Time For an Update

by / Friday, 15 April 2011 / Published in Russ Faurot

The Spring sailing season has been really good here on Maui.  March saw wind nearly every day, with loads of waves too.  March is photoshoot season, so all the international pros come over to ride the new gear.  It’s great fun to see the guys going off, but it makes for some very crowded sessions.  This has kept me away from Ho’okipa, except for the really big days, when most guys go for smaller waves down the coast.  Here are a few shots from Vinnie, on a day that saw double mast high sets breaking across Ho’okipa and closing out the channel.

When riding big waves, you have to be prepared for the good and the bad.  As Jimmie Hepp documented, I shared a wave with the legend, Jason Polakow, but I also had to pull myself off of the dreaded Ho’okipa Rocks.

Fortunately damage was minimal, and after a quick stop at the board repair shop, I was ready to get back on the water.  Global Shots, documented a great jumping session a couple days later down at Camp One.

That’s it for now, but there is lots of excitement coming in the windsurfing world this spring and summer.  If you haven’t already heard about it, the American Windsurfing Tour is coming, and I will be competing at all 5 stops.  I can’t wait.  The first stop is at Waddell in California starting May 5th.  I’ll post updates about the tour on my blog, but be sure to check out the event website for all the latest news.

See ya on the water,

Russ

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