Windy Paddling!!

Turtle friend

Turtle friend

I was really anxious to go out paddling on Sunday since the last few days were filled with sadness.  When I went out, the ocean wasn’t glassy but it was still nice, and since I was getting out a bit later than I like to, I decided to paddle north.  On my way down to Kalama Park, the ocean got so glassy!  I really hoped to see at least one turtle…..and that is exactly what I got….ONE turtle!  At least it hung around with me for a little while and then swam under my board and disappeared.  There were a few swells coming in and those who were surfing were very happy about that.  I decided to head south and paddle down to Kam III, to at least make sure I got in my workout in.  As I passed Kam I, I thought about going in but continued down to Kam III which ended up being a mistake because the wind came up in a fury out of nowhere!  It was a struggle paddling back against the wind!  The wind swells were relentless and were breaking as white water over my board.  I had to keep paddling and try to stay on my board!  Finally I made it past the rocky point between Kam II and Kam I and knew I would make it back.  When I came in the wind was really blowing my board, almost out of my hands!  Luckily my husband was also at the beach and he came to my rescue and helped me get my board up to the showers.  Then he even carried it to my car and put it up on the racks!  What a guy!  I knew I was in for a rough water swim too, so I just swam north into the wind and then took advantage of the push back.  The wind never backed off one bit!  It stayed windy the whole rest of the time.  At least I did get the workout in……more than I bargained for!!

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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