Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Buddy Carson

My buddy Carson wrote this check it out...maybe buy it.. bulathebook.com
Bula  book cover
An excerpt from
Bula: Sailing Across the Pacific


I threw on the raingear and harness and quickly came out of the cabin. I stopped to stare at the dangerous flapping sail. I didn’t want to go up there. Trembling and scared, I was thinking of any possible way to get out of that mess. I thought to myself, you’re the stupid one who wanted to do this alone. I clenched my teeth with a mean sense of determination and crawled up to the bow. My harness line snagged on every entrapment that I passed, so I unlatched the carabineer to make it forward but forgot to reattach it to the safety jack-line.

I had to pull the headsail down completely. I released the halyard and began pulling the sail down. It whipped about, pounding me in the face. I couldn’t do anything but take the lashings. Bula the BoatA flailing sheet ripped another pair of storm glasses off my face and into the ocean. I saw them sinking into the abyss.

Once I got most of it down, the wind was pulling the sail and me over the side with the waves washing over the deck. The sail dangerously filled with seawater. I was hanging onto the sail for my life that was full of hundreds of pounds of seawater. I was having horrible thoughts that if I lost the headsail I could triple my time to Hawaii. I couldn’t let go of it either because the folds of the sail had wrapped around me. I was slipping into Davy’s Grip.

I locked into survival mode. I wasn’t prepared to go over the side forever. I managed to get the sail back on the boat and wrestled it to the cockpit in two pieces. You have to laugh at death—you can’t let it laugh at you.


Sunken barge
Half-sunken barge inside the lagoon of Fanning Island

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Trying to get back on

So, no reports lately. Well, it's summer and the trades are going to be on as far as the eye can see. Now, here is blogger explaination:
"The problem was caused by human error. One of our datacenters inadvertently had the wrong server configuration when we performed our regular service update. Once we figured this out, we corrected the problem quickly.
We are in the process of adding additional monitoring that will prevent this kind of outage from recurring.
We are truly sorry for any inconveniences this might have caused you. In the meantime, we will try harder to make Blogger a more reliable service."
Heeeehaw!!!! Live reports as soon as they fix it...Aloha

Friday, June 18, 2010

Steady as a mule

videoOk windies, the wind will stay in the moderate range for a couple more days. Steady 20's with tiny surf will be the trend. Kite sizes 8 to 12. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Trifecta perfecta

videoWe got all three...surfer, great wind and kickers...so bring your whole quiver down. Today is the tweener day and tomorrow is going to ramp up a bit. Get it now...aloha and good luck.

Monday, June 14, 2010

There's a kicker

videoOk windies, the wind is pretty light right now, but it will ramp up as midday approaches. Today will be in the loow 20's and there is some small surf. Looks like a light and easy day. Aloha and good luck

lanes

videoLooks fun...get out there

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Down we go...

Today, was a super fun day, but for more reasons than usual. Me and a bunch of friends did a downwinder. Now, now the funny thing is, I am used to riding upwind, so muscles were backwards. We launched from a secret location. You have to go out 2 miles out by the airport, in the blue water. There was small surf along the way, and the wind was moderate to light. If you want to do a downwinder, Maui is the place. Here is Paul Franco, he is an instructor from KSM, the school next ours doing a down winder. This downwinder is just a "bit" longer than ours. It's good to see kiting going in this direction.
Big Down Winder

Lanai Crossing 2010 from Paul Franco on Vimeo.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Aloha friday

videoOk windies, the high pressure has weakened just a hair making the wind a little more managable. The direction is great at 50 degrees. As the day goes on the wind speed wind increase and maybe get atouch gusty.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blow me down

videoThe winds are growling, super east and just plain nasty. If you do decide to go to waiehu bring a medium kite, and watch out for that reef... Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Maui Mini Movie: Pro Pool Presence

Alright, I actually moved over to the Pro Pool for some footage this week. I needed some shade. The kiting was unreal and Jesse vs Jonnyboy on skies really never happened. But, I'm going put that on Kiteforum. Youtube shacked me on the song so if you see it on youtube it's some Snoop song. The slow-mo effects took me some time; I think I am going to add one or two a movie. I hope you enjoy...

Maui Kiteboarding: Pro Pool Presence from Rick Dobrowski on Vimeo.

On fire

videoOk windies the winds have fired up once again. Small kites only, looks like its going to get to 40, so hold on tight. Aloha and good luck

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nice and steady

videoOk windies, looks like that day you see in the magazines or movies. Blue water steady winds and clear skies. Get it while the gettins good, cause the gusties are on the way... Aloha and good luck

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Send in your report

This report is from the master photographer Peter Mcgowan. Check out his photos at www.petermcgowanphotography.com. He is a fan of the repor, so here you go....
Massachusetts Report

Friday, June 4, 2010

Last One: Get ready for next!

Alright, all the rest on the .00001% of the planet Mai-Tai is coming back next year. Check out this Forbes video and have a laugh. I spotted some of my friends in the video. Count on next year double the size of this year...so it will really suck.
Yikes

Work onsomething new

videoOk the wind is more of a breeze, but looks great. A quick shout out to my wife, looks like 11 conditions. Aloha and good luck

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Susi Strikes Back

After "Eat the Rich" it was reported the Susi Mai wasn't well represented. So, check out this video. She throws some pizzazz on them rails. We really can't have any rails here on Maui, they'd blow away. So check out her and the Kite Scoop crew slippin and sliding on plastic.
Mai Crew

Susi's Sessions from Kite Scoop on Vimeo.



Dose crazy boot riders didn't let me have permission, what up wit dat? shoots. Yo, if you wanna check this shit out go to dat crazy site Kitescoop.com This crew is all that...yo betta check yo'self

Small axe

videoOk windies, the high pressure is starting to diminish, but there still are winds today. Again, I think we may just crack the 25mph mark. Looks smoothe and gentle for now. No surf, low tide 1133 am aloha and good luck

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer starter

videoOk windies, the wind right now is a beautiful 22 from about 45 to 50 from the notheast. It looks like its going to be a super fun day. Look for the lighter trade trend. Aloha and good luck