Windy Day!!!

Beautiful day!

Beautiful day!

Well it seemed like the picture perfect day, and it was a beautiful day, but five minutes into paddling,  a wild Kona wind whipped up!  It’s amazing how quickly the conditions can change.  I wanted to paddle anyway, so I decided to tough it out!  Then I ran into a paddling friend, and we paddled together south.  It seemed that we paddled and paddled, and we weren’t really getting very far!  The wind was crazy and the ocean was all white caps, but we kept on paddling.  My friend said that a turtle was hanging out by the catamaran,  just off Kam I, and sure enough when we got to the catamaran, there was a turtle hanging out on the surface!  I paddled out to it, and it popped its head up a couple of times to look at me, then floated around for a few minutes and then disappeared.  We continued towards Kam II, and the wind was backing off slightly, but then roaring in again.  We kept on paddling, then my friend spotted a turtle out from Kam II.  I paddled out to it, but it disappeared.  Then she spotted another turtle out in front of us, but by the time we were able to paddle to it, the turtle had disappeared.  We made it to the end of Kam II, and then it seemed like the wind might change direction, so we turned around.  We were surprised that it wasn’t super easy to get back, but the wind from the south and the wind from the north were competing with each other and that just caused chop in the water!  As we paddled into Kam I, I spotted a turtle down in the water, but it just seemed to be sitting near the bottom and not coming up.  By the time I came in and put my board on my car, the wind had really backed off, so I got to swim in perfect conditions!  You just never quite know what you are going to get, and sometimes the conditions are just a mixed bag. It was great to be out on the ocean anyway on such a beautiful day!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-four years. I have been stand up paddling for over five years. I am married to Bob; have three grown children, five grandchildren,( two grandsons and three grand daughters.) I live in Kihei, on the South shore of Maui, right up the street from Kamaole Beach Park I. I paddle from Kam I almost every morning. I love living the island life and I love sharing my paddling adventures! Come join me! Maui No Ka Oi!
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