Archive for Wakestyle
Just finished my video from my trip to Brazil. I spent a few weeks in August in the northern town of Cumbuco. The wind in Brazil is amazingly consistant, windy everyday, and I learned a few new tricks… here’s the footage:
This winter I was keeping in touch with lots of friends using Skype. Skype allows you to talk through text, voice and video chatting. With many of my friends going on surfing and kiteboarding trips, as well as myself, Skype was the easy (and free) way to stay in touch no matter where.
I had been wanting to film a few interviews with friends as a way to contribute to the kiteboarding website KiteScoop.com. With all of my friends dispersed all over the globe I figured Skype was the best interview platform available. So here is the first one… a conversation I had with filmmaker/team rider Nate Appel during the Spring of 2010:
Cape Hatteras is known by surfers, kiteboarders and nature lovers worldwide for the amazing conditions this island can produce. Amazing thunderstorms, pumping surf and cranking wind are just a few of the attributes that bring people here. This week Hatteras delivered yet again… and in one lump sum!
The surf started pumping last Thursday. I got off of work and went straight to the beach. As I walked over the dune I saw a head high barrel firing down the line, it was the beginning of an epic session. I ducked under three amazing waves and once I got outside the breakers I turned to my friend Brandon Scheid and exclaimed “Its firing like P-pass out here!! Wait a second… Its firing like Hatteras is going off!”. Hatteras can deliver world class waves like anywhere else! We surfed until well past dark, taking a few closeout barrels on the head in exchange for a few perfect rides.
The swell continued into the next morning when Charlie, myself and REAL Co-Founder Trip Foreman caught a dawn surf in the glassiest water I’ve seen in the ocean!
Each evening the wind has been cranking, causing the REAL crew to session their brains out! Team photographer Bryan Elkus has been hard at work, taking shots of the Team every evening and documenting them on his website. Here are a few shots from Saturday’s session…
Lastly, today delivered cranking wind in the low 30′s… Megaloop session! Brandon Scheid, (lit on a 9m LF High-Fi), Ryan Waltz (on a 7m Hadlow Pro) and myself (on an 8m BEST Nemesis HP) pushed eachother to throw bigger and bigger kiteloops while tossing in new grabs and trying new rotations while 30ft in the air! Needless to say, we we’re all pretty exhausted after the session.
On my ride home from riding I stopped by a photo shoot where LF Pro rider and REAL Team manager Jason Slezak, along with Cabrinha Pro rider Andre Phillip, were sessioning a 25ft section of corrugated tubing. Here’s a quick clip of the action:
Charlie, Nick and I took out the sliders yesterday, both the 80ft John Wayne Cancer Foundation slider and the REAL flat bar. It was my day off, so I spent the majority of it on the water. Bryan Elkus came out of his office and shot some video… while Charlie and I traded off shooting on his new HD camera.
Everyone on the water was charging hard! Once one person steps their riding up the collective riding level increases… thats when we all progress. Big props to the crew; Sammy, Elkus, Nick Baines, Charlie, Lulu, Claire, Brandon, Clint, BCS and Trevor.
Edit: Bryan Elkus – BryanElkus.com -