Monday, March 19, 2012

Grinning and Bearing it for one last session

So my leg was super painful on the last day but I realised it would probably be less painful windsurfing than it was walking. I thought I had to atleast give it a try! So we went out at Baby Beach and Jay was taking photos. At the start it was just Muzza, Mike and I sailing, there was a fun little section and some ramps so it was awesome. After about an hour some other guys came out and it got way windier; I was overpowered on my 3.6, and the leg became really I called it a day. All in all I can't complain - atleast it happened at the end of the trip and not the beginning :) Aloha Maui and see you very soon Check out Global Shots first round of pics - awesome work Jay:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Nuking Windy

Yesterday morning was great fun; Mike and I surfed Ho'okipa and I had a blast. After that everything went downhill... I went to sail Lowers with Muzza and Jay and after 30 mins managed to land on my kit shin first. I was over powered on a 3.6 but didn't want to stop sailing because it's my last day!! Lesson learnt. Now my leg has swollen up and not sure if I will be surf and windsurf as originally planned this morning. Check out the still shot of my crash.... pretty lucky I didn't actually break anything!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Waterfalls and Waves

Yesterday was a super fun day, we went straight to the bamboo forest and hiked and swam up to the waterfalls. The rain meant it was quite muddy in places and since Jay and I were barefoot we inadvertently ended up with a foot mud wrap type treatment. We swam up the river and spent some time messing around jumping in the pools. After that we went via the ice cream store back to camp one and launched there to sail down to Uppers. I was pretty hesitant about sailing there because I never usually have a particularly great session but I was totally proved wrong. There were some logo high sets coming through and before the tide got high it was fun jumping too. It was so much fun sailing with Muzza and Jay, and of course I inherited a couple of Global Shots of which Jay managed to slyly apply without me even noticing until he pointed out after the session. I sailed until I couldn’t hold on anymore then cruised back up wind and collapsed in a heap :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Smaller swell and trades are back

The regular trade winds are back, but unfortunately the swell has dropped. On Monday we went to sail camp one since that’s where Muzza and Jay are staying, but the wind was lighter than it looked and the reef is so shallow I was scared to try anything! Yesterday I just decided to go to Kanaha again because I wanted to start sailling right at 11am. It actually turned out to be a fun day; I was on a 4.2 and the sets were about head high. I guess it’s super low tide because some of the go pro footage you can see the coral head right by my body out on the reef! I put the go pro on the other side of the boom and actually think the shots might be better like this. This morning Muzza Jay and I are going to hike some of the waterfalls because it has rained so much that they should be pretty amazing at the moment.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A little less wind....

I went out early at Kanaha yesterday on a 4.2 and there were still some really fun logo high sets coming through. It wasn’t too busy out first thing so there were plenty of waves to be had. After an hour or so I came in and found out that Casey was heading to another spot further down wind so I de-rigged and went to join them. It was more cross on shore so perfect for getting back into jumping. I hadn’t really done any jumping over the passed 3 years because living in San Diego meant I was mainly sailing San Carlos which is more of a pure wavesailing spot. Yesterday’s jumping session resulted in me feeling pretty beaten up last night (and this morning!) but was super good fun. This morning it has been raining but it just started clearing up so should be another awesome day.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kuau, Kanaha, and 40 knots

I rigged up to sail Kuau yesterday without really paying much attention to the size of the waves....Diego was amped about going out so I just rigged up because he was saying how good it was. He got on the water before me and at that point I realised just how big the sets were as he pulled into a bottom turn and the lip of the wave was curling over his mast. At this point I already had my 4.2 rigged and thought I may as well give it a go. What’s the worst that’s going to happen? Swim down to Travares? When I got out there I realised I may have been a little out of my depth. But it was so much fun and I managed to avoid getting trashed. After a few runs the wind cranked up until I couldn’t hold on anymore. When it got to the stage that I couldn’t top turn anymore I decided to call it quits. Scary, adrenaline fuelled but amazing quick session. I’m glad I didn’t think too much about going out before hand otherwise I never would have gone! Then I decided I needed a more relaxing sail so cruised down to Kanaha and had so much fun. The waves were logo high and breaking really nicely. Unfortunately the wind died after an hour and a half but all in all an awesome day. Today the wind was firing and gusting 40 knots from the start, so I went down to Kanaha and rigged a 3.6. I was so overpowered that I could barely sail in a straight line......not the best but still fun being on the water. Hopefully the wind will back off a little for tomorrow. Happy days!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Surfing, Kona winds and Sea Urchins

So the passed couple of days have been stormy with kona winds. Had a couple of fun surfs: One at Honolua Bay a foot over head - it’s safe to say that I was well on the limit of my surfing capability but I survived and caught some amazing waves. A foot over head doesn't sound huge but this wave is so powerful and everyone sat in the line up is amazing! I was a little intimidated at first but after watching from the shoulder for a while I got involved and had a blast. We also had another session, much smaller surf, so we took out some long boards and Mike’s SUP - Tomo his dog came along for the ride too. I managed to step on an urchin for the first time ever which was fun....and the spines are STILL firmly wedged in my foot! Yesterday afternoon the wind switched back around just in time for a windsurf at Kanaha which was unexpected but awesome because hardly anyone was out. This morning the trade winds are back and we are set to sail Kuau

Monday, March 5, 2012

Maui Spring

It’s awesome being back on Maui! So far just been acclimatising and the weather has been really unstable. Managed to windsurf both days; very small swell on Saturday with plenty of wind followed by mast high yesterday at Kanaha and super light wind. Also been for a couple of fun surfs and Sam and I had a great time messing around with the Go Pro :) The weather is set to return to normal in the next couple of days with a more consistent wind so hoping to use the Go Pro windsurfing for the first time.