Bumpy Ride!!

Windy!

Windy!

I just wish this wind would make up its mind!  Yesterday it was windy, then it backed off and then it was crazy windy…….so today I just decided to go for it.  The wind was blowing from the south so I decided to paddle into the wind as far as I could.  The ocean got so choppy so I turned around and paddled north.  The water stayed choppy but I managed to paddle down to Kalama Park.  Just as I noticed three turtles floating on the surface……the wind came up in a frenzy!  I was sitting in a turtle triangle but I couldn’t even take a photo because the water was so rough!  It looked like some rain might be heading my way too, so I turned around and paddled back to Kam I.  It was so hard paddling in those conditions!  I don’t usually get that tired paddling, but I was actually getting exhausted from paddling in the wind!  My right arm was aching from paddling away from my board just to  keep from getting blown out to sea!  I finally made it back and was I glad.  Getting my board up the beach in the wind was a big challenge too.  I finally made it to the grass and was able to rinse my board off, but it was so windy that I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it up on my racks!  I waited for a few minutes and then there was a slight break in the ferociousness of the wind……and I tossed my board up onto my racks and hurried to secure it.  At least my board was safely on my car!  It was a windy beach walk and a bumpy swim down to the reef, but the ocean water is so clear!  I saw lots of fish down at the reef and then I had to work to swim back against the wind.  The day was beautiful, but the wind has been so frustrating!  When I got into my car to leave the beach……I looked up and saw a pod of dolphins swimming right past Kam I!  I couldn’t believe it……they were right in the shallow water and tourists were freaking!  I really wanted to go out again…..but the dolphins moved out by the boat and then disappeared.  I can’t believe I missed being out with dolphins again today!  Oh well, it was still a beautiful day!

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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