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alex a
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Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby alex a » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:26 am

Hey everyone,
We got a treat the other day when Maui County closed down Hookipa Beach Park to everyone and would not let anyone launch at the beach.
This was a result of the devastating Tsunami that hit Japan and also on Maui (but much smaller luckily).
Water was still surging in Maui for a couple days after the tsunami with minor tidal surges as I noticed the Bone Yard went dry by 1 to 2 ft or .5 m of exposed reef two days after the tsunami!!
Kiters Jammed out to the point at Hookipa while the windsurfers were trying to figure out how to get into the water. I passed by on my way to Kanaha with my daughters to kite and noticed 5 kiters and two windsurfers at the point and the gates of Hookipa park were locked up. Called Neil Pryde Maui to see if Kanaha was open for kiting. Luckily it was not! I told my girls there was a change in plans!!
Here are some of Epes Sargent Photos. If you need photos when in Maui, look up Epes at his email of sargentphotography@hawaii.rr.com
Hope you like the photos, AA
There are some more pics at http://alexaguera.com/home/waveriding-photos/ also!
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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby Kamikuza » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:00 am

There's always a silver lining :allbegood:

halfpipe62
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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby halfpipe62 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:27 pm

Man great pictures. How does he get such good shots? Looks like he is in the water next to you.

alex a
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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby alex a » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:16 am

halfpipe62 wrote:Man great pictures. How does he get such good shots? Looks like he is in the water next to you.

The one that says " Lanes" is a water shot, the others are taken from the hill at hookipa with a 600mm lens. Epes Sargent got some great shots these two days. The water shot getting the kite and me at the same time is really a nice shot! I have a sequence of it. Pat Goodman, the designer of the Cabrinha kites really enjoyed that shot!
AA

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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby alex a » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:35 am

Here is a Video from this day that was uploaded to youtube. This shows lots of d[youtube]ifferent kiters getting to finally kite the point at Hookipa!!
AA

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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby esg » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:07 am

Nice! Must be cool to kite that place. That's one place where the windsurfers definately look way better than the kitesurfers I have to admit.

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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby tomatkins » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:11 pm

Hey, who is that on the Doyle blue board?
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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby alex a » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:41 pm

tomatkins wrote:Hey, who is that on the Doyle blue board?

That is a guy named Buck who is a regular at Lanes. I think he is riding a Jimmy Lewis Custom polyester quad not a Doyle, but I will have to ask him when I see him.

alex a
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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby alex a » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:48 pm

esg wrote:Nice! Must be cool to kite that place. That's one place where the windsurfers definately look way better than the kitesurfers I have to admit.

Yes, you have some of the best windsurfers on the planet dialed into this place. If you watch Jason Polakow rip this place, you are extremely impressed! Supposedly, Polakow was killing it at Jaws last week, there should be some hot footage of that coming out soon.
Cameron and Flash kited Jaws on that day too so some pics of that should be on the way. Flash tacked up from Lanes on a twin tip (freakin nuts)!
AA

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Re: Hookipa the day after the Tsunami!

Postby WaveRider001 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:00 pm

Hey Alex,
thanks for sharing these great pics! I will be on Maui next week, arriving on Sunday April 4...
How do you rate the conditions at the beginning of April? Is there a good chance to get nice waves and wind together?
I have been a lot of times on Maui and at Lanes, but never in April... Would like to get your view on what I can expect...
I will bring my 5.7 naish custom and 7, 9 nomads...

See you on the water
Joerg


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