Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Do you really want to know that a shark attacked someone just downwind of Kitebeach? Well, it happened and there are more out there too. So, what do you do? Keep your heart rate down, don't swim, surf or kite in the red water and keep cool, stay verticle and hopefully everything will be fine. This shark story only took a few hours before it circulated through the island. So...... Here's how it went down, as told by Kai Barger:
"It was a northeast swell so we went to Ledges, and it was actually my first time surfing out there. It's a shifty, slingshot-type of wave. We scored it in the morning and then it turned onshore so we went to eat and then came back.
Dusty [Payne], Granger [Larson], Tanner [Hendrickson] and I paddled back out after lunch. And out of nowhere these two bodyboarders came out. They almost looked out-of-place being out there. They had a hard time catching waves. They ended up going about 20 yards out-the-back to try and roll into a few.
Dusty had just broken his board and was swimming in and then we hear this kid screaming bloody murder. We thought they saw a shark and we started talking about it, 'cause Tanner saw a shark there a few days before. But we looked outside and they were 20 to 30 yards out-the-back and weren't waving us down for help or anything. They were stuck in the rip and didn't get in to us for like five minutes.
When they got closer, we asked them, "What's the deal? Did you see a shark?" And they're like, "No, we got attacked." I didn't believe it, so I asked to see. And the kid lifted up his leg and his flipper was completely gone and his foot was a full-on hamburger patty. I go, "OK, we gotta go in."
Because he had a rubber fin on, we all got away with it. If it had been anyone of us, we'd have no foot right now."
-- Kai Barger
"His friend couldn't help much on his bodyboard, so it was pretty much up to Tanner and I. The kid looked like he was in a state of shock. He looked like he saw a ghost. But he was actually surprisingly calm. He wasn't screaming or crying or anything.
This kid had been bleeding for almost 10 minutes at that point but we couldn't really put a tourniquet on him in the water because of all the waves rushing. So he grabbed both our leashes and we paddled as hard as we could to the beach. The whole way in we talked him through it, like, "You're going to be OK. You just survived a shark attack. You're still going to have a foot."
When we got him to the beach, I ripped off my leash and tied the tourniquet right above his knee. He had a pretty nasty cut going all the way up his shin. His friend's dad called the ambulance. We elevated his leg on his boogieboard. We were right in town so the ambulance came right away.
Lucky thing, he had a big rubber fin on his foot. I think that's what saved his foot. The shark probably didn't like that and moved on. It was almost like that kid sacrificed himself."
Today, there were more sightings off Kanaha, enough that lifeguards had removed all the surfers, yet suspiciously not the SUPers.
Aloha and Good Luck
Sunday, December 26, 2010
There are many sides to kite on Maui. Each spot has it's own difficulties launching and landing. If you have kited elsewhere, Maui is a terminal nightmare. The wind has been minimal at best, so everyone is traveling around looking for wind times and spots to be able to kite the bare scintilla of a breeze. Luckily, my buddy Oliver, a light wind master, patrols the islands always on a ready. He and his brother and navigator Phillip, made it to Kihei for a late sess. It seems that through thousands of KBR reporters they where caught on camera trying to get a monster kite out of a tree. How did it get in there and why? The Swiss are very secretive and protective of all information. How the Swiss guard ever let out these pics we can only speculate.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
There will be surf all week.
Mon: 12-17 N Late
Tues: 15-22 E
Wed: 20-26 NE
Thurs: 22-28 NE
Fri: 23-30 NE
Sat: 24-30 NE
If you don't believe me...cross check everyday after the fact. Aloha and good luck
Saturday Night Shaping
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Friday, December 17, 2010
As the winter starts to come down, most kiting has disappeared like the wind. The daily routine is the same, but I am laid-off. Deep tracks worn in the sand are gone, replaced by a gentle sloping beach; pristine albeit a dog walker or fisherman. There are days of surf and no wind. I still make the drive down Haleakala, car filled with surfboards, my dog or kites all landing at kitebeach or beyond. Surfing in Maui can be incredible or crowded and even both. Switching gears from kiting to surfing is just a physical thing. Getting those muscles back only to be lost once the wind returns. Every summer I get lots of comments about grinding the beach everyday, and why I work so hard. Simply put, just a squirrel putting away the nuts. My body is healed, and now I can focus on the season ahead. New tricks, many many more waves and expanding my teaching knowledge. If you want to be a kiteboard instructor you have to know how manage your winter.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
FAA Safety Meeting is scheduled for December 21st 2010 at 10:30am at the Kanaha Canoe Hale.
Maui Kitesurfing Community members operate under Federal Aviation Administration ( certificate of waiver, which authorizes kiteboarding near Kahului Airport.
Do you wanna Join the Maui Kitesurfing Community? 25 bucks for a year..100 lifetime. Contributions and membership dues allow us to purchase insurance necessary to carry the FAA waiver, print MKC safe riding guideline brochures, and maintain our web site, mauikitesurfing.org. Membership is for 1 (one) calendar year of signing. Dues are payable upon enrollment. Check out the website: http://www.mauikitesurf.org
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Maui Kitesurfing vs Windsurfing
Posted on November 14, 2010 by jeffbennett
FAA Safety Meeting Scheduled December 22nd 2010 at 9:30am at the Kanaha Canoe Hale.
As mandated by the FAA kiteboarding waiver, the waiver holder is required to hold an annual kiteboarding safety meeting.
FAA representatives, Kiteboarders and community are invited to attend.
Check out this link
Ok I have done a lot of thinking about this subject and read what this site is trying to accomplish with the idea of limiting kiteboarding around the airport. My first thought goes back to days of when I first started snowboarding in the late 80's. These are the same exact people trying to bully and control through complaints. As you can see, snowboarding, luckily for us, turned out to be a fad. As a concerned Maui kiteboarder, I feel it is my duty to show my community spirit and show my presence. I am not worried about the FAA taking away kiteboarding, but the winds of change are upon us, and it is important to show these curmudgeons a show of unity. I really don't mind sharing the water or the waves. Time to open up the boarders and allow equal access to all north shore spots. Read this guys blog and be curtious and mindful if you respond.
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Aloha and good luck
Thursday, December 9, 2010
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Saturday, October 2, 2010
A Canadian university student at the University of Toronto, Todd Reichert, made history by piloting a human powered wing-flapping plane. Leonardo DiVinci dreamed of this thousands of years ago but these students were the first to do it successfully. In order to fly the plane, the pilot had to pedal with his legs all while pulling on the wings to flap at the same time. All this had to be done fast enough to get off the ground. The plane, named Snowbird, was made from carbon fiber, balsa wood, and foam and was flown for 19.3 seconds, covering 475.72 feet. In order to prep for the flight, Todd went through a year long exercise program to lose 18 pounds. Now that is some commitment to get the plane into the air. The problem of flapping-wing flight has been tackled by countless engineers and craftsmen, but until recently only moderate success had been achieved. This student engineered and built plane was the first to complete it successfully. Now for kites.....
Friday, October 1, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Yes, the infinite steak of wind is over. The surf has returned but the wind, according to the forecasts is dropping next week. I saw the storm, it's a bomber. I have to figure out how to surf again or ride a big kite. Today, I rode my 15m and people were talking. Now, here on Maui no one rides with wind under 20. But there is an uprising, secret talks of big kites. The big kites are revolting, and they are coming. Last year I was alone, this year....more kiters want in on the action.....call in your orders...get ready...fly those big kites.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The waves are back and summer is disappearing. It was a great summer. There was lots of wind, the sun was intense, and there was some really big airs. This was the summer of airtime. Everyone got some new tricks under their belts. But, now the waves are back. It has slowed down, so I can ride and give a report or two, talk about the haps and return to blogging. Aloha And Good Luck
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Toast and the Pop
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Similar weather will continue through the end of the work week as a healthy trade wind regime persists across the Hawaiian Islands. High pressure to the north will usher in moderate trades along with light windward shower activity, mainly in the morning. A North Pacific storm system will weaken the area of high pressure beginning Friday with lighter trades expected over the weekend. Stronger trades look to then rebuild early next week again..
Monday, August 9, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ok everyone...It's that time of year again. The Gusties are coming! The Gusties are the annual awards for Kitebeach. Really, it's the first year...so I need some subjects. For Instance, "Best Jumper" So, if you have some ideas for awards, leave a message or shoot me an email at email@example.com. Aloha and Good luck
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
This Sunday 4th of July, the first ever Kitebeach Kite fishing invitational. It is Jackpot: biggest fish takes the purse. Try and ask what we are using for bait, no one is going to tell, it's all top secret. 10 bucks to enter...be there
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
My buddy Carson wrote this check it out...maybe buy it.. bulathebook.com
An excerpt from
Bula: Sailing Across the Pacific
I threw on the raingear and harness and quickly came out of the cabin. I stopped to stare at the dangerous flapping sail. I didn’t want to go up there. Trembling and scared, I was thinking of any possible way to get out of that mess. I thought to myself, you’re the stupid one who wanted to do this alone. I clenched my teeth with a mean sense of determination and crawled up to the bow. My harness line snagged on every entrapment that I passed, so I unlatched the carabineer to make it forward but forgot to reattach it to the safety jack-line.
I had to pull the headsail down completely. I released the halyard and began pulling the sail down. It whipped about, pounding me in the face. I couldn’t do anything but take the lashings. A flailing sheet ripped another pair of storm glasses off my face and into the ocean. I saw them sinking into the abyss.
Once I got most of it down, the wind was pulling the sail and me over the side with the waves washing over the deck. The sail dangerously filled with seawater. I was hanging onto the sail for my life that was full of hundreds of pounds of seawater. I was having horrible thoughts that if I lost the headsail I could triple my time to Hawaii. I couldn’t let go of it either because the folds of the sail had wrapped around me. I was slipping into Davy’s Grip.
I locked into survival mode. I wasn’t prepared to go over the side forever. I managed to get the sail back on the boat and wrestled it to the cockpit in two pieces. You have to laugh at death—you can’t let it laugh at you.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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Big Down Winder
Friday, June 11, 2010
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Dose crazy boot riders didn't let me have permission, what up wit dat? shoots. Yo, if you wanna check this shit out go to dat crazy site Kitescoop.com This crew is all that...yo betta check yo'self
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
The Mai-Tai Circus comes to town
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Snow and the Big Country