Maui - The Valley Isle
Sure, Oprah and many other celebs own homes here. But, top celebrity status on Maui belongs to Laird Hamilton, often referred to as the “greatest big wave surfer to have lived”. He is also credited for igniting the popularity of stand up paddling (SUP), a sport that Hamilton says is a return to the traditional Hawaiian way of surfing, as practiced by King Kamehameha almost three hundred years ago.
The wind, the sea and year-round ideal weather provides the perfect storm for water sport enthusiasts on Maui. According to Billy Jalbert, who specializes in selling homes on the North Shore, “this area is one of the premiere wave sport destinations in the world because of the warm water and the high winds that funnel through the twin mountain peaks”. In fact, “Maui has been named the windsurfing capital of the world”, according to real estate broker and former windsurfing world speed record holder, Fred Haywood . Fred was the first windsurfer over 30 knots, “an unbelievable barrier in 1983”, he said.
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