Summer on the north shore is as flat as my chest, but that's nothing to get down about. It's actually one of the things I love about Maui .... there is always something to do here no matter what. We had a bumper day last Sunday Funday completing the triathalon of summer fun activities.
First up, a mountain bike ride in my favorite place, Makawao Forest. It was beautiful up there and my good friend Renata from Switzerland braved my crap, Paia dirt crusted bike and clip on shoes that were too big for her in the name of fun, to experience the forest. We had a blast. And we are waiting for her picture to post .... ;-)
Next up the SUP downwinder, which has become something of a ritual every Sunday. Everyone with a board is welcome and we set off from Tavares at 1pm and head down the coast to Kite Beach. Check out GP's blog http://mauisurfreport.blogspot.com/
for the full story and some great pics with his Go Pro camera (GP, am I up for royalties if I mention how well the pictures turned out, the incredible color, the comfort of the wrist strap and the handy size of the Go Pro on this blog? ;-)
The first pictures demonstrates how the key to stand up paddling is all in the technique.
Or if that fails, flash your boobs and men will let you pass them by as you cruise effortlessly (and in first place) to the finish line.
After arriving at an alarmingly fast pace to kite beach, due to the strong winds and laughs along the way, I hardly noticed paddling; it was time for a couple of cold ones. A bit of dutch courage to get me out on the kite and kick start my 40ft+jumping career. I'm always up for it after a few pints. I owe forward looping on a windsurfer purely and simply to beer, glorious beer.
And now I also owe it to beer for my broken board.
Oh well, I'll just have another beer :-)