Maui Real Estate Blog

Vote for Kai!

Today, we are taking a turn from the Real Estate world and making a shameless plug for Kai Lenny as stand up paddle (SUP) athlete of the year. Kai is the son of Maui Real Estate Team agent Martin Lenny. That being said, Kai is a more than worthy recipient of this award. Kai is the defending two time world SUP wave champ.

He has recently ventured more heavily into the world of stand up paddle racing. With Kai’s incredible talent and dedication, it didn’t take long for him to leave a mark in that segment of the sport. He has compiled a number of first place and top three finishes over the last couple of months.

Kai is also an accomplished waterman above and beyond the world of SUP. He is a pro windsurfer, a Naish team rider for Kiting, and was part of the crew paddling into the big waves at Jaws last season.

Put Kai in water and he thrives. Above all else, he is a great kid and a fantastic role model for aspiring pro surfers. You can vote for Kai Lenny for SUP Athlete of the Year here!

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Maui’s North Shore-An Ocean Sports Mecca

I wanted to share a great video featuring Kai Lenny. Kai is the son of our agent Martin Lenny. He also happens to be one of the best young water men in the world. The video is a montage of Kai kiting, SUPing, windsurfing, surfing and outrigger canoeing. Most of the footage is shot along the North Shore of Maui in the Spreckelsville area.

Kai Lenny for Contour Cameras from Jamie Mosberg on Vimeo.

Last fall, Kai and his brother put together a video shot at Sugar Cove.

The video highlights the activities available right out the backdoor of our Sugar Cove Condo listing.

The Maui Real Estate Team has a number of good listings for those that are looking to relocate or buy a second home with access to the North Shore’s great ocean sports.

Our Kuau Point Oceanfront listing features a vintage Hawaiian Plantation Style home that overlooks some of the best surf, kite and windsurf breaks on the North Shore. You can walk out your backdoor to check the surf at Mama’s, Lanes and Ho’okipa.

Our vacant lot in Spreckelsville has deeded beach access. You can walk your windsurf gear or SUP approximately 100 yards down to Sprecks Beach via the neighborhood beach access.

Our Kuau Plaza condo provides an economical, legal, vacation rental for ocean sports lovers. This condo is a short stroll to Mama’s Beach and less than five minutes to the surf, SUP, windsurf and kitesurfing at the breaks around Ho’okipa Beach Park.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team today with questions or for assistance on these great Maui Ocean Sports Lifestyle properties.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Price Reduced! Sugar Cove, Spreckelsville Condo for Sale

Luxury and Ocean Sports lifestyle. That is what you are buying with Sugar Cove Unit 2C. This spacious 3 bedroom, 3 and one half bathroom condo has 2,030 square feet of beautiful, meticulously maintained living space. Sugar Cove Beach is right out the back door with great access to windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, SUP and more off this sandy beach. This property is right in the heart of Spreckelsville. Baby Beach is a five minute walk to the east and golfing is just down the street at Maui Country Club. Paia town and its shops and restaurants are five minutes away.

Check out this youtube video showing the fun available right out the backdoor at Sugar Cove 2C. Listing agent Martin Lenny’s son Kai launches his kite from the beach right behind the condos.

This condo is now offered at the reduced price of $2,750,000. You can take a virtual tour of Sugar Cove Unit 2C or arrange to have a private showing of this property by contacting The Maui Real Estate Team today or calling Martin at 808 280 3433.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Jaws Swell Sends January Out With A Bang

The last two days of the month brought some very large surf to the North Shore of Maui. The swell started to rise significantly late in the morning of the 30th and continued to build throughout the day to heights well in excess of the 25 feet necessary for a high surf warning. This big surf meant Maui’s world famous big wave break came to life. I had the opportunity to head out to Haiku to watch the action at Jaws both on the late afternoon of the 30th and the morning of the 31st.

Each day had its own distinct personality. The afternoon of the 30th was a building swell with particularly big and hollow barrels. I arrived just as the wind was dying and was able to see the very tail end of the windsurfing action. The windsurfers were interspersed with a handful of tow surfers (surfers being pulled into the waves by Jet Skis). After the windsurfers packed up, it was just the tow surfers left in the lineup. I was able to watch Maui Real Estate Team Agent Martin Lenny’s son Kai catch a couple on his windsurfer before towing into a few nice waves. The beautiful late afternoon light was a striking contrast with the menacing looking surf. Here is a quick video showing some of the waves from Monday afternoon.

The surf peaked in size overnight and then started to come down on the morning on the 31st. While the surf was smaller, it was still substantial by the standards of mortal surfers. The composition of the wave riders had also changed. With lighter winds, the line up was dominated by surfers paddling into the waves with their own two hands. There was also one tow team surfing the left and legendary waterman Robbie Naish was out on a stand up paddle board. Here is some video I captured from yesterday morning.

I always enjoy the opportunity to head down the bumpy, old, dirt roads that lead you to the cliffs above Jaws. This wave is a sensory experience and a true spectacle of nature. While I can’t bring you the full sounds of the roaring surf or the smell of the salty mist generated by the waves, I hope these videos give you at least a taste of the visual feast that Jaws offers.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Kai Lenny at Jaws on January 4, 2012

Maui Real Estate Team agent Martin Lenny’s son Kai is one of the most accomplished young watermen in the world. He is the two time world champion for Stand Up Paddling, a world class distance Stand Up Paddler, a professional windsurfer, a world class kite surfer, a great surfer, tow surfer and big wave rider. Kai was a stand out performer during the big swell at Jaws last week. In the morning, he paddled into some great waves on his surf board. This was Kai’s first time paddling in (not on a SUP board) at Jaws and he caught some bombs.

In the afternoon, Kai rigged up his windsurf equipment and caught quite a few more good waves. He then traded in his windsurf gear for a kite board. After catching a few on his kite gear, he picked up the rope and was towed into some more big waves. Four sports in one day at Jaws is quite the feat of skill and endurance. Here are a few pictures of Kai on the big waves. The top two are picture we took from up on the cliff. The bottom two are pictures from other photographers that Martin sent to us.

Here is a link to a fantastic picture by Frank Berthout of Kai Lenny Windsurfing at Jaws. Great job Kai. You have bigger huevos than anyone in the office.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Kai Lenny Four in One

When people think of big waves and Maui, they generally think of the North Shore coastline and places like Jaws. This is the time of year when big storms marching across the Northern Pacific send huge swells crashing into our North and West facing coastlines. That being said, every once in a while Maui’s South Facing Shores will get a really big swell. These waves are typically generated by big storms in the Southern Hemisphere during the Austral Winter. This past summer, the South Shore of Maui experienced a once every 15-20 year type of swell.

Martin Lenny is an agent for the Maui Real Estate Team. His son Kai is gaining notoriety as one of the great young water people in the world. Kai is a two time world champion Stand Up Paddle Surfer, a Pro Windsurfer, an incredibly talented Kite surfer and a great surfer. One of his sponsors recently put together a video of Kai riding the big waves of this summer’s once every twenty year swell. Kai started his day Stand Up Paddling into the waves. He then proceeded to go back out for three more sessions in the water on his surfboard, windsurf and kite boards respectively. The resulting video is titled Kai Lenny 4 in 1.

You can keep up with more of Kai’s adventures on his Facebook page.

Pete Jalbert