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If you're in the cross hairs of a hurricane and you've done all your preparation, hunker down and wait it out. Enjoy the amenities of modern civilization for as long as you have them, especially electricity. The U.S. eastern seaboard, courtesy of Hurricane Irene, just learned the awful reality of life without electricity: it goes on too long for most. A neighborhood full of portable generator smog and noise is little comfort at the hottest time of the year.
Living near a coast for most of my life has brought me into the path of many hurricanes. Back in the olden days, before the prevalence of gas generators, post hurricanes were endurable events. Everybody in the 'hood emptied their refrigerators and freezers, fired up the barbecues and lived large for a few days. Everyone came out of their house, shared food and partied with their neighbors.
Radar · Zane Schweitzer has a new Facebook Page... Another new women-centric web destination on FB: JP Girls... Eastern Surf Magazine has a report on H. Irene with photos: Part 1... Josh Sampiero, WindSurfing editor, has been working on something new. I hear it's supposed to go to print March '12. Here's a sample: paddle + board... If you're a gearhead, have a look in the Blogroll on the right of this page at 琵琶湖 Freeride Web... Windsport editor Pete Dekay is also in Orlando at the Surf Expo 2012 and shot some video... The PWA Kia Cold Hawaii set to start this Monday, Sept. 12, is rumored to have 4 cameras for their Live Webcast. Katia could be a player at the contest. Robby Swift may be doing the commentary for the webcast. Robby along with Klaas Voget and Ben Proffitt all have serious foot injuries that will most likely keep them out of the contest... Swap Meet, Long Island, Sept. 17, Details: Hampton Watersports... Another Swap Meet in Atlantic City, NJ, Sept. 18, Details: Extreme Windsurfing... Racing at the RS:X European Championship starts on Monday, Sept. 12. Go to the event website for all reporting and results... Hookipa Super Snapper, Jimmie Hepp wants all of you who make his FB albums to Tag your photos and maybe even leave a few comments...
Legends · Laird Hamilton defines the term waterman. His website, Laird Life, describes a man fully engaged in living life on his terms. He's best known for his big wave surfing prowess but back in the day he did a lot of windsurfing.
Can 9 Phil Soltysiak (Sailworks) from this year's PWA Tour, Canary Islands. Video taken by Polish freestyler Jakub Kosmowski. With one more freestyle event, Phil is currently in 9th place.
Max Rowe shot 40 minutes of video to get the best of the worst wipeouts from the sunny ol' U.K.
The dude with the 'tude...the always insane Zane Schweitzer:
Over on the Atlantic side of South America Kauli Seadi takes the double elimination after losing the single elimination to Wilhelm Shurmann in the Mormaii Ibiraquera Wave Contest.
While the conditions were not spectacular, what really impressed me: they have a national windsurfing festival. A few more videos from the Hayling Island Festival here.
PWA Live from Klitmoller, Denmark, September 12 - 18. For a bigger screen and the full media mashup, go to the event website Kia Cold Hawaii.