WINDY!!!!!!

Buddy!

Buddy!

When I got up this morning and looked outside, it didn’t look windy at all.  By the time I got down to the beach, it was definitely windy!  Not only that, but the ocean was choppy and it was a bit overcast too.  Since I was already there, I decided to go out!  I figured that I would paddle into the wind for a while and see what happened. Just as I was jumping onto my board, I looked down on the right side of my board and there was a turtle just sitting on the bottom in shallow water!  I had almost stepped on it!  Two tourists nearby freaked out and hurried away from it.  I was surprised at how close in the turtle was and hanging out in such shallow water.  So, into the wind I took off!  I was hoping the wind would back off like it had done on other days….but I paddled all the way north to Kalama Park and it was still blowing!  I turned to paddle south, knowing the wind was going to push me along, and it certainly did!  I made it down to the end of Kam II and it was so choppy that I decided to turn around.  I paddled against the wind and chop back to Kam I…… and then suddenly the wind backed off and the ocean got really nice!  Of course then I didn’t want to come in, so I paddled towards Cove Park and surveyed the ocean for whales.  The skies were still mostly overcast due to a cloud layer of wispy clouds that only let the sun shine briefly, and that made it harder to see anything out on the water.  I didn’t see a single whale!  When I came in, the wind was still out so I knew my swim would be great!  The water is still so clear and there were lots of fish down at the reef.  On my way back, a turtle appeared below me!  It was swimming south so I turned around.  I swam with it for a while, but it never surfaced, so I turned around and continued north.  Just as I was coming back, the wind kicked up again and the water got choppy!  I was glad I was almost back.  The wind came in and out, sometimes blowing from the south, then from the north.  It really didn’t know what it wanted to do!  Even though the wind was pesky today, it was still a pretty nice day and before I left the beach, two whales were frolicking just out from Charley Young Beach!  I’d be happy if tomorrow, the wind waits awhile to come in though!!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-three 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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