Last week we had an epic run down from Brawzinho of a last minute trip that tops almost all other last minute trips; Marcilio Browne, Robby Swift and Graham Ezzy showed up in Pozo after flying from Maui. They made their decision to leave just 16 hours before their departure. Like last week we have a great gallery for you, but in addition to the words from Robby Swift, we also have a video of him in action.
I didn’t need to be asked twice. I said “sure, let’s go" and the next day we were on the plane!
Check out the short clip on the last page, meanwhile enjoy Robby's report. The video is an absolute blinder, Robby was firing on all cylinders and after he sent us all the info to publish we told him to get on and win there this year, when the reply dropped into our inbox, these were just a few of the words he said:
"If it's windy and wavy I think I have a chance of winning. Would help if the bloody wind would come back to Maui so I can train over this next month"
Over to Robby...
To everyone else in the airport, it still looked like we had a lot of gear but to us it was a pleasure to travel so light!!
We were in Maui, looking forward to getting on with some serious training after the hectic month of April when the NeilPryde and JP team photoshoots take place. We had a great month of wind throughout April so I thought May/June would carry on with much of the same as it usually does on Maui and let us have some good training. However, no sooner than our JP brand manager, Martin Brandner got on the plane back to Austria, the wind just died completely and left us with a forecast of white to light blue on Windguru which didn’t fill us with much inspiration.
My windguru account has all the spots we usually go to train or compete in the year lined up underneath each other, so I have to admit that I had seen the forecast in Pozo even before Brawzinho called me and asked if I wanted to go. If he hadn’t seen it, then I might not have told him about it as it’s a really long way to go from Maui and I was looking forward to a bit of quiet time with Heidy, but once he called me, I didn’t need to be asked twice. I said “sure, let’s go" and the next day we were on the plane!
It’s a bit of a gamble to fly across to the other side of the world for a week but this week definitely paid off
It is nice to go on a forecast as you don’t have to take that much gear with you. I just took 3.4 to 4.7 with me and my 73L and 82L JP Thruster Quads, 1 boom and 2 masts. To everyone else in the airport, it still looked like we had a lot of gear but to us it was a pleasure to travel so light!! Brawzinho of course, being his paranoid self, had to take 3 boards and a few more sails but he wouldn’t use them. I was happy just to take 2 bags of windsurfing gear with me for the first time in years. I was even happier when I got there and LPWS offered to look after my gear for me till I come back in the summer so that meant I travelled home with just my clothes bag. An unheard treat for me!
Sailing Pozo in such strong winds is really hard. You think you will be brave and get back into it easily but you never do. It doesn’t even look that windy from the beach but when you get on the water, that wind hits you and you remember the fear of all those years past. Once I get into it, I really enjoy it. The small sails are easy to throw around and you can have a lot of fun flying through the air but for the first couple of days, it really feels like survival. The nice thing about this trip is that we had some waves too, which makes the whole experience all the more fun. I love sailing Pozo with a little swell as you can just jump so high. It also seems to flatten out the chop a bit when there is a swell as when it is completely flat, the wind makes it very choppy.
All in all it was a great trip. We went there with the plan to work on our doubles, 360s, shakas, pushloop-forwards etc. and we did exactly that. It’s a bit of a gamble to fly across to the other side of the world for a week but this week definitely paid off and since there were no conditions at all on Maui that week, it felt like a win-win and I would certainly do it again if the opportunity arises!
Check out the video below and for those who want more there's a bonus gallery on next page.
Still want more? Then check out Brawzinho's report last week, it's a cracker!