Dream it, Do It with Sarah Hauser

Big wave ripper Sarah Hauser made dreams a reality by riding Cloudbreak for the first time in 2019. Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah !

I still cannot believe it really happened! I had been dreaming about Cloudbreak for a while... I have always been curious about the spot and how it compares to Ténia (in New Caledonia, where I learned to wavesail). Both places get their swell from the same storms and have a very similar set up: barreling lefts on shallow coral reef.

I was about to announce my new partnership with S2 Maui. Camille Juban was in Fiji and Art Szpunar, S2 Maui sail designer, was looking for a way to send him more equipment because he had pretty much destroyed everything in just 3 days! Instead of shipping the equipment we decided to send... me! And the only way to get there in time was for me to get on a plane that was taking off in less than 2 hours. This situation was a mix of “being in the right place at the right time” and feeling super confident because I was physically prepared, I knew I had the right gear and the desire to go on a crazy adventure! I also always have the support of my lovely husband, Casey Hauser, who helps me achieve my biggest dreams. It makes a huge difference when someone you love not only helps you pack your board bags in less than 15 minutes but also believes in you!

I have been dreaming about going on a strike mission for a while. As a professional windsurfer I want to experience the thrill that comes from living a quest like this. I believe the whole process makes me a better athlete. From the moment I dream it, train for it, save money, wait, wait, wait, take a chance, travel for 24h and use all the techniques and experiences learnt along the way to perform my best in life threatening waves under fatigue and pressure, to draw lines that I’ll never forget... it’s both so tough and so exhilarating!

Catching a wave out there was a fight! When a wave is famous like this, it’s crowded. Camille and I were the only two windsurfers amongst a pack of 20-30 surfers. The majority of the time the wind was very light and offshore, making it tricky! The biggest day was easier because it was a little less crowded and there were sets that would break further out. I really had to “channel my inner warrior” and find the right balance of aggression and politeness to make sure I got some rides without upsetting anyone.

Towards the end of the third day, close to sunset I remember this big wave coming in. I tacked on the outside, the sun was behind the wave. I felt and saw its shadow covering me and thought “oh my god, I haven’t even dropped in yet, this is just the outside swell!” As the wave shaped itself closer to the reef and walled up it was the smoothest steepest canvas, the transition at the top turn fro