It would be nice to list the incoming sup foil dw race, some people might be interested. Just like any other competition, it is not only about results, it is more a good opportunity to meet and regroup passionate people.
I start with this one :
The dw conditions are mellow, easy bumps, definetly not as big as Maliko or M2O but it is fun (except if the sargasse seaweed shows up…). And you have also a world class surf foil spot.
For australians it might hard and expensive to get there, but for USA it sould be quite easy, so come on guys, it would be fun to have many people there, so far only 6 people.
Matt, for the Guadelupe race, the run is supposed to be 50km, along the coast, usually trad winds at this time are consitant around 15nd but you can expect some ground swell to give more push. I would say pretty easy dw conditions, kind of bay run but with mellow ground swell.
Last year we did the race (only 15km because of the seaweed issue…) and it was only 8 to 12nd and it was nice. The idea acutally is more to get along and score some long run with the crew before the race. Nobody is into training race, it is a fun race, we want to score before and not rest to be 100% prepare.
Also you have two surf foil waves and many shortboard waves. One surf foil spot is nice, no crowd and easy wave and the other one is world class foil wave, cristal blue, no crowd, long rolling waves, pefect but is needs a N swell to break.
Then I think the next sup dw race will be end of october in Bretagne so easy for UK to come and off course it would be nice to have you there !!
Maui Downwind Races are starting to be announced as well.
Paddle Imua is always one of the best of the year. Last year they did not allow foil, because of some drama with the Harbor, so this year I hear it will finish at Kanaha. PADDLE IMUA 2023 - Paddle Imua
The Molokai Holokai is a great race! Day 1 crosses the Pailolo channel from Maui to Molokai. This is a must do race. I missed it last year, I had Covid, so I will be sure to figure out doing it this year! Day 2 is just the “best” part of the run going from the Kamalo Buoy and goes back toward Kaunakakai. Looks like there are two dates possible Friday 14th- Saturday 15th July -or- Friday 11th-Saturday 12th August 2023.
Of course there is the M2O on Sunday, July 30th. The signup is Feb 15th…still don’t know where the finish will be for Foil. If the finish is the same as everyone else, I’m going to pass, otherwise I would like to go.
Yes, all yellow, I had a good start, but then I realized I wouldn’t be able to finish the 34km if i kept going like that, I had to let it glide without pumping or paddling. Top3 guys were in very good shape, working hard from start to finish.
With the heat, the sargass (seaweed), you have to make a plan and decide how hard you can push.
To me the race is about yourself more than others, you do your own thing, you try to get the most of the conditions, looking for the maximum glide.
It was a challenging race but super fun and most important, we had some good dw run during the week.