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Foil SUP / Kai foiling the Hawaiian Island Chanin (most of it anyway)
« on: December 29, 2018, 11:30:23 AM »

I have to assume Red Bull is getting their money's worth. I compare this to fielding four car in F1. No matter what they pay him, it's a rounding error compared to that budget.

Random / WTFAYR Time for the annual book recommendation thread.
« on: December 26, 2018, 08:28:06 PM »
I've just reread all the Nero Wolfe detective novels, I need some good reads. I'm currently reading Sapiens, tried to read Educated--too grim, read Martin Rees--On The Future Prospects for Humanity, read "The Murderbot Diaries"--moderately good Sci Fi, Tried the IQ series because Michael Connelly likes them (slow start, might go back and try again). On Desperate Ground: Marines at the reservoir--good, glad I wasn't there.Norse Mythology--Neil Gaiman. Interesting. Dark Sacred Night--Michael Connelly--good. Reread Factfulness, reread the Travis McGee novels.

Okay. Let's have it, what did you read last year that was good. I'll do a more comprehensive list later.

Random / The Year In Physics
« on: December 21, 2018, 02:31:09 PM »
I think I'm really glad I didn't have the math chops to be a physicist, which was what I wanted to be. Of course I'd be retired by now and any significant thought I had would have been 40 years ago, but still...

Quanta Newsletter just did a feature called "The Year In Physics" which I would sum up as "not much new, and everything we thought was new is broken". They did feature a nice photo of my favorite mathematical physicist, the remarkably hot and perfectly named Cohl Furey, but other than that. Yikes. Symmetry is busted (never liked it anyway), expansion as a driver in the early universe seems unlikely (was always a bit too much like "and then a miracle happened") Dark matter is probably not WIMPS, and Dark Energy conflicts with String Theory in ways that seem kind of obvious though I'm sure I'd have to understand a lot more to really understand why--other than just energy density not adding up.

Downwind and Racing / Smoking SS Maui Run
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:12:24 PM »
The southside was good today. Not on fire like the last time we went, but solid 40 plus in the gusts. Unfortunately, the gusts were offshore, and I got greedy for speedy again and wound up kind of far out. I had to angle in hard to make Mokapu beach, and I kept falling off the downwind side when the upwind edge caught a gust. Sinking the upwind rail solved the problem, but only after I'd fallen in 6+ times. Fast run though, and lots of big bumps to ride.

General Discussion / Kai's aeirial at Mavericks.
« on: December 18, 2018, 03:57:06 PM »
Really? Above the lip on a face that size? WTF.

Foil SUP / Tricky Today
« on: December 16, 2018, 05:43:11 PM »
The wind was up, the swell was super shifty. Things that looked knee-high cranked up in a heartbeat and broke overhead. The biggest problem was the wicked wind, which wasn't supposed to be there, and the 16-foot swell in the harbor, that was supposed to show, but didn't.

Chris Pagdilao shot these pics with some serious glass. I love the water draining off the board. He'll be back in the water soon. so the pics will dry up, but I'd rather have Chris in the lineup than any pictures.

Yeah, I know, I look like the Glouster fisherman, but my doc, who I call Doctor Melonball, says if I don't wear this thing they're going to have to start whacking on my ears. So I got that going for me. I'm channeling Bill Murray in Caddyshack, and today's conditions were a lot like that scene where he's caddying for the reverend.

Foil SUP / Delusions of Competence
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:34:05 PM »
I nearly ran over a friend of mine on my foil today. It "wasn't my fault" though I don't really see how that matters. It wouldn't have mattered at all if I'd hurt him. I would have been devastated. I was in the harbor off to the left side of the crowd, using my Iwa foil and struggling a little since the surf was a lot pokier than it looked when I headed out. A good sized wave came, a SUP guy got it but he was headed right, so I turned at the last moment and grabbed it going left. I got up immediately, but couldn't get my foot in the front strap. At my low skill level that means I can foil, but can't turn hard. The board tucked into the wave on autopilot and I started across the face moving fast. All good, mostly in control, no one near me.

But as I zoomed along I saw Trip (pretty sure that's his name) paddling for the wave--right into my path. I'm sure he didn't see me coming, he was a long way from the main break. I started to turn right to do a bottom turn away from him, realized I wasn't going to be able to turn hard enough with my foot out of the strap, so I turned into the face and crashed, bumping Trip off his board with my body.

He was OK, and so was I. Some other SUP paddler started yelling at me about watching where I was going, as if I wasn't, but there was no point in arguing, The truth is that I didn't have enough control for the situation, so yeah, my fault, even if it wasn't in theory.

I'm glad it worked out OK, but that was mostly good luck, not good management. I decided I was done. Too many people, too much chance for a repeat of that.

I need to push the reset button on staying away from people. I'm having some kind of delusion of competence because I can get up, control the foil, and turn. That's not enough.

Foil SUP / Maui Biathlon
« on: December 02, 2018, 08:58:19 PM »
Tough Maui Biathlon today, but fun. I love the opportunity to do this.

Foiling at Ka'a from 7:00 AM to 10:30, and then a marginal downwinder from Thorn Beach to the Andaz. The foiling was a lot better than it looked from the beach. I got a lot of nice waves on the outer reef, and rode them for a long distance (for me). I had one really hard get-off that involved my paddle slipping down and getting caught under the front wing. I just wasn't paying attention to it. Of course the paddle resisted movement and the wing had lots of power behind it. I'm surprised I didn't break the blade, but it just slammed me hard and fast into the water head first and stunned my shoulder. I thought I might have torn something, but it loosened up and was OK.

The downwinder was the tough part. I think that was about the slowest Andaz run I've done, though I didn't track my time. There were plenty of bumps to be had but I couldn't connect many. I don't know if it was me or the marginal wind and swell. Anyway, I should sleep well tonight.

Foil SUP / Fugly Flies
« on: November 25, 2018, 08:18:11 PM »
Chris Pagdilao shot this from Alex Aguera's boat this morning. Mr. Fugly looks great in this shot. The hat--not so much, but my dermatologist approves.

Random / Foilbread
« on: November 21, 2018, 08:33:22 PM »
I screwed up this morning, I was up at 5:00 AM as usual, could have jumped in the car and gone to check out ka'a point and the harbor to foil surf. But instead I dragged around drinking coffee and reading until 8:00. Cruised by the harbor expecting nothing and found plenty of swell, but too much wind. "It was good earlier", says Chris P. Of course it was.

So I went home and made the bread I'm supposed to make for thanksgiving a day early. It will be fine, but I want to be able to go foil tomorrow without feeling like I'm supposed to be doing something. So yeah, baking fiesta. This is Olive Bread, Cheese and herb, and Cranberry walnut, all done as pull-apart rolls, but the actual recipe is one I use for french baguettes. I can make this stuff without thinking about it, but it's good not to be rushed. It will be fine tomorrow and either gone or concrete nuggets the next day. That's the problem with baking bread--eat it or toss it.

Foil SUP / Board Vengance
« on: November 14, 2018, 04:25:10 PM »
Mr. Fugly got damaged today--I sliced into it with my paddle when I did a body slam overfoiling on a wave face, I paddled in, taped up the cut, and headed back out.

The next sizeable wave I caught was going great, turned hard across the whitewater, forgot to lean hard on my front foot to keep the foil down, launched, hit the water in front of the board and the foil sliced my paddle shaft in half.

Take that, you bastard.

I don't mind the board getting even, but I'm the one that has to fix both of them.

Foil SUP / Tomopics
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:31:44 PM »
Tomoko Okazaki is a really cool little Japanese lady who rips at everything she does. I just love her. but she also is quick to whip out her camera and take pictures of her friend doing silly water stuff.  I almost never know she's shooting, she's very sneaky. Just a little waterproof point and shoot, but since she's usually right in the action it's up close. Here's a few shots she sent me from yesterday at Thousand Peaks.

Foil SUP / Third day of re-foiling
« on: November 10, 2018, 08:53:17 PM »
I am a golden god of foiling. Well, not in absolute terms, but compared to the last two days, yeah. Ka'a was a holy mess at 6:10 AM, so I headed for the west side. It looked pretty flat at Maalaea, so I thought I was screwed, but when I got to thousand peaks--lo and behold: clean waves. I like the weird bowling break to surfer's right of the parking lot break. Bart de Zwart was already out foiling, and Tomiko was setting up,  I got rigged and headed out when a guy yelled at me from the side of the road--Clinton Yap aka Steamroller. Clinton is a blast to surf with, constantly laughing and yelling encouragement. His foiling has progressed amazingly quickly since he got his knee replacement--he pumps back out from long runs with a vigor that I can't approach. The first wave I caught I rode almost all the way to the wall. I overfoiled at the end, turning hard in the face. I have a nasty surfing habit of weighting the tail in turns. I remember to stifle the urge for the first four or five turns, but as soon as I get comfortable I turn my board into a Polaris missile. Anyway, had a great morning, lots of good rides, lots of face plants. I got pretty wobbly towards the end but I was having too much fun to rest.

I should have taken a break, maybe got some breakfast and hit it again, but I wanted to do a downwinder with my buddy Bill Boyum, and a second session would have put me on the wrong side of any potential for that. As it turned out we bailed on the downwinder anyway. The wind got shut off by the rain in the valley and the heavy clouds on the mountain. Good to see Billy and catch up a bit anyway. I've got six months of hard play ahead. It's going to be great.

Foil SUP / Back to da foil
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:09:19 PM »
Day two back in the surf,

I am




Random / Fritz got wings
« on: November 03, 2018, 09:45:48 PM »
This is going to look really cool.

It's a lot more work to build this structure instead of the simple panel I was going to do, but Fritz is an art project as much as it's anything. A little more panel beating to get the curves right and then I'll tie it down to the roof.

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