I was all amped to defend my wave nationals title. My first heat was held in light conditions that filled in as we sailed. Sailed against Taranaki guru Chris La Franchie, Simon Sweet, and Jebbe, with the top two going through.
After a couple of waves I soon figured out that Simon was no slouch and realised that I was going to have to pull finger to even make it through one round. Contest sailing is a real mind bender, they can be the best of times and they can be the worst of times.
Today was one of the worst of times. I felt like I sailed ok and got heaps of waves but in the end it wasn't enough. So, I was out in the first heat of the first round! Ouch! Anger, blame, denial, and finally acceptance in about 15 mins.
On the upside the contest was over for me so I was able to just go out and enjoy myself. Wind really filled in as the contest and the day progressed, with solid 5.0 conditions and a good swell.
Chris went on to take the wave nationals title and looked pretty much untouchable, cranking big aerials off the top of the break. Simon went on to the finals also and got fourth.
Thanks to all the organisers especially James, Mike and the judges.