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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.

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That was a brilliant and mesmerizing example of kitesurfing.

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.

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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. 

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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!
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This petrified frog I found chilling in the grass was a tad unsettling. Death stare.Kanaha Beach Park-17Kanaha Beach Park-16
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?Kanaha Beach Park-15
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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.

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