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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

Maui

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Maui is a place of legend and legends... You name them, Robbie Naish, Laird Hamilton, The Angulos, Jason P, they all either start here or end up here eventually. And there's good reason for that. Year round sun, huge swell, spring/summer trade winds, and lots of places to sail are the big attractions. Add to that a relaxed vibe, all the typical mod cons of a US location (good and bad!) and the possibility to rent the latest greatest kit or even buy new stuff from the hottest custom builders or their customers, and what's not to like??

Pretty much all windsurfing activity is confined to the North Shore, or in the right conditions, the Maalea Bay on the west coast, near Kihei. The North Shore venues include
- Sprecks, offering flattish water and some smallish reefs, and parking in a very rural-seeming spot, no facilities to speak of
- Kahana, bigger reefs (two off), lots of space and good park facilities, a bit more organised or formal
- The infamous Ho'okipa, a tiny beach, massive waves, tiny launch spot and some tricky currents, oh, and mad surfers up the other end...

There are "proper" tourists on Maui, but they are largely confined to the West coast, where the swell and wind are largely too light to disturb their roasting process, and to the Hana Highway, the road along the North Coast that leads, surprisingly, to Hana. Otherwise, in places like Paia, a handy small town base for windsurfing ventures, they are largely ignorable.

Last updated: 23/05/11 14:12 By: johng
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