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  • Waves of Waimea Bay

    surfers at waimea bay on a big day

    Beyond the always crowded parking lot. Past the sticks of showers circling the public restrooms. Far to the south of the command center that is the lifeguard tower in the center of Waimea Bay is a rock jutting into the ocean at the edge of the beach. It’s more than twice my height and where I wanted to be to photograph the surf rolling into Waimea Bay—surf so big that lifeguards had closed the beach to swimming and alerted beachgoers on a public address system whenever ripples on the water’s surface far on the horizon, made their way to shore, hit the steeply rising land, and pitched into the monster surf for which Waimea is famous. The right-breaking waves off the point at the north end of the bay can grow to 50 feet. That’s no small thing. In fact, that’s the height of a five-story building.

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  • The Inspiration of a Master Canoe Shaper

    kaukahi canoe on display at outrigger waikiki on the beachI spent an afternoon last week in an industrial area a few miles from Honolulu International Airport, past a sand and gravel supplier, a drywall contractor and a cabinet re-facing company, in a setting that made me wonder whether Hawaii Five-0 had filmed here. The place was hot, reeked of migraine-inducing paint fumes, and everything was coated in layers of dust that you could measure in quarter inches, and for Tay Perry, this is his office away from the office. Amidst the sounds of power sanders and paint guns, this is where a lifetime of passion and sweat go into creating Tay’s legacy—shaping canoes. Read More
  • Glenn Poulain's "Honu Ascent"

    Glenn Poulain is giving away a stunning 20x30" underwater image called, "Honu Ascent." Join us tomorrow, January 22, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. HST on our OutriggerHawaii Facebook page, and one day soon this canvas print framed in Koa veneer might be hanging in your home.

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  • A Chat with Hawaiian Fire Surf School's John Pregil

    hawaiian fire surfing school students surf tandemMeet John Pregil, co-owner of Hawaiian Fire Surf School. He’s an interesting blend of laid-back and charge ‘em and a reminder that not all surfers are slackers. And firefighters are not just brawn. John and I met over the Internet via email. I sipped a cuppa Hawaiian Vanilla black tea. And he? Well, he might have been enjoying a cold one after a major surf session off Magic Island. Read on. You’ll see what I mean. Read More
  • In Search of My New Hero

    sea turtle hauling out on beach

    I wasn't in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore to surf. I didn't much care whether the surf was breaking at Jockos or not. But I did want to know whether Jocko's mom was around. Surfline couldn't tell me that. I'd have to find out for myself. I first learned of Audrey Sutherland when I read the February/March issue of Hana Hou, Hawaiian Airlines' in-flight magazine. According to the magazine, Audrey Sutherland has paddled an estimated 12,000 thousand miles along some of the world's most epic coastlines. In an inflatable kayak. Solo.

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  • Consider the Sailboat

    diamond-head-buoy-runConsider the sailboat plying the waters off Waikiki. With its billowy sails unfurling in the wind, a bow pointed toward the wide-open oceanic spaces of points unknown, the sailboat evokes a certain set of feelings and passions and desires. There are few images as iconic.

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  • Sharks, Shrimp & Pie

    snorkeler in water at shark's cove on oahuI convinced my co-worker Andrea to kick off a couple hours early and take me to one of her favorite snorkeling beaches—Shark’s Cove, a few miles past Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. She seemed gung ho, but when I upped the offer with dinner at a nationally-recognized shrimp truck, she was all in, as they say. Read More
  • Maui Man Paddles SUP Board from Big Island to Kauai

    On Tuesday, June 21, just before 9:00 p.m., Bart de Zwart stepped off land at Keokea Bay on Big Island. Five days later, just before sunset on Sunday evening, he took his first steps on ground again at Kalapaki Beach on Kauai. He took 215,000 paddlestrokes to navigate his 14-foot stand-up board on what he called the “ultimate crossing,” a 300-mile journey.

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  • Despair and Hope in Marine Debris

    Albatross skeletal remains packed with plastic at Midway AtollThe Law of Polarity. I’ve also heard it referred to as The Law of Opposites. Whatever you call it, I experienced it for two days last week in Waikiki at the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference in the form of despair, on the one hand, and hope, on the other. Read More
  • Happy World Water Day

    Albatross skeletal remains packed with plastic at Midway AtollToday, March 22, 2011, is World Water Day, and I am headed to Waikiki not to go to the beach, not to surf the tail-end of a surprising south swell, not to shop at Ala Moana Shopping Center, not to go to dinner at Duke's. But to attend the 5th International Marine Debris Conference. The pavement was wet when I left the house just before dawn, thanks to some overnight showers. Read More
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