Ho’okipa Beach Park is an internationally known beach in the northern part of Maui, where the informed few go not to get in the water but to watch the action. The beach is particularly exciting during the winter months when the waves of Hawaii are relentless. So at the beginning of this winter season, me and my friends Joy and Irish island hopped from O’ahu to Maui and headed straight for this beach: one of the most highly sought-after venue to ride the wind. It’s here where the windsurfers blew our minds at the Makani Classic windsurfing competition.
The beach itself is not a big one, compared to the others that surrounds it. Basically it’s just a small strip along a main highway. The parking lot is on a bluff overlooking the beach and ocean below. Several covered picnic areas with bar-b-que grills are available. There is even a small cove for the little ones to play. But be aware the sand here is mostly coarse and the currents in the water are typically strong. This beach is not a place meant for weak swimmers or even the faint of heart.
For us, we were lucky. We went to watch the competition on a Saturday (the only weekend of the competition), when on that exact day, the male professionals were competing. And sure enough we got to watch a great show. We even ended up in Levi Silver’s tent area to watch part of the it with his friends, unknowing that he was a hot shot in the sport. It was overall a great day with strong winds, sunny skies, and high waves. The conditions made the ticks and maneuvers at this windsurfing freestyle competition even more exciting to watch.
Between my two friends and I, we were able to take close to a thousand photos of the competition. As sunset was approaching, the sky began turning overcast, while the wind just kept getting stronger. And that’s when my favorite photo of the entire competition (above) was shot. It shows exactly how rough the waters are here and how incredible these athletes looked on their colorful sails.
I’ve been to several surfing competition in my lifetime. Having grown up in Hawaii, it was part of our culture, but this was my first ever windsurfing competition. It took me a while to go to one because I had always believed, before seeing this spectacle, that windsurfing was like surf cheating. I thought since the wind usually kept the rider upright that it wasn’t fair. But, I learned that while the wind helps, it also adds a bit of difficulty. That indeed they do actually surf the wave, too. The wind only adds fun. I suppose in the end, it’s how you look at it.
It’s good to note that the windsurfers are not only here during the competition. They’re actually here most of the year. In addition you’ll also see kite surfers, paddle boarders, and surf boarders. There is always something to watch at this beach.
Turns out, we weren’t the only ones enjoying the show. Wild sea turtles of the Pacific ocean are often found here as well, either swimming in the water or laying on the sands. But on the day we went, we didn’t get too excited with the turtles. Because we fell in love with this dog. The expression on her face is priceless. Can’t you tell by her wind-swept fur that she too, was blown away at Ho’okipa!Blown Away at Maui’s Ho’okipa Beach "If you like this post, you might like these, too:"