While our honeymoon was full of amazing experiences, one of my favorite memories will be surfing in Launiupoko. Having only surfed in Santa Cruz, I was excited to surf in a new location, and I was also excited that no wetsuit was involved.
All in all, I had about 3 surfing days on this beach. The first day I went out the waves were very small and gentle, but I made the most of it by taking in the beautiful scenery and the very warm water. One of the best things about surfing when it’s calm is the people you meet in the water. The first day, I met a Mauian who told me the history of the swells, the importance of their coral reefs and marine life. He also told me to take in everything and just relax. Being a Santa Cruz surfer, sometimes we can get a little aggressive, so this advice was something I needed to hear.
The last day I surfed Launiupoko was one of the best surfing days. Being that there was a huge swell to hit North Shore, the West saw some amazing waves. The sets were consistent and clean. Everyone in the water could catch a wave. The first wave I caught was so perfect, and after my ride was over, and I started to paddle back into the line when this beautiful Mauian woman paddled next to me. She complimented my surfing and stated how good she felt when she’s out in the water and catches that perfect wave. She told me how alive she felt surfing, and to always take in every surf experience (good, bad or ugly).
I will always carry those words of wisdom with me. I have written before how I didn’t feel like a surfer, and I have even been told I need to wait a year to use the title. I came back from Maui a surfer.