Having a paddle in your hands and not using it should be a crime imo. Alex Aguera is not going to jail any time soon, as he touches the water with it at each single cut back.
On the opposite side of things, Jeremy Riggs built a custom thing (which I named Riggs' rig) to get rid of his paddle (and film from the back) while he's flying. Love how everybody is different and there's no absolute truths.
5am significant buoy readings
2.9ft @ 13s from 279° (W)
2.2ft @ 13s from 269° (W)
West wrap (from the mistery NW swell discussed below, I guess) should make for another day of small waves on the Kihei and Lahaina side. Reports from yesterday said mostly knee high, occasionally bigger.
10.2ft @ 11s from 26° (NNE)
8.8ft @ 10s from 60° (ENE)
Unfortunately, the wind is blowing at my house as I type, while the Kahului sensor only shows 5mph at 5.54am. It'll probably go up and down with the frequent squalls. Exposed spots might be allright in the lulls, otherwise seek for shelter.