Sunday, 26 July 2009

Phoebe goes off!

Spent the day at West Lakes today, so Phoebe could get her fix for the week. Her sailing has improved so much since this time last year.....and she is so keen to sail, pestering us days in advance to hit the lake!

Future world champion in the making!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Best Holiday Ever

.........but its back to reality now and its actually not that bad.

Team America!

I have a pretty relaxed outlook on everything at the moment, which is usually the case after a Maui trip, I never stress too much at the best of times, but something seems different this year, maybe its because I am very old now, being 40 does make me a wise old man.....

This years trip to Maui has to go down as my favourite holiday ever. We had great wind, great waves (especially South Side - thankyou Maui locals for the show you put on for us), great food, great wine (and beer) and great people.

It was great to catch up with Anita and Steve and share the holiday with them, they are our favourite english windsurfers and if we end up backing up for trip 4 next year they better be available!
Free booze taking effect.....

'I say Arlo, lets get bonkered on free Margharita's!'

The wind blew for 18 days straight from the day we got there and gave us a nice little break at the end when we were probably too tired to sail, to experience some of the other great things that Maui has to offer.


We caught a fish.....A Wahu?

A styling Ricko

Grab ya board - Hawaiian Island Surf

Grab ya sails...

We climbed mountains

Phoebe commanding an audience.....I think this was just after she fell and took half the skin off her right knee poor chook.

Westside sunset!

We scored a few waves....really, we did

Arlo and his gun

Phoebe catches one of her 100 waves for the day .....

We caught up with some of the nicest people in the world and had a bite to eat, Pity Robby and his family, who were in the restaurant earlier couldn't hang around, But Ulli, Meesh, Giampaolo and Sharon certainly kept us entertained! Hmmmmmmm Nutella Crepe's. Was also nice to meet Meesh's bro Mark, top chap!

Paparazzi alert!

Evidence that Italians really do talk with their hands!

Ricko boasts about how easy windsurfing is, 'yeah, waterstarting...its easy man!'
It was so good to catch up with our Maui friends, always a pleasure to share some time with them, just a shame we couldnt hang around for another week to attend Ulli's 40th birthday and the 4th July celebrations, maybe next year for your 41st (maybe a joint party?)

Here's what I missed most while we were away, Trev would have loved the beach everyday for three weeks!

Here's what I didnt miss on our trip. Here is my cars outside temperature gauge about to freak us out, 4 degrees, you are joking right???

And lastly, here's a pic of me on the 4th June, my 40th birthday, Lano gets punked!

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Say it isnt so!

My usual 'walk off shame' pose! In my defence, it has been super gusty, I fly out about 600 metres, jumps, planing all the way, turn (its nice to gybe on 3 metre high swells), then try come back in, point down wind to get going, end up pushing too far downwind and ending up near the kiters!

The locals are always saying, rig big, its not that windy, but you look out and it looks like a white out! The wind has had a fair bit of north in it, meaning, apparently, that the wind looks stronger that it actually is!

Kym in usual flat out mode.....

With only 4 days to go on our holiday, the thoughts of leaving this amazing island are starting to surface. We have really scored with the wind, sailing all but one day this trip and even that day we could have sailed (as it was 35knots all day!), but it was Phoebes birthday!

Its Saturday now, the wind looks not too bad this morning, for the rest of the day, should be similar to the last 3 days, sort of light, but nicely powered up on a 5.2. The following 2-3 days are looking a bit light, so we could be resuming the mantle of 'tourists'.

Looking for divine inspiration, Not sure he found it.....

Over the past three days we have sailed a fair bit, we did manage to get up to 'The Needle' for a squiz at the river and the park up in the western highlands. Lovely spot.

Ricko rocked up for a week, on his way to the mainland for a family break, so we have got him a beginner kit and a few sails, so he can too shred up Kanaha. Rick did have a lesson, but
really didnt need one, as he pretty much jumped on the board, threw a few tacks, a few gybes and then worked on his beach starts, all in the first hour! Show off!

Nearly in the footstraps and harness on day two! Nice one mate!

These guys were going so fast the didnt even realise they had run out of water!

Stuart had a bin named after thoughtful

And just to show you some of my progress.......If only we could sail everyday for three weeks back in Adelaide.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Rest Day


With 11 days straight windy days, our arms and bodies were in need of a rest, so Phoebes birthday (Sunday) was declared a rest day. This was booked in months ago to be honest as we were very concious of not boring Phoebe to tears with endless days on the beach while we windsurf. We still get a few complaints from our junior division most mornings as we prepare for the beach, but its funny how she complains and stamps her feet a bit then once we are there plays in the surf, catches small crabs and snorkels for 6 hours, she really is a treasure.

Nice stance. American lady looking for Korean Missiles!

windy day Southside,

So with Phoebe calling the shots for her birthday, Ocean World got the nod. We have been there four times in the last four years and we are never dissapointed with the entertainment and displays they provide. It was soooo windy at Maalea on Sunday, windiest I have ever experienced on Maui, must have been the ventrical effect of the wind funnelling through the middle of the island (this effect is also the reason Kehei is sometimes a better place to sail than the north shore)

Fishy fish,

Hammertime. Cant touch this!

Austalia's leading Marine Biologist


After being educated about the local marine life and some very interesting talks by the excellent guides at the centre, we ventured out to Lahaina for a bite to eat, Phoebe was keen for a lunch spot we went to last year that had a roof top graden and a live band.

More tourists

Problem was, the highway to Lahaina was blocked due to a nasty little bush fire, not 200 metres from Ocean World. We had a good view of it all unfolding from the Maalea harbour carpark and stood helpless as the fire destroyed a house and some beach side pergola's. The fire departmant really had their hands full, what with cars everywhere on a busy Sunday afternoon, as well as ridiculously strong winds whipping the fire in all directions. The fire department even called in the water chopper, quite a frightening ordeal. We havent heard too much since it occured, apart from a few accounts of miracles as fire went right around their properties.

So with Lahaina out of the picture we headed to kehei for a bite to eat at a Mexican place on the main drag. I think it was called 'Freds', I dont know too many mexicans called Fred.

Margaritta's anyone?

Mama's Fish House beach, not a bad little spot for snorkelling and a recap from Ocean World.

Phoebe in snorkelling mode,

Sailing yesterday (Monday) was crazy winds, gusty 25-40 knots at times, so was a frustrating over powered struggle, but no complaints, we all learnt something. Hoping today will be a little more subdued. From where I sit now, it looks like a 5.2 day :)

Monday, 22 June 2009

Phoebe's 7th birthday

Kym on the Naish

Pavillions at sunset on Friday, some nice swell kicked in today

These crabs at Kanaha will never be the same again! Pretty sure we have caught them all now

The advantages of having a holiday in Maui and combining your 7th birthday are numerous. Firstly, you get to hang out on a beach and swim in nice warm water all day, play with the other kids on vacation, have windsurfing lessons, boogy board, catch fish, crabs and other marine life. But secondly and most importantly, you get to have two birthdays, as Maui is 10 hours behind Adelaide time, Phoebe has wangled a 48 hour birthday extraveganza! Saturday 20th (Maui time) was presents and dinner at the Paia Fish Cafe, followed by gelati over the road. Today is going to be even bigger, we have named it Phoebe Day! Firstly, breakfast at Anthony's, most likely belgian waffles and fruit, whipped cream with a passion guava chaser. Then off to Ocean World for the day, followed by a lazy afternoon in Lahaina - gonna be a big day.

Sailing has been great the last few days, with winds in the 25-35 knots range, all of us well powered up. Kym has been back on her 65 ltr board (currently using a naish wave pro) and her 3.6 mtr sail. I struggled a bit on a 4.7 yesterday, never thought that would happen, might need to look at downsizing the board to an 86 ltr, but I love the 92ltr, its just too big for the chop.
Arlo and Anita are flying along on 77 ltr boards and 3.4 and 4.2 sails, so the trades are definately filling in now.
Yesterday at Kanaha there was a round of the Maui Racing Series. These guys and girls are amazing, so much action in yesterdays racing, especially in the Pro and Semi Pro division. Kevin Pritchard took out the meet, on borrow gear, his brothers boom, an old proto Starboard and one of his spare race sails (he only had a 6mtr) - So to beat the like of Mcgain, Bozianis and Agillera was a pretty special effort.

Paia looking back towards Kahalui