My friend Keith McCulloch reporting in from Maui:
Maui Surf Report - seems like groundhog day here! 80 degrees every day. man i can't take this place:-)
a wahini exiting ho'okipa
Yesterday: Lowers goes off. solid logo high with occasional mast high waves with 17 to 23 knot NE wind made for a fun day at lowers.
the prototype 5.0 North ICE i was using was working well. I sailed for about 3.5 hours with 40 other people at one point. Like a conveyor belt, jibe on the first big nugget you see and peel off down the line smashing and bashing your way to a kick out point...and then watch out for the next set rolling in! Lowers makes you feel like a hero. no wonder these guys get good. like a great day at the cove without the rain:-) I think it wasn't as windy as the locals are used to... so lots of guys on a 4.7's and 70 liter boards bobbing around like corks. maybe they were rigging for the gust? i know its nice to have a small board on the wave.. but the time and pain you have to go thru to float that kind of gear into position? I guess i'm getting old.:-)
Then today.."Ho'okipa mast high+ , Redemption!" First a little history, a long time ago in 1998 I was here in January. Fresh off the boat as they say.. inexperienced with the winter conditions at ho'okipa..and full of excitement looking at mast and a half waves rolling in.. i rigged up and proceeded to launch into what was one of the biggest days that they have seen here in a while..little did i know.. isn't like this here all the time? (i saw it in the video) i should have know something was up since it was crazy windy and there were only 4 guys out.. well I just went on out like it was nothing......... to make a long story short.. Ho'okipa bit me hard that day.. i ended up on the rocks and broke all my gear. I even had to climb up the cliff to get the heck out of there since the current was so strong there was no way I was swimming back to the launch site...that was then... this is now!
Martine says one wave I rode was easily mast and half.. I can believe her, as I bottom turned around the pitching lip and looked up it was bigger than my house. I sailed 2.5 hours or so thru some varied conditions.. real windy..then not so windy..
a local pro..showing how its done..
Well Keith, I get chills reading this post, and looking at the pics. I too have a similar story from my first time in big Maui Wave conditions. I'm looking forward to redemption there, AND at the Cove. hehehee- Yup, I can't forget that one either.
ps: Here on the east coast, we're getting hit with what they're saying is the biggest snow storm in recorded history. We have almost 30 inches so far. This fence is 3 feet tall
Trees are down everywhere
at there are many w/o power
This is my jeep
and the roof of my house
I tried to pull onto the street, which has 25-30 unplowed inches
It wasn't happening
so we're basically not going anywhere until at least tomorrow