M7: Father and Son
Pacific Ocean Sprecs
The day started with some father and son time. First stand-up-paddle (SUP) then windsurfing. My son used a Hot Sails 2.2 and JP Young Gun (130) in the light morning wind. After about 45 minutes the wind started to fill in be “too much”.
I took to the water a little before noon on what looked like 5.2, but once out on the water there was “too much” wind for this rig. Back to the beach to grab the pre-rigged 4.5 from the lanai. Took a quick blast up to Sugar Cove and this sail was also “too much”. Third time lucky – back to the beach for the 4.0 (I had to rig this one).
The nice part was one set of fins on the quad covered all three sails (comfortably – amazing that).
The wind wave angle made for more of a bump and jump set up at Sugar Cove, but there were some nice clean, mini shred sets off the end of the airport runway (about half way between Sprecs and Camp One). I have heard conflicting opinions about how deep the reef is here, but the waves were just too tempting to ignore. This was just like Centennial on a ‘dream day’ (except the sun was out and I was wear board shorts and a rash guard and the air temp was 28 degrees). This set up made for lots of backside rides inbound and some rocket rides out through the break. Nice!
Late in the session I headed back up to Sugar Cove, but preferred the runway, so went down for one last blast.
Then I came in to change off boards and took out the RRD Wave Cult 85 just to double check my impressions of the two boards back-to-back. Yup – still prefer the Goya Quad.
The day ended by treating our upcountry hosts to an awesome meal at Mama’s Fish House.
Quote of the day:
Manager of Mama’s Fish House: “Have you guys been here before?”
Us: “Yes but it was a long time ago.”
Manager: “How long ago?”
Us: “20 years.”
Manager: “I believe it.”
Andrea Y (after the manager had left): “He was the one who encouraged me to move to Maui instead of Baha.”
Me: “Well he is a pretty important person in your life then.”
Manager (then later as Andrea Y thanked him for their awesome hospitality): “This is the spirit of Aloha.”
Wind: 4 (out of five stars)
Wind was more onshore today. It started out a little patchy but filled in well as the day went on.
Water/Waves: 3 (out of five stars)
Wind wave angle was also a little more onshore today strongly favouring backside riding. There were wind swell waves up at Sugar Cove but the nicest riding waves and flats were down off the end of the runway (although the shallow spots were a little unnerving).
Jumps: 3 (out of five stars)
Jumping opportunities were limited somewhat by the tighter wind-wave angle, but there were still some big airs to be had.
Stoke: 4 (out of five stars)
Session started out as a bit of a rigfest with confused water, but once the wind plateaued and the waves settled in it was pretty awesome.