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Cruising in style outside the Golden Gate Bridge with Simmer Freemove 110.

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Frosted Froth

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Flykatcher Update

February is prime time in the Atlantic, and having some gear always waiting for me in Cabo Verde has its advantages. Seeing this forecast develop quite late in the ballgame, it was still a snap to catch the right flights from my winter station in Finland to get back to Cabo Verde in a flash. Fantastic to sample some more of those emerald green African island waves that I so cherish. It has been a very windy fun filled week with several types of set ups and three separate swells. My trusty Simmer Flywave 85 and Blacktip quiver served me well, offering me the chance to cut loose with no second thoughts.
Thank you again so much to: Francesco Massa and Debi at Surfactivity Guest house, all the crew at Angulo Cabo Verde, and a special thanks for the photos, A.Shaw, S. Fonte, V. Decesare’

Until the next round, as they say- SO SABE’

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Hookipa 99’…..mid June 99′ to be precise, and it’s one of those stories with the shot.

Mid June and it is 8 feet at Hookipa.

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I can never ever forget this session, nobody who was lucky enough to be there will, ever.

What was I even doing on Maui ?

It was becuse of this AWSP tour event at Diamond Head, a smaller type of deal, and on the day the event ended why not pop on over to Maui even though its Summer? Did not even have a ride from the airport…caught my shaper at the time, Dan Bolfing just as he was leaving the house in Haiku from a pay phone in Honolulu, and at 4 in the afternoon arrive on Maui, usually too late but in this case it’s mid June, Summer trades, longer days…..we drive by Hookipa…..slack jaw.

8 feet and going from green trees all the way thru.   IN MiD JUNE 

Safe to say 4:30 -6:30 was some of the best Hookipa ever seen….all kinds of amazing long rides – in mid Summer light….Darrell Womg in the chopper, Levi to this day claims no session ever produced more coverage. He claims like 6 covers produced from that day. Magic light I tell you, and the swell angle was magic also.

Darrell went for the speed blur image with me and it produced that shot that is somewhat unparalleled in its unique angle and focus. Some other pivotal life shifting events had taken place for me the weeks prior to this moment. So of course this session was special, and memorable to say the least.

Funny to note all the industry heads started to demand the company photo shoots be held on Maui in June from then on…….until reality set in.

It’s Maui in June….!! That an 8 foot swell hit like that in the midst of Summer trades was unprecedented. Usually its flatter than flat.

It’s not been that good, that late in the season ever since , but it can indeed happen. 

We always refer to that day, even if was indeed 13 or so years ago.

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