Just when I thought that we were going to close out February with light, unsailable days, the wind surprised everyone yesterday and came up to sailable levels in the upper teens and occasional hitting 20.
I was pretty dubious when I saw the readings but headed down to the beach anyway. Looked pretty marginal but I rigged up my 5.7 and headed out. Got planing on the outbound reach, but that was the extent of that. Those who hit the water before I got there scored, as well as those who stuck around after I left it looks like.
Lots of 2012 sail testing going on at Kanaha yesterday. Josh Sampiero and the Windsurfing Magazine test crew are on Maui trying to test some 2012 sails for an upcoming issue. It’s been tough, with a deadline looming and frustratingly light winds most of February. They got on some 6+ meter stuff while I was out yesterday, testing some 2012 Maui Sails, 2012 Goyas, 2012 Severne and 2012 Sailworks among others.
Kai Hopf and the North Sails development and test team have been hanging out at Kanaha all winter and were there testing yesterday as well. Judging from the number of sails they’ve been testing all winter it’s obvious they’re working hard to get their 2012 sail line dialed in. You’ll probably see some new and different stuff from North for 2012 so keep an eye on them.
March is almost here and that means that the annual photo shoot season is almost upon us. This March and April we’ll be seeing most of the big brands like Neil Pryde, North, Starboard, Fanatic and others arriving with all their new 2012 gear and team riders to get the shots you’ll be seeing in the magazines and brochures next fall. Hopefully our spring trade winds will cooperate more than our winter winds have. Here’s some more photos of the testing action yesterday.