Testing the 2008 Nemesis HP in Brazil
Posted Wednesday July 25th
By Alex Shogren
Saturday 21st July: Peter Arrive
I've been down here in Brazil with my girlfriend Veronica for the
past few weeks testing the Nemi HP, and it's been awesome. Wind everyday and my
dilemma when arriving at the Best Lagoon and R&D Center in Tiaba is whether to pump
up the 9m HP or the 10m HP - life is good.
So Friday night, Peter arrived and he promptly opened a cerveza and plopped
down on the couch to watch the movie Rounders with us. You see, when we're not kiting
or working hard developing new kites, we play no limit texas hold'em, so the movie
Rounders was just to get us pumped up.
It was like Christmas morning ripping open the bags. I was searching for that one gift kids always hope is under
the tree and scramble to find - the newest version of the 10m Nemi HP, and I found
So after some ruckas, we headed off to the lagoon, but, as always, safety first
here at Best and we always put sun screen on before we ride.
Veronica gets her lines ready.
As Peter, with the help of one of the local kids, pumps up a 9m proto Nemesis
Then we all launch and off we go...
Gavin, the Best photographer, isn't here right now and we're stuck with a little
digital camera that has one of those 2 second delays from the time you push the
button to take the picture to when it actually takes the picture. Veronica volunteered
to be the action shot photographer for the day, but she was handicapped by the camera...
Peter did a downwinder from Tiaba to Pararucu and Veronica and I
hung out at the lagoon for a bit waiting for my friend (and unoffical Best mascot)
Marco. Marco showed up about 2pm fresh off the plane from Italy.
Marco loves his Waroos, but after a short run on a Nemi HP, he was blown away
by how fast the kite turned, how easy it handled and how it jumped so high.
So Veronica and I climed in the truck to head to Pararucu as Marco hit the waves
on a downwinder. When we arrived, we found Peter drinking a cerveza
after 5 hours of intense riding and testing.
Meanwhile, Peter had lent the 9m Nemi HP to a guy named Gabrielle from Argentina
who is a hard core wave rider and as we were getting ready to leave, Gabrielle came
in with a smile from ear to ear exclaiming that this was in fact the best kite he'd
ever ridden in the waves or anywhere and like a little kid said, "are you guys going
to be here tomorrow???? I need this kite!"
Since I arrived, the tiaba lagoon has been very small. Every year a breach forms
and the lagoon water runs off into the ocean and then it naturally closes usually
around August 1st every year. It hasn't closed up yet, so everyday on our way back
from Pararucu, Veronica and I stop at the breach and kick sand in to help nature
take its course.
Armed with nothing but an old piece of plastic we used as a hand shovel and
a few logs, we tried to build a dam. And even though Peter's "German Engineering"
was brilliant, we soon realized that we needed either sand bags and shovels or about
50 beavers to get this job done, as the water just kept on winning...
So after a wonderful dinner cooked by Branca, we sat down and played some poker.
Unfortunatley, the crappy little camera we have ran out of batteries or I would
have taken a picture of the huge chip stack I had and of course a picture of
Peter and Marco's money that is now mine! :grin:
to be continued...
Monday 23rd July: Manual Labor
After a lame attempt to close the breach in the Best Lagoon on Saturday
afternoon, we were all stoked to give it another try on Sunday morning.
Peter, Marco and I vowed to meet at the lagoon at 10am armed with some shovels,
sand bags and some old proto kites to assist mother nature and stop the outflow
So sunday morning came and I went out to find some tools, returning with three
shovels and a small wheelbarrow while Peter managed to find an old foil kite and
the first SLE kite we ever made with a Cuben Fiber leading edge in my garage. We
were loading up the truck when Peter said, "guys, I think I'm going to stay here
for a bit so I can finish a kite file and send it off to China. I shouldn't be long
Good excuse, I thought as we want the newest versions of the kites
as soon as possible, so off we went. When we got to the lagoon, mother nature had
actually made the breach wider overnight, so our task was daunting, I started working with no sign of Peter or Marco.
What you can't really see from the pictures is that there is a very strong current,
but I started filling sand bags as we slowly bridged the little river.
Soon, a couple locals in speedos decided to lend a hand.
An hour went by and still no sign of Peter, but at least he was working hard
on a Sunday morning...
By about noon, a whole crowd of people gathered to watch the stupid gringos
try to stop mother nature.
I had closed up all but two sections when help in the form of some
of the local Best team riders showed up.
It was almost 1pm and still no sign of Marco (maybe he didn't have gas money
after his crushing loss to me the night before in no limit hold'em) and we assumed
Peter was still working hard on a sunday morning developing a new kite...
Possibly the best use of a foil kite...
After a good three hours of hard manual labor, we were almost done. We just
had one final section to close but we were out of sand bags and the current was
ripping through the small opening eroding our prior work at an alarming rate, so
we broke out the very first cuben fiber SLE...
After about 20 minutes a frantic digging, we did it, we closed the breach in
the Best lagoon so over the next few days, the lagoon should quadruple in size!
Still no sign of Peter...
So I rewarded ourselves for our hard work by taking the 9m & 10m
Nemi HP out for a spin.
At about 2:30, a familiar red buggy pulled up and we heard a german accented
voice say, "Wow, you guys are done already? Can I take that 9m Nemi HP for a spin?"
Thanks for the help Pete...
Tuesday 24th July: Mother Nature Won
After all our hard work filling the breach in the Best Lagoon, Mother Nature
proved to be much stronger than us... We showed up the next morning, and our dam
was busted and the opening was even wider than before we started - #%*!@*
But before I get any further, as I've mentioned previously, No Limit Texas Hold'em
Poker is the official night time sport of Best Kiteboarding, and Monday night we
had a marathon game...
Marco "I'll call with anything for all my chips" didn't fare so well, and after
reaching his maximum credit line with the house (me), he decided to watch...
For as loose as Marco is, Peter is so tight that if you stuck a piece of coal
up his butt, it'd be a diamond by morning... He only plays good hands and it was
frustrating I to no end...
For some reason, they always think I'm bluffing...(ed's note he ususally is...Bluffy
the poker player)
So anyway, we arrived at the lagoon yesterday morning to find the breach even
bigger than before.
So we got to work all over again...
We were almost done and having learned a lot from the day before, it only took
us about an hour before we were ready to bridge the final gap, and what's better
to do that than an old prototype Best kite?
We stopped the water and then BOOM - another breach - @#&$!#!!
So back to work again...
After another hour, victory at last!
With perfect timing, Peter and Veronica show up right as we finish... thanks
again for the help Pete... We know you like waves, but come on...
We then spent the rest of the afternoon testing the 9m, 10m and 12m 2008 Nemesis
HP in about 20-22 knots of wind. Here's me and Peter discussing the kite and changes
that need to be made while we're watching it in the air.