Spot Check: Honolua Bay

January 10, 2015

Maui is one of the most beautiful islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is scattered with quaint towns, artsy communities, farms, and mom-and-pop shops that have been around for generations.

I’ve been coming to this little Pacific gem for some time now, and I now understand why the pioneers of surfing consistently flocked to the Valley Isle many moons ago. As equally impressive as modern Maui is its history, which has always intrigued me.

It was on this island where Herbie Fletcher and Gerry Lopez began to experiment with radical board designs that were inspired by the counter-culture movement in the 60s.

Also while on Maui, Jimi Hendrix and Mike Hynson, who was a star of The Endless Summer surf epic, were inspired to produce a film. With the proposed title Wave, the movie would be centered on the Maui’s counter-cultural community. Eventually called Rainbow Bridge, their message was to enlighten others with self-realization, organic health, and a happy life that is so pervasive today.

Today, Honolua Bay remains one of Maui’s most remarkable attractions. It is arguably the best wave in Hawai’i, as well as one of the best waves in the world. Australian and four time World Champion, Mark Richards, describes this lovely place as the “the ultimate wave.” Its combination of length and hollow sections, set in the beautiful amphitheater/cliff line, makes it a favorite among those who are lucky enough to surf it.


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