So beautiful it'll give you emotional dehydration.

Windsurfing hall-of-famer Robbie Naish to offload redundant 73-acre estate on Maui’s North Shore for $18 million: “Half a mile of coastline and not a neighbour in sight!”

"The crown jewel of the North Shore."

Twenty-three time world windsurfing champion Robbie Naish don’t need no intros.

A king of his sport. Kite surf and SUP pioneer. Won his first world title when he was thirteen. Morphed his windsurf fame into a line of wildly successful eponymous surf equipment.

So it don’t surprise that Robbie, who is fifty-seven and a granddaddy now, has put a few shekels away and lives, or soon, lived, on seventy-three acres of oceanfront land on Maui’s North Shore.

“I wanted to buy a piece of Hawaii,” Naish said of the estate he bought in 2005. “Before it’s all gone.”

Now, the whole joint is for sale and eighteen-mill will get you the keys.

From the Agent’s spiel,

Maui oceanfront 73 acre estate with maximum privacy, security, and open space. This is the 1st time ever this estate has been offered for sale. The parcel encompasses Kealii Point between Uaoa Bay and Pilale Bay with nearly a 1/2 mile of coastline and no neighbors in sight. Entering the main gate you are greeted by a 8′ tiki statue carved out of a single monkey pod log. The elegant Palm tree lined driveway leads to the approx. 6,000 sq. ft., 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home plus a gym. Pocket doors disappear into the walls in the great room opening to expansive ocean and pastoral views. With multiple living spaces, including a guest wing, it’s easy to spread out to get some alone time or gather on the main level to enjoy the open great room, chef’s kitchen, bar, and dining room. Just outside the great room is a large covered lanai that flows towards a 10ft deep pool with a waterfall and spa. The large home office is a perfect place to remain productive while never having to endure a commute. Power is grid tied and there is a state-of-the-art PV solar system to keep energy costs low along with a private well. Additionally, there’s a 2,000 sqft shop with lots of room for ATV’s, jet skis, boards and more. The property is a short twenty five minute drive from Kahului airport or helicopter to your front door in a matter of minutes. This is the crown jewel of the North Shore.

Click here to inspect, buy.


Happier days at prestigious Backdoor Shootout with Mason, Jamie O. | Photo: Da Hui

Breaking: Da Hui’s famed Backdoor Shootout cancelled along with Volcom Pipe Pro after World Surf League makes international mockery of Hawaii’s Covid-19 protocols!

And now no more Pipe Pro. No more Shootout.

The world’s most famous wave, the Banzai Pipeline, generally hosts three of the most exciting professional surf contests of the year: the Pipe Masters, the Pipe Pro and, my personal favorite, Da Hui’s Backdoor Shootout.

The Covid-19 pandemic threw many wrenches in 2020 but our World Surf League, performing a small miracle, sorted out how to hold the Pipe Masters at the beginning of December springing hope in all hearts that the Pipe Pro and Backdoor Shootout would follow.

Alas, our World Surf League then performed a kabuki dance absolutely mocking Hawaii’s Coronavirus protocols. CEO Erik Logan, along with a handful of WSL employees, contracted the disease postponing the event for many days. The world media bit into the story as it was revealed that the League, along with Hawaiian officials, had granted Yago Dora an exemption to enter the country even though he had tested positive for the disease. Dora protested loudly, “I ain’t no Typhoid Mary!” but the damage was done.

Headlines crowed, Hawaii was made to look foolish and Logan continued to assure everyone he was feeling ok, only displaying light symptoms.

Disaster.

And now no more Pipe Pro. No more Shootout.

The World Surf League’s famed Cone of Silence covering the entire North Shore with the exception of Sunset.

Who do you have for Surfvival?

Very exciting.


Surfing’s surging popularity shows no sign of waning as Maine shop owners run out of wetsuits: “There’s a crazy rubber shortage!”

"I was an extreme boogie border, so this was the next step up."

Hello, 2021 and how did you ring in the brand-new year? Socially distancing with loved ones while air clinking champagne flutes? Boldly ignoring stay-at-home orders to get punk in drublic? Sitting in your once lightly crowded lineup shoulder to shoulder with hundreds, thousands, of new faces?

Oh boy.

If 2020 brought us one thing it is many, many, many new surfers. So many that California surf shops cannot keep boards on the racks. So many that Maine surf shops cannot keep 7mm wetsuits on the hangers.

Crystal Ouimette, co-owner of Black Point Surf Shop in Scarborough, Maine told News Center Maine:

“We got a lot more surfers now. But the issue that we’re having is there’s nothing. I can’t order winter boots if I sell out of them. Winter suits I literally don’t have any. I have two women’s suits hanging left. That’s it. Normally we stay super stocked all winter we have access to reorder if we had to, but there’s no neoprene there’s a crazy rubber shortage just due to production delays more or less. It’s like southern California,” she said. “You’re like, ‘what are these people doing for work? It’s like Wednesday at noon what are you doing?'”

Great question. Another question, the writer, Lindsey Mills, opens the expose thusly:

The pandemic and the relative isolation that comes with it is prompting a lot of people to try something new. Something they never had the time to do before. For example, a lot of people appear to be bundling up and grabbing their boards. Did you think we meant snowboards? Nope. “I was an extreme boogie border, so this was the next step up.”

The “extreme boogie boarder” is not revisited nor explained. I have no idea who he or she is or anything about him or her.

Or they.

The more I ponder, the more fascinated I am.

Extreme boogie boarder? If you are reading can you please email [email protected]?

I have many questions.


Harrowing footage: Australian surfer Mikey Wright risks life in Hawaiian rescue, “He’s gonna need to get saved!”

"Wright place, Wright time."

There is little doubt that the Wright family, with its troupe of world-class surfers, including Tyler, Owen and Mikey, know the ocean and the havoc it can wreak.

Owen, of course, suffered a mysterious brain damage after a terrific wipeout at Pipeline in 2016.

In a dramatic post on Instagram from world champion and Pipe Master Tyler, we see Tyler and WSL women’s commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer enjoying their end-of-year break in an oceanfront compound on Oahu’s North Shore.

Suddenly, a set cleans up the beach. A beachgoer is swept away.

A man’s voice.

“He’s gonna need to get saved.”

Mikey Wright.

A woman.

“You can’t save him.”

And, then, like that, Mikey is gone.

No hesitation.

Click the arrow to the second clip and Mikey negotiates the ledge to grab the drownee, at one point rolling onto his back to shield the person from the rocks.

Mikey protects drownee from rocks.

Harrowing and exciting.

“Closing out 2020 with some hero shit by @mikeywright69,” writes Tyler.

A life saved.

“What a bloke!!!  Wish we had the footage of him scaling the fence. Her lucky day,” writes Jessi.

“That’s Wright place, Wright time,” wrote one wag.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJfUY2hLydY/

 

 


Breaking: Light-skinned male of medium build breaks into surf shop, steals three boards then leads cops on wild chase smashing two of their cars in the process!

Love is love.

How much do you love this surf life? Enough to paddle out on less than appealing days just to feel? Enough to break up with your guy or gal because they just don’t understand you paddling out on less than appealing days instead of snuggling up and watching Titanic? Enough to steal a car, break into a surf shop, steal three surfboards, two leashes then leading the police on a wild chase before fleeing your vehicle though getting caught eventually?

I didn’t think so.

And so let us meet our new icon Nathaniel K. Jacques of Massachusetts who was arrested by Salem police after a wild chase during which he allegedly nearly struck an officer and crashed into two cars after running over a spike strip.

The police found three surfboards in his car that matched ones stolen from Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop.

According to court documents, the surf shop on Ocean Boulevard was broken into at 1:53 a.m. Surveillance footage showed a light-skinned male of medium build breach the rear door with a pry bar. Footage showed the man dressed in a long-sleeve hooded sweater, baseball cap with a surgical dust mask on, remove two surf leashes from behind the front counter. Another camera showed him leaving the store with three surfboards.

It must be assumed that one of the boards was a retro fish and would have looked/been silly with a leash.

But wow.

We don’t love this surf life so much, at the end of the day.

Wanna plan a heist?