Maui - surfingens vugge

Shaka-tegnet er surfernes signatur. 


Det kan betyde goddag, tak, farvel, alt er OK, "hang-loose", accept af forskellige kulturer og meget andet.

Hvis du bevæger dig rundt på Maui, Hawaii, ser du Shaka tegnet brugt hele tiden. Hvis du er flink i trafikken, bliver du besvaret med et Shaka og hvis du hjælper nogle, modtager du et Shaka.

Shaka tegnet bliver også brugt i surf-kulturen over hele verden. Og er blevet surfernes tegn til hinanden - og er et udstyrk for respekt og at vi skal være ordentlige imod hinanden - et udtryk for "Aloha"-kultur

Hvad er egentlig historien bag "Shaka"?

Der er mange bud, og der er forskellige brug af tegnet forskellige steder i verden. se her

På hawaii er historien bundet til en gammel sukker plantage arbejder, der mistede de 3 midterste fingre i en arbejdsulykke, og de lokale drenge brugte det så som en signal....

Læs med her for hele historien

Guidelines for windsurfing on Maui

In the interest of promoting safe and enjoyable windsurfing for everyone on Maui, the Maui Boardsailing Association has drawn up the guidelines for beach and water etiquette and safety. please adhere to these guidelines so we can continue to enjoy this great water sport on our island.





● SWIMMING AREAS marked by buoys. DO NOT sail, launch or jibe within these areas. See attached map for “No Boardsailing” and “Swimming Only” zones.

● SLOW NO-WAKE ZONE – 200 feet from all beaches.

● NO JIBING within 200 feet of all beaches. 200 feet CLEAR ZONE AROUND ALL DIVERS.

● Current WEATHER reports and forecasts.

● DO NOT sail in offshore winds.

● KNOW and COMPLY with ALL NAVIGATION rules applicable to sail powered craft.

● DO NOT sail in areas or conditions which EXCEED your SAILING SKILLS.


● The Hookipa 5 man rule at Middles and 10 man rule at H’Poko.



● TO ALL swimmers, snorkelers, divers, surfers, fishermen and waterstarters.

● TO SAILOR on starboard tack.


● USE CAUTION in areas shared by divers, swimmers, snorkelers, and fishermen as they have right of way.



● MOVE your rig at least 40 feet from water’s edge.

● PREVENT “FLY-AWAYS” – Secure your rig at all times.



● NO BOARDSAILING at Baldwin Beach or Paia Beach Park.

● NO SAILING at Kanaha or Camp One before 11:00 am (With exception for beginners).



● To protect our whales, the law requires that you maintain a safe distance from them: KIHEI – minimum 100 yards Violators of this law are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000.

Maui’s beaches and ocean environment belong to everyone. Be safe, considerate, and keep beach areas clean of litter and trash.







  1. Promote the “Sail Safe” program and educate residents and tourists on “Sail Safe” rules and etiquette.

  2. Promote relations with other ocean users. Develop a program for satisfactory “mutual use” of the ocean, respecting others’ rights and maintaining responsible windsurfing rights.

  3. Accept input, ideas and suggestions from MBA members at regular meetings to solve present and future problems.

  4. Develop and sponsor events for the purpose of uniting the windsurfing community and benefiting the community at large.

  5. Serve as the unified voice, the “spokesperson” for all media, political and community contacts.

  6. Act as forum for the windsurfing community to air views, ideas and suggested actions.

  7. Act as liaison with community and political groups and representatives to further relations and advance responsible use of the ocean and beaches.

  8. Develop an active “Beach patrol Program” for policing rules.

  9. Protect and develop the rights of people who wish to windsurf and to maximize the enjoyment of the sport by developing solutions to growth-related problems.


Besøg verdens mest legendariske surfbølge
- Jaws aka Peahi



The Journey to "Jaws", Maui's world famous mega-surf break, is not for the timid. It is located in a remote coastline along the North Shore 7 miles from Paia town, reachable by four-wheel drive vehicle only or by walking the roughshod dirt road for a mile in to the viewing area. When the surf starts reaching 20 feet or more making conditions too big to surf at other North Shore breaks such as Ho'okipa, the waves at "Jaws" are just getting started. The underwater topography beneath the area known as traditionally as "Peahi" pitches the surf upward into the epic range, but only with the most powerful of the north or northwest swells. Waves of 50 feet or more have been ridden here, and it has been the backdrop for several movies. When the swells are large expect a crowd as the masses flock to this earth-shaking wave to watch the intense action first hand.

At a Glance:


Highlights: This mega-wave challenges some of the best surfers in the world creating a thrill a minute spectacle that makes for an exciting day to remember.


Options: Park roadside and walk the dirt road in, or drive in if you have a 4-wheel drive jeep rental.


Hazards!: Beware of the road traffic walking in, lots of excitement and distracted drivers. Viewing is from atop a cliff above the surf break, do not stand close to the cliff edge and supervise your children well if venturing to Jaws


Supplies: Drinking water, shade, good walking shoes, binoculars, and snacks.


Cost: None

How it works:

The perfect mix of conditions to make "Jaws" break is rare, usually happening about 5 to 8 days a year, with some years having as few as 2 days. When winter storms thousands of miles away in the North Pacific, push the ocean surface with hurricane force winds, the resulting swells travel outward until they reach land. As ocean swells approach Hawaii they are crossing the deepest regions of the Pacific then abruptly push upward reflecting the shallow shores. At "Jaws" the under water depth jumps quickly from 60 feet to 30 feet, amplifying the wave energy.

The resulting dance of gravity, wind and wave energy makes for the monumental curved surface surfers dream of riding. There are no beginners surfing here, training, preparation, and years of experience are a necessity before any surfer reaches "Jaws". Some have described it as surfing an avalanche, and on a big day it is easy to see why. 

"Towing in" versus "Paddling in":

The originators of surfing "Jaws" used a two-person team system known as tow in surfing. A jet ski with rescue-sled attached tows a surfer strapped to a surfboard with foot mounts enabling speeds close to 20 to 25 miles per hour allowing surfers to match the speed of extremely large waves in the 35 to 50 foot range. If a surfer goes down the jet ski is shadowing behind the wave and can swerve in to attempt a rescue, but rescuer must watch for the next wave and speed out of the way or risk losing the ski or worse. If all this sounds harrowing, it certainly is a wild circus when 20 or more teams are rallying for waves. 

In recent years new pioneers have been attempting and accomplishing solo paddles into the waves. There is still a team of jet-ski rescuers nearby to help with wipe out rescues and lost boards retrievals. The absolute thrill of watching a lone surfer attempting to drop in on a house-sized wave is amazing. The crowd that gathers cliff-side will often gasp with breath and shout loudly when a successful wave ride occurs. It is a little bit like a tailgate party on steroids, hundreds of people will cycle through the 400 foot cliff top parking area over the course of several hours. Locals will bring down the whole family and a pop up tent and make a day of it.

The Channel:

When watching the waves at "Jaws" you will see a large gathering of spectators and support on boats, jet ski and even helicopters. The "gallery" of spectators and supporters on the water have traveled here via a boat launch about 5 miles away. Upon reaching Peahi, there is a deep-water area next to the breaking wave. This is called the "channel" and provides the needed rest area and break spot for surfers riding extreme adrenaline. Though no waves break in the channel, there is near constant motion among the many craft in the area, due to the intense currents from all the waves. 

Where to start:

If you monitor the weather during your visit, review the surf report for waves breaking on the north shore. "Jaws" will only break properly in the 20 foot plus range, on a day with waves any smaller you would see nothing at the break because large swell energy is required for this spot to wake up. If you are game for the adventure, plan to go early as the crowds will congest the access area by 9 a.m. and persist until sunset or the wind picks up. Strong winds of 20 mph+ will diminish the quality of the waves and reduce surfing for the day.


Pass through the town of Paia heading on the Hana Highway east (HI-route 36-E). You will reach the turn to Jaws in 7 miles. On your way, you might turn out at the "Hookipa Lookout" (1.9 miles) to access the conditions of waves before making the journey further to "Jaws". Following Hana Highway east, you will go through a small roadside community of Haiku. Note: The Haiku Community Center restrooms are the last public restrooms before reaching Jaws. Once you have passed through Haiku the road will climb steadily uphill at a gentle incline and the "Valley Isle Memorial" cemetery will be on your left. Passing the cemetery you will be entering Jaws parking zone, most parking is roadside along "Peahi Road", East Kuiaha Road", or "Hahana Road". The access to viewing Jaws is a left turn toward the ocean on "Hahana Road", this will be overloaded by congestion on a big Jaws day. Unless you are driving a jeep down, it is best to park where you can find a spot nearby, then begin the walk in. IF no one is parked along the sides of the road at the Hahana Road intersection then the wave is not happening.

From Hahana Road: Make immediate left at the "T" intersection and pass through the small residential neighborhood until the road turns to dirt surface. From here be aware of the road traffic, following the flow down to the left then bearing to the right will bring you to the landing and parking zone where the crowds gather to watch.


Maui på 20 dage - 15 min film oplevelser på Maui

Jeg har klippet 15 min film sammen. 

Der er alle de film herunder der er samlet til 1 lang film.

Så hvis du helst vil se filmen i temaer, så se de enkelte små film længere nede på siden.

Maui - Kultur.

Billede fra nordsiden af øen -der er centrum for surferne på øen.

Der er også en lille tur ind i det legendariske indkøbscenter "Mana-foods", der findes i Paia, som er et "Must" hvis man er i området.

Maui - Natur

2 minutters rundtur på Maui, med bl.a. Havskilpadderne på Hookipa.

Tur langs kysten nord-vest og nord-øst rundt.

Høns, der findes på vejen i det  nord-østlige regnskovsområde overalt.

Tur til et af de talrige vandfald i regnskovs-området-

USA´s største Banyan-træ ved Lahaina, der har en fuldstændig vanvittig omkreds.

Endelig, bilkirkegården på vejen til Jaws.

Maui - surfkultur

En lille rundtur til noget af det der afspejler at Maui er indbegrebet af surferkultur.

Bl.a. de ventende surfere på Hookipa´s P-plads.

Nervous Laughter - Verdenspremiere på surffilm

En fantastisk oplevelse, at se premieren på Nervous Laughter, der handler om 5 Maui-surfere, der surfer Jaws.

Der var ca 1000 tilskuere, og over 1/2 var under 15 år.

Det var som at deltage i en rock-koncert. Tilsat taler, hvor man takkede alle de folk i deres surf-community, der gør det muligt at bibeholde surfkulturen. Bl.a. deres allesammens "mormor", og alle de redningsfolk, der sørger for at ingen kommer noget til.

Maui - surf-industri.

En rundtur til en lille del af alle de surf-firmaer der holder til på Maui.

Bl.a. besøg hos Goya- windsurfing-boards, Quatro- surf-boards, Fanatic Surffirma, Neil Pryde photoshoot på Hookipa. JP's boardshaper i samtaler med en af Teamriderne.

Maui - Hookipa.

En rundtur på Hookipa, det mest legendariske windsurfing-spot i verden. Hele verdens eliten ligger vejen forbi på forskellige tidspunkter i løbet af sæsonen. I april og maj, er de altid mange pro-ridere samlet p.g.a. at de fleste surffirmaer har photoshoot til deres 2018 udstyr.

Fra solopgang til solnedgang er der hver dag besøg af mellem 500 og 1000 surfere hverdag hele året rundt. Der er flest paddelsurfer, men også SUP-surfere og mange, mange windsurfere.

Surfing - Body-boards

Når de unge på Maui skal lære at surfe starter de fleste med body-boards og skim-boards,

Surfing - Børn - Læring

En lille samling af læringseksempler fra surfingen på Maui.

A. 2 små børn der lærer helt grundlæggende surfing med en betalt instruktør med medhjælper. På sydøen med små bølger.

B. Små børn der surfer på Hookipa. Legendarisk billeder af 2 små drenge, der knap kan bærer surfboardet, men tydeligvis leger det hele ind, da de kommer ud i vandet.

C. Far og datter. Mesterlæring. Datterren er med far på surfboards, og man kan se hvordan kan coacher hende i forløbet.

Hookipas beligenhed, gør at børn og unge ikke kan komme der uden en bil. Så de er afhængige af andre voksne. Det virker til at generationerne samles omkring surfingen på Hookipa, måske det skyldes noget så simpelt som transport?

Surfing - Paddelboards voksne og 50+

Surfing har ingen aldersgrænse.

Jeg så surfere i alle aldre. WIndsurferne på Kanaha-baech var mange pensionister.

Det var meget livsbekræftende at se at surfing er en livs-passion, ikke kun en ungdomspassion.

Kanaha-Beach - Windsurfing og Kite mekka

Golito Estredo, er 7 x verdensmester i freestyle windsurfing, fra Venzuella. Han er Pro-sejler for Fanatic-boards. Han havde henlagt en del af hans sæson forberedelse til Kanaha-beach, der er det kite- og windsurfing-spot på nord-siden, hvor der er mest fladt vand.

Kanaha-Beach er dog ikke helt fladt set med danske øjne.

Men 200 meter fra kysten er der er rev, hvor der rejser sig en fin surf-bølge.

Man skal dog være opmærksom på Havskilpadderne, der ligger højt i vandkanten og kan smadre et surf-board, hvis man sejler ind i en.

Der er en fantastisk stemning af hjælpsomhed og Aloha-spirit, især blandt den store gruppe af pensionister dert surfer der dagligt.

Kan anbefale at man melder sig ind i Facebook-gruppen "Friends og Kanaha", hvis man vil surfe der i en periode.