Tricked By The Wind!!

Looks can fool you!

Looks can fool you!

Oh my, it was so nice and perfect when I arrived at the beach this morning!  I couldn’t wait to get out on the ocean.  I headed south towards the boat ramp and I noticed an odd bump pushing from the north and there was no wind blowing.  It pushed me south and I was there before I knew it! I could see that Kam III had red flags up but I didn’t know why.  A turtle was waiting for me when I arrived at the boat ramp!  It stayed around for a bit, popping up and down and then diving down and swimming under me.  Then I sat, and sat.  Where were the rest of the turtles?  Then I heard the lifeguard at Kam III on the megaphone warning people on the beach that the wind was coming in.  I still didn’t see any wind and it was still early….but within a few minutes….the wind did come roaring in!  Before I knew it I was surrounded by white caps and chop and I was all the way down at the boat ramp!  I knew it was going to be a long, wet paddle back, so I just kept paddling.  It took me forever to get back and a couple of times I wondered if I might have to bail out at one of the closer beaches!  So I just kept paddling and as soon as I made it past the point, I knew I was home free.  My swim was also a rough water swim and not much visibility either.  It was still a beautiful Maui day, but I really hope that tomorrow is not windy!!

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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