You wake up in beautiful Honolulu, HI, with plans for a day out on the water kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. But the weather forecasts show high winds and possible hurricane warnings. Is it safe to go out?
Go Bananas Watersports is a Honolulu-based equipment and rental shop for water sports enthusiasts. They know hurricane season can be a challenge for locals and visitors who want to spend time enjoying the region’s most beloved natural resource.
If you need kayak accessories such as roof racks, you’re looking for rentals or used kayaks, or you’re hoping to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, Go Bananas has what you need. They offer some helpful tips on how to stay safe throughout the hurricane season while still enjoying the beaches and the water.
- Pay Particular Attention To Wind Forecasts: The waves you’ll face while kayaking or stand up paddle boarding on the open water are dependent in large part – though not entirely – on wind conditions. High winds tend to lead to heavy waves and rough conditions that present a challenge to athletes and make the experience less enjoyable for all skill levels.
- Take Extreme Caution With Outward Gusting Winds: Not all winds are of equal importance when evaluating safety. Of particular concern are winds that blow kayakers and others out towards the open ocean, away from shore. Like a rip tide, inexperienced individuals may find themselves pulled out too far before realizing how difficult it is to head back in toward land.
- Play It Safe: It’s always better to err on the side of caution. This could mean finding a more secluded region with greater shelter from winds, or it may mean calling off an outing entirely. While it’s disappointing, the old idiom is true: it’s better to be safe than sorry.
For more advice on local kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, call Go Bananas Watersports at (808) 737-9514. They can also tell you about their affordable rentals, kayak accessories, and equipment sales, or you can visit their website for more information.