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27Jan/15Off

DUNKERBECK’S LUCKY ELEVEN

DUNKERBECK’S LUCKY ELEVEN

DUNKERBECK’S LUCKY ELEVEN – SIAM PARK TOW-IN SESSION

The concept of a wave exhibition at night, without wind in what essentially is a huge swimming pool, initially sounds ludicrous. But when you throw in a Red Bull jet ski, a tow rope, a five-foot artificial wave and the likes of Ricardo Campello, suddenly the possibilities become endless!

Report & Photos John Carter

(This feature originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Windsurf Magazine. To read more features like this first, Print and Digital subscriptions are available. Prices include delivery globally for 10 x issues a year!)

Five years ago Danny Bruch proved that a windsurfer could be towed into the Siam Park wave by Jet ski and actually pull-of some pretty radical jumps after a few trials and tribulations of perfecting his idea. Then, in 2011, Bruch took the theory a stage further and held a local competition along with the likes of Alex Mussolini and Iballa Moreno, which was pretty successful but nowhere near the scale of this year’s project. With Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Dunkerbeck-Eyewear) on board as sponsor of this year’s Tenerife, the latest master plan was somewhat ambitious, with a super session after the main event that would allow 11 riders – E11=eleven guys – (not SUI-11 then? Ed.) to compete in the pool at Tenerife’s infamous Siam Park waterpark. The smart sailors with their heads screwed on soon realized the media possibilities of qualifying, so went off in the super session in order to secure their slot for the night show. On the practice night, half of the riders could barely make it into the straps. At the point I had to leave to go shoot the official event closing ceremony, but rumour had it they kept the pool open for two more hours and by the end of the session some crazy moves were going down. Come the main event, everything was hanging in the balance. Would windsurfing emerge out of this looking cool, or, if the riders couldn’t cope, it would be an enormous flop. The pressure was on from every angle. We were banking on the skill of ‘Vilayta’, the Jet ski driver and the eleven chosen riders to nail some huge moves for the crowds and put on a show. Any doubts were soon cast aside after the first few jumps when the likes of Bruch, Mussolini and Campello were launching rocket airs and huge crashes just metres away from the fever-pitch crowds in awe on the poolside. The show just had this instant electric atmosphere with the sailors pumped up, the audience going crazy and a multitude of ridiculous moves going down. Even without wind, it really felt like windsurfing was alive and kicking! Robby Swift nailed one of the craziest moves of his career, while Campello lapped up the attention and delivered some new wild moves to take the event victory. Here is what the ‘Lucky 11’ had to say about the night!

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27Jan/15Off

Another Level At Jaws

It’s time for yet another incredible Jaws movie, and this time it’s all about windsurfing. Here is a great clip, yet again from Xensr, with all of the top windsurfing action from the day. Stay tuned ’til the end as the action just gets better and better! Watch out for Levi’s crazy moves, sharing waves […]

Click here to read more: Boardseeker Windsurfing Magazine

27Jan/15Off

Throwback Video – Unleashed

This epic movie has just been published online by UK windsurfing school, Quiver, and it is an absolute must watch. Unleashed is without a doubt one of the best windsurfing movies from ‘back in the day’. It might not be from that long ago, but it sure feels pretty retro and features many of the […]

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27Jan/15Off

Big Wave Windsurfing Jaws

Levi Siver, Kai Lenny, Marcilio Browne, Kevin Pritchard, Morgan Noireaux, Jason Polakow, Robby Swift and Robby Naish at Jaws.

Click here to read more: continentseven.com

26Jan/15Off

Massive Las Manchas w. Dany Bruch

Whilst Jaws has been firing over in Maui, Europe has also been experiencing some incredible windsurfing and surfing conditions. But Europe’s just upped its game… Here Dany Bruch takes on the might of ‘Las Manchas’! This rivals Jaws any day in our book…

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26Jan/15Off

maui surf report 2015-01-26 19:19:00

Honolua has occasional chest high waves (at the cave) and six guys out. Maybe it will get better with a lower tide, but seen the inconsistency, i would not recommend the drive.
I suck at calling the bay!

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26Jan/15Off

No wind? Use the plane propellers

Los Roques: Jose Estredo waits for the wind

Los Roques, in Venezuela, is a windsurfing paradise. Here, winds are steady and constant, almost all-year round. But when there's no wind, you've got plane propellers.

Welcome to Los Roques, the largest marine park in the Caribbean located 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the north coast of Venezuela. From December to June, the archipelago tastes trade winds of up to 25 knots.

The average wind at Los Roques is of 18 knots, so you rarely have problems sailing the breathtaking blue waters. Windsurfers are able to train and relax in any island of the archipelago.

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26Jan/15Off

1 26 15 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

NW
6.2ft @ 12s from 296° (WNW)

3.5ft @ 10s from 303° (WNW)

Waimea
5.6ft @ 13s from 317° (NW)

3.9ft @ 10s from 325° (NW)

Pauwela (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
6.7ft @ 13s from 322° (NW)

5.7ft @ 7s from 57° (ENE)
West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
2.6ft @ 13s from 286° (WNW)
   
Nothing to report from yesterday on my side, other than I spent all day booking not one, but two trips to Indo for this summer (!!) and then I caught 8 waves in one hour at Paia bay to celebrate that.
I'm sure the west side was good and that's where I'm going this morning to continue the celebration (which, in my particular case, never really stop every single day of my life).
 
The buoys above are still up, I'm sure I'll find some clean waves over there.

As for the north shore, it's gonna be windy, choppy and mixed up with the windswell which is already significant at the Pauwela buoy.

The wind map below shows a good fetch and a bad one. You guys should be able to tell by now.

   
In the closeup below, I marked three wind directions:
1 is what we had yesterday
2 is what we have this morning
3 is what we're gonna have tomorrow
And that is because that whole circulation is moving east pushed by the approach of the next front.

Windsurfing could and should happen on the north shore this afternoon, but my guess is that Hookipa is not going to look particularly clean. I haven't even looked at it since 48 hours, and I live 1 minute drive from it. What's the point? I know how onshore 6-8 feet look like...

Tomorrow is going to be a relatively small day before the next swell will start to show up late in the afternoon. But Wednesday, Thursday, Friday is when it should be really good, before the wind will turn all the way around the clock and start the cycle all over again.
The weather in Hawaii is so consistent that's sometimes it's not particularly stimulating to try to predict it...

Have fun in the sun everyone!

PS. All the sources for this post are permanently linked in the links section on the right of this blog.

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26Jan/15Off

Big Wave Windsurfing at Las Manchas

End of December Dany Bruch and his team set out to find some HUGE waves on Tenerife's north shore.

Click here to read more: continentseven.com

26Jan/15Off

Champions crowned at the 34th Singapore Open

34th Singapore Open: RS:One action | Photo: Howie

Cheng Kwok Fai has been crowned the 2015 RS:One Men's Asian champion, in Singapore, proving he is one of the strongest windsurfers in the world right now.

Despite the massive wind shifts and gusts, the 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship, sailors took home their titles in the RS:One, RS:X and Techno 293 classes. A total of 100 windsurfers from 10 countries participated in the event.

The 2014 RS:One Men's world champion Cheng Kwok Fai, from Hong Kong, proved to be unbeatable, bagging the title with ten wins in 12 races. In the Women's division, China's Li Xiaoyan extended her lead over Ngai Wai Yan to take home the RS:One Women's Asian champion title.

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