Some people race through life with furious ambition and desperate impatience. Others drift aimlessly through, as if living the entirety of it half-asleep.
And still others choose to wake up every day and Dance with the Wind. At the moment, I am quite thoroughly enamored with these colorful wind-dancing folk.
I’ve never been able to keep Windsurfing and Kitesurfing straight in my head. I know that with one, the kite flies high up in the air (parasail style) and with the other it skims over the surface of the ocean, but I can never remember which title goes with which. The fact that one can interchangeably be called kiteboarding or kitesurfing confuses the issue even more. But last month, I was hired to do a shoot for Scratch Hawaii, a kitesurfing/kiteboarding school located in the charming beachside town of Kailua on Oahu.
And then a few days ago, I was hired to shoot a windsurfing lesson by HST Windsurfing in Kahului (Maui) and between both of those experiences, I’d say I about have it straight now.
Kitesurfing/boarding = kite in the air (sing, “Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…”)
Windsurfing = kite on the water.
For the colorful folk whose water sport is powered by the wind, Kanaha Beach Park is an absolute paradise. Crystal-clear azure water, a long stretch of white sandy beach, a huge forested area providing plenty of shade for the wind dancers’ onshore fans… and most importantly — strong, consistent wind.
On any given day, the turquoise water fronting the beach is filled with a lively rainbow of bright kites and their riders. It is magnificent. I highly recommend posting up on the beach for a few hours to watch (hang on to your hat!) or, if you’re feeling adventurous, HST offers a variety of kitesurfing, windsurfing, and paddle boarding lessons to learners of all ages and levels. Just be sure to wear something colorful to your lesson so you fit in!
This petrified frog I found chilling in the grass was a tad unsettling. Death stare.
Notice the gnarly branch in the upper right side of the above photo that looks like it belongs on a medieval knight’s banner…See?
I am also enamored with the colorful on-land rides of some of the wind and kite surfers, as seen below in this decked-out sun kissed “mobile home”…
Perhaps I should hang out at Kanaha Beach more often.