Sunday, October 29, 2006

Just when you think you've seen it all....







Yesterday was a spectator day at Hookipa. Big sets, lots of pro’s and the grassy knoll was lined with big lenses focused on the amazing wind & kit surfing action. It was enough right there to make it an observers paradise & then in to the mix comes Laird stand up paddling. Or as I heard it called up on Kauai ‘up standing paddling”! Just imagine you’re out (and let’s face it you have to feel like hot shit in those conditions) and all of a sudden the dude shows up with nothing but his board, paddle and 42 years of experience-what the hell-that’s got to take you down a peg or two…don’t ya think? Oh and btw his rides were mind blowing & b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.....

As an aside Laird just completed the ‘Paddle n’Pedal’ across the Hawaiian Islands with Dave Kalama to raise awareness & money for autism. Check out the press release http://www.beautifulson.com/images/LAIRD_PRESS_REL.pdf the itinerary is classic. Incidently, part of the 'paddle' was from Molokai to Oahu and my lovely friend Juan was paddling his ass off in one of the canoes during the Molokai channel race. He said having Dave in their other club boat made any kind of petulance impossible!

3 comments:

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Amazing. We don't often see that in Oklahoma.

mater70 said...

You beat me to it TG - I was going to make some comment about Scarborough and Filey not coming up to par - at least they have some sea :-)

Did the Itahi ride the waves?

cammar said...

The Itahi rodes smaller waves at Kanaha with the help of a sail on his longboard. Nothing compared to Laird...
But thanks for asking!