Chasing clouds—and glides—on Maui's Maliko Run. Photo: Black-Schmidt

Chasing clouds—and glides—on Maui’s Maliko Run. Photo: Black-Schmidt

Five Reasons Why Maui Is Perfect for the Dream Retreat

SUP magazine’s first-ever Maui Dream Retreat (MDR) begins tomorrow. To say that we’re excited would be a gross understatement. At the time of this writing we’re currently watching whitecaps feather off the north shore of Maui. It’s going to be a good week. We have seven paddlers coming to enjoy what Maui has to offer, with some of the best instructors on the planet—Dave Kalama, Suzie Cooney and Kai Lenny—here to teach them. It will be the trip of a lifetime. We picked Maui for many reasons. Here are five.

  • The Superstar Community

  • Maui is the hotbed for talent in the paddling world. Lenny, Kalama, Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, Andrea Moller, Jeremy Riggs, Talia Gangini-Decoite, Cooney and many more call Maui home. With a roster like that it’s no surprise that this crew is pushing the boundaries on every level of the sport, from racing to surfing to big-wave surfing to downwinding. We tapped some of this talent to come down and help with MDR. The best in the business will be teaching the attendees on the top downwind run in the world.

  • The Maliko Run

  • Nowhere in the world has the mystique, the cultural cache and the sheer unpredictability of the Maliko Run. Located on the north shore of Maui, you hit the protected water of the lush green Maliko Gulch before heading out into some of the most consistent wind in the world. Paddlers the globe over—including outrigger and prone paddlers—love the Maliko because of its consistency but also because of its surprising challenges from big north swells to outer reefs to rain squalls. Out in the ocean, off the dramatic and rocky coastline, riding the magic glides of the Maliko is one of the great pleasures in paddling.

  • The Wind Is Up

  • Judging by the wind whipping outside our windows right now, it looks as if we’re going to get to experience the Maliko in all its glory. The swell has been big lately and has made for challenging runs with unruly seas. But as we come into this week, the swell is dropping and the wind is staying steady. Early season reports from local paddlers have been good thus far. Here’s hopping we have wind through the week and into the weekend for the OluKai Ho’olaule’a.

  • The OluKai Ho’olaule’a

  • This is a busy week on Maui. The world’s best paddlers—at least those that don’t live here—descend on the island in preparation for the first major downwind race of the year: the OluKai Ho’olaule’a. Next Saturday will mark the event’s eighth year. Everyday, MDR attendees will be out there hitting the same stretch of coast with all the other paddlers in town for the race. After getting instruction from the locals and paddling the Maliko Run daily, MDR attendees have the opportunity to race in this fantastic event. We’ll be there to cover it too.

  • The Luxurious Lumeria Maui

  • Lumeria Maui is a unique accommodation. The main building was erected in 1910 as housing for aging sugarcane plantation workers and is the oldest wooden structure on Maui today. The grounds have been transformed into a peaceful upcountry retreat featuring a yoga studio, spa, meditation grounds and hammocks suspended in a grove of pines. And it’s only a few short miles from the Maliko Run. There’s not a better place to unwind after a long day of world-class downwinding.

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    The Maui Dream Retreat would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Dos Equis, Naish, SIC Maui, Lumeria Maui, FCS, Sambazon, OluKai, DaKine and Kona Deep.