AWT Cabo Verde

 

AWT Dream Tour,

 

When I first heard about the potential for an American Windsurfing Tour stop in Cabo Verde, Africa, I was beyond excited. I have dreamt about traveling to this wave (Ponta Preta) for the last 10 years, and when the opportunity finally presented itself, I had no choice but to go. Ponta Preta has to be one of the best windsurfing waves in the world. The perfect bowling waves combined with cross-offshore winds creates one of the most perfect canvases I can imagine for windsurfing.

 

I arrived a couple days before the competition was slated to start, and was rewarded with one of the best sessions of my windsurfing career. 5 hours sailing in prime conditions is hard to put into words how satisfying it is. Being dialed in on my gear at a new spot is always important. Fortunately, I have spent countless hours training and tweaking every little detail to get perfectly tuned. Working with OES Australia, has provided me with a wealth of options, allowing me to find the perfect setup. Having confidence in your equipments is hugely important at a spot such as Ponta Preta, where the rocks are right in front of the main break.

 

During the competition we were dealt much smaller waves, and had to move the venue to “Secret Spot” just up the coast. The wave there is very similar to Ho’okipa in Maui, so I felt right at home sailing. I managed to win my first two heats, before stumbling in the quarters. The highlight of the first round was beating one of my all time windsurfing heroes, Kauli Seadi! Kauli, however got the last laugh advancing through our Round 5 rematch. He managed a second place to Camille Juban in an impressive final.

 

The AWT has provided incredible opportunity for myself, and many others to travel the world in search of perfect waves. While this trip did not turn out to have an overabundance of waves, I did get to sample the goods. I will have to come back and give Ponta Preta another run.

Russ Faurot

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Summer Back looping Kurt

Young Kurt ripping on his OES Hot Rod 83

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This weeks new boards

OES Hot Rod 215cm x 58cm x 83 L Quad
OES Hot Rod 211cm x 55 cm x74 L Quad
OES Wave Pro 213cm x 58cm x 83 L Quad / Tri
OES Wave Pro 213cm x 58cm x 83 L Quad / Tri

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6′ 3” Epoxy/ESP/ S glass

New OES 6’3” x 19” x 28.4 L x 2.3 kg , FCS 2 Quad/Tri, Shortboard

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OES Epoxy surfboards

New OES Shortboards surfboards
Epoxy/ ESP/ S glass
6’5” x 19”x 34.1 L x 2.3 kg
6’1”x 20.5” x34.7L x 2.3kg

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New 2015 Wave Pro 83

NEW 2015 Shape
Wave Pro 5 Fin
213cm x 58cm x 83 L

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New 2015 Hot Rod 83

New  2015  HOT ROD 83

Length 215 cm

Width 58cm

Volume 83 L

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First Big Swell

First big swell of the Hawaiian winter Oct 10., thanks to Fish Bowl Diaries and Jimmie Hepp

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Back On Maui

Russ Fuarot back on Maui after AWT Hatteras.

Thanks Jimmie Hepp for the Photos.

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OES Slash Tri Fin

Russ Faurot’s Slash 83 thruster set up for onshore 12 WaveMULTI fronts and 15.5 MiniEPIC rear Black Project fins.

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