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Trip: wanna go sailing
Sunday September 4 2011 01:58:54 AM
Date: from Jun 21, 2008 to Dec 15, 2008
Surf trip description:
Well our trip started long before that date, when me and a couple of buddies bought a sail boat. It took about 5 years to get it seaworthy to sail from Hawaii down to tahiti. Lets star there, cause thats when I fly down to meet them. Tahiti is a totally awesome place. Cool people and great waves. Mostly shallow reefs with steep drops and hallow barrels. Really improved my barrel riding skills. I think my first 2 waves I went over the falls. Then I learned how to get up quicker and pull in on the drop. You have to learn quick so you don't get hurt. So when I got there we only had 3 weeks to get out of there. The boat was there a year and it needed to leave the country or pay 20,000$ import tax. We figured it was time to go, the boat needs a new paint job, and We here Fiji has some haul out facilities and a whole lot cheaper than Tahiti. If you don't know Tahiti is very expensive place to be.
On our way, we decided to make a stop over in Rarotonga about 750 miles away. We got there just in time before the wind switched. Theres a couple of good waves the on that small island. Because of the west wind only one was kind of working. From what we heard is that place is rarely good. But it was good to us for a week. Pretty cool setup up too. It was actually a little reef pass of an atoll just 50 ft. from the island. we could post up on the little cliff on the other side of the channel, take pictures and stuff. We were basically waiting till the wind switched back to the usual trades. Pretty cool when you have a boat and have no time table for when You have to leave.
Next stop tonga. Another 700 to 800 miles away. That's about a week of sailing for us. Tonga was pretty cool too. Not so much waves over there. theres a couple spots and I'm sure on it's day can be firing we didn't get so lucky. On the main island anyway. We scored a place in the islands just north of there. A sick left with a couple sections, bout 4 ft.. some would be a short dumper, and others kinda skirted the reef to make a good wall. There were only 2 other people on the island. From what i understood they were dropped off and were to be picked up after 2 weeks. Just 2 old fishermen living of the land. We traded some brown sugar and beer for an octopus, and some fish. On our way to the next town to check out of the country we stumbled on another head high fun left. we anchor next to it for 3 days didn't see a soul the whole time except for that whale that came pretty close to our stern while anchored.
Final leg to Fiji roughly 700 miles again,another week at sea, reading more books and catching more fish. Fiji is another awesome place. We were a little unsure of what the political situation would be like after the ku just 1 year before. Everything was hunky dory, although we did almost get busted for selling our fish when we got in. I told the officials the next day that we didn't sell the fish but traded for beer, which is true technically speaking. We sold fish got money then spent it at the bar in the marina. We were in suva surfed the harbor channel which is pretty nasty. Trash everywhere, there's another spot around the corner too. Rat tails. Nothing worth traveling for but if you stuck in Suva it will do. Frigates pass is a sick wave scored it one day solid 6 feet with just me and this chick from the big island. Frigates is gnarly cause your in the middle of the ocean. from the island of batiluva its about a 30 min boat ride to the break. Almost same for coludbreak. We got our boat out of the water had some work to be done. We were all thinking of home and ready to fly back for the Hawaiian winter and holidays. My one friend my old room mate however met a chick and convinced me to stay down there with him. We got an apartment on the ocean for 250 a month and we built a mini ramp in the back yard. All the local kids from the neighborhood would come down to skate everyday. The were stoked which made us stoked to see them have an interest in it and watch how fast the caught on. My friend eventually married his girl and still lives there and has a baby boy. The boat however did leave the next year but that's a whole other story.
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