What’s the best trip Spike Mendelsohn has ever taken?

That’s a difficult one. I took a pretty epic trip to Maui [in winter 2012], which I definitely have to rate as one of my top trips. The whales were giving birth off the coast of Makena and Kihei, so I went swimming with whales. I was lucky enough to run into whales when we were sailing; I jumped in the water. I had great food when I was in Maui.

We had great surf. I went surfing a bunch of places — Honolua Bay, even went to Paia. I went to go check out the famous break called Jaws that was like 25 feet. It’s pretty crazy. It gets to 80 feet in February, but people go surfing only when it’s 20 to 35 feet. It was pretty huge. We had wave runners and helicopters. The wave runners were trying to save surfers that wiped out in a big wave. It’s just an adrenaline rush. The drive to Hana is pretty epic with huge waterfalls and little hippy stores.

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