April is coming to a close and here on Maui we can feel the change in the seasons – from spring wave season to more summer like conditions when the waves on the north shore get smaller and much less frequent.
Photoshoot season seems to have wrapped up mostly so hopefully those pesky 2012 sails and boards won’t be getting in the way in our online photos and videos for awhile.
Easter Sunday was a busy day at Kanaha with the park full of windsurfers and families picnicing. Mostly just a bump and jump session, but a couple of knee to waist high sloppy waves to make it interesting once in awhile. Pretty gusty and holey – anywhere from 4.7 to 5.7 so the 5.3 was about the right call most of the time.
Wind was pretty light on Monday but came up to the lower to mid 20s yesterday and we got a small northwest swell as a bonus. I stopped by Hookipa on the way to a meeting and found Team Pryde, including JP, Swifty, Kauli and Ricardo Campello all rigging up much earlier than I usually see pros there. I thought that just maybe they were there to do the Oxbow Ride the Sky event, but apparently it has officially been called off. Nevertheless, the Epic Sessions team will be there today to broadcast live.
Looking around at windsurfing news on Maui, Windsurfing Maui, the site on Blogger, not this one, did a very cool interview with Francisco Goya – truly a great ambassador for this sport.
Ground was broken yesterday for the new Kahului Airport Marriott Hotel to be built right across the street from Costco. Planned to be completed in a year, I’m sure it won’t be cheap, but if you’re looking for north shore options for where to stay on Maui in the future, this could be very convenient for windsurfers.
And lastly today, if you can’t be on Maui right now but want to get a virtual feel for being out sailing on the north shore, check out GP’s latest helmet cam video.