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Holiday Bliss

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It's been a while since I've done a catch up on life in general.  Things in Hawaii are great!  A few days ago was the one year anniversary of moving here.  The first year didn't turn out at all like I would have imagined, but it ended up being alright and I learned a lot about life in general.  I'm stoked to be here and I don't see myself going anywhere anytime soon.

For Thanksgiving we had a 'friendsgiving' with friends and I'm headed to AZ to see family for Christmas. It's nice to be able to spend holidays with both friends and family.

Surfing has consumed my life lately and this picture about sums up how I feel about it!
Concerts with friends.


Camping at Polihale.
Karaoke ... and I even sang!
Hiking with friends.



Go Stop!  Had a nice visit with Adria.
Exploring new trails!

Delicious meals at the Westin.
Happy Hour!
Lots of sailing in the summer!

Daria growing up.

Learning to Tow Surf

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Corey and I have been learning to tow surf the last few months.  We have gone out when it was small and practiced all the basic maneuvers so when it is big we don't hurt ourselves.   Well it was finally big enough to tow surf and we had a blast!  We did have a couple close calls where we thought we had screwed up, but overall it was a success!  We got towed into waves bigger than we ever imagined.  We were told it was 15ft Hawaiian which amounts to around 30 foot faces.

One of the waves in particular is a must remember...  The way we get into the waves is the person on the jetski is towing the other person behind and they whip them into the face of the wave.  Once they do that, the surfer has the speed they need to position themselves right where they need to be on the wave.  As this is happening, you are surfing down the wave, but the wave is growing at the same time so for a while, you are not actually getting closer to the bottom until it peaks out.  At this point you drop dow…

Walking Around Seoul, South Korea

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One thing I love about visiting a big city is the ability to just walk around and see what you come across.  Jordan and I spent a week walking around different parts of Seoul, checking out the sites and looking for delicious food.  You never know what you will come across when walking around a city aimlessly, and we found some pretty random fun things.

We stumbled upon a few temples where there was nice landscaping and people would come to pray or just sit and reflect.  It was similar to Japan, except the ones in Osaka were much better groomed and taken care of (in my opinion). We came across fun architecture and old neighborhoods where you could see how people live.  These areas were generally very well manicured, clean and taken care of.  We also found some old palaces where people would dress up in the tradition clothing for free entrance (we did not).  But it was fun to take pictures with some of the locals.

Of course we were on a mission to find all kinds of fun food. We ate eno…

Surfing Siargao, Philippines

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The Philippines have always been a dream of mine to visit.  I'm glad I finally got a chance and quite a unique one!  It's fun to have an excuse to travel off the beaten path to a place that is less 'discovered'.....or so we thought.  I had heard about some great surf breaks near the island of Siargao so we went there!

I was shocked when we got there, but this island has blown up!  It was so crowded and overrun by surfers looking to score.  Because of this, finding empty waves was a hassle.  For the most part we surfed crowded waves...not fun.  But we did go off the beaten path a little and have a couple epic sessions all to ourselves.  I won't say where, but one of the places had perfect, 100m left, peeling, barrels....all to ourselves.  If I went back to this island, I would definitely have a better idea of where to go to score waves alone.  Apart from that session and a couple others, we mostly fought for waves and lots of people were dropping in.

When we were n…

Diving in Roatan

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When Jordan originally told me about this trip I had no idea where Roatan was.  I had to look it up.  It appears to be part of the Bay Island which are part of Honduras. I love to dive and this area is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world.  How could I say no?

I was amazed by how vivid and alive the reef was.  I've been to so many places where the reef is destroyed so it was nice to see what one looks like when it is taken care of.  I was actually surprised though at how little fish there were.  In Hawaii, we have a lot more fish. After talking with some of the locals they said it is due to the over-fishing and has not always been that way.

Even the snorkeling was pretty amazing right off the beach.  There were some fun swim-thrus and lots of pretty valleys to swim around.

We did spend time doing other things apart from diving/snorkeling, but not a ton.

We took an island tour and learned some interesting things from our local guide.  We went to Hole in the Wall wh…