Timing is everything. My trip coincided with, as Bill Morris from Coastal Watch - Hawaii Swell Journal put it, "three days of the flattest surf I have ever seen in Hawaii. It was pretty much unrideable which is highly unusual for these wave rich waters."
The swells need to plenty of West to get into the Big Island's Kona Coast so although not the epic surf I was hoping for, it was good to get back into some warm water.
This shot was the best day of the trip, a bit blowy by photo time though.