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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 12, 2009
rockerwaves
So, am I the only one that's been surfing lately? I think 'NOT' So post up Dudes!

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By Ryan Davis
Jun 12, 2009
Below is y'day's surf report for where I live in NJ. Not much surfing going on here. Cold and rainy for the last 2 weeks...


June 11th, 2009
Surf is less than knee/knee hi. Wind ENE 8 going ESE 5-10 later. Hi 11:10 Low 5:01. Water temp 60 degrees. Winds expected to increase some later and go SW tomorrow. A small wave is poss Fri/Sat.

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By Fat Paul
From Central, NJ
Jun 12, 2009
me
Hey Ryan, go climbing! Weather looks good for Saturday here in the Jerz.

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By Jason Wells
Jun 12, 2009
Jason Wells
I'm currently in Scotland and I had high expectations for surfing here, even though winter is supposedly their best season. We stayed for two weeks in the Southeast where surf comes in from the North Sea, but it was completely flat the entire time. We then traveled across the country out to the far western isles (Harris and Lewis) in hopes of finding good surf, as they have direct exposure to the Atlantic. I watched three days of perfect shoulder high waves before I could track down a rental board (not exactly a lot of surfers here!), only to have the swell disappear as soon as I found one. There was still a bit coming down from the north so I've been able to get a couple of decent days of knee to waist waves in choppy and windy conditions. But hey, I live in Colorado so any wave is better than what I have at home!

Sort of a crazy feeling to paddle out alone, enveloped in a thick wetsuit, to completely deserted and unknown breaks. There aren't even people on the beaches, which honestly look like the Caribbean. The islands themselves sort of give me the heebie jeebies though, very isolated and close-knit culture with a strong vein of pagan-laced Christian fundamentalism. It's like stepping back in time hundreds of years.

We actually bailed early to the area around Ben Nevis, which has absolutely fantastic climbing. Definitely is making up for my surfing disappointments. Surfing is a tough sport for the impatient!

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 15, 2009
rockerwaves
HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR SOUTH FACING SHORES

Surf along south facing shores will be 6 to 9 feet through Monday.

Surf along east facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet through Monday.

Surf along west facing shores will be 4 to 6 feet through Monday.

Surf along north facing shores will be 2 feet or less through Monday.

Outlook through Saturday Jun 20: a series of south and southeast swells will keep the surf elevated along south facing shores through the week.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 19, 2009
rockerwaves
We just had a GREAT south swell event!
I surfed 12 days in a row.
The waves over head or better most of the days(one day there were sets that approached double over head).
We were blessed with very little wind.
It was often glassy smooth.
The water had the texture of a layer of oil on the surface and was clear enough that I could actually see the reef 6' below.
There was no wet suit needed since the water is the temperature of a bath over there.
The awesome south shore of Maui land scape and the sunsets that no camera could do justice made the most ideal setting imaginable.
There were waves at every spot that had southern exposure with very little island blockage from the Big Island.
The surfers were spread out with out giant crowds.(except at dawn patrol).
I surfed with a lot of friendly people at "Woody's" my favorite spot on the south side every day.
There was often only a hand full of us at the peak at any one time mid-day that is.
Everyone got a lot of dynamic rides and there was mega Aloha from everyone.
Looking at the ocean from my house I see that there's a north swell today.
I'm hoping to have an out of season wave sailing sesh at Kuau today (fingers crossed?)
The wave models for the north Pacific indicate that the next south swell should arrive the middle of next week.

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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Jun 19, 2009
Olaf I'm gonna have to come out there and visit you.

Didn't even know Maui had South Shore surfing, always think of Ala Mo, Kaisers, etc.. on Oahu when I hear "South Shore"

I'll be surfing again in a couple of weeks after a two year LOA, based on that gotta figure out whether to plan a surf trip for the end of the summer (not sure if Puerto or somewhere more exotic like Micronesia..)

Something to keep the stoke going (sorry I'm a bit of a narcissist heehee..)


Tube
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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 19, 2009
rockerwaves
Christian,That's a great image of you on a spectacular wave!
The reason no one thinks of Maui as a south swell destination is it isn't near as dependable as Oahu on account of Big Island blocking the train of waves that should be getting in here.
We are typically a foot smaller here as well.
But, we get a share of the good stuff as it passes through.
If you try to get out and surf a lot you wind up getting a lot of great waves.

BTW : thanks for posting

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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Jun 19, 2009
Yeah not only the early bird gets the worm on the dawn patrol but sometimes in the late afternoon..

The wind switches to straight offshore and all of a sudden you're getting barreled with few people out...good memories

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 20, 2009
rockerwaves
That's what I'm talking about!

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 25, 2009
rockerwaves
After that phenomenal south swell event, we had an out of season north swell. It was liken to one of our famous winter swells. All of the gang came out and everybody expressed them selves splendidly. This was just a one day event, but, our strong trade winds took a slightly different direction creating a train of waves with a fetch that hit the Hookipa corridor producing a delightful 4 days of over head to logo high perfectly smackable waves.Five days in a row of classic summer wave sailing following the dozen days of surfing has worn me down. We have a new south swell in that"s registering at advisory levels on Oahu. I drove over to the south west side to check it out yesterday only to find the lowest tide that I had ever seen. There was so much exposed reef that the square acreage on Maui was exponentially incresed. We didn't want to wait for the tide to change so we didn't surf. I am hoping that today will be another story all together.

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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Jun 25, 2009
North swells in June wow

How's this for a long tube ride?

surfline.com/surflinetv/sixty-...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 27, 2009
rockerwaves
Christian,That is one sick barrel! It has to be,Indo?
Yesterday afternoon/evening,I surfed smooth head high and better summer south swell waves to the back drop of an unbelievable Lahaina sunset!
On my way home,right at dark, "The Toilet Bowl"(very shallow surf break thats right on the road) was firing stand up barrels at high tide. I had to pull over and watch for a set or two. There were 4 guys out and they were literally eating it for dinner! So cool!
I'm going back over there this afternoon. I hope that the tides and wind will be favorable and the line up small and friendly!

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By Ryan Davis
Jun 29, 2009
Sounds like what we are seeing in NJ today - NOT! Guess I'll go fishing.

June 29th, 2009
Surf is flat/less than knee hi. Wind SW 5-10. Low 8:10 Hi 2:28. Water mid/upper 60’s.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jun 30, 2009
rockerwaves
I met one of the friendliest wave snakes that I have yet to come across while surfing at "Woodys" yesterday. If there had been more than the two of us out I could have tossed some attitude at him BUT he literally paddled(his Laird SUP) for every wave whether he was at the peak or not.
I tried the friendly/aloha tactict. I just sat and didn't even paddle for several waves that by rights were mine due to my possissition on the peak. I just watched with a look of amazement as he drooped in on waves that he was totally out of posisition for. When he paddled back he had the air of he was putting on a show for me and that since I was enjoying watching him surf so much he would just keep doing it. He just didn't get my gesture and continued dropping in on most of my waves. He then commented on how much fun he was having sharing waves with me. You know,like we were old buddy's.
The guy was a fairly good surfer and I'm sure that he knew exactly what he was up to. I am also sure that he conducts every aspect of his life with the same regard for others.(driving in traffic,lines at the theater,restaurants,restrooms,etc!) Oh,did I mention he was a real big guy too!
Enough ranting already!
In spite of that small nascence I got had a bunch of shoulder to head high rights. There was a slight on-shore breeze giving the water a visibly less attractive appearance that contributed to the absence of others in the line up. The sets had three waves in them so the first was bumpy but the following two were smooth. Later the wind shut down completely for a glassy sunset expression session with only three others out.

I thought that I would share Pat Caldwell's wave forecast for the 4th. of July weekend. I would say, "get over here"!

Outlook through Monday July 6: the current south swell continues to slowly fade. Forerunners from a fresh south swell are still expected to arrive today giving surf a boost in consistency later this afternoon. Overall surf will be in the chest to head high range today building to overhead Wednesday, possibly hitting advisory levels of 8 feet. Another round of south swell begins to fill in Thursday and will likely exceed advisory levels Friday and Saturday. The biggest sets will likely reach the double overhead range with some larger sets sneaking through, or roughly 10 to 12 feet. Variable amounts of south swell will wrap into adjacent east and west facing shores over the days to follow. North facing shores will be flat.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 8, 2009
rockerwaves
I'm surfed out!!!!!! and that's a good thing since you couldn't buy a wave on this island till maybe Friday. It's catch up time for me. I had better hurry and rest because if the forecast and wave models for the north pacific are correct I'm gonna be busy come the week end!
Trundlebum, I dug your post on super topo!
THE warrior has fallen !
Who among you will pick up his lance and CHARGE???!!!!

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By trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Jul 9, 2009
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
Yes Christian, that's a sic barrel
(My guess is Puerto or Costa Rica?)

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Olaf re: your post from June 27.
"smooth head high and better summer south swell waves to the back drop of an unbelievable Lahaina sunset!"

Sounds like the Lahaina harbor break wall?

I will never forget the first time I surfed the break wall.
It was about head'n half high. After a couple inside waves I headed for the peak.
I caught one beauty all the way from almost the inside moorings to the harbor mouth corner of the break wall.
As I was getting towards the wall there was about a 2' reverb coming off the break wall itself.
Seeing it coming I hit it and olly'd. But the little reverb was steeper and my speed was way faster than anticipated. I got launched into this uncontrolled flight and landed on the side of my face. When I surfaced all I could do was laugh and giggle the whole paddle back to the peak. My face was so red and stinging from the impact. I just kept chuckling too myself "Hey that's a fast little buggah, I like this place!"
The fact that I am goofy and it's a long left is a huge attraction for me.

Where is 'Toilet Bowl'?
Is that the little break just outside Lahaina town that is a tiny point (breaks right) with a few ironwood trees on the water's edge. The place I am thinking about is much closer to Lahaina town then to 'Thousand peaks'.
If so...
One time I unexpectedly caught it super fun, while on my way to a 'Hornsby' show at the Lahaina tennis stadium.
Leaving Paia town on the way to the show I ate a... well let's just say Timothy Leary was with me that afternoon.
So, I caught the place head high, glassy, crystal clear water, no one out.
What a trip (forgive the pun) I caught about 10 or more waves while my date hung around and swam. I got out of the water, watched a Lahaina sunset with her and then off to a killer good show ;)

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Wave snakes.
2many stories, but here's one I'll try to make quick:
Hilo, Bay front, when it rarely happens it's a real treat.
The swell has to be large and completely a north direction (no westerly at all)
It's a great wave and one of the longest rides in the islands.
I was out on this killer 'Gray slate' day, drizzle, overcast and not a hint of wind.
Paddling back to the peak after a ride I was staying well outside the shoulder as the better set waves travel significantly further down the line.
I see a set rolling in, it's a big one for the session. This big dude on a full blown tanker takes off, burning a local on a short board that was already in and 'pitted'. The local didn't do much as the long boarder was so far out on the shoulder that he merely took the take off and initial fast section then kicked out. The long boarder kept with it.
So here I am on a relatively unmarred 'Johnny V' 7'6", way out on a very soft shoulder watching this tanker captain come out of a fast section, no cutback, no real maneuvers of any kind, just blazing along with all this left over speed way, way out on the shoulder.
I was watching, then yelling, then yep, you guessed it, this goof ball proceeds to mowe me down even way out on the shoulder. I bailed off the opposite side of my board at the last second and dove for the protection of the depths. I surface to find this guy had hit my board so hard that he drove his skeg about 10" into the rail of my board.
What to do? He was a huge (and obviously not very intelligent) dude!
So I did what any skinny, 'local kine haole' with a sense of delegation would do. I purposely paddled back to the very peak and sat amongst 4 - 6 gnar, gnar local bruddahs, and waited. Sure enough some one who had caught the scene paddles back out and asks if I am OK? I said I was fine but not sure about my board, which was not the truth I knew it had a massive rip in the rail and was taking water as fast as the Titanic, I should'a gone in but I wanted a little justice.
I rolled off my board and flipped it over right there amid the crowd at the peak. I let out a nasty expletive or two and that got the attention of the locals who immediately wanted to know, WTF happened?. I calmly told the story and pointed at the long boarder repeating, "That dude is dangerous watch out for him, he could hit yah even if your moored over in radio bay.
Too this a local starts yelling at the guy what a snake and ass hole he is. The long boarder was willing to beef with the one dude but in short order there were 5 guys around him in the water and it was not a pleasant conversation they were having. The long boarder paddled, not surfed, paddled immediately towards the beach never to be seen from (by me any way) again in the Puna area.

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Re Maui, sou' swell surf:
Olaf: "The reason no one thinks of Maui as a south swell destination is it isn't near as dependable as Oahu on account of Big Island"

True, true. When Dumps and La Paresse are mack'n you can't help but wonder how epic it must be at places like ka'alu'alu in Ka'u district, sou' point, Big Isle, or town side Oahu.
But.... Just like the North Kona coast, some of the best 'south side' sessions happen when it is a big, and straight westerly swell. I have seen days when even Honolua was going off but the north shore flat.
One of my favorite small breaks (like toilet bowl) for sou' or westerly, south side surf, is a place in Wailea called 'side walks'. Super fun wave. An easy take off into a 'back door'able' bowl (going right or left) then a decently long ride on a wave that peels medium slow but has a nice steep pit (multiple roundhouse's with a slam off the lip) before a sandy, beach front, close out (mega floaters with nothing to loose).
I'd post a pic but I looked and realized they are still in storage in Puna.

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Surfing and wave sailing thread on a climber forum...
(hats off to kicking off a killer thread Olaf)

John Bachar
What can be said ?
He became my climbing hero when I bought a copy of George Meyer's 'Yosemite Climber'.
Not long after, for 4 -5 years I was a bit of a 'fixture' in Camp4 and had a few conversations with him in the outdoor, climber gym at the rescue site. Those brief interactions left me in awe. The man was at the top of his game and perhaps the best free climber/ free soloist in the world at the time (lest we not forget the 10k standing bet of the time).
The man was huge, his ego was not!
He would laugh and trade beta with anyone.
My first pair of non EB, friction soled shoes were bought from JB in Camp4.

How many times... I'd be at the cookie grunting my way up something just to see him come motoring by on his circuit that included most of the classics at the crag.
Imagine, Crack-a-go-go, Outer limits, Catchy corner and the whole of the Nabisco wall (including Butter Balls of course) free solo as a morning warm up circuit.

A year or so ago I caught JB's slide show at a local gym.
Again I was awestruck!
Our voices and eyes never change. They are our true signatures whether you gain or loose 100 lbs, the voice stays the same.
In my 20+ year sabbatical from climbing a lot had changed, but not JB.
I caught him right before the show and we talked briefly. Yep same guy! Same supportive smile and demeanor.
I mentioned I had heard about the car crash he survived and lost his biz partner and how I was glad to know he came through Ok. I mentioned I bought my first pair of 'Fire' shoes from him and he laughed (in light of Acopa today) and said "Oh God those things, they were so terrible, painful etc... but the shiz of the times 'eh?"
When I mentioned that I had not climbed in a few decades but moved to Vegas to "get back at it" he looked at me with a big smile and said "Well, welcome back brother" and with a smile and a shake he was off to do his presentation.
What a guy! "Welcome back brother"... was he talking to a potential Acopa supportter? Was he talking to a life long friend like J.Long, R.Cashner or Werner.B? No!, he was talking to some no name, washed up old fart that was out snivelling that day on a .10a !

Olaf said:
"THE warrior has fallen !
Who among you will pick up his lance and CHARGE???!!!! "

When you take a look at Clint Cummin's supertopo thread
Bachar timeline supertopo.com/climbing/thread....
you realize JB not 'one in a million'...

he was far more rare than that!

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Ok I am off to go night riding in BootLeg Canyon ;)
(beat the heat)

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 10, 2009
rockerwaves
Hay trundlebum, thanks for posting your valued input. I really enjoyed your wave snake story!

Those sunset seshes were at” Woody’s” between Launiupoco and Guardrails. You can see “Lahaina Brake Wall” from “Woody’s”. The legendary Woody Brown was the first to surf the spot and did the excavating of the rocks that allowed a small amount of sand to build up over the years. It’s just a peak on the side of the road and has room for three cars on the makai side. There’s plenty of parking on the mauka side but it’s treacherous to get across the hiway in traffic. It has a very rocky launch with only one slight sand spit with tons of sea urchins everywhere else. It dose keep the crowds down. It has a decent left and good right. It’s best when it’s just a bit over head with a moderate tide. It tends to close out when it gets much bigger, although, it held up well in near double over head conditions of this last south swell. The swell direction and tides were favorable. We were just plain lucky that’s all.

There are several sopts known as Toilet Bowls that I am aware of on Maui.The one you mentioned is new to me. The one that I refured to is between Papalaua(thousand peaks) and Olowalu. It fires a fast left and right but is so shallow that it’s only doable in a very high tide. I haven’t surfed it in a few years. It doesn’t work all that often, but when it does it's real good!

The thing about surfing and wave sailing great conditions almost every day for a long time (about 6 weeks straight) is the let down when the conditions deteriate. I just don’t know what to do with myself! Pathetic on my part, don’t you agree?

I had an interesting long board paddle a couple of mornings ago. My girlfriend (Karen) had an equipment failure while Kite boarding out by Pier 1. This resulted in her losing her entire rig (kite/board). I won’t go into the technical details but she was looking at a very long swim. A fellow kilter helped by towing her back to the beach with his kite. The board was recovered by a fisherman near the water treatment plant but the kite never surfaced. The kite was a new Cabrina and worth about $1500.00. I paddled the coast from the last sandy beach to the other side of the harbor hoping to locate and salvage it. I hadn’t paddled very far when the wind kicked up to about 30knts. And created shoulder high, messy, wind slop. It was intimidating paddling so close to all the concrete pylons from the old harbor that were piled haphazardly creating a surreal, apocalyptic setting. Toss in some strong current and I think that you get the picture. I didn’t find the kite but I tried. If you play you got to pay! Oh well, Karen is back on the water with a new Cabrina kite that was pretty much comped to her by Neil Pryde ! Ahh! da bro deal! Being local has its privileges!

Last Sunday I joined my friend Mark Cosslett and four other folks for some climbing in Maliko Gulch. I was impressed with the quality of the sport routes that Mark had developed. There were three routes in all, an 11+ and two stiff 9’s. They were solid, clean and steep. One of the guys with us was a guide in the Valley for many years so we had lots of stories to share and many common acquaintances. This was the day that Bachar fell but we hadn’t heard the news yet. We discussed soloing and the soloist that we know and had known including John. One quote that I remember from our conversation at the base of this cliff in the most beautiful tropical setting was a quote from I think Michael Reardon “If you are a competent soloist you have probably a one in one thousand chance that you might not make it. If you keep it up you eventually solo over a thousand routes!”
There’s room for some more good climbs in Maliko and I hope that I get to join in when they go back.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 11, 2009
rockerwaves
I just got home from a delightful summer north shore wind surf sesh!

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By trundlebum
From Las Vegas NV
Jul 13, 2009
Somewhere in Tuolumne, sometime early 80's
Olaf:
Your hunt for the kite story brings back some memories.
I have been meaning to ask you if you have had a chance to sail outside Kanaha on a good day.
That is one of the most fun, long and non intimidating wave sailing breaks, unfortunately crowds prove it so when it's going off.

Talking about paddling across the harbor mouth (can you say LandLord?)
There is an awesome cloud break way out, straight off the east side of harbor entry.
The paddle out is forever but again, when it's in good nic it's a huge wave.

I had talked about the break at Hilo Bay front.
You reminded me... I used to love surfing Waiehu point.
It is not often in good nic on account of the trades.
However on a good sized North, with no trades...
Let the rock stars have Lanes, I'd be with the local bruddahs down at Waiehu.

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Climbing:
When I moved to Maui there was no such thing as 'sport climbing'.
Sport climbing (ethics) have certainly opened up a lot of possibilities...
when not restrained by 'Ground up, on the lead' ethics.

Olaf do you know Rob Lescher?
A few years before I left the islands, I was over from the Big Isle, visiting on Maui.
I went into some shop in Kahului near the 'Airport triangle' because I heard they had a small climbing wall.
I had to pay a bike mechanic his $10.00 an hr to belay me but it was the first time I yarded on plastic holds so it was worth it for a go. The wall was nothing but jugs so I was doing laps when in walks Rob. I knew Rob from a previous lifetime in Yosemite.
Rob was just getting into wave sailing and I had no sailing gear with me, so for fun I showed him a crag out in Kaupo that we spent two days at tope roping. It is a fabulous little overhanging, basalt wall rising out of black sand at the waters edge. Between the rock quality and scenic position (on clear day you can see the snow caps of Maunaloa/Maunakea above the clouds over the channel).
Super fun place to climb. I used to drive my truck off the pi'ilani hywy road down a pasture path/dirt ranch road and park on top of the cliff and use the rear axle as my top rope anchor.

There is as well an extremely over hanging wall waiting to be developed that is a few miles shy of the previously mentioned crag which in turn is about 6 miles shy of the Kaupo store when coming from the Ulupalakua side.

And back tracking further towards Ulu, what about that 'Manawainui' gulch?
That has huge sport potential once some of the above, objective dangers were trundled.
Were Manawainui meets the sea there is some possibilities as well.

Another possible that I never checked out would be on the southern slopes of Haleakala.
When you are dumps you can look up at the last active flow on Maui. Up on the edge of that flow is a large cave I heard called 'skull cave' because of the skulls that were originally found inside.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 19, 2009
rockerwaves
trundlebum, IMO: Lower Kanaha is one of the premiere down the line wave sailing breaks that I have ever experienced! I have had many magic sessions there. I think that it easily compares with the long pealing wave at Punta San Carols, Baja Norte! The crowds,well what can I say? The evening executive wave sailing sesh is my personal favorite, it's usually the same crew at Lowers each evening in the winter,the wind is lighter so the wave is smoother.

I just love longboarding the peak at Lower Kanaha as well. It can be a very heavy wave and breaks a lot of boards when it gets some real size.
The lefts can be phenomenal with a great channel and the rights so long that it is a commitment to ride past the third section. That's what I call a LONG paddle back to the peak!

Speaking of the landlord, I saw a good size shark while windsurfing in front of "Mammas Fish House" a couple days ago. It was real windy and he was just cruising along at the surface. It was truly very cool.

The same sesh I spooked several schools of flying fish. you know what that's like with them hitting you all over the place and bouncing off of your sail then flying away again. Really fun stuff!

Rob Lechser and I worked a clinic at the cliff you mentioned at Kaupo. We were helping the local Boy Scout troupe earn their merit badges for Rock Climbing. I have only been back to that cliff one other time and should go back again soon for some (off the bumper) top roping. Talk about accessible!

I have hiked back to the other wall that you mentioned also. I feel that it is prime for some sport FA's. The logistics of protecting it might be the initial crux. I was entertaining maybe a long extension ladder to clean and protect that face? Ground up would be very sketchy with the quality of the stone back there.

We have just had a great three day south swell episode! There was NO noticeable island blocking at all. I watched waves peal "right hand" for over a quarter mile.
I was surfing the peak at Woodys and was too far outside. I didn't ride any of them but I watched two guys get some great rides. By the time the wave got to Woodys it had lost size and power but it was still pealing right along.

Two of the days last week I double dipped, surfing south shore in the morning and wind surfed north shore in the evening.

Another south swell event is forecasted for middle of next week. I sure hope that it is as good as the one we enjoyed this week!

I joined four of my palls for a very wound up down wind coast run from Kuau to Kanaha yesterday. I was totally lit but still in control with a 68 ltr. Quatro wave board and a 4.4m Goya wave sail.
The trades have been blowing for days now and the wind has created some great open ocean swell.
It is really cool to ride waves that you get numerous bottom turns on and they are soo smooth! The best one was out side camp 1.




















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By Fat Paul
From Central, NJ
Jul 27, 2009
me
Finally something to write about, 2 days of chest to head high surf. Rode my new 8.0' fire wire and it's performance was great - worth every penny spent on it. I still can't believe how this board accelerates and turns. Looking forward to bigger surf.


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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 28, 2009
rockerwaves
"Roger that", Fat Paul!
Congrats on the new board!
I had been looking at my all time favorite long board that I buckled two seasons ago and never repaired. I finally took it to Dave Mell (Peter Mell's cousin, and the guy that shaped it) I gave it to him to repair. I am soo stoked to be riding it again soon. Dave named it the "aggro tank"!
I hope your waves stay around for the rest of the season and beyond!
It's been real good around here cept for a couple of days last week.The last three days have been absolutely tremendous but that's just my opinion.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Aug 4, 2009
rockerwaves
Hay trundlebum, Many posts back you asked me if the weekend summer racing series at Kanaha Beach Park was still going on and I am here to tell you that it IS and in a big way! I stooped buy the park last weekend after surfing the south side to maybe get in a little bump and jump sesh and the place was a full on festival of stars in the windsurf world. I am surprised that Windsurf Magazine wasn't there covering not only the racing but the crowed of spectators. The list of heavies is to big to even start but let's just say that most every sail and board manufaturer was represented by their riders and designers. Not only was there racing but some of the best freestyle/ bump and jump aerialist on the island were going off big time at wave break at "Uppers". It was just a little to busy for me so I chose not to rig and sail there. Instead, I launched At Kuau and my buddy "Piano Mark Johnstone" pro sailor and key board player for the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band had our own privet expression session at the break in front of Mamma's Fish House.
Hay Fat Paul, I just checked out Fire Wire surf boards on the internet. They definantly have a progressive company and a great line of surfboards. Which module 8'0' did you decide on? Did you know that they are on the cover of "Entrepreneur" magazine?
BTW: Dave Mell called yesterday and told me that "The Aggro Tank" was definantly worth fixing and he would do the repair for $60.00! I AM SO STOKED !

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By Ryan Davis
Aug 4, 2009
Just got back from a week of vacation on Montauk Long Island. Had consistent surf all week with some nice clean barrels on Thursday. Back at the office today - bummer.

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