Tuesday, December 29, 2009

clever vandalism


I definitely don't condone vandalism, but this is just great. I laughed a long time when I saw this one. It normally would say The Shops at Wailea. It's kind of like beverly hills strip transplanted on Maui so that ritzy visitors can stay in their comfort zone. Anyone can grab a can of spray paint and deface something, this takes creativity. Here is another picture I found online, I wonder how many applications they got for this position...
Here are some shots perfect conditions. The sequence starts at the bottom.




Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Break


Well now that my college finals are over I can keep this blog updated. The biggest swell in the last twenty years didn't happen. There was some really nice action, I heard a couple of skis ended up on the rocks. Since the department of land and natural resources is regulating tow surfing so much, I don't understand why don't make the jet ski operators responsible for cleaning up their mess. Anyways, the surf has been really nice, we did have a couple of flat days. We made the most of them though. I would like to say I caught this fish, but my friend Kia caught this massive Uhu with a spear gun and a couple of lobsters this week. We had a great feast that night and fish sandwiches everyday since. I think we have another three swells lining so it should be pretty fun all week. I'll add a bunch of pictures from a couple of weeks ago in the next couple of days. I took them with my new camera, they really don't do the waves justice, but I think you can get an idea of how perfect it was.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The extremely hyped swell is here, we'll see what happens with it tomorrow. This morning was big, but definitely not the biggest swell in the last twenty years. Tomorrow could be the day...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

From the East to the West side any side every side doesn't matter anyways cause we all got the island pride.

Looks like a couple of monster swells coming, maybe some wind on tuesday too. Pictures and more to come sometime this week...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thwarted



We were all ready to go to Peahi this morning and we had a little accident. The trailer snapped right in half! Guess it wasn't meant to be. Anyone have a trailer for sale. Outer reefs should be fun today though.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sun is shining weather is sweet


New International windsurfing magazine is out Windsurfer International Mag. Can’t wait to read it, but I’m heading to the beach now, looks like another epic day. Last week we had a monster swell, it looks like epic windsurfing as far out as the forecasts go. Logged about five hours at uppers on Wednesday in between classes. Head to logo high sets with rain squalls passing down the coast. After each one passed the wind turned more offshore and got lighter cleaning up the waves. Glassy beautiful waves all day with just a few of my friends. Too top it all off there were at least one rainbow up all day. I even saw three at one point. I wish I had a camera out there yesterday. I fell right in the line up and Riley Coon dropped into mast high barreling beast. He laid down a smooth bottom turn and behind him a rainbow was lighting up the sky. Absolutely amazing. I think sometimes we really don’t see the beauty in the world around us. We’re so focused on our individual missions that we often don’t see the world around us. Look at the stars, watch the waves, take the time to just sit and watch the trees sway in the wind you’ll learn a lot more then sitting in front of a t.v. or computer screen. Get out there it’s firing...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Massive

Well, the waves are about twice the size the forecasts were calling for. I saw a buoy register at 24 feet and 14 seconds last night. It's making for very rough dangerous surf, be careful. Good fun to be had out there though. Looks like the wind is coming back this week with vengeance it's going to be crazy.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Zookipa

Another great week of surfing and windsurfing here. Hookipa was a zoo a couple days this week. It's funny how when the surf goes from 2-3 feet to 4-6 feet the surfing crowd clears out and when it goes from logo high to mast high and bigger the windsurfing crowd thins out. Missed out on what looks like a fun session at Jaws, http://www.pritchardwindsurfing.com/content/blogcategory/14/44/ I'm somewhat out of the action with a bruised knee. Probably won't keep me out of the water tomorrow though. There's plenty of waves, remember to share with your friends out there.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kuleana

There's a great post on mauisurfreport.blogspot.com about protecting out environment. The movie message in the waves had a huge effect on my life as well. Growing up in Maui I have seen the changes that have happened to this island and the ocean in 20 years I have lived here. I've also realized there is a lot of pleasure in living simply. It is not about depriving yourself of a high standard of living, it's simply being thankful for what you have and not taking more then you need. In pre-contact Hawaii, taking more then you need was strictly Kapu and could be punished by death. No one is perfect, (I drive way too much hunting down surf), but I am constantly trying to lesson the impact I have on our environment. There are really simple steps you can do, like being a conscious consumer or simply picking up three pieces of trash everyday you go down to the beach. It usually takes less then a minute.

Kuleana is loosely translated as a small piece of property or privilege and responsibility.

We all have the right to use the ocean and it is our responsibility to protect it. If we don't we might lose our rights to it. My Kuleana

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Epic

One of the best sessions of my life. We are so blessed. Thank you for this day. http://www.philosophicalsociety.com/Archives/On%20The%20Shortness%20Of%20Life.htm

Back to windsurfing

After two weeks of epic surfing, the winds back and so are the waves. Hopefully it won't be too crowded with everyone coming back from Sylt. If you got some time check out the trailer for Chris Malloys new movie 180 South. See you in the water

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tow Surfing Class

This week I took my tow surfing certification class. It's a two day class that is required by the state to operate a thrill craft vehicle and participate in the sport of tow surfing. Our instructors were Sam Pa'e and Ian Masterson. They taught a great class filled with Aloha. They are offering another class in the first week of December to find out more search for Windward Community College and Ocean Safety Education Course. I definetly recomend it even if you don't plan on tow-surfing, it's educational and it helps to know the laws. For one thing, tow-surfers are required to stay 1000 feet away from anyone participating in any other ocean activity. More action on the north shore this week and the out of season south swell is looking promising. Here are a couple pics of the same wave from different angels. Thanks Bob and Marv.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I must be dreaming...

Well, August was amazing September was equally epic, and October is starting of incredible. Everyday this month has been great if you know where to go. Our trades died about a week ago leaving us glassy surf on all shores. The combination of a South, North, and East swell have been keeping the crowds spread out, the last four days I've scored spitting, glassy barrels all by myself!!! Nothing huge, but absolutely epic. I'm starting to get a little surfed out though, we need the trades to come back. Plus it's just too hot without them. Here's a couple pictures Marv took on the first of the month at Hookipa. Looking into the long range forecasts, we are going to have a couple back to back north-west swells probably pretty good size too. It also looks like the southern hemisphere is setting up to send us another swell. This one could be the biggest of the summer season if it pans out.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pray for surf

Looks like it might be flat for a while. Maybe we'll get some wind swell later this week. Pray for surf.
Some day I'll do a 360 like this one of Levis
http://blog.mauiwindsurfing.net/?p=467

Friday, September 25, 2009

Windsurfing International magazine

New edition of windsurfing international magazine, check it out at beachtelegraph.com. Great surf all week, should be some really fun sailing this week too. See you in the water,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It was fun

Had some fun sailing sessions this week at Kanaha. Looks like another swell on Thursday, maybe head high. There have been waves all over the island this week.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Here we go

Another couple north swells are heading our direction! Should be another amazing weekend. Surf in the morning and I'm hoping the wind is going to come up enough for sailing as well. There should be a light breeze on Friday and Saturday keeping the waves glassy and epic. So stoked!! See you out there. I might try and get some Gopro footage if it's good. The last Gopro session I did didn't turn out so well...

The Reunion Island Wave Classic is going off I'd love to get an invite to one of those.

Monday, August 31, 2009

August 09


What an amazing August! Looking back at the month, it was epic for something almost everyday. Two hurricane swells, two north swells, windswell all month, glassy morning sessions, and even Kona winds! Sharing waves the past three days with some of my best friends has made me realize how amazing windsurfing is. I'm so thankful for what windsurfing has given me and continues to give me. All of us as windsurfers have been so blessed to stumble upon this ridiculous sport. There's nothing like it. If you have a minute check out this essay by Aannaeus Seneca,"On The Shortness Of Life." http://www.philosophicalsociety.com/Archives/On%20The%20Shortness%20Of%20Life.htm It's a quick read. So stoked...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Waiehu Pictures

Mauisurfreport.blogspot.com has pictures of from last weeks Waiehu session. I'll try to get them this week and get them posted on here. We got another tropical storm swell coming tomorrow. So stoked.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Best session since March!

I wish we would have more storms like Felecia. Three days of epic winter conditions in the middle of summer. Yesterday after surfing all morning the winds turned southerly. One of my favorite spots turned on. I got an hour and a half of side offshore winds and down the line wave sailing. Definitely the best wave sailing I've ever had in August. There was a guy on the beach taking pictures, if I can find him I will put the pictures up later this week.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thank you Felicia

for the epic surf the past two days. So stoked to be getting a big east swell in the middle of summer.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Video

The trailer for Four Dimensions is up (http://www.fourdimensionsmovie.com/). Andre Paskowskis new movie. Should be good.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Reunion Wave Classic

The second event of hopefully many to come. After their success with the Fuerte Wave Classic(http://www.fuertewaveclassic.com/) Thomas Traversa and the rest of the organizers are putting on another contest on Reunion island. The island is home to one of the most amazing waves in the world for windsurfing and surfing. Should be an epic contest. Check out the cool format they have set up for the contest as well.
http://reunionwaveclassic.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

Congrats Ekolu Kalama and John Hibbard

Check out the full story of the SUP championships at http://www.star-board-sup.com/news/news09-038.php.

I've given in

I've been avoiding it as long as possible, but I finally caved in and got myself a stand-up paddle board.  I've been anti-SUPing since it started, but after trying some out they're pretty fun.  I just got the 10'5"X30" Star-board Drive(http://www.star-board-sup.com/products/products.php).  It's a great all around board.  It glides nice when paddling, super fun in small waves, it works in bigger surf as well, really fun for windsurfing, my girlfriend and I even went tandem on it!  I've been taking the board around the island and checking out normally inaccessible areas.  I'll post up some pictures in the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The flu

Ugh.  I got the flu.  103 fever, coughing, nausea, the works.  I tried to go to my health care provider but the said they were not treating anyone over 5 and under 65 years old for the flu.  

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sun is shining weather is sweet...  

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Quad Fins coming to windsurfing

More drive.  More traction.  More speed.  I can't wait to try these out.  Check out the boards at http://www.quadwindsurfing.com/index.php. 

Surfs been really fun here, and it looks like the wind is kicking back in.  See you in the water.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Best June Ever

This June was one of the best I have ever seen for south swells.  There has been surf almost everyday of the month.  Sadly it was also the most crowded I have ever seen it on the south side. Hopefully the swells will will keep coming for the rest of the summer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Maui Film Festival

The tenth annual Maui Film Festival starts tonight and goes until the 21st.  Tonight has three surf movies, High Water at 8:00, The Women and the Waves at 10:00, and Wave Riders at 11:00.  Tickets are $20 dollars and can be found at mauifilmfestival.com
See you there

Monday, June 15, 2009

surf

South swells have been hitting all week!  Hopefully by the time I'm getting in the water everyone will be surfed out.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It's Summer

We still have a couple more weeks until summer officially starts(June 21st).  But it seems like we have had a shift in our weather pattern here.  The humid stickiness of May is gone and we are back to normal trades.   The southern hemisphere setting up a couple storms aimed in our direction.  It should be good fun all week! 

After stopping by Hi-Tech to get some Pro Plugs for my broken eardrum. I got out in the water for the first time in three months yesterday.  I was lightly powered on a 5.3 at Uppers Kanaha. Not much waves but at least some bump and jump stuff.  It just felt good to be sailing again.  The foot is sore but getting better. 

Monday, June 1, 2009

It's Windy

The wind is finally back!  Makani Ikaika!  That was one of the longest windless stretches I've seen in a while.  This summer is setting up nice for south swells so far.  I'm hoping to be in the water by the time they get here.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Still No Wind

I don't think I could have picked a better time to be injured.  There has been just a couple of windy days this month and the surf hasn't been great either.  All month we have had a very weird weather pattern going on, hopefully we will get back to normal in the next couple of weeks just in time for me to get back in the water.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wind power

Friday, May 15th there is a meeting on a new possible source of wind powered energy.  It is being held at Maui Arts and Cultural Center at 8:30 A.M.  The rumor has it that they are using long line kites. I don't know if this is true, but I'll post something about it after I go. Windsurfing has taught me the power of the wind and it is so abundant here in Maui, there is no excuse for not using it.  Over 90 percent of our electricity comes from imported oil, which makes us very unsustainable, and leaves us very vulnerable. I'll put up the report on it later this week. I jumped in the water a little yesterday on a 5.3.  I was very careful to not hurt the foot or get my head wet. Even though it's flatter then a lake here it still feels good to be out in the water.  

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hoolaulea

May 16-17 Olukai is putting on a stand-up paddle race and a Hoolaulea.  There should be pretty good grinds and Hawaiian games.  Check out the link here at https://www.olukai.com/OlukaiHoolaulea.aspx

Injuries must come in sets of threes.  I was surfing at Hookipa and a lip caught me right on the side of my head.  I felt a pop and I couldn't hear anything.  The doctor said I tore my ear drum.  Another month out of the water I think.  I just finished up my last days of school, so at least it's officially summer break!

Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm surfing again!

I got myself a nice brace for my foot and I have been surfing the last two days.  Epic sessions.  Nothing like being out of the water for a couple months to make you appreciate it.  I've been looking at the long range models, and it looks like May could be a good month for surf.  See you in the water...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wet and Rainy here.  It's good for us though, we need the water.  We have a couple little late season swells coming and it looks like the first south swell of the season is on it's way.   

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Cleaning

It's spring time, and I have some gear for sale.  Right now I have masts, sails, and a freestyle board for sale.  Send me an email if you are interested, warmuth@hawaii.edu.  Anyways, it's been a crazy windy week here in Maui.  I sailed for about five minutes last week, the foot is still bothering me.  Probably the last big swell of the season is filling in today, I drove by Hookipa this morning and it looked all time.  Trying not to think about it though.  I think I still have a couple more weeks before I'm out there...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fuerte Wave Classic

I know it's a little late, but I just saw some great pictures and videos from the Fuerteventura Wave Classic(www.fuertewaveclassic.com).  The event had a really cool format where the competitors judged each other.  I hope to see more events with sick conditions like this.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring's here

Today was a classic spring day.  Howling East wind, and small blown out surf.  Amazing jumping.  Riley Coon's back for spring break and I watched him launch some massive jumps at uppers Kanaha today.  Looked like fun.  It's the beginning of photo shoot season here as well, a few of the P.W.A. guys have been showing up and ripping. Can't wait to get back out there...

Friday, March 20, 2009

The news...

I have to say I am pretty bummed at our news networks.  I feel like they don't cover the things that truly matter and spend much of their time on trivial fear mongering.  They have spent so much time on the bonuses of a certain insurance company, while the true story goes by slightly under the radar.  That story is the 300 billion dollars that was just created, and it's effects on America and the world.  Can't stress too much about it though, not when this is what I wake up to in the morning...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Break

How is it spring break already?  That means summer flatness is coming.  Not my favorite time of the year.  I've got a possible Oregon Coast tripped in the works as well as an Oahu trip.  The foots getting better, lots of swimming and homework for now...

Friday, March 13, 2009

surf




Here's a couple pictures of the surf this morning.  Looks like it's going to be sunny, glassy and nice all day...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Why?




The past couple days for me have been very productive seeing as I can't windsurf or surf.  I've been catching up on my school work and my reading.  Here's some pics from the mushrooms session...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Crutches

Well, I got lucky my foots not broken.  I took a GoPro out last week on a small day at uppers kanaha.  This is a little clip of some of the action.  The last wave on there is when I hurt my foot.  It just goes to show that you have to pay attention even when the waves are really small.  It seems like everyones been getting injured lately.  I'm out of the water for at least a couple weeks.  It won't be too bad though, this has been one of the best winters I have ever had.  At least I have some time to catch up on my school work and my other projects.  I saw a couple pictures from my mushrooms mission last week, they're posted on, mauisurfreport.blogspot.com under "Maui's Ponta Preta."  As soon as my foot heals I'll get some better GoPro action.  Sorry about the pictures of my big hairy hobbit feet...



  video

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mushrooms Session

There is nothing worse then getting skunked on a windsurfing trip.  Whether it's flying half way around the world to sit around for two weeks and not even unpack your gear.  Or if it's just an hour drive it stings all the same.  The excitement that you feel while checking the forecast, packing up your stuff, calling your friends hoping they have a better report then you do all disappear instantly if it sucks.  That happened to me last week, I got stoked for a surf/sail mission only to get completely denied.  Not only did I not get to sail or surf, the lone guy on the beach tells me how good it was the day before.  DAMNIT!!  After that experience I swore to myself that I would not make that same mistake again.  Less then a week after that mission, the reports were looking really good again.  So I packed up all my stuff and headed out again.  Persistence payed off this time and I scored head high buttery smooth waves with five or six turns on each of them.  Stoked!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


What a month!   I have to say this might be one of the best months I have ever had in Maui.  I've managed to windsurf, surf, stand-up, swim, skim or get in the water somehow everyday.  It just keeps getting better, later this week we have a new East swell coming in and strong winds.  The best part is, Cabo Verde is going right now so the lineup should be pretty empty.  I will hopefully have some pictures up later this week.  I caught quite a sunrise this weekend too...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The big swell???

Hopefully the biggest swell of the season is filling in right now.  Add in 20-30 knots of Kona winds and it should be a blast.  Tomorrows plan is to get up early check out the swell and try to score a session before work(10:00A.M.).  Hopefully get some good pictures from it as well.