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sergem



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:56 pm    Post subject: Hawaii spots for an intermediate? Reply with quote

Hi All,

Where should an intermediate go to sail in Hawaii, any island, say in August?

Intermediate being waterstarting and 10% planing jibes. Most used board Mistral Syncro 115 on a 5.2 sail. Can do low-wind tack, helitack on 145L easily, on 115 sometimes Smile. Just starting jumping. Didn't ever do waves.

Most of the spots I hear is hardcore waves, which only leaves Kanaha on Maui, but I hear it is crowded there like 3rd ave on Friday evening Smile Oh, and a decent rental spot nearby please.

Thank you for help!
Sergey
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carl



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sergey,
In August there's usually not much waves at Kanaha (Maui), it's mostly flat like Coyote. The waves are Oct thru May, mostly in winter. Even with waves, at Kanaha it's easy to get outside thru the wide channel. There's more chance of waves at Hookipa or Sprecks so Kanaha is your place. Kanaha has a nicer beach too. Kihei is nice too without the crowd, flat water (unless there's a south swell).

You may want to try a smaller board though, I'm 200lbs and usually sail a 90L board with a 5.0 in August. All the rental shops on Maui have good stuff and are close to Kanaha. It mostly depends on what brands you want to demo. The prices are almost the same (+/- $20 per week).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Serge,

Typically in August at Kanaha (Maui) you don't get much in the way of big waves, mostly wind generated swells which makes conditions great for learning wave sailing or open water bump and jump type sailing. The trade winds are typically consistent in August so there is a good chance of sailing almost everyday. I've sailed there the past two summers in early August and the crowds really were not that bad. There is plenty of room on the water and you can easily sail upwind or downwind of any real crowds which are mostly on the weekends. Beach starts are easy with small shore break and often there are small waves on the reefs you can try wave sailing on or you can simply sail through the openings in the reef and avoid them. Also, there are lifeguards at Kanaha with rescue skis if you break down. Talk to some rental shops, try Hawaiian Islands Sports (highly recommend) and Kanaha Kai (closest to Kanaha Beach Park). Rentals are about $30 to $35 per day for really sweet 2006/2007 gear. Go for the trip to Maui, if you can water start, you'll have a blast. If you're still not confident in your ability, take a lesson out there and you'll improve greatly.

Rob
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madmax7



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:09 am    Post subject: trip to Maui Reply with quote

Man I'm envious, just got back and try going everyyear, wish I could go with you...
Maui is place to go, When you drive away from airport you'll start to see rental shops, and ask them where the next one is...
Kanaha is a good place to get started, you got the skills, the only thing to adjust to is the high wind, is not as dramatic as the Gorge but almost.
when it blows it starts close to 20 in the am and by noon its gusting to almost 30 with upper gusts till 2ish, then it starts to back off a little to the point that many people quit by 3.30 cause they dont want to adjust their sail. But often you get it to come back a bit between 4 to 5ish pm. without the high upper gusts (nice sailing, more relaxed).
Once you get used to this dont shy away from Sprecks, at least go check it out, and then check Hookipa.
Forget other islands, nothing wrong with them, but Maui has so much to offer,
Also crowds are not so bad...
enjoy,
Ps dont forget your sunscreen
Embarassed
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coyotewindsurf



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Hawaii spots for an intermediate? Reply with quote

sergem wrote:

Where should an intermediate go to sail in Hawaii... Oh, and a decent rental spot nearby please.



Sergey, Maui of course! Don't sweat it. You've got more than enough skill to do Sprecks to Kanaha! Summer wind there is a "blast". NeilPryde Maui is a great place to rent and there are plenty of others.
Don't forget to strap on the helmetcam so you can share the experience with us later!


mo
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coachg



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The spot on Oahu is Kailua. Great place for intermediate. No hotells in Kailua, so you have to rent a house, but it is worth it. There are three companies that rent right on the beach, but Naish is the best. With Lanikai right next to it, you have the two beaches that are consistantly rated number one in Hawaii.

Coachg
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sergem



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you guys, you just made my life easier!
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spyder



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coachg wrote:
The spot on Oahu is Kailua. Great place for intermediate. No hotells in Kailua, so you have to rent a house, but it is worth it. There are three companies that rent right on the beach, but Naish is the best. With Lanikai right next to it, you have the two beaches that are consistantly rated number one in Hawaii.

Coachg


my only caution is the wind can be flakey in august... but then again, this equation holds =

Flakey = (usually-Flakey x might-be-Flakey) but can sometimes also equal skunk. Rolling Eyes

maui might be a better choice this time of year. maybe break up the trip into oahu & maui.
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carl



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spyder,
What are the best months for wind at Kailua?

Also when is that Maui-Oahu car ferry starting operations?
It'd be nice to just drive over when it looks windy.
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spyder



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

carl wrote:
Spyder,
What are the best months for wind at Kailua?

Also when is that Maui-Oahu car ferry starting operations?
It'd be nice to just drive over when it looks windy.


haha, funny question. ok, the best serious answer is May-July. Although this May was pretty awful for wind. We had like one good blow that lasted less than a week. It is blowing now...
The spring wasn't too bad, but quite a few dead days. Maui of course has been blasting and making us drool.

As for the SuperFerry, it is scheduled to start this July.
Here is a article on it..

http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-ferry18mar18
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