a full suspension downhill bike included al the protectiongear you possibly could need, not bad. No we only need to arrange for some one to drive up to the top, 3000 meter over the sea. We have already talked to Pio and Keith who is very keen on showing us the rout down. Sounds great doesn't it, biking down from Tryvann witch is 529 meter over the sea, just seems like warming up.We also managed to renew my COSCO card and filled up our car with Powerade and Propel water as well as some coke. Guess we don't have to worry about getting thirsty the next couple of days. Later to day we are going to Paia where a great New York steak is waiting for me at Jaques.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Al West rentalcars

We rented our car from good old Al, for a thousand USD we got a great 3-4 year old Crystler Voyager Town & Country with all kinds of extra equipment, we even got at Video player with a TV in the roof. It also has plenty of room so that we can store all our gear inside.

Mauidiary, day 1

The day started at Ocean4Hawaii where Lalo had a Sunday morning opening, specially for me so that I could pick up my new toys and have an day extra on the water. After picking up my boards we had a tour around some of the other shops on Maui and bought some essentials before we went down to Kanaha.
Kanaha was windy but like the rest of the north shore it was totally flat. Any way we rigged our gear and went out for a session. I got to test my new custom board that Francisco had made for me. Didn’t get to test the board in wave riding due to the missing waves but it felt great under my feet when riding bump and jump on Uppers at Kanaha, Specially in the gybes it felt like a million dollars (USD/NOK 5,40).
The day ended with a nice barbecue together with the Goya’s and some of their friends.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Endelig fremme

Da er vi omsider trygt i havn på Maui. All bagasjen kom også trygt frem. Etter å ha tatt en bedre middag på Paia Fishmarket, dro vi videre til kåken vi har leid av Lalo i Ulumalo. Her kommer vi helt klart til å trives i de neste ukene og når det også ser ut til å bli både bølger og vind de neste dagene er det jo bare å glede seg, til tross for regnet.