Downwind run with friends.

The wind was a little too north for a Maliko run so I met up with some friends on the south shore for some great downwind surfing.


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We’ve had a great stretch of wind lately for our Maliko runs. I’ve been hearing of some record runs by some of Maui’s fastest paddlers.

After years of riding stock race boards; I’m learning how to maximize the benefits of having a rudder and starting to see the opportunities to go faster and make more connections.

Before I got this new board, I consistently rode a 14′ stock race board. Without the rudder, I’d say that about 70% of my strokes were directional to assist in turning the board and connecting bumps. I could step back and make the board turn using a traditional surf stance. I’m now looking to find the right balance of directional strokes and tail surfing, combined with the use of a rudder; to turn in an instant and keep connecting the glides. This balance may mean less directional strokes and more power strokes. It’s like a whole new game and I can’t wait to go back out and learn some new moves.


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Here’s a quick clip of my maiden voyage on my new toy from S.I.C.

Not the best Maliko conditions, light and coming from the North, but this new board made it really fun.

After years of riding a 14′ stock race board, it sure is nice having a rudder sometimes.


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Here’s the same video without the music this time.

 

 


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I took the new 2012 Bullet from S.I.C. on a Kihei downwinder. The wind was light and the board was flying.


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My good friend Randy Royse and I have been addicted to downwind runs since the first glides we caught back when we were introduced to the sport. We’ve had some amazing adventures here on Maui and I’m still amazed at the drops and the glides we are catching out here in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Randy had his Go Pro camera mounted on the back of his board during an epic Maliko run we had last week. Here’s some of the highlights from that day. Hope you like it.


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Amazingly fast Maliko run. Averaging over 10 MPH on this 1 mile stretch with a max speed of 14.2 MPH.


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