Our last days in Hawaii presented our home away from home in its real beauty again: sunshine on the beach, great surf, a bit of wind, good times with friends. A real jewel we found is Kalama Beach Park in Kailua. We started with skim boarding on our boogie boards, which Robinson has come to master and Gerry loves as well.
This is also where Robinson took his first waves on the 7’6’’ Santa Cruz, an ideal spot for learning to stand up! The next day I took Sienna and Robinson to “Publics” in Waikiki, put the life jackets on them and pushed them onto the waves pushing along the pier. They quickly learned how to stand up and loved it. Waikiki must be the best spot in the world to learn how to surf!
One last play at Lanikai beach, on a glassy day. It definitely makes the list of our most favourite beaches on this planet. We have spent probably more time on this beach than any other beach on this planet (except for our home town beaches in Kiel), and it brought us so much joy. Yoga in the morning, swimming with the turtles, kayaking to the Mokes, surfing at flat island, kite surfing right in front of the beach, snorkelling with the fish, swimming in the morning sea, meeting inspiring people from around the world, outrigger canoeing, building sand castles, playing soccer, kissing, laughing…
On Dec 8 I caught the wave of my life out at a spot called Wraparounds at the Mokes. There were a few hungry girls and guys out on their longboards with big fat smiles on their faces. These waves were coming off the tail end of the North shore swell that got the Eddie competition going. I waited until each one on the outside caught a big wave of the largest set that afternoon and my patience and prayers to the surf gods gave me a wonderful gift: I was the only one left far outside and sure enough the last wave of the set ended up being the largest and most beautiful one. I paddled like crazy to get far enough outside, quickly turned around and with a massive bolt of adrenaline hitting my blood stream decided that my only choice was to go for it. With a quick paddle my board was pointing straight down the face and I quickly got up on my board. I rode the wave all the way past the beach, with 7 long bottom turns and cutbacks on a large glassy face, in what seemed like an eternity. I can still feel every part of the track along that wave, everything fell into place, it was as if this beautiful powerful wave and I performed a dance of harmony, power and grace. In that moment I was fully in the FLOW, the best place to be…
It was also time to say good bye to our friends. It was very special to spend time with Marian, Charly and their daughter Siena. We will miss you and look forward to reconnecting in the near future, somewhere on this planet.
On our last visit to Kailua Beach we said good bye to Simone and Christian with their two girls who have made their dream a reality, living in paradise with their family!
Lanikai has been a very special place for us, and we have had some of the happiest days of our life here. What makes this place special for us is the spirit of the people in our community, the random acts of kindness, the gentleness of the Aloha spirit, the excitement and rush of water sports in the beautiful Pacific, the great fresh food, stunning and strong nature everywhere around us, the pleasant climate (never too hot or too cold), the proximity to the big city (for nights out, cultural activites, shopping), the easy and simple life. One last fire in the sky behind the mountains surrounding the Pali highway pass: sweet Hawaii, we will never forget your sound, smell, beauty, kindness, strength, love, Aloha… and we shall see you again!
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