We took a drive along Highway 36 past the Kahului Airport in the direction of Hana in Maui one morning to catch the surfing action at Ho’okipia Beach. This is one of Maui’s world-class surfing and windsurfing spots, popular amongst local and tourists. There was a distinct aroma of Hawaii emanating the air as we approach (I think you can guess). By agreement, the surfers have the ocean to themselves until around 1PM, then it belongs to the windsurfers. Windsurfing has evolved to kiteboarding where Kanaha Beach is Maui’s hot spot.
This picture reminds all that wave and rip currents can be rather treacherous. Although the waves were not as high as we have seen during our visits, they did look powerful and eventually crashed onto a rock corral shore which certainly could do some severe damage to the un-prepared.
Photo Tip – most of the windsurfing and surfing shots were taken with a Nikon D7000, ISO 400, equipped with a 70-200mm f2.8 Nikon Lens and a Nikon 2x Doubler. All of this was mounted on a tripod which only had one leg extended (ie improvised Mono-Pod) so we could pan the camera to follow the action. All shots were captured in RAW for maximum flexibility in Post Processing.
Thanks for you kind visit and come back soon!