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I'm heading to Oahu and Maui the last two weeks of November.
few things I'm looking for advice on (1) accomodations. (2) surfboard (3) wetsuit
(1) In Maui, I'm going to be travelling alone, will be seeking out a social crowd, so am likely to stay at a hostel. Anyone been to Banana Bungalow (looks like a party crowd) or Rainbow Hostel (more sleepy)? What are your impressions of them for a kite trip.
Also, if anyone else is going to be there over the week of Thanksgiving, let me know. I'll launch your kite for you and maybe share a few
(2) if anyone has advice on where to rent/borrow a surfboard (straps preferred as I've yet to try stapless in waves) at a bargain price, I'm all ears. I'm also open to the idea of buying one there on craigslist as alaska air only charges $50 for surfboard shipping while Delta on the flight out charges $150.
(3) in searching the web, the idea of a wetsuit that time of year seems up in the air, with many suggesting a shorty might be nice. Anyone care to agree/disagree? I'd rather not buy one of I'm going to show up, look like a kook, and be too warm.
thanks for your help
"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are built for"
Shorty at the most...
Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports
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Benicia, CA 94510
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Another option might be a neoprene base layer under boardshorts / rashguard. I just came back from Israel and couldn't get a definitive answer on a wetsuit but didn't want to take one, so I took the Neil Pryde "wind skin" base layer that I use under my steamer for springtime in Oregon. My Israeli friends were telling me I'd need at least a shorty, but then again they think 70 degrees is "cold." For the one northerly day I caught the base layer just made for added safety/comfort; I didn't need it but was glad to have it.
I'm just coming back from oahu yesterday, I took my wetsuit because i didn't know if i need it or not => The wetsuit stayed in the bag, I only need my board short . I don't know how it will be in 2 or 3 weeks but i suppose a neopren top will be enough.
For the bags, i took my boardbag (135cm, i don't know in inch) . To go, I pre-paid the bag (100$ one way with hawaiian airlines ) but when i checked in it the girl asked me if it was a golf bag... so for the return i didn't pre-paid, did the silly boy ( I'm french maybe that's help) when the girl asked me what was in the bag, never pronounced the word board and only paid 25$.
That's the informationz i could give you.
Sorry if my english isn't very good.
Have a good trip.
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