Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Smooth wind

Great wind before swell.

Swing and a miss

Guess what?  We got wind in December.   We almost had a swell...but just a bit outside.  Luckily there is a new one with teeth to bear down us.  Right now its just hitting the outer buoys at 9ft and 21 seconds. The is supposed to get ready for some elite kiteboarding.  Aloha and good luck.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Well we got some wind and the swell is dropping.  It's really the next week it supposed lighten up.  On the good side we got two big swells starting Tuesday.  Then we got wind due to a new high pressure developing.  Good news for December.   Aloha and good luck

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pause...wait for it...huh?

Wind and waves are basically a Maui tradition. Yet, there are new and exciting ways to kite and promote kiting. Gone are the ways of launching on a windy day and going out and having some fun. Indoors is the order of the day. Shoot the shot and sell the you really need to actually kite?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Emanate front

Who's here....well the waves are the way...and so is the wind and rain...but its gonna be big...where are you?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wind report

Ok....we got some wind.  I think tomorrow its going to ramp up and get big.  As for swell...mostly small to medium...every thanksgiving we get a bomber.  Aloha and goodluck

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rodeo Loop

Maybe one of the hardest kite tricks...the Rodeo Loop. The secret to this trick is the size of steer that needs to used. Pick one too big and the loop gets low and lazy. Pick one too small and the loop goes high tight resulted and a short landing. Each bull has a unique name and number used to identify the bull. A sufficient number of bulls, each judged to be of good strength, health, agility, and age, are selected to perform. Duke choose Black eye and Double Barrel. At first sight, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of equipment used during a bull kiting. However, riders use many pieces of equipment both functionally and to ensure maximum safety, both to themselves and to the animals involved. Aloha and good luck


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wrath of kite junk

A little meeting about uprising and wrath.   Today, for no wind its a steady 22...Aloha and good luck

Monday, October 24, 2011

Maui Mini Movie: Kite Junkies

After much it is..Kite Junkies.

Uprising beginning

As you can see we'be made some upgrades for uprising.  We will starting shooting soon.  The plot is in the works and the ideas are here we go.  Aloha and good luck

Friday, October 7, 2011

Patri Rippa

Alright...if you don't know Patri you will. He is a local rider who kills it. Don't kid, he rips on a twin tip as well. Check out the two surf wipe out shots...I filmed that! I'll make you famous...or at least get a B-roll shot. Aloha and Good Luck

North Rider Profile Patri McLaughlin from North Kiteboarding on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 3

KSP One Eye Pro Daily Update: Day 3
Sunday, 25 September 2011 19:54

September 25, 2011: With a solid breeze mid-morning on day three of the KSP One Eye Pro, Round 1 of the men’s division resumed. Kiting on 7- to 9-meter kites, competitors once again had phenomenal waves — 4 to 6 feet (Hawaiian), 8- to 12-foot faces. Scoring each rider on up to 15 waves per heat, judges rated each wave ridden on a scale of .1 to 10 and combined each rider’s two top waves for a total potential score of 20.

Indonesian resident Marc Ramseier (Switzerland) showed a lot of commitment with his powerful, full rail turns in the pulsing surf to score an impressive 9.27 and 8.77 — totaling to 18.04 — the highest score of Round 1. Jesse Richman (Hawaii), Patri McLaughlin (Hawaii/North) and Sky Solbach (USA/North), all riding strapless, scored in the 14- to 16-point range, exhibiting a high degree of speed, power and control with top to bottom surfing. John Amundson (Hawaii/North), Bruno Bordowsky (Brazil) and Oswald Smith (South Africa), riding in straps, also scored in a similar range.

Women’s Round 1 came next. Murdering 12 waves during her 15-minute heat, local wave slayer Ninja Bichler (Germany) scored a remarkable 18.1 for seamlessly linking big arching turns, big hits under the lip, long rides and even some switchstance surfing. Earning 16.06, the second highest score of Women’s Round 1, Ines Correira (Portugal) destroyed her fair share of waves as well.

Before the day’s end, Men’s Round 2 kicked off, featuring head-to-head competition between riders who didn’t advance from Round 1. Of the five heats completed (out of 8), Jeremy Eloy (France/North), 2010 Kite Surf World Champion Guilly Brandao (Brazil), Juan Pabloo Diban (Chile), 2008 World Champion Mitu Monteiro (Cabo Verde) and Bruno Bordowsky (Brazil) advanced. Eloy, Monteiro and Brandao, all riding strapped, were the standouts with scores in the 14.2 to 16.3 range. Brandao attacked the lip with his patented backhand snaps while Eloy opted to keep busy, picking off as many set waves as possible. Monteiro found one of the few cover-ups of the day through the inside bowl on his forehand.

The forecast for tomorrow promises another day of great wind and swell (likely a bit smaller than today, but building in the late afternoon). Conditions permitting, Men’s Round 2 will resume in the a.m., followed by Women’s Round 2 and so forth.

The KSP Mauritius One Eye Pro 2011 is sponsored by the Indian Resort & Spa, MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority), Air Mauritius, Mauritours, Le Gall, Habit, Club Mistral and Silent Partners. The KSP World Tour is supported by ION and Vitamizzer.

If you missed the live broadcast today, please visit to watch all the action-packed heats on demand. All heat results and the upcoming heat order is available at Stay tuned for the next live webcast with live scoring.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Swells Good

After a solid week of surf we are all a little burnt out. As for the next couple of days...looks like the SUP my be back in business. There are two small swells on the way and the trades will be back on Monday late or tuesday. As for the real action is in Mauritius ...This is my fantasy kitesurf team at the Of Coarse, Jesse and Patri are my guys....Go Maui...Aloha and Good Luck






J. Richman Men A08.5
M. Gil Women A09.5
P. McLaughlin Men B07.5
S. Bridge Women B07.5
N. Laviolette Men C02.5
S. Kuiper Women C02.5
By the way, I have no idea who any of the other riders are????



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Smothie groovie

Aloha...looks like a repeat of yesterday...light trades, beautiful weather, and a rising some nw swell...looks like fun. Bring your big kites and surfboards. Aloha and good luck

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Break dance

Aloha...well no wind for the next couple days. An upper level low is killing our trades till the weekend. But..started on thursday we do have a moderate n swell on the way...opening day! Aloha and good luck

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Light sweet crude

Ok windies...looks like the perfect day to try that new trick. Great steady wind out of the ne low 20s. All week looks super fun light trades...bring your medium kites. Aloha and good luck

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Next Generation Kite

Wing or Kite?

Ok windies...well I've been super busy lately with lessons but I finally have a breather to give a little report. I have been making a mega movie for "Maui Mini Movie" It will be out at this fall. So for the past year I have been talking to Monte about his wing. I looks like it has finally been completed. He hasn't set a time for it's first fly time but knowing Monte it should be soon. I know he is looking for more investors. The wing is made out of foam. It was laminated in carbon. As for the dimensions that is a secret. If you have questions about the wing give me a response and I will relay it right to him. Aloha and Good Luck

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fly N fish 2

Ok it's on come on down 4th and we will see who can bag the biggest fish while kiting. Aloha and Good Luck

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Just seeing you all are paying attention. Been working on a mega a little report for you. Aloha and good luck

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Maui Mini Movie: Bones Brigade

Ok Windies this is one I whipped out. There is a lot of water shots and different perspectives going on, the original title was "altered states". Toast and I were going for some back and forth viewpoints. Each shot had a different angle. The Jonnyboy shot at the end was a classic. I heard about Jim Bones and thought I would lend a hand, so I changed the title and asked Caprice to do a short talk about his situation. So, many things can happen in a week when it's blowing 40 all the time. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why I like

Check out this video. This is why I like strapless surfboard better than strapped. There is so much more area to grow. It is unbelievable watching the straplees 3's. Sick! Aloha and Good Luck


Friday, May 20, 2011

What I Got

I don't got a lot. Destiny has brought me here with my wife and dog in tow. I got a nice place, older cars, kites and boards, lots of boards. My loving wife helps me tend to it all. I also got a beach, camera and some people who are starting to believe in my shots. I only have to walk out in front of my office everyday to get the best kiters in the world. I got great surf and great wind most of the time and I am blessed. I love to make Maui Mini Movies and I am stoked to give them to you. I am an open book, so if you like something or don't shoot me an email and I will try harder. "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?" my mentor once told me from a quote from Steve Jobs. Well, I already sold sugar water. Aloha and Good Luck

TRANSMISSIONS from 360 To Nowhere on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Strapless in Oahu

Love to see the boys over there still throwing some hard turns strapless. I know I am a purest, so anytime I see a hard tail being thrown, a lip being cracked or some sort or air on the wave or out the back I keep a keen eye out for straps. If I see anything that resembles straps the move loses it's potency. I think that straps have there place, but not after April and not before October. Never where straps before Labor Day. Aloha and Good luck

Strapless at Mokuleia - Felix, Adriana, Reo from adriana harlan on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shawn's New Move 2

SO, it was a day not so many like many others. An afternoon where the wind cranks up to 30+, Toast cracking 50 to 60 foot airs, and Shawn Richman showing up for the late session. I had heard a couple of days earlier Shawn had done a triple cork. Now, my buddy Peter and I had to get it on film. Not the best day to shoot pics, but not so bad for a quick video of the newest move in kiting. So, here you go, check it and leave a comment to suggest a the trick name. Aloha and good luck

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jump Around

Ok...Today wasn't the windiest day of the year, but it was the right direction for some super big boosts. I thinks I hit the 35ft mark on a double bounce jump. If you don't know what a double bounce is a MKBR definition: 1: A double bounce is when you boost above the pro pool trees hitting a second pocket of wind giving you an elevator bounce up an extra five to ten feet resulting in a tingling sensation in your testicles. Doubles bounces occur thirty feet or higher. 2: Jumping extra big and top looping to stop your jumps regression and double bouncing back up. I was riding and jumping with Toast today, and here is a vid of him jumping 72 feet....I wonder where my testicles would end up after 50 feet? Aloha and Good Luck.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Miracle Lip

Hey, Hey, Hey

Everyone wants to do the big trick. A couple of days ago Chuck tried to hammer out Shawn Richman's Miracle Whip...Hand-dragger with back roll transition with an additional back flip. Chuck looked like he had this one wired but came up short. He got a board in the lip and three stitches. I love in commercials when they say, " Don't try this at home." Well, Chuck tried and actually rode out of a few...but this one got him in the lip. The general rule is you have to do the trick 90 times before it is natural. Only 86 more to go...Aloha and good luck

Next Maui Mini Movie coming soon..The boys from Naish came to town...Naish em' up Derby

Sunday, April 10, 2011

10 Secret Signs of Kite Addiction

1. Quantity control: Over time, a higher tolerance to kites and kiting leads people with addiction problems to increase the quantity and frequency of kiting without showing signs of being out of control.
2. Hide-and-seek: Over time, kiting addicts develop a network of hiding places to stash their kites and boards from their loved ones. There may even be a sense that the family member is "guarding" their kites. Outbursts of temper may ensue if someone disturbs the private territory.
3. The disappearing act: When it comes to kite addiction and buying the latest kites, items don't so much appear around the house as disappear. The need for money and the desperation of addiction make anything fair game. They'll sell anything belonging to family and friends to get money to buy kites.
4. A head start: Kiting alone before going out with friends is a big red flag, experts say. Kiters want to appear to be just like their friends in public, but their tolerance is much higher, so they have to kite a lot more.
5. Tricks and manipulations: Hiding a kite addiction leads to constant subterfuge. Kiters will often kite before and/or after a social event: graduations, weddings and funerals just to name a few.
6. The money magnet: Just about any unusual money behavior can tip families off to kiting abuse, experts say. Bills may pile up unopened, or someone might suddenly start selling possessions on eBay when he or she has never done so before. The manic periods of elation from kiting can send people on buying sprees. Other tip-offs: Asking friends for loans or using a family member's credit card without asking.
7. A narrower world: As kite addiction takes hold, it tends to block out other interests and activities that used to be important sources of pleasure and fulfillment.
8. Missing in action: Becoming unreliable and secretive is a trademark of the kite addict. They start to forget appointments, miss important events, roll in late to work or school.
9. The storyteller: Would it surprise you to know that someone who proclaims dramatically that he hasn't done a new trick in two weeks is probably a kite addict? It shouldn't; telling stories to yourself and others is a natural reaction for someone who can't admit he has a kiting problem. Even more frustrating, he may not even know they're stories; so rather than confess to a missed trick, he makes up a story about it.
10. The blame game: The craziness that overtakes beaches when a kite addict is riding too much can feel like a contagious disease. The reason? The need to deny the addiction leads to an epidemic of blame. The blame game ups the conflict level at the beach; a formerly peaceful beach can begin to feel like a war zone. But the conflicts are always the fault of someone who is better.
Aloha and Good Luck

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Under the Sea


I am not there yet. Last Maui Mini Movie I learned. The idea of video in the water and for that matter right in the line-up, true to the action. It was an amazing experience and I would love to do it again. I am learning. So, I am saving. It may not be tomorrow, but it will happen, oh yes it will happen. Everything, started with a Go-Pro. If you have one get creative, and go out and get some shots. Aloha and Good Luck

Erik Hjermstad-InnerViews from on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maui Mini Movie: Alien vs Predator

This was probably the funnest movie to shoot. I got some really gnarly days that turned out to be really extreme. The water housing was really neat to use. I really think I could be addicted to the housing. Could I swim one of those bad-boys out to lanes on a big day....we shall see. Aloha and Good Luck

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Swells well

Ok windies...looks super fun for the am...we have some foreshadow swell rolling in..and its blowing pretty good. Small to medium kites will be the order of the day. Bring those surfboards cause it's gonna get big. Aloha and good luck

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Big Picture

Get your lines ready!!!?

This morning I got two new kite magazines to peruse for my morning routine. Just as usual, I was looking at all the pictures, read some of the articles and laugh at the gear reviews. I got a little deeper and saw subject that has been passed around kite beach: group kiting. The idea that there has a be a big event to draw thousands of kiters to kite together for some race, event or charity is ludicrous. I was talking my buddy Kacey yesterday and the BVI kite jam came up. According to him, there is a small number of kiters on the island. Real Kiteboarding shows up at their doorstep with 300 hundred kiters. Can you imagine trying to get a session in at your local break. Then, I was looking at the La Ventana crossing, and was amazed by all the kites jamming out to the island and back. This recent trend is disturbing. The most laughable "kite party" is someone is trying to organize a world record kite crossing here on Maui. Let's not forget the Mai-Tai event in May. Sad, but true.

Realistically, these are all good in spirit, but reality do nothing for the local kiter or community at large. I come from a surfing background and the main objective was to escape from the crowds, not join them. All these clinics, jams, events seem to always be put on by outsiders trying to cash in, whether through straight-up money or indirect advertising. For me, I always love to take to on the lone wolf, ready for action to do some lessons, not the masses flapping like locusts devouring the countryside.

If you need me, I'll be downwind, in front of the myself or with a friend or two...Aloha and Good Luck

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day of Days: Tsunami Sessions

Some days are not like others. The energy on the day of the tsunami was chaotic, you could just feel it in the air. After having ten plus people crash at my house, I was fatigued, over exhausted and just wired out. We drove down to the beach just to check things out. I basically made one of my worst movies that has recently got more than 12000 hits on You Tube. People want to know.
I didn't want to drive home yet, all the beaches were closed, just a quick check of Lanes. We arrived to see only kites up. The windsurfers were locked out and only the brave ones dropped off the rock to get out. Lanes, nasty old lanes was open, and the kiters were on it. I walked out to the point, cringing of how perfect it was and shot some film.
Only once in a long while this happens: The Point and Middles being dominated by kiters. Usually, the horn sounds by the lifeguards, and you have to go down wind to Lanes. But today, with every beach closed it was the Super Session that ever Maui kiter has been looking for...epic Point. In Maui we are blessed with great people, a beautiful culture and insane wind and waves. Watching all the events in Japan our thoughts and prayers go out to them. If you can donate a little money. Aloha, good luck ,watch and enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Maui Mini Movie: Peahi All-Stars

OK.. Check out this Maui Mini Movie Syndication of Peahi All-Stars. I didn't realize how big this swell was and we have another moderate one on the way. Beautiful filming videography and editing by Heather Hobler. Check out those monsters rolling in and the crazy paddle guys ramping over the top...really scary!!! I need to find a sponsor to get my ass out there and do some filming. I love all the shots from the cliff. I just want to say that I really respect all these chargers whether paddle, SUP, tow-in, windsurf or kite. The Peahi All-Stars did it again! Aloha and Good Luck

peahi all-stars from hjh on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jaws Nation

The perfect view

Destruction and Redemption

Are you a part of the Jaws Nation? Most of us aren't. But, is sure is cool watching. Monday, as reported, there was an out of season late swell the pounded the North and West shores of Hawaii. Jaws, the great equalizer, was in full swing. There were many star watermen who graced the peak. This day the line-up included: Tow-In, SUP, paddle-in, windsurfers and a rare presence of some kiters. There were faces up to 30 feet and some even larger. Luckily for us, Peter McGowan was out there documenting these sick shots for us. Kai Lenny pulled the trifecta: SUP, windsurfed and towed the trecherous peak. All pictures by: check out his site. Mahalo Peter! Aloha and good luck.