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Maui 2011

Robbie Swift at Ho'okipa
25/04/11
Very light offshore winds, but the good guys still do well...
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 23/04/11
Venue Venue: Maui
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Maui 2011 (3)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
People sometimes ask if it's worth going on a Cribby clinic - what will he do for you, what will he be able to help you with? Frankly, I can't answer that for other people, because he's smart enough to assess everyone individually and combine praise, encouragement and focussed suggestion and coaching to get you to improve just how you need to. Works for me...

The trip consisted of sessions down at Sprecks, Kanaha and Ho'okipa, in increasing order of waviness and difficulty, where we'd do training on the "simulators" i.e. the rental boards and rigs on the beach, before heading out to try the moves on the water. This actually does help, but it's hard to spend enough time doing the simulation to really understand the move - I find I need years of practice afterwards on the water, with occasional beach refreshers to clarify what I'm doing.

On this trip, we spent a fair amount of time working on forward loops, which seems incredibly mad and irrelevant, but actually isn't. Firstly, it's a very challenging goal, which kind of takes your mind of the other things you thought were hard previously, and secondly it gets you practising lots of really useful skills, like the "sideswipe" that plays into gybing and waveriding, and the "moonwalk" when you do jumps and want to get the board to float on the wind. Not to speak of the "face in the water - what again??" and the "2000th waterstart today" moves... it does take a fair bit of courage to dive around the mast the first time, but I found doing it repeatedly very liberating! Normally, I'm doing everything I can not to catapult, so doing it intentionally gets me to look the demon in the eye and then spit in his face, so to speak. Cool. And I AM going to do loops - tried a couple and it's only a matter of practice and time now!

The other part of the trip is the social part, which involves meeting lots of famous windsurfers, like Jason, Kauli, Marcilio, Levi, Ben, Timo, Dave Ezzy, Francisco, Robbie Swift, and nearly Robbie Nash, but he couldn't make it... These guys are amazingly friendly, patient in the face of our bonzo questions, and really willing to make helpful suggestions. It's also very cool to hear them say that they are scared making moves!! We are talking about triple loops here, but hey - nice to hear it. There are also the visits to cool windsurfing technology places, including Keith Teboul's shaping den and Robert Stroj's sail garage, not to speak of the preview of the 2012 JP range along with Werner Gnigler, the JP designer, explaining the features and changes (the graphics really don't do it for me, but hey, guess I'm just not street enough...!).

And the conditions were tricky enough to see Cribby sailing fairly craply, missing waves, struggling to get out and so on!! This was especially cool, because he'd provide an analysis of his mistakes and technique errors on the subsequent video (yeah, we got to video him, heh heh). Strangely, I found this most encouraging, because it means he, along with all the other heroes, is just human, like me, and there's a chance I can improve by working at things in an effective way. My brain knows this, but I don't always FEEL it... and that helped.

Finally, the other guests were all pretty cool, at least from my point of view - yeah, post-clinic, pre-leaving discussion revealed some difficulties, but it was all pretty civilised. People pitched in to cook, wash up, shop, we shared resources pretty sensibly, and a good time seemed to have been had by all. Would I go again?? For sure!

Last updated: 12/05/11 02:51 By: johng
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Diary for johng at Maui on 24/04/11

Riccardo and Swifty on Maui 2011
25/04/11
Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.7

The first day of the Cribby Maui trip, and we went to Sprecks. What a small beach! No waves at all, so a good introduction to the equipment and tuning things up, mostly me. Used the 84l Goya quad fin mostly, with a 4.7, but pretty powered up at times. Really nice spot though, reminds me of Bramblebush, other than that spot has bigger waves - allegedly. Switched to a 74l goya twin for the last hour, great stuff, mostly hooning about and jumping etc. Had a useful demo from Riccardo and Swifty (thud...!) on stance and suchlike. It's all a bit of a dream really, but that may be due to the 11hrs of jet lag.

Diary for johng at Maui on 25/04/11

Robbie Swift at Ho'okipa
25/04/11
Very light offshore winds, but the good guys still do well...
Rating:3 star rating
Board:0 litres
Sail:0.0

Didn't get to sail today - the only wind was at Ho'okipa, and was very offshore, light and gusty. Guy and I judged that I'd probably spend the entire session swimming, which was smart of me ;). Jason P and other very impressive sailors were riding waves, but even Cribby and Timo Mullen struggled with the conditions. One of our guys did go out, but not for long, and he spent most of his time either pumping like mad or swimming! Had a great day watching the top guys sail so well though - the difference between PWA champs and the rest of the world is incredible.

Added by beth on 27/04/11

hey we might get better swell than you over here - forecast is looking good for wedding weekend. Big Berry here we come - we'll miss you john.

Diary for johng at Maui on 26/04/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.7

Spent the day at Sprecks, did or at least attempted loads of tacks, had the back foot come out on some good jumps, with interesting results!

Dropped in at Francisco Goya's shop and Keith Teboul's shaping workshop. Very interesting convo with the current master shaper for just about everyone (who admits it) and loads who don't. Francisco - a totally lovely guy, with a fantastic smile and welcome!

Diary for johng at Maui on 27/04/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.2

Sailed at Kanaha today, excellent spot. Couple of sessions, waves a bit hard to spot for me, but good. Very windy, should probably have changed down on boards. Learning to use the harness, to save my arms from being completely munched, which is all good... Seems strange but it's true! Cribby is very helpful (and now he owes me a fiver...). Still can't believe I'm in Maui. They have proper windsurf shops, Hi-tech is unbelievable, two floors of stuff, rammed in there so tightly you can hardly walk around it all. Nice.

Added by jonathan on 28/04/11

Listen John, you might be in Maui.. but we've got a Royal Wedding tomorrow and with it being a Northerly there is the chance that we could sail from the hallowed shores of Esso Beach.. and they reckon it might not rain all day... and never mind your multitude of windsurf shops.. we can always pop down to Biggsies' afterwards. So we're not jealous at all :( :( :(

for anyone that isn't in either Maui or Bigbury over the weekend, I'm hoping to get down to Hayling Island (Seafront I hasten to add) on Saturday, maybe see you there....

Diary for johng at Maui on 28/04/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.5

Back to Kanaha today, less wind, same swell. Lots of bottom turn/cutback training on the beach and in the lagoon before we are unleashed on the hapless waves. In between swimming and kicking my feet on the reef (ouch!), I manage to catch a wave or two, and both get dropped in on and drop in on. Very satisfying day. Hope the Royal Wedding went well. Sailed Cribby's NP Fly2, and he asks me what I think of it, and is disappointed when I say it is a pleasantly shaped piece of plastic - he'll be passing my observations onto the designer. Frankly, I feel like a sheet might have been as good, but that's entirely due to my mind not working fast enough! I expect it's actually marvellous...

Diary for johng at Maui on 02/05/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.5

Had another go at Ho'okipa today, and although some swimming was involved, managed to get out past the rocks, up the channel and out the back - yay! Effing windy out there, generally fairly gusty. Incoming wave selection was utterly pants, found the rocks on the way round and managed to escape again. Decided discretion was the better part of valour and that I'd sail again today, so managed to ride a wave all the way in past the horribly offshore calm bit and ram it up the beach. Excellent result! Wind went even more offshore so didn't try again - even Cribby was having problems staying with the waves which were doing strange things. So all ready for next time - I'm still alive!

Diary for johng at Maui on 04/05/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:74 litres
Sail:4.5

The day started with a visit to the Neil Pryde sail designer's workshop, which is basically in his garage, amazingly. Nice guy. Then we went to Sprecks and did some wavesailing :) which was pretty good - used the 74l for a change. It was however raining and gusty as all heck, going up and down as the rain and clouds came and went. Don't let anyone tell you it doesn't rain here - how dya think it gets so green??

Diary for johng at Maui on 05/05/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres
Sail:4.5

Things got started early today relatively speaking, we headed up to Ho'okipa to see how things were there. It was however raining incredibly hard, I got woken about 5 am by rain on the roof outside, and the wind was gusty and horrible. So we went down to Sprecks, where it was just as bad, but what the heck, less trouble to get in and out!

Eventually, after some false starts, I got in probably 2 hours of wavesailing, including some cool jumps and a couple of great rides - finally! Don't get too far in front of the wave is the secret... A good day...

Added by Andrew on 06/05/11

It didn't rain in Cornwall !

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