The amazing thing about Maui is that you find yourself rubbing elbows with the sports' elite. Most of the top pro's live and train here. You'll likely find yourself rigging next to Polakow in the parking lot, or bumping into Pritchard at Costco. And of course, you'll be sharing the water with them as well. These pics from 2/11/08
Keauli Seadi back loop, Pritchard had a front row seat. Think he has a big grin on his face?
Kevin Pritchard and Jason Polakow head out thru the channel
Polakow in front of Hookipa's infamous rock garden
A great sequence of Jason Polakow
I spent some time talking to Jason Polakow. He told me the waves where about 5 foot. I'm not one to argue with Mr. Polakow, but they look just a smidge bigger than 5 foot, no? Also, he kept breaking the top batten. Maybe they get tweaked when you do those wave 360s. He was doing those on almost every wave
Kevin Pritchard setting up to go down the line
Pritchard coming in
This shot taken from the beach right where you launch, gives a different perspective of Hookipa. Most of the shots here are normally taken from the bluff.
Keauli wave 360
I love this shot because its not one you'l see in the magazines. Look closely, he is out of the straps
Another unique photo that shows Polakow depowering the sail to allow that wave to break way out in front. Good tactics
Make sure you know the rules for right of way
A few more random shots
No, I didn't sail with them, although both Kevin and Jason encouraged me to come out. Was just a little too big for me. So after watching for about an hour, we sailed Sprecks.
This was my first run out at sprecks, about an hour after the above Hookipa pictures.
Amazing variety of conditons.