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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 18, 2011
rockerwaves

My friend and sailing partner Vince got his first photograph printed.
My friend Art is in the image. Way to go guys!

Vinnie Armato, "My first published photo on page 25".
issuu.com/mauisails/docs/mauim...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 18, 2011
rockerwaves
Yesterday was one of those days that it was probably as much fun to watch what was going on out on the ocean than actually being in the arena.
I shot so many photos that I haven't decided what to do with them.
Here's one episode. I tried to get this guys name but he wasn't in a very good mood when I approached him.
size able!
size able!



"heading out singing a song"
"heading out singing a song"



getting in
getting in


getting in2
getting in2


Getting in3
Getting in3


getting in 4
getting in 4

getting in 4
getting in 4


Getting in 5
Getting in 5


getting in 6
getting in 6


Getting in 7
Getting in 7


Getting in 8
Getting in 8


Getting in 9
Getting in 9


Getting in 10
Getting in 10


Getting in 11
Getting in 11


Getting in 11
Getting in 11


Getting in 13
Getting in 13

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By Heyun
From Charleston S.C.
Feb 19, 2011
Clean up on ailse 5?



Managed a session yesterday with some waist high bombers. Borrowed the 9'6" again. There were 5 lb's and 4 SUP's at pumpkin heads.
water temp has busted 50F here and the beach is already a zoo today. I miss winter already....

some old images... the Weber is from the early 80's the other from late 90's
look out
look out


glory day's
glory day's

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By PTZ
From Chicago/Colorado
Feb 19, 2011
Where? Wouldn't you like to know. You have to buy ...
Looking at these photos makes me want the warmth of summer back.
It has been way cold in the midwest with a ton of snow.
Great photos. Cut some turns for us.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 19, 2011
rockerwaves
This guy is the hands down, THE COOLEST GUY THAT I HAVE EVER MET IN MY LIFE,
I am proud to say that,"HE IS A PERSONAL FRIEND OF MINE!"



SO THERE!!

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 20, 2011
rockerwaves
Lime juice and the sea!
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moonlightinthemorningsun.blogs...

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By trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Feb 20, 2011
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
Olaf:
"Robert Karpivich. He was a sail designer for the team of Haywood,Eskimo,Lewis."

That's a blast from the past for me. I remember Rob K. He was 'Paia Sails' Correct?
Miki Eskimo - great guy!
I remember Lewis' shop was at the back of the Pauwela cannery, right next to Randy's ding repair shop.

"Another speed sail tid bit, My friend Alex got into a spat with Pascale Makka the other day at Kanaha."

"My friend Alex" - I want to take a guess but the last name I am looking for escapes me. A Hispanic name.

"Pascal is SUPing these days and has been dropping in with out any regard..."
What's new'n...
isn't he French ?

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Hayne von Kolnitz, yer 8" opaque fin pic:

My first decent sailboard was a Naish Hawai'i 9'6'.
It sail the best with that same style fin. I had a thruster set and would use the main, opaque, dolphin fin and plug in one or both of the smaller, side, thruster fins depending on conditions (east coast beach breaks).

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 22, 2011
rockerwaves

Some images that I shot of an epic day at Lanes / Hookipa
a couple days ago.
mauiwindsurfing.blogspot.com/
Robbie Swift sailing and Kai Lenny SUP  Photo: Ola...
Robbie Swift sailing and Kai Lenny SUP
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 23, 2011
rockerwaves
Yesterday I scored my second point toward the 2010/2011 Kuau Cup for detales click on the link below.
rockerwaves.blogspot.com/2011/...
north shore wave sailing  Photo : Olaf Mitchell
north shore wave sailing
Photo : Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 24, 2011
rockerwaves
The Nomura family's Kuau Mart has fed and supporte...
The Nomura family's Kuau Mart has fed and supported the North Shore Surfing community for many years and Friday they will be gone!
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By kirra
Feb 24, 2011
Credits: Marty TwoBulls m2bulls.com  indiancountry...
Olaf that is so sad, but tomorrow is Lânui

I hope it will also be good fortune & good-luck-day to those who cooked great potato wedgies... *sigh*

thank you Kuau Mart
o o
.\ /._______
(oo)))))))))))))
....a hui hou

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 24, 2011
rockerwaves
Hay guys check this video clip my old friend Alex Aguera. This is really cool!
Here's a a photo that I took of Alex at the Nash Race Series


Alex Aguera Photo:Olaf Mitchell
Alex Aguera
Photo:Olaf Mitchell

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By Heyun
From Charleston S.C.
Feb 25, 2011
Olaf... checked your blog... good stuff man.

I heard from my friend up in Haiku the other day... still send him Chrstmas cards every year but have not heard from him in a while. You know Otis? Used to windsurf alot, I think he is into biking these days... Boy I'm needing a Maui fix bad but unless I win the lottery it aint gonna happen... oh yea, I guess I gotta actually play the lottery to win.

Not much surf action to report here. Kite boys should be out today... winds are already 10 to 15, gonna be 15 to 25 out of the SW.

Maybe the last "vintage" board, but not the last board I have to post up to talk about... although my boards from 95 are probably "vintage" to alot of folks now...

5'4" Hobie Seaboard, singlefin.... found on a trash pile, lent to a buddy who almost destroyed it before I took it back. If I shape my youngins a board I'll use this as a template....I'm learning not to take pictures in harsh sunlight.


Hobie Seaboard... not surfboard, but seaboard
Hobie Seaboard... not surfboard, but seaboard


Seaboard logo
Seaboard logo

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By trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Feb 25, 2011
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
"Alex Aguera"
Ahhhh that's the name I was looking for.
Super nice guy. Does he still often sail with a big floppy hat ?


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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 25, 2011
rockerwaves
trundlebum wrote:"Rob K. He was 'Paia Sails' Correct?"
Yes, that's him. He is still making his same Dacron sails that he designed back in the day and they work as well today as they did back then.
Robert is still using a mint condition asymmetric wave board that Carl Hill shaped for him.
I overheard a conversation between couple of know-it-alls at the beach a while back. They making fun of Robert's dated gear.
Well guess what I just saw? A custom Angulo that Mark Angulo is riding and Killing It on! I think that Nash has a prototype asymmetric that there team guys are working with as well.

kira, Thanks for posting your feelings about Kuau Mart we are all in mourning over the loss! There will be a block party tomorrow evening to acknowledge them and to say good by! I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of the Kuau Mart It just wont be in the same location.
I'll send you a friend sugestion on facebook I am shure that they would love to have you as a fan.

Hayne,Thanks for the note on my blog
rockerwaves.blogspot.com/
Keep um coming dude vintage or not please post more sic-stick-picks
Shucks,I think that I will post one up from a by-gone ere myself. I am going to go out and shoot it right now. I'll be back in a second!

OK, I'm back. This was board under Tom Lillie's house. I was cleaning up after a project that I did for him and Kili and since I was going to the dump Tom asked me to take this to the dump as well. I said, "OK".

Well the Dave Mell never made it to the dump.

My images of last nights sunset were pretty generic so after a few beers they looked like this!

Once again guys thank for posting !

Oh BTW: check out our new on line magazine it covers surfing, wind surfing, SUP, chicks, and a lot more.There are a few pieces that are linked to this thread,my blog and the magazine. It's all just for fun but who knows where it might go. I would appreciate feed back from my
ʻohana holoʻokoʻa at Mountain Project. mauioceansports.blogspot.com/

Vintage Dave Mell
Vintage Dave Mell


VDM
VDM


VDM2
VDM2


YDM3
YDM3


VDM4
VDM4


VDM5
VDM5


Sunset 1
Sunset 1


sunset2
sunset2


sunset 3
sunset 3


sunset 4
sunset 4


sunset 6
sunset 6


sunset8
sunset8


sunset 8
sunset 8

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Feb 25, 2011
rockerwaves
trundlebum wrote:
"Alex Aguera" Ahhhh that's the name I was looking for. Super nice guy. Does he still often sail with a big floppy hat ?

I would imagine he dose although the Alex that I mentioned in the earlier post is Alex Robert

Alex Aguera is a past World Champion in Windsurfing that has been making top of the line windsurfing boards for the past 20 years and has now started making SUP's for fishing and state of the art Kite race boards. He's on fb as well.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 1, 2011
rockerwaves
After so many months of back to back swells and often good wind accompanying them we are in somewhat of a slump.
I have been getting out either surfing or wave sailing at least twice a week lately and I guess if I tried harder I could find acceptable conditions somewhere on this island most every day. Looking back at my posts here in this forum I guess it really hasn’t been all that long since we had good conditions.

I have mentioned that one of our favorite local stores here on the north shore is out of business and received several comments from Mountain Project ers. I am going to mention it one more time and then let it go for good.
This a response I wrote to a friend of mine asking me WTF?

Marcia,
In a nutshell, their rent was raised to an amount that they just couldn't afford continue doing business after the term of their lease agreement expired.
The landlord is within his legal rights to set the rent at what he feels is par for the property in this real-estate market.

After all business is business.

Let me briefly bring you up to date.
After 18 years of doing business in the same spot. This family owned and run local market shut their doors. By family run I mean often there would be as many as three generations of Numura’s in the store. Often you would see Fred and Fred Jr. Numora off loading supplies. Leona was always lending a sincere ear to anyone’s problem, cause, or issue. Tina and Summer would be attending to the bricks and mortar of the daily running of the store. There would often be grand children and even great grand children behind that counter. As soon as one of the kids got old enough they were working in the store ether stocking, cleaning, serving plate lunches, or manning the cash register.

IMO: Their prices were fair and credit was always extended when it was asked for. That’s just how the Numura’s roll!

There is a lot of emotion over this change in our community and many of us are feeling what can only be described as a void.

Aunty Leona treated each and every one of us like we were her (ʻohana holoʻokoʻa) extended family.

I provided their credit card processing for many years. They were a small but very steady account.

Several years back Leona retired from the daily running of the store and turned the business over to her two daughters Summer and Tina. They continued to provide the same caliber of personal care and service to the north shore community up until last Friday.

On Saturday a street was closed in Kuau and many of their friends and family gathered for an old fashioned Block Party!

Thanks for your concern,
Olaf

The Party was very well attended by many local council members and government officials.
The surf and wind surf community was well represented here’s a few but not nearly all of the attendees:
Josh Sampiero the executive editor of Windsurf Magazine,
Samantha Bittner the director of The American Windsurfing Tour and the current holder of the prestigious Kuau Cup Award
Giampaolo Cammarota the creator of the internationally acclaimed blog Maui Surf Report
Ian Walsh the famous big wave surfer dude
Many of the local sail designers and board builders were there as well.
The Kuau Yacht club was well represented with the likes of Tom,J-Bird,Dean,TRacy,Sam,Josh,GP,Mike,Raggs,Trever,Smark,odude,Schmitty,Kai,Art,Russ, crocko,and a lot more.
I covered the event in my blog for Maui Ocean Sports Magazine
There was plenty of ”ono grinds”. They served the last batch of the famous Kuau Mart Shoyu Chicken.
The band played for free and the dancing went on until the kegs ran out and Maui Police came to brake up the shindig at about mid night.
Here's a link to my photographic coverage of the Block Party For Kuau Mart

rockerwaves.blogspot.com/2011/...

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By Heyun
From Charleston S.C.
Mar 1, 2011
Shame someone like Laird, who has to be a Multi Millionaire by now, or some of the other "Super Celebs" don't pitch in and buy them a place to operate.

I rekon it's easy for me to say what I'd do ifn I was rich, since I'm not.

Business is business as you say but greed does suck and I'd bet the owner of the building isn't exactly strapped for cash....

Sigh.

Another board, which I no longer have.... only 2 boards I've ever had do I no longer have. This 1st custom ever I think got triple hardner beacause it was horribly built and would crack if you looked at it sideways. I was surfing it in Cardiif when a side fin busted out. I was so mad I busted the other one off with a rock (much to the amusement of the peanut gallery on the beach) and surfed it as a squirrely single fin for the rest of my stay (on my way to Maui in 87)

Left the board and the girl in California... she wanted success and limelight, I wanted to run around the jungle naked, surf and smoke weed....

Sigh.
Frekkin hippies :)
Frekkin hippies :)

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 2, 2011
rockerwaves
Hayne von Kolnitz wrote:
Left the board and the girl in California... she wanted success and limelight, I wanted to run around the jungle naked, surf and smoke weed.... Sigh.


Hayne,I hope that you both got what you were looking for! From the sounds of your posts I would say you did!That board sounds jinxed any way! And I know that you found another one or twenty! Thanks for posting!
Hookipa the other day Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Hookipa the other day
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 3, 2011
rockerwaves
I had a great session today!

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 3, 2011
rockerwaves

I just posted this article in our online magazine and I would like to share it with my Mountain Project Friends. These guys are not only my friends but they are my heroes as well.
It's really cool when people really take ACTION!!
mauioceansports.blogspot.com/2...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 5, 2011
rockerwaves
I just put this article together for "Windsurfing Maui" It's part of our online magazine Maui Ocean Sports Magazine.
click on this link - mauiwindsurfing.blogspot.com/


Robbie Nash at Jaws 1/20/11 Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Robbie Nash at Jaws 1/20/11
Photo: Olaf Mitchell

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By harraik
Mar 7, 2011
Yeah, Olaf! I definitely enjoy both. I used to climb a lot as a kid--and really enjoyed it--but I would always do it seasonally between skiing/snowboarding in the winter, and windsurfing/surfing in the summer. I got to be a pretty decent gym climber but always ran out of time right about the point that I was going to finally learn how to lead. Because of that I am a life-long climber, but a pretty mediocre one. Luckily I was able to progress much more with my surfing, and didn't get stuck in a rut like I did with my climbing. I have been getting back into it, but I am really more interested in Mountaineering right now. Still just a complete novice, but I invested in a Mountain Hardware Trango tent, and I have been doing overnighters out on Mt. Hood and starting to build up my skills...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 7, 2011
rockerwaves
harraik wrote:
Yeah, Olaf! I definitely enjoy both. I used to climb a lot as a kid--and really enjoyed it--but I would always do it seasonally between skiing/snowboarding in the winter, and windsurfing/surfing in the summer. I got to be a pretty decent gym climber but always ran out of time right about the point that I was going to finally learn how to lead. Because of that I am a life-long climber, but a pretty mediocre one. Luckily I was able to progress much more with my surfing, and didn't get stuck in a rut like I did with my climbing. I have been getting back into it, but I am really more interested in Mountaineering right now. Still just a complete novice, but I invested in a Mountain Hardware Trango tent, and I have been doing overnighters out on Mt. Hood and starting to build up my skills...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Mar 7, 2011
rockerwaves
Welcome Harriak! This is a very friendly place as I am sure you can tell by the past posts!We got a good crew of cross sports enthusiasts here on Mountain Project!
BTW: Kuau was so Gnarly this afternoon!
She was like a demon with her hair on fire!
I didn't have a very good time and I didn't get even one really good wave.
When I tried to get in, the current was so strong in the channel that even though I had wind in my sail I was being pulled backwards. I tried to swim against the flow but I was locked in the same place for longer than you would believe. I got real tired of challenging the ocean so I turned around,water started and went back out to sea.
This seemed to be a good plan till I got completely over powered. I mean I couldn't even water start my 4.7 on the outside.
After a while I did get my water start and sailed back toward the channel.
After the experience that I described before I chose a more aggressive approach and came in above the rock and through the narrow channel. I have made this approach a few times in the past and have had success about 50% of the time.
Today I was sorta fortunate.
I didn't hit any big rocks and I didn't get hurt!
So There!
Welcome aboard my friend!

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