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18Apr/15Off

Pushloop – Klaas Voget

Pushloop by Klaas Voget filmed at La Torche, Brittany, France.

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18Apr/15Off

Balz Müller & brothers in Wakabaka

"Wakabaka" is the usual Müller brothers insanity, but we love it. It is not only craziness...skills...

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18Apr/15Off

Maxime van Gent on Bonaire

Maxime van Gent (18) had her Worldcup debut in 2011 and she has been improving her freestyle level since then. Watch her latest clip filmed and edited by the Japanese windsurfer and filmer Kuma .

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17Apr/15Off

Cirque Du Müller – Wakabaka

It seems like every session, every clip, every photo that Balz Müller posts includes some kind of radical progression and this is no let down. Just as we were shutting down for the weekend Balz dropped this edit from his time spent in Leucate during the last few weeks with his brothers and Yentel Caers. […]

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17Apr/15Off

maui surf report 2015-04-17 18:16:00

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17Apr/15Off

4 17 15 morning call

Report from yesterday starts with a great shot from Jason Hall: Mark Anderson at Honolua Bay on a ruler edge beauty.

This might be a little less ruler edged, and it's definitely not as exciting surfing as Mr. Anderson up there, but I'll take a session like this by myself over a session at the Bay with 50 guys out any time.
This was actually 2 days ago and I timed this session perfectly. When I paddled in, flocks of cars were pulling in the parking lot.
Btw, unless you're good, surf photos are often disappointing. That felt like Parko's floater in round 5 at Bells when I did it...

Sorry, another photo from two days ago a little later in the morning. Dedicated to my physical therapist Erika Fabian: sorry if I ruined some of your work on my finger because of that quick session, dear. I hope you can tell that I had fun at least!

Lots of uninteresting stuff today before getting to the call, but I have messages to the world of undelayable importance.
As I say often, I question everything. The thing I questioned yesterday is the tail block on the foot pad you stick on a surfboard, so I cut it off the one I bought for my new board.
That's how it looks without it. Please also notice the double loop leash cord I do instead of the classic "kite style" one. Two loops are better than one and because it can freely move around the plug pin, it will last a lot longer.

 

Here's how it would have looked with the tail block. Does it look like the China wall for the water flowing on top of the board or what? I know, good surfers like the block because when they feel the foot against it they know the foot is in the right place and they like to jam it against it.
But at my level, I never really hit it. And those few times that I do, it feels more like a distraction than everything.

 

That's a better look at the sleek look of my new baby. Just imagine the water flowing on top of the submerged tail when you're paddling. Even just the pad itself must do some kind of disruption.
As soon as I put it on, I realized that that board is going to live in Indo where I only surf with booties, so I could have actually not put a pad at all... but I'll use it to see if it makes any difference.

The main message here is not to do the same to your next back foot pad. The message is to use your brain and think original. Not necessarily different, but original.
The lack of original thought is something that I find quite depressing in this "all want to be like the other ones" society. And the people that want to look/think different just for the sake of it are even more depressing.
Question everything and do what makes sense for you. It you make a mistake, at least you will have learned on your own and you might have learned something else in the meantime.
Enough of that, buoys next.

 

They're all going down, so expect less size than yesterday. Still, we're gonna be dreaming of 4.6ft @ 13s from 330° any time soon.

Actually, I take that back immediately. Look at how lovely the fetch of the new storm looks like. Swell scheduled for Sunday on the tail end of the current one.
The fetch down south has moved east, but it's still sending us something. Next week good waves all week on the south shore.
The only thing that is "bad" on that map is the massive area of ENE trades that we are submerged in.
Oh well, I moved to Maui because of the trades, so I can't really hate them can I?

 Well, trades or not trades, enjoy your day because it's gonna be stunning. Check this other image!

 

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17Apr/15Off

DEFI WIND 2015 PREVIEW

DEFI WIND 2015 PREVIEW

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DEFI WIND 2015 PREVIEW

With more 1200 confirmed entries, the 15th Défi Wind at Gruissan is already certain to mark its place in history. To gather so many pros and amateurs, all passionate windsurfers, in the same place at the same moment, is unprecedented. Something special happens each year at Gruissan during the Défi Wind, we all know that. For a special edition we have ensured a special lineup: this year world champions of all disciplines of windsurfing will be present at Gruissan, proving if there was any need to, that the Défi is much more than a simple long-distance racing competition. 

As we have seen already, all of the preceding overall victors will be present from 14 to 17 May at Gruissan. But even better than that, this year no fewer than 12 windsurfing world champions will be present, just for fun. These stars bring their passion and desire to Défi Wind, because the pros will all be chasing glory at Gruissan. Among them, Antoine Albeau will obviously be present. Three-time Défi winner and 22-time world champion, he will be there to try to have his name engraved once more on the imposing steel trophy of the Défi. 

Björn Dunkerbeck has even more world titles than Antoine (41, nearly twice as many), but the Gruissan trophy is maybe the only one that the man who has won nearly every title in windsurfing has yet to win. No doubt he will also be there to win. 

Philip Köster was not obliged to come either, but after having participated in 2013, the two-time wavesailing world champion wanted to return. He will be up against 

Thomas Traversa (PWA wavesailing world champion in 2014) who will celebrate the signing of his contract with Soöruz, one of the long-time sponsors of Défi Wind. 

Jason Polakow (two-time wavesailing world champion) has already participated in Défi Wind on two occasions, but this year after his shoulder injury which has left him on the beach since January, he has chosen Gruissan as his objective to get back on the water! 

Patrice Belbeoch, victor of Défi Wind in 2013 and wavesailing world champion in 1996 would not miss Défi Wind for anything in the world. The same goes for 

Steven VanBroeckhoven, freestyle world champion in 2011 who has acquired a taste for the long-distance racing at Gruissan, with his third participation in three years. You will also have heard of 

Julien Bontemps, multiple RS:X world champion and silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics, he will be present together with the entire French RS:X team. The women will not be outdone either: 

Karin Jaggi, 13-time PWA world champion, comes back to the Défi this year as a past victor. The same applies to two-time reigning slalom world champion 

Delphine Cousin, who will be trying for back-to-back victories, while the incredible 

Sarah Quita Offringan, unbeaten in the freestyle World Cup since 2009 and slalom world champion in 2011 will participate in the Défi for the very first time. In short, Défi Wind 2015 will propose a lineup of stars that will make even the most seasoned selfie-hunter hesitate where to point their camera… And yet at Défi Wind in Gruissan, even with all these champions, the biggest star will remain the huge fleet of passionate windsurfers going flat-out on the same tack. 1200 windsurfers – stars and amateurs alike – on the same starting line. We can’t wait!

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17Apr/15Off

Amanda Beenen – Maui Short Edit

Wave head Amanda Beenen has just released this short edit from Maui. It’s not exactly packed with tons of windsurfing action but we are sure there are plenty of shots we can all enjoy which will make up for that, plus she has promised us much more windsurfing action soon. For now enjoy a behind […]

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17Apr/15Off

Taty Frans On A Charge

If you are a follower of Taty Frans on facebook then you’ll know how dedicated he is to his sport. Training both on and off the water, physically and mentally, Taty is a living breathing example of how commitment can lead to excellence in sport and how hard you must work to maintain it. Having […]

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17Apr/15Off

WTF! Youp Schmit Lands Worlds First Double Air Culo

Ok so it’s a bit sticky at the end and we are certain Youp would be the first person to say that but what do you expect after such a wild and crazy rotation. The new age of freestyle we were talking about in this feature is arriving and it’s out of control! Let’s not […]

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