My Husband, My Hero!

Beautiful day!

Beautiful day!

Wednesday started out windy again.  When I arrived at the beach, there was commotion out on the water and I could see a couple of whales spouting quite close to shore.  The lifeguard caption passed me and told me there was a whale out there with a fishing net wrapped around it’s tail.  The Lifeguards took off with the jet ski and were going to try to cut it off of the whale, but they disappeared farther and farther out to sea.  I ended up just going for my swim due to the windy conditions, but when I left the beach, the lifeguards on the jet ski were still out there.  Thursday ended up windy and overcast….but today it was nice and sunny!  I really wanted to get out on my board, but with my hip getting worse, I have been hesitant to go out unless my husband is able to be there to help me back in.  He had a little time this morning so even though it was already a bit windy, I decided to go out.  The conditions were bumpy at times, but I was so glad to be out on the water!  I paddled down to Kalama Park where a few other paddlers were out also.  I saw one fleeting turtle and then decided to paddle back towards Kam 2.  On and off…. the water got nice…..even glassy a couple of times….but the wind wasn’t backing off completely.  I was thoroughly enjoying the glassy moments!  I got down to Kam 2 and the wind seemed to pick up, so I turned and headed north. I made my way back to the beach and saw my husband coming to the shore to help me.  Just as I hopped off my board, I looked back and a totally unexpected wave was going to break on me!  There was nothing I could do, so I pushed my board into the breaking wave and moved away from my board, getting caught and dunked by the wave!  My husbands first response was to save me…..and he ended up getting hit by one of the fins on my board, and got totally dunked under the water as well!  Another wave was right behind that one, and it dunked both of us and sent my board flying!  By the time a third wave hit us, our hats were gone, my sunglasses were gone, and we were both drenched.  Even the bottom of my swim suit was almost off of me!  Wow….we got in and neither of us could believe what just happened.  The waves weren’t big waves, but they had some power that neither of us were expecting!  The waves seemed to have come out of nowhere……this is why we have a great respect for the ocean…..you never know.  A tourist found our hats and returned them to us…..but my sunglasses had disappeared!  I went swimming and looked for them, but the visibility wasn’t very good which probably has something to do with the power in even small waves.  It was a beautiful day…….even with the bizarre mishap!  Good news came too……the lifeguard captain updated us on the whale in crisis yesterday.  They called for some back up and the whale was followed and they were able to cut the net off of it’s tale!  That was very good news…….

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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