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Kiting in Kihei

So the weather decided to mix it up a bit and switch from the usual NE trades here, to Kona(SW) winds.  So we packed up all the new Liquid Force gear and headed off to Kihei.  We stopped at a few different beaches before we found Maui Sunsets.  The conditions were perfect when we showed up!!!
When we looked up-wind we were so stoked to see a giant coral jetty.  It made a super flat water slick, the water depth was a bit low and with the tide dropping we knew we had to hurry.
Sensi putting up the 7m Envy
The wind was perfect for 9's, Craig, Sensi, and I scored a great flatwater session it was so nice to ride butter again.  We rode until the tide dropped and the reef started popping up out of the water.  It turned our nice flat water pool into a cheese grater.  We headed in and took some much needed rest and just made it in before the rain came through.  It was great to get back on the water and have some fun, hope we get to score this spot again before we leave!!!
Reminiscent of The Slick! 
 After a few days of torrential downpour the sky finally cleared up.  We took full advantage of the break in storms and planned a road trip around the NW side of Maui.  The road was quite harry, lots of switchbacks and steep drops with no guard rails.  
No wonder the beef tastes so good.  


About half way through our trip we came across some ancient lava flows.  We took some time to climb right down to the waters edge, it felt like we left the planet earth.  I could not believe how geologically foreign this place felt, simply breathtaking!




Down near the ocean there were several pools full of fresh water.  It felt great to take a swim and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.  I keep thinking I've seen all this island has to offer, but I find myself being continually surprised.  Maui is truly an amazing place!!!


 Fresh picked wild raspberries 


Posted: January 30, 2011 at 07:35 AM
By: John Bryja

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