Day 2: Favourite moves and top tips with the world’s most radical sailors

The first item on the itinerary for the second day of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup was to remove the fishing boat, which was a prominent feature during yesterday’s Super Session, from the reef after running aground on the eve of the event. The sailors remained on hold until 6pm, but with a deteriorating swell no competition was able to be held today. 

Whilst playing the waiting game we caught up with a few sailors to find out their favourite move and top tips:

First up, Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails):

“For sure wave 360s. I like because when I went to Maui, and lived there when I was 14, my idol was Jason Polakow and he was the best at this move, so I wanted to learn it like him. My tip is that it’s all about timing, which requires time on the water and practise.”

Martin Ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7):

“A proper, proper stalled forward. The ones where you go up almost like a backloop and then at the highest point you start pointing down wind and lowering the nose of the board.”

Moritz Mauch (Starboard / Severne / MFC):

“Air taka, it feels really good when you pull it off. I think for air takas it’s important to be able to land punetas first.”

Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North):

“Tweaked pushy. I love the feeling when you are in that tweaked position. To help trying to learn tweaked pushloops try and throw the mast to your back ankle.”

Adam Lewis (Fanatic / North):

“Double forward because it’s the last move that I really had to try hard to learn and it’s a really cool feeling once you properly start to get into the double whip/rotation. The best thing anyone ever told me was to just try and do a planing forward and then do another one in the air.”

Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde):

“Frontside wave 360. For me the most important thing is finding a good section to perform the move off. It all depends on the wave, you need a steep section and to be right in the pocket.”

John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC):

“Goiters in side shore conditions - they look great in photos. If you are trying goiters try throwing the rig earlier than you’d expect.”

The forecast looks similar tomorrow, but hopefully that will prove to be wrong. The best of the wind is again predicted to be in the morning, so skippers’ meeting will take place at 9am with the action commencing from 9:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into Here you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

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