As one of the original team rides, Sky Solbach moved to Maui and never looked back. As the main man behind the Duotone directional line, we wanted to catch up with him to hear what he has to say about the legendary swell season, how the conditions inspire his shaping and prototyping for the Duotone directional range, squeeze a teaser of what’s to come in the 2020 line and get a few tips for those visiting Maui for the first time.
Hello Sky! Can you give our readers a little outline of the kiteboarding history in Maui.
Maui played a huge part in the early development of kiteboarding. Watching the pioneers like Lou Wainman, Elliot Leboe, Pete Cabrinha, Flash Austin and others from Maui in those days is what got me into the sport.
What tips do you have for riders visiting want to shred the heavy waves Maui is so famous for?
Be respectful, know your limits and don’t be afraid to ask for advise on where to go and what to watch out for. Kiters here, like most places in the world, are very friendly and always willing to help.
..and thos visiting Maui for the first time?
You are not allowed to kite or windsurf before 11am on Maui. Mornings are reserved for surfers and fishermen and it’s usually not windy before 11am anyway. So take your time and enjoy the calm mornings to go surfing, hiking or sight-seeing and then kite all afternoon!
What’s your ultimate session and gear setup?
My ultimate day would be a huge straight north swell - the bigger the better!- and solid NE trade winds. On those days you can find me on the outer reefs with a 7m Neo and 5’11” Pro Session doing big turns and getting barrelled.
Sounds like the dream and the only place to be creating the slickest range for our Duotone riders. Stay tuned for more news as Sky finalises the 2020 line and what you can expect when it launches.