Death of a landmark
September 16th 2006 marked the end of an era for the Stable Road community, when at 11:45
Rope Tree fell to its death.
Rope Tree has been a landmark at Camp One for as long as anyone can remember, sitting at
the waters edge and providing the perfect platform for many a photoshoot. The rope
swing has been loved by kids aged 3-90, residents and visitors alike.
Summer 2006 has seen the highest levels of beach erosion at Camp One in a decade. Rope Tree was
not the first to fall. It will probably not be the last. One thing is for sure; it will be the
Rope Tree served its final photoshoot duty on September 11th 2006 to Matt and Kevin Pritchard.
We captured all the action here on mauiwindcam.
We also captured Rope Trees final moments. The view from mauiwindcam
will never be the same. Farewell old friend.
Please scroll down to enjoy some of our favourite rope tree moments and sign
rope trees book of condolences.
Book of Condolences
Whether you knew rope tree or you just enjoyed watching him on mauiwindcam, please
if you would like to sign his Book of Condolences... let us know where you are from too.
I LOVE sailing Camp One and that tree has been a landmark for the 26 years I've been living and windsurfing on Maui. Camp One just won't be the same without our Rope Tree. Aloha and Mahalo.
Shelley Halvorson - 10/25/2009
We were there, sitting on the balcony and then the tree was gone! Looking downwind will never be the same.
Nixes - California - 01/01/2007
My wife and I have been to Maui twice, and unfortunatly never seen the rope tree. I discovered it one day on the internet. Since then it has become a favorite web site. On a cold winter night in Rockford Il. I'll bring up the website drink a rum and coke (maybe more than one) and remember what a beautiful place Maui is. Someday we hope to move there.
Leo and Karen Suik - Rockford Illinois - 12/08/2006
I'm a windsurfer from Argentina but never been to Maui. Nevertheless I can see it was a very special tree. Some of my friends that have been to Maui told me about the rope tree. So please accept my condolences, and farewell soul of the rope tree.
Michael C. - Argentina - 11/22/2006
I liked this tree. I did a photoshoot there a long time ago. It's very much part of my memories
In fact I propose we find another tree that looks similar and stuff it into the beach in its
Nick Bicanic - Los Angeles - 11/13/2006
My my what a shock, and a shock as well to see that Sir Rope Tree was so huge.
But alas it is a huge loss as well.
The stalwart guardian falling to his death at his post.
It is a testament of honor to duty.
And though we never met in person
I salute you sir rope tree and bid you adue.
Ed Jonas - Alberta, Canada - 10/23/2006
Another part of beautiful Maui has vanished, my heart grows dimmer every day. Aloha Rope Tree.
Ron Quinn - Bradenton, FL - 10/03/2006
So sad to hear the news about the demise of rope tree. Our family will certainly miss its presence dearly as it is was always nice to see rope tree was always there when we arrived on Maui and especially when I would hit the water for the first time in a year.
We could even see it from the plane sometimes as we departed Maui. It has been a memorable landmark for us and it appears in the background of many family photos
The Belandres Family (Bernie, Beverly, Josh  and Max ) - 10/01/2006
I have the "rope tree" bookmarked and look at it everyday. This is a terrible loss and sad day.
Pamela Spencer - Beaverton Oregon - 09/26/2006
Sad news...that tree was a special one in many ways...!
Joao Felippe de Souza Jr - Makawao, Maui - 09/23/2006
I will miss the rope tree. Me and my wife visited it this past June while on our honeymoon. We had found the camera on the internet and while we were in Maui we walked up the beach until we found the rope tree. We waved to family back home in Vancouver, Canada and have pictures of ourselves with the tree. I still look at the windsurfing camera on the web and I will miss seeing the familiar rope tree.
Jacob Goetzinger - North Vancouver, Canada - 09/22/2006
This is terrible. Lots of good memories from this tree, I remember the first time I came to Maui, 18 years old I did a shoot there with Peter Sterling, who knows what ever happened to him. It is a shame to see this dead of a land mark. It was great one, I remember the last few weeks the beach had eroded that much that we could easily gibe around this tree.
I'm sad to see it gone, I went down to the beach to check it out myself and have to say that it will never be the same.
Thanks rope tree for the many good shots, but much more important many good memories.
Pieter Bijl - Maui - 09/20/2006
I remember my activities up and down the beach enjoying that great tall tree. My fondest ones were when Lance was first born, we'd walk him up and down the beach to soothe him at night and I'd show him the rope swing tree in the moonlight ....ssssssee ya oooooohhh killer tree.
Laura Buzianis - Maui - 09/19/2006
While driving in the area the other day, Yves told me that Rope tree went down....
I felt sad when I heard that, this was a landmark for photographers. Last month on my only try to climb that monument, failure and a sharp piece of branch stroke my right foot... Blood was dripping all over the trunk, like every piece of history Rope Tree showed it's strength, and taught me that you couldn't succeed the first time you try.
Would have loved to have captured some action from up there, but I guess destiny saw it from another eye...
Charles Oreve - Maui - 09/19/2006
Aaah what a pain! I just saw on the PWA web site the sad news that 'rope tree' in Stable Road went down in the unstoppable erosion of our beaches. We were affectioned to that tree more than a dog.
I think I have some of the oldest memories on "Rope tree" in Stable Road. In October 1981 at the very 1st Maui Grand Prix, after the wave contest in Hookipa (1st in boardsailing history) we had a downwind slalom 1 against 1 in Sprecklesville.
The name Camp 1 was not born yet and there was no rope hanging either. I remember being there with Uli Seer (historical photographer for Mistral in the late 70ties early 80ties). For the exciting final between Robby Naish and Greg Aguera I climbed on that tree in order to have a better perspective of the windsurfers in action. I was shooting one of my first sliding films with the brand new Canon A1 and the 200 mm telephoto.
Twenty five years later (last month) I was there with my younger daughter Gaia (8 years old) playing on her birthday. That tree was a monument for kids and windsurfers.
Now hearing the bad new while I'm vacationing in Sardinia, I would like to do something. For example if we are finally going to do a 'Windsurfing Museum' somewhere in Maui, we should rescue glorious "Rope tree" and expose it at the entrance of the Museum. And decorate it with historical sails and boards donated by legendary windsurfers.
Let's keep 'Rope Tree' alive!
Pietro Porcella - Maui / Sardinia - 09/19/2006
I really enjoyed reading your photo essay, and admire that your sensitivity as an artist to the challenges we face as a race... motivate you to do something so powerful about it visually.
Crosby Stills Nash and Young and a few artists like them... taught me to that to notice, complain, demostrate and shout out loud really matters....
Geoff Cornish - 09/18/2006
- After using the tree as a point to aim for on the way up to the reef from Kanaha all of us Aussie sailors are gonna miss it. It was one of those things that was just always there. Seems strange that only 2 months ago we were standing there with the tree and now its gone. RIP Tree.
Grant Larkin - Australia - 09/18/2006
- Sorry about the tree. It will be remembered in photos. I always like that sort of landmark that can tell you dates and times without words.
Jace Panebianco - Maui - 09/18/2006
- A sad day indeed. I don't think many people can comprehend exactly how crucial these next 10 years or so are in the human race gaining control of the way we pollute our planet, and how that subsequently causes weather systems and rising water levels to bring this kind of tragedy about.
I have made a posting on the PWA site and I hope that brings some old friends of Rope tree to your obituary book. I will be sure to tell everyone in Sylt later this week. Well done for your efforts to let all lovers of Maui know about this.
Brian McDowell - 09/18/2006
- Rope Tree stands (stood!) as a testament to the fragility of life ..... and the strength and power of nature
Ray Masters - Maui - 09/17/2006
- I swear if I catch those two young whippersnappers I'll give them the tanning of their lives.....bad boys!
Aunt Enid (Pritchard) - 09/17/2006
Oh tree, oh tree!
You stood so tall, so free.
I yearn for ye, like a piece of Brie.
Why oh why did you have to flee?
Cameramen climbed on you, to see
Windsurfers as they jibed with glee.
They filmed all day, there was no fee
For shooting tricks, from A-Z. (that's zee you Brit gits!)
Now look at you, oh sad old tree.
Artist Ray thought this could never be.
Oh lowly tree, I mourn for thee,
As you lay in rest in the Hawaiian sea.
Now where oh where will I take a pee
After my morning bowl of Earl Grey tea?
I know not now - all is lost for me,
Since Matt and Kev knocked over my favorite pissing spot.
Kachina (Robert and Mary Jo Masters dog) - Maui - 09/17/2006
- An article has to be submitted to Boards, for the demise of the great one and how much enjoyment said friend has given. I may not have known him personally, but he will be missed
Chris Wright - UK - 09/17/2006
- I'll try and put some words together but......... This hurts too much......
Ray Masters - Maui - 09/16/2006