I've sailed the Kona at Kanaha about... twenty times maybe and yesterday was for sure the best so far. Reasons:
1) the wind wasn't crazy offshore as usual. It actually got more and more side off as the day progressed.
2) The West Maui Mountain provided the perfect shade for the giant WNW swell. Lanes got pretty damn big in the afternoon, but in Kanaha it was head to logo with sporadic mast high sets.
3) I was quite dialed in!
Both Alex and Chico were taking photos from the beach, can't wait to see them. In the meantime enjoy a few shots I took from my head gopro camera.
This is Petch on a logo higher.
Plenty smooth and peeling faces like this. I got so many waves and sailed quite inspired to the point that I received a couple of compliments from the friends on the beach and those are always welcome. It truly was a magic session for me.
See the guy downwind of me? Didn't bother me at all. The light offshore wind was keeping the faces of those waves up for so long that there was room for plenty turns.
Here's a little clip of a four turns one.
Today it should be more about surfing than windsurfing, but we'll see. I have a day off and the winter configuration of my trusty wagon includes one windsurf board (the floaty one: 80l), two surfboards and an SUP board. The plan is to go to the beach and do whatever is more appropriate according to the conditions. As long as there's waves, I can't go wrong.
Ah, one more photo from the car after sailing. One other great thing out of the lack of trade winds (other than the glassiness of the waves) is that the Haleakala is often cloudless. I think it's a gorgeous mountain and I'm always fascinated by it. I grew up in a place with a volcano and ended up in another place with a volcano...
PS. Seen this on beachtelegraph.com. Thanks Brian for calling me a "man of ecological values"...