Learn to Windsurf
‘Anaeho’omalu commemorates the ‘anae (big mullet) that were kept ho’omalu (protected) in the fishponds that lie directly behind the beachfront at ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay. The two ponds, Ku’ualii and Kahapapa, are a scenic backdrop to the beautiful coconut tree-rimmed bay, and are an excellent example of the Hawaiian aquaculture unique to Polynesian islands.
Between the moderate to strong onshore winds and the sheltered white sand beach that shelves gradually out to sea, conditions are usually perfect for learning to windsurf. The crescent shaped bay, fronting the Royal Waikoloan Hotel at the north end, and with public access at the south end, is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, and windsurfing. A busy concession at the north end runs a windsurfing and sailing school, and rents snorkel equipment, body boards, Topper sailboats, kayaks and beginner, intermediate, and advanced slalom boards for windsurfing.
Windsurfing lessons are given on a first-come, first-served basis, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the winds are light onshore. The 75-minute lesson includes time onshore with a simulator, and time on the water. You are taught sailing directions, how to steer and stop, and generally, how to avoid crashing into someone or something. If you have good balance, and the winds aren’t too strong, you can learn within the hour. Then off you go, sailing back and forth across the protected bay.
When you get better, you can go for the more advanced boards with bigger sails, and go out later in the day when the winds pick up. Experienced windsurfers like 30-knot winds and will stay out for hours. During “Kona winds,” the southwest wind creates a crosswind at ‘Anaeho’omalu, and the windsurfers go straight out to sea and back. ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay provides an excellent venue for this challenging watersport.
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