Windy Paddling….Perfect swim!!

Fish friends!

Fish friends!

Of course I couldn’t wait to get out on the water today and look for more whales……but the morning was already windy and the ocean choppy, unlike yesterday that was so perfect.  I went out anyway hoping the wind would back off, but by the time I got down to the boat ramp, the wind seemed to be gaining strength.  When I saw white caps starting to splash…..I almost decided to just turn around and paddle back, but suddenly a turtle appeared and I had to stay for a few minutes!  Then another turtle popped up on the other side of me too, so that took a few more minutes.  By then, the wind was definitely stronger and I knew paddling against the wind would be a lot of work.  The ocean got so kicked up and it was like paddling in an agitating washing machine!  I just kept paddling, trying not to let the wind push me south.  Finally about the time I was struggling to get past Kam II, the wind did back off some so I could get home.  It was quite a workout, but I didn’t care!  When I got ready to go for my swim, the wind had totally backed off and the ocean got so nice and glassy.  It was much nicer than when I was paddling!  I knew my swim would be great and it was.  I swam down to the reef and watched the fish for a while and then swam back in perfect conditions!  Then I was just chillin’ in my beach chair enjoying the sun, when a huge group of tourists descended on me!  I looked up and they were putting their stuff  literally inches from my chair and they could care less.  I am always amazed when people have zero sense of space and consideration for others, when there is a whole beach available, but they sit right on top of you anyway!  A few minutes later their beach umbrella almost harpooned me, so it was clear that it was time for me to go home.  I know we need the tourist industry on Maui,  but sometimes the tourists are so annoying!  Okay, vent over…. it was still a beautiful day on Maui!!


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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2 Responses to Windy Paddling….Perfect swim!!

  1. I know what you mean, I’ve had people plonk their stuff and towels literaly a few feet from me when they could have easily gone down the beach a bit. It was almost as if I was invisible.

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