Costa oest i nord de l’illa

Dijous

Al matí vam decidir visitar la costa de Polihale, deien que era de les més boniques del món però tampoc la vam trobar tan impressionant, a la costa brava i trobem caletes molt més maques. El surf allà dalt estava molt ventat i impossible de practicar així que vam dinar i vam decidir resseguir la costa en busca d’un spot on poder fer la sessió de la tarda i veure la posta de Sol. Baixant vam parar al costat d’una base militar de mísils, on hi havia una onada que semblava molt tubera però aquell dia no funcionava, així que vam seguir baixant cap abaix. Uns metres més avall vam trobar Kehala Beach on hi havia unes onades perfectes i vam passar tota la tarda allà. Va ser la millor sessió fins al moment. Al sortir vam veure la posta de sol i vam anar a preparar el sopar tot famèlics.

Thursday

At the morning we decided to visit the Polihale’s coast, it was said to be one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, but we didn’t fount it that impressive, in our “Costa brava” there can be found prettier ones. The surf up there was quite windy and almost impossible to practise, so we had lunch and then decided to lurk through the coast for an appropriate spot where we could enjoy the rest of the day surfing and afterwards chilling with the sunset. So going down the coast we stopped close to what happened to be a militar rocket base, where there was a barreled wave that unfortunately wasn’t good at that time. From that spot and a little bunch of Km’s later we found Kehala Beach where there were some perfect waves over there and became our entertainment for the rest of the day. That was for sure the best surfing session ’till the day. When we exited the water we were delighted with that amazing sunset that was astonishing. Finally we got to the hostel were we had our supper, our desired, deserved, delayed supper.

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Divendres

Després de veure la sessió que vam tenir el dia anterior a Kehala Beach vam decidir repetir tot i que abans vam visitar Queens Bath, que es una de les meravelles de la illa. Es tracta d’una piscina natural recoberta de roca volcànica i que per accedir-hi has de fer una petita excursió pel bosc on et trobes alguna cascada pel camí. Aquell dia les onades eren fortíssimes al nord i per tant va ser impossible banyar-nos a Queens Bath. Tot seguit vam anar a la ja mes que coneguda, per mala sort per nosaltres, Tamba surf shop, degut a que a la taula d’en Jaume se li havia trencat una quilla i el leash (corda per lligar la tabla al peu). Un cop tot va estar llest vem fer ruta de nou cap a l’oest amb la esperança de repetir la sessió del dia anterior.  Al arribar allà les onades no estaven malment i de fet la primera hora va estar prou bé però la sessió no va donar molt més de si.

Friday

We were so amazed by the last’s days session that we decided to go back to Kehala beach, although, first we visited Queens Bath, which is one of the wonders of the island. It’s a natural swimming pool all surrounded by volcanic rock and the ocean is the owner of all the water that is in there. The access to that natural pool is through a narrow, tangled, rooted (you can actually see the roots of the trees in their effort for finding water ripping all the ground) and covered by a dense forest. There’s a cascade that can be found in that garden path, see pic below. The waves were strong and furious in the north, so that made it impossible for us to take a bath in there, because of the strongs currents. After that, we visited, again, the Tamba shop. because on thursday Jaume had a little incident with a big wave and the fact of being totally new to surf, the result was a broken board leash, a broken fin and a bump in Jaume’s head. Once everything was in order, we headed again west with the hope of being able to repeat the other’s day  session. When we where there we saw that the waves where not what we expected, the first hour was acceptable but later on it was just not worth the time.

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Dissabte

Uns surfistes que vam conèixer el dia anterior a Kehala Beach ens van dir que fins dilluns al oest estaria molt petit, així que vam decidir que avui i diumenge serien uns bons dies per provar de fer surf al nord, on hi ha les onades més grans durant el període “hivernal”. Pel matí de camí al punt més allunyat que pots arribar amb cotxe, Ke’e Beach, vam visitar el supermercat per esmorzar i agafar forces, tot seguit vam seguir ruta parant a cada platja que trobàvem per mirar les onades, al final vam decidir de parar a la famosa Tunnels Beach coneguda per ser la platja on la famosa surfista de Kaua’i Bethany Hamilton va perdre un braç al ser mossegada per un tauró tigre. Les onades a la vorera eren tranquil·les i plàcides però lluny es veia el pic on s’hi veien uns tubazos increïbles. L’únic que va atrevir a entrar a l’aigua va ser l’Iñaki que va aconseguir pillar-se unes quantes onades però no tubs, eren massa besties per un primer cop. Els altres vam decidir aprofitar el equip d’snorkel que teníem i explorar el corall de la costa en la recerca de peixos, n’hi havia a pilons i de tots colors, va ser una passada. Al sortir l’Iñaki ens va explicar que un local l’hi havia fet apagar la càmera de males maneres i que li va dir que no anés a buscar les onades grans, que es quedés amb les petites. Hem d’apuntar que aquest ha sigut l’únic incident petit fins ara, la resta de surfistes amb els quals hem surfejat han sigut molt simpàtics i enrollats, fins i tot un senyor a Kehala Beach ens cedia onades.

Després de fer snorkel vam decidir anar a provar la famosa onada de la badia de Hanalei. Vam arribar i el pic estava a 10 min remant, no ho veiem gaire clar, ja que el perill de trobar sharkies sempre el tenim present però vam decidir llençar-nos a l’aigua ja que el tamany semblava perfecte i obrien de dretes moltíssim.
Al sortir vam anar directes a l’hostal famèlics de nou i vam sopar. Per demà diumenge tenim planejat fer una ruta per veure unes cascades i la famosa costa de Na’Pali i a la tarda seguir fent surf a Hanalei Bay, esperem que les onades siguin tan perfectes com avui!

Saturday

Some surfers that we met the day before at Kehala Beach told us that until monday the west would be specially small, so we decided that today and sunday would be good days to try surfing in the north, where the biggest waves can be founded during the winterish time. In the morning, in the furthest point that you can reach by car, Ke’e Beach, we visited the supermarket to have breakfast and renew our forces, after we followed the route to that mentioned point, stopping in each beach that we found to see how the waves where, and at the end we chose to stop at the (in)famous  Tunnels Beach known for being the beach where the surf pro Bethany Hamilton was bitten by a tigger shark and lost an arm as a result of that encounter. The waves at the closest end of the beach were peaceful but in the distance the break was noticeable where some truly huge, back-freezing barrels were

(to be continued) especially

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