Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shark Attack at Kahului

Red Water

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

Swiss Cheese




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

Multiverse:esrevitluM

Today, I had a SUP session at Lowers. Little did I know, my twin was on the other side of the planet riding and SUP as well. If you really look at my twin, and that sweet beard, he is a gooferfooter, I am regular. A couple times I felt a glitch in the system as I went right and he went left, each on a parallel course from a center point drawing lines away from each other. My ears popped, eyes bulged, and released some gas; then I reverted back to my normal status of sucking at SUP. He, on the other hand, caught a super long left and got barrelled at the end of the movie.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Deep Blue

Looking deep into my crystal ball, what do I see. Well, some forecasts would have you believe there isn't going to be wind until Friday. Nyet. Looking deeper, I find some nice conditions coming in starting Tuesday, and I dare say maybe even Monday late. How dare I predict this. On low end of a forecast predicted by a massive computer system where everyone follows like buffalo off a cliff, it is wrong and I am right. Let's look past all the media induced hypnosis, I take an embryonic approach and it works. So, watch and learn.
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

The Great Escape

Old Man Winter

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 date changed to 21 December


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

Jonnyboy...this is some funny shit again

Jonnyboy told about these guys from the mainland, I think Montana. This guy had minimum kite experience, loving the reef off Lanes. I love the way he tries to put his board on in 2 inches of water in the midst of a shorepound on a razor sharp reef. My buddy KC is constantly amazed about how little reaction there is when people breakdown at Kitebeach. Really, working and kiting on the Northshore is like working at a demolition project. Sure, in the beginning it is neat, then the carnage becomes ordinary almost mundane. The faces change, but the same stupid things happen over and over.

Bloody Lanes - Debauchery of Kitesurfing Maui from Jon McCabe on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's just a question

Is there going to be wind tomorrow? Today was fantastic! Sorry, I didn't know. I looked at four different forecasts and still don't know. I got a call from my boss at 10:30 am saying there was wind: I was in the middle of my soap operas and looked at the OGG wind: V-3 mph N. I ran outside, and saw the caps from the chateau. Shit. The Maui Kitebeach Report isn't perfect. That's impossible! How am I supposed to be reliable source? Luckily, I am at the beach everyday, so if you trust me...I will let you know what the wind will be tomorrow....windy

Friday, December 10, 2010

Windsurfers vs Kitesurfers

A fight over the rights

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
http://www.mauiwindsurfing.net/2010/11/maui-kitesurfing-vs-windsurfing/

Deep thoughts


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.
http://www.mauiwindsurfing.net/2010/11/maui-kitesurfing-vs-windsurfing/
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Aloha and good luck

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Trades in the Future

Ok windies...here is the update: We got Kona's. The surf has been superfun. But, on the horizon...Maui Kitebeach Report 2.0 is coming out soon. I am changing the format. There is going to be a little more consistantancy with the blog report. On Tuesday and Friday there will be a weather and surf report. Then on Sunday a once a week The Kite Line: A look into Kitebeach personalities. As usual, there will still be the Maui Mini Movie periodically. Then a little different interactive format for the site: Trickstarr, a program to help the average kiter improve. In the future, I am hoping to add the Maui KB session log. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to leave a comment. Aloha and good luck r528

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Flip the switch

videoOk windies, today the wind and the surf has really dropped off. The wind is doing the winter dance and going from trades to kona. So, tomorrow through the full week the wind will lighten then blow strong konas. As for the surf, right now it's waist to shoulder high. The surf will will take a hiatus and then north swell will bang in on wednesday. Aloha and good luck

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kids

The boys did a great job on this one. Aaron doing a great job and ripping too.

Winds of Kahului from Aaron Blankenbyl on Vimeo.

Quik Cast for next week

A series of gales is developing all tracking fast just north of Hawaii then build as they move east and out of the swell window. Limited sideband windswell possible. But of more interest is a gale that tracked just barely off Kamchatka on Tues (10/29) with 40 kt west winds and 26 ft seas, with much 25 kt westerly follow-on fetch pushing over the dateline with seas in the 18 ft range Thurs-Sat (10/23). 11 sec windswell to be the result. This is all the direct result of a shift to the Active Phase of the Madden Julian Oscillation, and is expected to continue for the next 2-3 weeks. Long term another moderate gale is forecast tracking over the dateline Sun-Tues (10/26) with 26 ft seas initially west of the dateline, then fading while pushing well north of the Islands. More modest sized northwest swell is possible late week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Guessing game????

videoIs there wind? You all know I like the whole place to myself. So do you take a risk or sit on your ass and watch tv. To be or not be...the answer is....you'll just have to wait. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just another rainy day

videoOk...it's raining. The winds are light and outta the ne about 4 to 8. The surf is starting to show. As the day goes on, the surf is going to get bigger, just below advisory level. The wind forecast is varible. My personal opinion is the if it starts to clear the wind...if it stays rainy..well you know the story... Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Ring

When I watched this I assumed that the 2012 and Mayan calendar was correct, gloom and doom. A post apocalyptic surf world. The music was wild and strange. It was hypnotic...a ring of perfect surf. But, luckily, I already have this...it's called a kite. I really don't have to go in circle...wait...yes I do, if I want to come back home. Trippy.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Journey


This is so close to us. At the end of this year, Maui is banning all plastic bags. I know we are a small island, it's a good start. Get started, and get the reusable bags next time you shop. Aloha and good luck!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hand Built...makes you think

More Air
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.....

HPO Flight from U of T Engineering on Vimeo.

Surf n turf

Ok windies...a quick wind report. A little light, a little morning sickness. Well, here we go. The surf is running about 3 to 6 with a north swell running. The wind is still light out of the ne about 30 degrees, 10 to 14 mph. We are just waiting for the initial bump and then we are on for the next week.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Light wind ruler

Toast on a 15

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

Waves




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 7, 2010

Weekly report

videoSo it's been a long busy summer. I have been slammed doing lessons and slacked off a little. But, the good news is...the winter is coming. So, that means surf. I will giving more reports as the winter begins to light up! Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Carbon copy

videoAlright windies...everything looks about the same as yesterday...moderate trades in the mid to upper 20's. This looks like the trend for the next week. Morning medium and steady then in the afternoon it pops up to the high 20's. Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Great week ahead

videoOk summer is winding down and thw wind has been awesome. We got a nip of a swell but still twin tip conditions. Looks like a great week ahead. Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A little east

videoOk windies, looks pretty fun. It's running in the mid 20s and kinda east. Overall looks great. Aloha and good luck

Monday, August 16, 2010

Maui Mini Movie: String Theory

Just rockin up a new movie... The summer has been long, hot, and windy. It's been flat a long time now. Grinding out lessons has been a double edged sword. Great students, hot weather. Everyday though, there is a a new trick in the back. Big air and big loops are call of the day. Here is my new movie...been grinding a long time now, ready for winter and surf.
Toast and the Pop

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

quick Report


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

superunloader

videoOk after a breif haitus i'm back. The winds are coming back as well. Look for a couple of days of big wind then a small drop. Overall I would expect bringing down my small kites. It's getting close to surf season...aloha and good luck

Monday, August 2, 2010

Forecast

Strong surface high to the north of the state to do a little dance over the coming days, wobbling around, changing positions, but never-the-less remaining pretty much the same. Thus, it looks like your basic summer-time trade wind pattern persisting through the upcoming week. Models suggest the trade wind speeds may drop a notch from their current level, although they're still likely to be very healthy. A weak upper trough indicated in the models replacing ridging aloft over the islands tomorrow into Tuesday, suggesting some increasing instability (or at least a deeper trade wind layer), which should result in increased windward and mauka showers...assuming the moisture is available for them. Nothing out of the ordinary though, as far as showers are concerned.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Jonnyboy's new movie

Kite Beach Chaos Volume 2 from Jon McCabe on Vimeo.

The Gusties


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 rocket528@hotmail.com. Aloha and Good luck

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lights on

videoOk windies, it's light. Now the trend will be like this for a couple more days. I would suggest that you bring all your kites. No surf, except a little bump on south shore wednesday. Aloha and good luck

Friday, July 23, 2010

memorex

Ok I shot a video...not sure if google fixed the problem. So, wind looks pretty good. Ne 40degees about 18 plus. Wind for the weekend race series looks great. Aloha and good luck

live

videoLooks fun

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Naish Race Series

The Race series last week was super fun. Maybe, if you are lucky, I will enter the surfboard division!!!

northy

Ok windies, today the wind is still out of the north and right now it is blow a steady 18. I see some high clouds which leads me to believe it won't get above 30. Overall looks like great medium kite weather. The surf disappeared. There are whispers of a south kicking on the other, so make your choice. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A little more

Taking a look at the West Maui Mountains it looks like a light day...but a little more then yesterday . It looks like the low 20's, so look for a push. Our friend the surf is gone, sadly. It will return in a couple of weeks to keep us honest. Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Get going

Ok there's surf again....but the wind is light. So hopeflly we get a boost. Bring all your kites today, you never know. So, wish for the best.... Aloha and good luck

Sunday, July 11, 2010

waves

I can't believe it...there's waves!! Ok the wind is a little light but there is a little bump..yeeehaw to play with. So if you are here come on down. Aloha and good luck

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sushi on the Rock

Watch this...then after the successful Fly N Fish kitefishing tournament.

Maui Mini Movie: Sushi on the Rock from Rick Dobrowski on Vimeo.

In coming

Ok windies, the wind forcast was pinch off as the trades are going to stay a little lighter. The waiting period has begun as a small swath of waves may shoot this way. Keep your eyes on the horizon cause there may be a bump or two rolling in for the weekend. 20mph plus for today at 50 degrees from the ene. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

quick Report

An area of weak low pressure formed east of Japan a few days ago and has been slowly edging toward the east-northeast. Another low pushing off from Kamchatka is expected to help fuel this system into a decent out-of-season gale just east of the international dateline and south of the central Aleutian Islands over the next few days. If the model predictions are correct, this system will occlude and could send a fun-sized north-northwest swell toward Hawai`i, arriving around Saturday and lasting for several days. We shouldn’t expect too much, but it should be safe to say that we would see a round of much needed overhead surf. Keep those fingers crossed.

Another crossing

Great job Paul and Aaron. Seeing history being made is awesome.

‘Alenuihāhā channel kite crossing from Paul Franco on Vimeo.

Steady as she goes

Aloha this is rick with mauikitebeachreport . Ok the winds stay consistant and are blowing out of the north at 18 to 22 from about 40+ degrees. By the afternoon is should get in the low 30's. Overall looks like another great day. Aloha and good luck

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Get wrecked

Maui Mini Movie: Blood on the Reef

In the beginning, Jonny get's caught in a death spiral. Watch and laugh at all the antics. Aloha

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fly N Fish




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

My buddy Carson wrote this check it out...maybe buy it.. bulathebook.com
Bula  book cover
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. Bula the BoatA 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.


Sunken barge
Half-sunken barge inside the lagoon of Fanning Island

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Trying to get back on

So, no reports lately. Well, it's summer and the trades are going to be on as far as the eye can see. Now, here is blogger explaination:
"The problem was caused by human error. One of our datacenters inadvertently had the wrong server configuration when we performed our regular service update. Once we figured this out, we corrected the problem quickly.
We are in the process of adding additional monitoring that will prevent this kind of outage from recurring.
We are truly sorry for any inconveniences this might have caused you. In the meantime, we will try harder to make Blogger a more reliable service."
Heeeehaw!!!! Live reports as soon as they fix it...Aloha

Friday, June 18, 2010

Steady as a mule

videoOk windies, the wind will stay in the moderate range for a couple more days. Steady 20's with tiny surf will be the trend. Kite sizes 8 to 12. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Trifecta perfecta

videoWe got all three...surfer, great wind and kickers...so bring your whole quiver down. Today is the tweener day and tomorrow is going to ramp up a bit. Get it now...aloha and good luck.

Monday, June 14, 2010

There's a kicker

videoOk windies, the wind is pretty light right now, but it will ramp up as midday approaches. Today will be in the loow 20's and there is some small surf. Looks like a light and easy day. Aloha and good luck

lanes

videoLooks fun...get out there

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Down we go...

Today, was a super fun day, but for more reasons than usual. Me and a bunch of friends did a downwinder. Now, now the funny thing is, I am used to riding upwind, so muscles were backwards. We launched from a secret location. You have to go out 2 miles out by the airport, in the blue water. There was small surf along the way, and the wind was moderate to light. If you want to do a downwinder, Maui is the place. Here is Paul Franco, he is an instructor from KSM, the school next ours doing a down winder. This downwinder is just a "bit" longer than ours. It's good to see kiting going in this direction.
Big Down Winder

Lanai Crossing 2010 from Paul Franco on Vimeo.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Aloha friday

videoOk windies, the high pressure has weakened just a hair making the wind a little more managable. The direction is great at 50 degrees. As the day goes on the wind speed wind increase and maybe get atouch gusty.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blow me down

videoThe winds are growling, super east and just plain nasty. If you do decide to go to waiehu bring a medium kite, and watch out for that reef... Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Maui Mini Movie: Pro Pool Presence

Alright, I actually moved over to the Pro Pool for some footage this week. I needed some shade. The kiting was unreal and Jesse vs Jonnyboy on skies really never happened. But, I'm going put that on Kiteforum. Youtube shacked me on the song so if you see it on youtube it's some Snoop song. The slow-mo effects took me some time; I think I am going to add one or two a movie. I hope you enjoy...

Maui Kiteboarding: Pro Pool Presence from Rick Dobrowski on Vimeo.

On fire

videoOk windies the winds have fired up once again. Small kites only, looks like its going to get to 40, so hold on tight. Aloha and good luck

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nice and steady

videoOk windies, looks like that day you see in the magazines or movies. Blue water steady winds and clear skies. Get it while the gettins good, cause the gusties are on the way... Aloha and good luck

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Send in your report

This report is from the master photographer Peter Mcgowan. Check out his photos at www.petermcgowanphotography.com. He is a fan of the repor, so here you go....
Massachusetts Report

Friday, June 4, 2010

Last One: Get ready for next!

Alright, all the rest on the .00001% of the planet Mai-Tai is coming back next year. Check out this Forbes video and have a laugh. I spotted some of my friends in the video. Count on next year double the size of this year...so it will really suck.
Yikes

Work onsomething new

videoOk the wind is more of a breeze, but looks great. A quick shout out to my wife, looks like 11 conditions. Aloha and good luck

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Susi Strikes Back

After "Eat the Rich" it was reported the Susi Mai wasn't well represented. So, check out this video. She throws some pizzazz on them rails. We really can't have any rails here on Maui, they'd blow away. So check out her and the Kite Scoop crew slippin and sliding on plastic.
Mai Crew

Susi's Sessions from Kite Scoop on Vimeo.



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

Small axe

videoOk windies, the high pressure is starting to diminish, but there still are winds today. Again, I think we may just crack the 25mph mark. Looks smoothe and gentle for now. No surf, low tide 1133 am aloha and good luck

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer starter

videoOk windies, the wind right now is a beautiful 22 from about 45 to 50 from the notheast. It looks like its going to be a super fun day. Look for the lighter trade trend. Aloha and good luck

Monday, May 31, 2010

Eat the Rich

If you were here this last week, there was an invasion. The Mai-Tai clinic, seminar, social, or whatever you call it blew in. I have mixed feelings about it. My first thoughts are that it is a nice boost for the local economy. But, as I saw so many kites in trees, kites into kites, out of control kiters and just plain overcrowding, I was alerted to facts that many kite spots that are very impacted. Here in Maui we are spoiled, that is a fact. But I saw a taste of the dark side, if Maui gets urban sprawled, mega-condoed out or just plain overexposed, I am sure that this is the future. I picked this song for a reason, and you can guess why. Just a little social comment for our friends who came to visit.
The Mai-Tai Circus comes to town

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A whole different game

Today was awesome. The surf came back and I had the whole place to myself for 45 minutes. Anyways, after a while Jonnyboy came out for a visit me in the surf. We had a great time. Jonnyboy, during the winter months is a snow-kite instructor. He made this movie. It is awesome, but it is a totally different game with the same rules. Check out the snow, and enjoy...
Snow and the Big Country

Kickers and surf

videoAlright, windies and surf rats, the surf came back for a brief stint. If you noticed the wind backed down the last couple of days, well that was due to a front that slid on by, dropping some head high waves to play with. Nothing to big, but I did bring my surf board.... Aloha and good luck

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Light and friendly

videoOk windies, looks like another beautiful day. Light trades return to kite beach. As for swell, there is a bump on the horizon but don't expect too much. My guess is for some whitewash on the boneyard. High tide 205 pm. Aloha and good luck