What a change from yesterday.  About 7 a.m. the conditions looked much like yesterday …. Nice….. but by 8:30 a.m. it was a different story!  The sun was still out but the ocean looked stormy.  I went out on my board and then the wind backed off so I was hopeful.  I couldn’t ignore the major rain falling in the direction of Maalaea though and it was looking the same in the south too.  I took a chance.  The conditions were decent down to the boat ramp but I sensed an urgency to make my stay a short one.  No turtles today and I turned around to head back.  Just as I passed into Kam 2…. The wind picked up.  It wasn’t long before the white caps took over!  I knew it was going to be quite a workout. I just kept paddling while I was getting pummeled by wind swells and waves!   I begged the wind to back off long enough for me to get back….. But to no avail.  I just kept paddling trying to aim as much directly into the wind as possible.  It’s easier to cut through the wind that way.  It took me forever to get back to Kam 1!  The wind didn’t let up either and it was tricky getting my board up on my racks.  I had a strategy for swimming which was swim north into the wind and cruise back.  On the way back…. I noticed I wasn’t getting tossed as much and the wind had backed off again!  It stayed calm for a little while and then it was white caps again.  It never actually rained but it’s still rather stormy.  Who knows what tomorrow will be like……. Your guess is as good as mine….

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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