Posted on Aug 26, 2011






Something I read and liked….

The Dalai Lama was once asked what surprised him the most in life? His response:

Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.


Though I think these words are very true…. Today on Maui we all lived it up!

Some days uncoil with such perfection you couldn’t have dreamed it up any better. It just happens that earlier in the week Nori, Rebecca and I had planned to meet at the beach for a sail on Thursday at Ho’okipa with no certainties about the conditions. Actually we were counting more on a long board surf session or maybe even snorkeling as it’s been flat and almost windless at Ho’okipa for a week. Yesterday rolls around and Gus takes Reef for a daddy and son day which gave me a whole 9 hours off to work and play. (A rare and much cherished occurrence).


I was ecstatic and surprised when I pulled up to the beach park and saw head high sets rolling in.


The wind was on the light side but steady. Rebecca got a bit nervous as this would only be her third time out at Ho’okipa ever, but we were stoked! We hustled to rig up and get out before all the crowds showed up as people realized there were decent size waves. Besides the fluffy white clouds, raining sunshine and it being a great day of sailing, I was thrilled to see there were 8 girls out on the water at Ho’okipa including Kevin Pritchard’s fiance, Resi! Might be a record high! Brilliant! Love seeing them all going for it with big smiles on their faces.

The waves were just over head high on some of the set…  An actual wave…I guess this could count for the first waves of winter? A taster of what is to come? Curious what this winter will bring as this summer’s weather has been so wintery… Anyway after three hours of fantastic fun on the water, the girls headed to Paia for a nibble and a celebratory toast! Got to say thanks for a perfect day!

Home for hugs, giggles, kisses and bedtime stories. Then to bed I flopped, blissfully sore all over minus the bruised rib from slamming up against the boom as my gear and I went over the falls… Eyes heavy I sunk into a deep deep sleep.