The Storm Subsides!!

After the storm

After the storm

It has been an interesting series of days while this storm passed through.  Luckily, we finally got some rain out of it too, which we really needed.  Now everything is fresh, the VOG disappeared, and the mountains are greening up!  I did go out paddling a couple of days during this time, but the turtles were hiding somewhere and the swells were fun and a bit scary at the same time.  One day I got brave and paddled over swells all the way down to the boat ramp, but as soon as I got there, I turned around and paddled back!  Then another day I went out and there were inconsistent swells, but when a set came in, it was scary.  I had just run into a paddling friend and a large set of three waves rolled through, and I looked at her and said, “I’m going in!!!!”  So she paddled back to Kam II where there was some substantial shore break to muddle through.  I made it in okay but I don’t know how she did!  I enjoyed the rain while it was here too, but this morning I was very glad that the ocean wasn’t stormy. In fact, the ocean was really glassy and calm!  Not many people were out due to the fact that it was still mostly overcast and still looked threatening, but I happily paddled down to the boat ramp.  I ran into a paddling friend who told me he had seen half a dozen whales and even two dolphins!  I stopped at the boat ramp to hopefully see some turtles, but I spotted a whale just out from the boat ramp, and watched it jumping and spouting!  Then there was a splash behind me, and I turned around and a turtle buddy has surfaced!  It didn’t hang around long and occasionally a fairly large swell would roll in, so I decided to paddle back.  I was really glad to see a turtle and a whale!  The conditions stayed calm and glassy all the way back to Kam I and the sun kept trying to come out.  By the time I went for my swim, the sun still had not made it all the way out, so visibility was not as good as it would have been.  I swam down by the reef, but there was no visibility down there at all!  The storm still has things  kicked up, but at least I could see the bottom today.  It sure was a beautiful day, and of course, it’s winter!!

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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3 Responses to The Storm Subsides!!

  1. You’re brave to go out! I’m looking forward to the swell subsiding a bit and the sun coming back out 🙂

    • it was so nice on Wed. though! then I couldn’t go yesterday and today it was sunny but really windy….then I drove by around noon and the ocean was looking so very nice….and now it’s really windy again! so unpredictable lately and now I hear there is another storm bringing 28 ft. waves to west and north facing shores. I hope it doesn’t affect the south shore! I miss paddling every day! See you soon!

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