2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown Pro Mens

Nick Warmuth sails Sunset O’ahu

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After a rainy lackluster fall and winter for windsurfing, the conditions finally turned on in O’ahu this spring. There were a few good days at Backyards, and I finally got a chance to windsurf an iconic wave of the surfing world, Sunset Point. When you kick out at Backyards, you get a clear view of the same swell line jacking up on the Sunset reef. I’ve often mind-windsurfed this wave and imagined what it would be like if there weren’t 50 surfers in the water. The setup at Sunset is perfect for windsurfing; a heavy, butter smooth long right that finishes in a large channel with side-offshore to offshore winds. While Backyards offers one or two hits before you have to kick out, when Sunset is working, you can easily get in seven or eight turns from the Point through the West Bowl and all the way to the inside of Vals. Besides being one of the world’s most famous surfing waves, Sunset is known for the pounding it dishes out when clean-up sets sneak in from the West and close out the channel. Surfing or sailing, you have to always be on your toes, as one mistake could result in a beating and very long swim. This day wasn’t quite big or west enough to line up properly, however the west bowl offered up some clean sections and heavy lips. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the better days at Sunset as I’ve yet to find O’ahu’s version of Jimmie Hepp. See you in the water,
Nick Warmuth
Photos courtesy of Philip Newmarch

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AWT Peru

Thanks for the sick shot David Holmqvist! Russ Faurot sailing on his OES Hot Rod 73 in the AWT Peru contest.

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Board OES Hot rod 73  Quad

Sailor Russ Faurot

Photo Jimmy Hepp

Hot Rod 93 design file

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Kev Berichon sailing Hookpia Maui

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Kev Berichon sailing Hookpia Maui on his Hot Rod 93

OES Hot Rod 83 Vs 50 knots

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Maris Naish using a OES Hot rod 83 Quad with 8cm front and 13 back ,Black Project Fins @ Middleton South Austalia in 30 to 50 knots

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Diego Hot Rodding

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Diego Femenias using a Hot Rod 73

OES Slash 83 Tri Fin

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216cm x57cm 83L

OES Smack 100 Tri Fin

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228cm x 64cm x 100L

Hi Pete – hope all’s well over in the west.Just a quick note – got to sail the board yesterday in head high gusty 5-25 knt wind at Middleton.Great float, really good pop over white water – was on a 5.0 and was able to float around in zero wind as soon as the wind kicked popped on the plane nice and easy. Nice smooth planning – was only running 10cm fronts and a 22cm Maui ultra fin centre. Wind went a bit crazy for a while and handled it beautifully. Had a few nice waves – nice bottom turns sweet off the top/cutbacks.

Really impressed

The rear volume is great for light wind water starts and for staying in the straps when not planning. Hanging to get it in some decent wind and waves. Don’t think I’ll need to even get the 112 out of the car anymore as the 100 seems to be just as floaty,it’s going to be a great onshore B&J board with a single fin as well

Any way thanks – everyone’s impressed with the paint job too!!

Cheers

 

Russell