April 8 - 2006
I’m in Japan, Hashi the Japanese North Distributor came to pick me up at the Airport.
One of my bag is missing, but Japan airlines are very cool, they gave me 100 doll. I hope to see my clothes soon.
We slept in Yokohama (closed to Tokyo), the head office of Hashi.
This morning i had a really funny breakfast, so many different crazy stuff, I tested everything, and it was really good.
There a big kiteboarding festival this week-end, the weather forecast looks good.
My team mate Will James arrived yesterday with my bag, and we went to a place called Shonan Enoshima.
Yesterday was the first day of the festival, it was sunny, windy, perfect condition.
Hashi came to pick us up at the hotel at 9:30am, at the beach everything was set up, 40 kites, tents, music, people.
Japanese are fully into it, i don’t know how many people were surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding in the same spot, it was just crazy. they go for it all day.
We met all the North team riders (North is number one here, most of the good riders from Japan are in the North team).
At 10am they started the festival, it was kind of a perfect day, everybody was smiling and really motivated, asking question about kites, travels, tricks…
Around noon the wind start to be crazy, gust up to 30 knots, will with the 12 rhino6 and me with the 9 Vegas, we were going for the biggest jump ever. The wind was really gusty, a huge black cloud was coming, we came back to the shore quickly.
Taka one of the best windsurfers in japan, number J3, is also a good kiteboarders. He was just out of control, trying to jump harder than he can. He’s a really cool guy, smiling, laughing, i’m happy to met him.
In the afternoon, the wind gets good again, so many people in the water, i didn’t know that surfing, kiteboarding and windsurfing was big.
After that good day, good night…euh good party…huge party.
That was one of the most funny party that i ‘ve been, they did a bingo (i won the fisrt but they didn’t want to give me my price) everybody was just here to have fun and like the day they were going off!!!!
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