After spending a couple months in the snow I decided it was time for a change of climate. It would be a few months before it started warming up anywhere north of the tropics so at the end of January I headed out to Maui for the spring. Maui is one of my favorite places to ride, especially in the winter since I hate wetsuits. The NE trade winds here are pretty consistent and strong through the winter, and on those off days there is usually some swell to surf. This year the conditions have been good with only a couple weeks of no wind. There have been a couple big swells but for the most part it’s been pretty average.
I’ve been spending most of my time hitting kickers at Kitebeach with the Newton wakeboard. The increased rocker compared to a kiteboard is just what I need to handle such hard, slacked landings. I don’t really need to worry about it slowing me down or dragging me down wind since it is usually blowing 20+ mph. The kickers are great since they aren’t part of a surf break, allowing me to drop my kite without worrying about it getting eaten by a wave. Recently I’ve been mostly working on adding grabs to my flat spins. It has been a lot of fun and feels unbelievable when you nail it right. My favorite thing to do right now is add the grab after the handle pass. You really have to have the spin down to be balanced enough to focus on a grab so late in the trick. If you want to see what I’m talking about click here to check out a video of a Backside 3 with a late grab. If it is not that windy or there are no kickers I ride the Darkside since the flatter rocker lets me plane easier. The wind is rarely north enough to fill in at the pro pool but when it is it is a great flat water spot. Maui Sunset in Kihei is also pretty flat but only works on a south wind.
When the swell starts pumping I bust out the Tyrant and hit the surf. I usually ride the right at Lanes, but if the wind is really strong and east there is a sick left near my house at Waiehu. Make sure you lock your car if you ever go to Lanes though because I had my gear ripped off while I was out riding. Luckily I was able to recover it all when the thief sold it to a guy at Kitebeach. Other than that I’ve hit up the lower reef at Kanaha, Pier One and Sugar Cove a couple times.
I’ve got a couple more weeks here to hone in some new tricks before I head back to the East Coast to kick off the summer season and hit up the 2011 Triple S Invitational at Real Watersports in Cape Hatteras, NC. Hope to see ya there! Peace.
Drowned camera ,almost drowned rider and a lot car rally chasing perfect conditions.
It’s what it takes to produce this little video clip.
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Youri just won the first two PKRA world cups of the season. Watch how he spent the winter to get in shape for 2011.
Winning doesn’t come easy, and it can be stressful when things don’t run smoothly. “When I arrived here in Australia, I really wanted to push it and train hard, but then you get back on the water, and it’s just a lot of frustration!”
This first installment shows the true grit and determination that Youri has gone through to make him one of the top riders in the world! Defiantly worth watching for those super sick combo freestyle moves at the end…
Sorry for the late update. Internet in Morocco wasn’t really good haha.
It’s been already a couple days after the comp and i got back home yesterday, good to be back home for a bit before leaving again.
I got into dakhla a bit before the comp to get used to the spot and train a bit as well. On the down wind side of the Camp is a amzing flat water spot were the wind is just perfect and the water dead flat.Doesnt get any better for freestyle than that… In the comp I had some hard heats , 1st and 2 round against Dominican rider and after against Andy Yates. In al my heats i just had to go 100% and i made it into the final of the singles. I was not really in a mood of giving it a way! In the final I had a good heat against Alex pastor. I did some combo’s, power tricks, and switch tricks which leaded me to the win in the singles.
In the doubles I knew it was not going to be easy, because the level at this moment is so high. If you make 1 small mistake your out. Even though I won the singles I could still be 2nd overall. That didn’t happen I was up against Andy Yates again in the final , my was was perfect, I guess one of my best heats ever!!! Again I did a lot of powerd tricks , combo’s, and switch tricks. Landed also a power mobe to wrapped.
I am super stoked on my 2nd win of the year and will try to keep it up this way till the end of the year.
Thanks to all for the support!
Watch Andy Yates in a few days of training and having fun before the upcoming PKRA event in Dakhla, Morocco!
Heavy technical riding brought to you by Youri Zoon!
Last week after the Dakhla PKRA event in Morocco Youri had a nice session on the speed spot. Here you can see the first Backmobe 9 ever landed!! WHAT!