Julia Deutsch was there too witness it all.
On December 18th 2005 we had another epic day of incredibly strong Kona wind in Lanes with over masthigh waves. Winds speeds topped at 45 knots in gusts. There was lots of tree damage due to the fact that most of the plant growth on Maui is so used to the predictable trade winds and not from the other direction . The impression on the water was unbelievable - a big NW swell in combination with those blasting side offshore Kona winds made up for very difficult but spectacular sailing conditions. Riders got blown off the top off waves when the gusts hit full force. At one point the day got a full on Naish show with Robby Naish, Robby Seeger, Michi Schweiger and Tristan Boxford tackling the monstor waves.
Other impressive sailors that made it out where: Jason Polakow, John Skye, Nik Baker and Anne Marie Reichman.
It is hard to describe the fascination of those unique Kona Wind days on Maui but when you have seen the incredible 40 foot spray that goes off those waves - it is something that you should see and you \'ll never forget.