The small waves tend to focus everyone to the same takeoff point, so days like this can be a little frustrating - unless you are on a foil (then you can just ride the energy from an unbroken wave).
La and Noe came again - but this time they didn't jump in the water. That meant Marlon and I had a personal photographer on the beach (thanks La!).
Marlon is light enough still that he can pick off the small ones without bogging down.
I brought out the 5'6" because I figured the waves would be tiny. And to that effect, I also setup the Maliko 200. I got lucky with the placement - balanced on the first try. Paddling this setup, I could feel the drag - but for these conditions, this really was spot on.
This was actually a kick out - I didn't want to run aground. I got bolder as the session went on - I "nudged" the bottom twice while paddling out, but did ride the waves almost all the way in.
This is an awesome feeling - riding high and flowing with a bump.
Look at the suction the Maliko is drawing down - this foil saved the day!
I ended up catching six waves. I breached on one - I was trying to stay high up on a glide and pushed it too far. On my last wave, I was actually able to pump back out - way out. If there was an incoming wave, I would have had a solid 2 for 1. I was stoked just to keep the momentum going. Pumping on the Maliko is much slower than any of the other wings - there is good resistance and once I found a good slow pace, it all just flowed.
This has definitely been a great year learning to foil and gaining a deeper understanding of making the most of the energy moving through waves.