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Women In Paddling

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Maui's Downwinder

Accept life more as an ADVENTURE than a plan! Adventures are way more fun!  That is our motto at Kristy Murphy’s Siren Surf Adventures, and a big reason why people like to come surf with Kristy and I on our retreats is because we definitely put the A in Adventure.  When we aren’t doing our surf and SUP tours, Kristy and I basically live our lives the same way we live during our retreats so our lives have become an exciting day-to-day reality where we get to do amazing activities.  We don’t do a lot of planning but somehow the activities never end, and I think it’s because of our “When in Rome” attitude.  A “When in Rome” moment came on another outer-island trip to Maui, we took later in the summer.  Our great friends Megan Abubo and Lani Gomes, two amazing water women, asked us to accompany them on an 8 mile stand up paddle “downwinder.”  The “Maliko Run”, commonly sup’d or prone paddled by Maui locals, is a gorgeous route with the wind at your back, deep open ocean crystal clear water beneath, and Maui’s countryside in your peripheral.  WHAT and AWESOME adventure.  We completed it in about an hour’s time.  Catching open ocean swells on a 14 foot SUP board in pristine water with turtles and other sea life that we shall not name was one of the adventures of my life.  Many MAHALOS to Lani and Megan for making that dream come true.  Mahalo to Kialoa for making the best paddles ever.  When you're paddling distance you want a light paddle that feels great in your hand and doesn't give you cramps.  I don't ever want to use a different brand of paddle.  The T-grip, lightness, and shaft design of the Kialoa paddles sets them apart from all other brands.                                                     
Lani Gomes and Megan Abubo making it happen!

Legendary water woman Megan Abubo with Cat Slatinsky

Megan Abubo leading the way!

Open ocean Maui style

Cat Slatinsky

Marvelous, magical Maui


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