With all the gossip and rumours going around the windsurf world at the moment we thought we would ask Skyeboy whats going on at the windsurf captial of Hookipa.
“Although the rumours are flying around at the moment nothing really changes here. All the guys are still out ripping, just showing that the best way to deal with any issue is to go sailing.
This year, there are a lot less of the travelling European pros making the long trip to Maui. Whether its the credit crunch or they just fancied a change, I am not sure, but I know a few guys are heading to Chile instead, including, Victor Fernadez, Klass Voget and Maui resident Robby Swift.
Anyway sitting on the rail at Hookipa is still just as interesting with plenty of action on the water. Stand out most of the time is Levi. Lots of time on the water and mixes it up well. Not only has he got some of the best turns in the business, but he can also get tricky when he wants to. He does taka\’s, goitas and 360\’s pretty consistently meaning he is always a good one to watch.
KP is ripping, like always powerful and super consistent. Every wave you know he will destroy with sic turns and big airs. Plus as soon as he hits the beach he grabs his camera to get some shots (including all these) or jumps in the water to do some video. Watching him doing the video footage in the water was brilliant. No helmet, but loving it with a massive smile on his face even when I nearly hit him… twice!
Keith Taboul continues with his tight style, turning harder than anyone to get beyond vertical in many of his turns. Making your own boards clearly has a good affect on your sailing. Also worthy of note is Kai Katchadourian, for not only ripping, but also being the most on it sailor of them all. First at the beach when its good, normally having caught a ton of waves before anyone else has even arrived.
Youngster Camille Juban is once again showing a lot of style. Having spent much of last winter out here he is really starting to shine. Only 18 years old and ripping. He is a really good surfer and you can see that in his style, plus being small he can ride tiny boards and turn them like a surf board. I think he will start to make quite an impact in the next few years, possibly the next Kauli??
Now I may be a bit biased but Nayra has been doing really well (and lots of other people have said so too). She is putting in hours and hours on the water and it really shows. With a super nice vertical approach to her riding she has loads of style, plus has started banging out some big airs too. Junko is also looking really impressive. Her freestyle is right up there and she is nailing backloops all day long. This year could go very well for her on the tour.
Leading the old skool pack is Mark Angulo. You never know what he will do, so watching him is always entertaining. He is still trying his crazy half goita-half 360 things off just about everything. I haven\’t seen him land one yet, but he will!
All the old faces have still got. Generally they dont sail so much, but when they do they steal the show. Josh Stone, Goya, Naish etc. Matt Pritchard turned up the other day having not been sailing Hookipa much and straight away did one of the best 360\’s I have ever seen…. still got it!“
All photos pritchardwindsurfing.com except Nayra, which is Flo Jung.
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