Day five of the KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup saw the stunning weather continue as the mercury continued to rise, but there was still no sign of the wind or waves. However, that didn’t stop a few of the sailors from venturing out onto the water as Antoine Martin, Jules Denel, Albert Pijoan and Fabian Weber participated in a tow-in display, which was won by Martin, in front of a packed out beach as the crowds began to roll into Cold Hawaii for the weekend.
With plenty of downtime today we caught up with Jaeger Stone and Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne to talk boards.
Jaeger Stone: “My favourite light wind board is my 80l quad designed by my dad. I really enjoy sailing it in light winds. Basically I feel like the quad gives me a bit more drive and speed on the wave. It has a slightly straighter outline than my thrusters, which I feel gives me an advantage in the lighter winds.”
When do you switch over to your thruster(s)?
JS: “Whenever I’m powered up on 4.8m or below, then I jump on either my 70l or 65l for moderate to high winds. I just think they give me a bit more control through my turns, as I can keep it on the rail for a longer.”
PWA: How about fins?
JS: “My dad makes most of my fins and we don’t really change them much, but we experiment with different positions quite a bit. Sometimes it’s as little a millimetre back or forward and if we still can’t make the board feel how we want it too then the fins might have to be adapted a bit.”
Next up Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne: “My favourite board right now is the production 84 litre. I had a lot of customs over the past few years and I still use something slightly different for Ho’okipa, but they have the same outline and are the same length, the only difference is that they have less edge on the rails. The 84l is just a board I like to jump on anyway, even when it’s side shore on a slow wave. That only changes when you get a bigger and faster wave then I need something a little more forgiving.”
Do you play around with fins much?
MB: “Not so much, I tend to test more boards than I do fins. I like to stick to the same fins once I know what I like. On my bigger boards I’m using them as twins and on the smaller sizes I use the same type of fins, but I put some really small quad fins at the front. When I’m sailing Ho’okipa I sail with fins that have a lot more curve and a thicker foil. I think they turn a lot better and hold a lot more.”
Tomorrow looks like another lay day for the sailors with almost no wind predicted for tomorrow. However, we’ll have interviews lined up for you throughout the day.