Posted by: sea2surfing | November 17, 2008

Paul, The Shark Whisperer?

I decided nothing would be more relaxing than to motor a few miles offshore, jump into the water with about 30 pounds of chum and blood to see what might show up.

A little aggro at first. Check out how his jaws are pushed forward, anxious to chomp down.

He even butted out the smaller sharks who also wanted to check out the crazy sick haole trespasser and get in on the feeding frenzy that I was putting on.

After working with him for about a hour, he became my pet shark.

He even lost interest in the chum and fish bits I would wave around and would just come up to me for pets, pats and rubs like a dog.

Gooooood sharkie…. Who’s a goooood sharkie?

– Paul

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Posted by: sea2surfing | November 17, 2008

Halloween 2008

Paul and I decided last minute to dress up for Halloween. Although Superman would have been a good fit for Paul, the Captain America costume just looked so much cooler. We even dressed up our dogs.

Talis dressed up for Halloween

Talis dressed up for Halloween

Alea was more interested in Paul’s shield than her own costume. She saw it as a frisbee.

Capt America and Alea

Then we got ready to go…

Super Talis jump

Supergirl and dog take off

Actually… We didn’t have any real plans. So, all dressed up and no place to go, we headed down to the Waikiki strip. There were tons of people dressed up walking around. There were also SO MANY international travelers that were particularly facinated with anyone dressed up as American icons. Paul and I could not take more than two steps without being stopped to pose for pictures with at least ten different tourists. It was as if we were Disney characters and everyone wanted their kid’s photo taken with us… only EVERYONE wanted their picture taken with us. I thought that was unbelievable….

UNTIL….

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Oh man… then did they REALLY go crazy!!

Then we eventually ran into Wonder Woman and Superman.

It was a fun night. But, then it was time to go home.

I know everyone would think Superman and Supergirl would be an “item”. BUT, you should all remember that Superman (aka. Clark Kent) has Lois Lane; and he’s too honorable of a man to cheat. So… I suppose that would make Supergirl and Captain America less of an unlikely couple. Right?

Superhero kiss

We didn’t have a camera with us. So, these are all the photos we have.

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween.

Posted by: sea2surfing | October 19, 2008

Na Wahine O Ke Kai 2008

Na Wahine O Ke Kai is a 42 mile outrigger canoe race from Molokai to Oahu. In the beginning, the race was only done by men, known as the “Molokai Hoe”, which began in 1952. The first Na Wahine O Ke Kai wasn’t until 1979. The first women’s race finished in 6 hours 35 minutes. The record was set in 2004 with a time of 5:22:12. This years race was won by Team Bradley with a time of 5:22:14 – just two seconds off of Mooloobala’s record in 2004. Second place was won at 5:27:09. Waikiki Beach Boys (3rd place, but still the best team in my humble, biased opinion), came in with a time of 5:32:39. (We also got places 18, 39, and 54 of about 70 canoes).

Our team flew to Molokai in a private jet.

We stayed in nice condos near the beach and had a big carb-up dinner.

The next morning we were up by 4am. They did a Hawaiian blessing and off we went.

This is where we start:

There is one escort boat for every canoe. The escort boats have to stay a ways away from the canoes at the beginning of the race. Our coach was taking pictures from the boat, so I don’t have pictures for the very beginning of the race. The escort boats have to stay a ways away from the canoes in the beginning, so we don’t have any pictures of the actual start.

For the actual start Jenny and I modeled the latest of Dave Young fashions – this season’s fashion being bright orange oversized cut out tank tops to wear over the team jerseys. (My sister’s personal fav – I shall find them and send them to her and Eric). The concept behind this fashion is to help the escort boat find us after the initial start. Jenny and I modeled for only the first 40 minutes of the race. So, there are no orange jerseys here. 🙂 (It was a good idea though! And it did work!)

Here is part of the beginning of the race. I’m climbing back into seat two. No… the boat does NOT stop for you. Drag your legs and slow your team down. Miss the boat and REALLY slow your team down (and get whacked up side the head by a disappointed teammate). Go ahead and laugh at my butt sticking up in the air. I think it’s a funny picture too.

Then, I suppose I should show you some actual paddling pictures…

Then we near the finish line…

I wasn’t in the crew that came in third. But, the girls that I paddled with still kicked butt. We all started paddling our very first season this last March. I don’t think crossing the Molokai channel this year was even a remote aspiration six months ago. I think it was something we all wanted to do… but thought we would do it next year “if we got good enough”. Well, we had great coaches and really worked well to support each other. So… we got “good enough” faster than expected!

There were more girls than there were seats in the boat for races. Still yet, the girls would continue to help each other strive instead of step on others trying to get into that race seat. I think that’s what made us the Hawaii State Champions in August 2008 (Regatta). When it came time to the distance season, all of us novice paddlers were thrown into the open women category. The experienced women paddlers were a great support and paddling wtih them made us even stronger. The group of us really bonded and had a great race this September. We finished the Na Wahine O Ke Kai together after 6 hours 34 minutes.

Luckily, our team is composed of hard core paddling junkies. Our team has social paddling for the “off season paddling season” for those of us who can’t go without. Our next race is November 2nd – a fundraiser for the US Coast Guard Foundation, in memory of the crew of USCG-6505.

Photos by Dave Young and Andrea Messer

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