June 11, 2013

Back!

I’m slowly working through emails. Jet lag sucks. Expect a slow spinup back to regular work schedule but feel free to call me and expect to get me as of tomorrow.

Random thoughts on our trip:
-The North Shore is just as rad as everyone says it is (even though we were there in summer). We lucked out and there were some 2-5 foot (Hawaii measurement) waves so we surfed at least 2 hours a day and also did a bunch of paddling/swimming/just sitting on the beach. Good stuff.
-If you don’t know where all the reefs are and it’s dusk, wear some booties. My feet got pretty skinned up.
-Weirdly enough, beer is pretty cheap (same price as anywhere normal) on Oahu and everything else is really expensive.
-Sarah is a much, much better surfer than me. She was up on her *first try* (and I’m not talking about some surf school crap – we just grabbed some longboards from the garage and paddled out) and catching everything after a day or two of figuring out where to be. I, on the other hand, generally made a fool of myself despite the fact that I should still have some muscle memory from surfing in Santa Cruz when I was a college student.
-Luckily my thrashed longboard, Under Armor “rashguard” (ie spandex shirt) and pleated Banana Republic khaki shorts (the pockets turn inside out and fill with sand, it’s a great look) warned the other beginners to watch out for my idiocy.
-I realized mid-trip that I was surfing at a spot mentioned in a Beachboys song (Sunset) and thought that was pretty neat.
-Our place was apparently (who knew?) right by pretty much all of the best mountain bike trails on the island. I’ll have to build some bikes to leave out there.