Last Saturday, the Butterfly Effect hit Maui in its third edition on the island. Organised by Tatiana Howard and Juliana Frarias, the event was huge!!!.
Two years ago, in the first ever Butterfly Effect, there were only about 18 girls doing the down-winder from Hookipa to Kanaha in Windsurfing, kite and SUP. This time, there were about 100 girls joining the fun and sharing the passion for the Ocean.
The sign-up was early in the morning at the legendary Hookipa Beach Park, with coffee courtesy from the also legendary Anthony’s Café in Paia. The expectation was huge, and loads of girls started to turn up with their windsurfing equipment, kites and SUP boards. After picking up their rash vest and a good warm-up stretching session (which the lifewards and all the dozens of gentleman watching at the beach enjoyed very much), the girls hit the water and starting the downwinder.
The weather was perfect for everyone to have a pleasant trip down the coast. The wind was about 15 to 20 knots, nice and gentle for the windsurfers and kiters and still fine for the SUPers.
This was an event just for fun. There is no competition or stress involved and the whole point is to enjoy the ocean and help each other. Like this, the atmosphere among the girls was great, really great, and they were all helping each other since the beginning, launching at Hookipa until the end, arriving at Upper Kanaha (with a short stop in Sprecksville). There at Kanaha, Pizza curtesy from Flatbread was waiting and everyone had a nice time having a much-deserved lunch.
This year, for the first time, there was also an after party at Jacques in Paia, where many prizes courtesy from the many sponsors were given to the Butterflies that took part.
This great and fun event is growing and growing. It is a great initiative like no other that makes the world realize how much women love the Ocean and how much fun it can be to share this passion.
Pic by Kevin Pritchard and Dan Rayburn.