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WILDWINDSCA 15th April 2007 11:03 AM

starboard photo shoot
i was at kanaha beach during the starboard photo shoot,...what a blast... i found out it was ON when a helicopter flew in low , just above he trees and started folllowing the team riders as they blasted out from the beach, and back.
the heli was sideways in trade winds that started at 20 or so and ended up at over 30 .. or so i found out went back to the
shop for a smaller sail a 4.7 a 5.2 too big, and i am 195 lbs.. anyways i was riding a kombat 83 sweet rider for the day puuurfect.
i had a real rush when i worked my way upwind under the helo and just dowindwind from some team rider a younger chap, .. the heli was upwind and above me maybe 100 200m feett WOW.... i had my windward hand up in the air and was just stoked as i sailed along trying to keep under the heli then i chickened out and beared off, ... i could see the spotter in the passenger seat and the photographer real close like!! ... the younger fellow the team rider , i could not id but it was damn windy !!! i had to be on my best as it was 35 knots and i hadant yet rigged down to the 4.7.
thansk starbaord jeff earnshaw now at kuau maui.

P.s. i also saw Ian test sailign some severne stuff against another sailor ..and KP and a whole bucng of doods... fun...:D:D

Guest 16th April 2007 03:08 PM

RE: starboard photo shoot
Yeah it was kinda fun today. Pretty intense stuff these photoshoots but all in all it's always a good rush off fun. Lots of nice photos; the riders have really helped giving it 200%.

It was nice to meet and say hi earlier today. Hope you'll enjoy the Kombat whether on Maui or back in Canada.



RobSwift 16th April 2007 08:05 PM

RE: starboard photo shoot
Personally, I would think it rather dangerous. I've been rather close to some of these small helicopters, and they scare the living daylights out of me. Does anyone know of any that crashed during such a shoot?

WILDWINDSCA 21st April 2007 01:54 AM

RE: starboard photo shoot
there was a race outside the uppers yesterday at kanaha and the bark was blowing off the trees.
Tiesda it was fun talking to you and the others, and seeing these guys sail!!
the kombat was great, I went to an acid 87 in 4.2 conditions and it was great considering i am not anything close to being a mediocre wavesailor, but i tried.... and it was great on the cutbacks i messed up, never once tripped on the rail., very forgiving when i cut too hard .
again a blast!!;)i aslo tried the naish worldwave a JP freestyle wave ...taking these boards into consideration , and including the kombat , windsurf mag got the reports on these boards dead on i would say IMHO:p

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