Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Maui: Stand Up Paddle Surfing, Maui Wave Riders and Loco Moco

Maui was a great getaway from the June gloom of San Diego. A quick flight (four bloody marys and a couple bags of peanuts) and you're there- landing on a windy, fragrant island. And the water's warm too. 

We were fortunate to have a friend on the island, Ina Tagaloa. Ina played host to us during the stay, showing us around the island, setting up boards everyday and showing us the best places to eat. I can not begin to adequately describe the hospitality and warmth that Ina shared with us. I hope that someday I'll get a chance to show my new friend around - and maybe stick an extra ten pounds on him as repayment! 

Here's a few extra photos from Maui:

Maui Wave Riders corporate office- does this qualify as the best cubicle in the world? Ina works for Maui Wave Riders and it was through them that were able to get boards and paddles everyday. If you ever get over to Maui, make it a point to stop by and see the brand new shop that they are building- and check out their complete line of stand up boards and paddles. They are definitely good people.
MWR location, right across the street from Kalama's a surf spot that has to be THE best place to learn to surf or stand up paddle on Maui- their new building is going to be killer. 

Summer time is the brutal season for surf on Maui- brutal meaning it's tough to find waves. Our secret weapon was Ina- he'd know where to go each day. Let's get this straight- it was small- but it was super fun and the water was warm. Here's something else to know, everybody surfs on the islands; girls, grandpas, grandmas, uncles, aunties, kids, rippers... everyone. It's cool to see how they all get along- and how well they all surf.
It's called Loco Moco and I cannot resist it...
South swells have to sneak in to Maui- but they do and it's fun to stand up surf there.

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