Taking My Sailing to a Next Level

I've spent 4 of the last 5 weekends sailing either on Oahu or to and from there.  It's crazy how much you can learn when spending a lot of time doing something.  I learned this back in the triathlon days and it is great to see again through my own experiences.  Here is a little recap of the sailing:

The first weekend, I sailed with two others from Kauai to Oahu.  It was quite surreal to be in the middle of the channel in the middle of the night in complete darkness without any site of land.  This was a new experience for me.  It was actually quite emotional and such a cool experience.  I had a lot of time to think and reflect on life.  I feel like I made some breakthroughs with my personal self on this trip.  The trip as a whole took a little over a day with a stop at the Waikiki Yacht Club for a break for breakfast along the way as we sailed to Kaneohe as our final destination.  Sailing into Kaneohe is so beautiful!  It was a great bay for sailing and the mountains are quite…

Land Cruiser Car Camping

I recently got a 1992 Land Cruiser and I've been base-lining it and making it ready to do some camping and traveling.  I have plans to build a platform in the back, but for now, I wanted to go drive it on the beach and have some fun!  I went camping on Polihale and it was amazing!  It feels so good to be able to camp 15 feet from the water and just relax on the beach.  We went in the middle of the week so there were not other cars around and we had the whole area to ourselves!

Driving on the beach was fun and scary all at the same time.  I aired down the tires and didn't get stuck.  I'm learning from experience how amazing the Land Cruiser is in off road situations.  I can't wait to get in the middle of nowhere and explore with it!

Polihale is know to be a pretty spiritual place so we definitely did some 'hippy shit' (as we call it).  Cleansing, burning, healing.

Driving Through Sri Lanka

After a couple weeks on a boat surfing and relaxing in Indonesia, it was time to do some exploring by land so I rented a car in Sri Lanka and did some driving!  I was pretty scared at first to drive in a country like this, but after a couple days of madness I figured it out and got through the trip without much trouble.

I started in Negombo, walking through the city watching how the locals live.  I love wandering down side streets to find little gems that are often missed my tourists.  I found some fun local eateries and then went on a boat tour of the area. The tour itself wasn't all that exciting, but it was fun to pick the brain of a local.

From Negombo I headed south with a first stop in Hikkaduwa. I walked through the town and found a place to go diving.  I had pretty low expectations of the diving here based on the water conditions, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of small see life and terrain.  It was basically a big boulder field with all kinds of short caves …

Pulse Surf Boat Charter in the Banyaks (North Sumatra, Indonesia)

Another vacation and another trip of a lifetime!  I brought a few groups of friends together to surf in Indonesia and it was a blast.  I've always seen the pictures of the waves there and now having been there I understand why people go.  Crystal clear, warm water. Great swell and wind. Good friends.

We charted the Pulse Boat and if I were to go back to Indo, I would do the same thing. The captain, Marcus was great. He was very knowledgeable about the area and took us to some epic breaks during the right conditions.  The chef cooked us three gourmet meals a day including dessert.  There was unlimited snacks and beer!  We were in heaven.

We basically work up every morning and surfed and ate until we couldn't do either anymore.  I caught some of the best waves of my life that I'll be dreaming about for years.  When we couldn't surf anymore we snorkeled and played cards.

We stared off the trip with a long layover in Singapore.  I have heard from so many people how great …

Christmas With The Family

I went to Arizona to see the family for the holidays and it was pretty fun.  It was nice to spend time with everyone and catch up.

The best part of the trip was Daria being there and it going relatively well.  I think she had fun and we had some time to bond.

Don't ask how we all ended up dancing on the table singing Queen.