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Ger­man kitesurfer Romy Haes­sel­barth warms up with yoga poses at Waipuilani Park in Ki­hei be­fore hit­ting the water Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Haes­sel­barth said she quit her job in Mu­nich as an as­sis­tant for an Ital­ian pa­per com­pany and is on year­long tour of warm-water kitesurf­ing spots. “It’s a break from ev­ery­day life,” she said. She is about three months in af­ter stops in the Philip­pines and Aus­tralia. To her sur­prise, the jour­ney got even bet­ter on Maui. “Af­ter the Philip­pines and Aus­tralia, I didn’t ex­pect to come to a coun­try that would be more im­pres­sive,” she said. “With the green moun­tains and blue water, it’s re­ally spe­cial.”

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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