Just tried to load Hawaii video but it didn't work. Imagine seeing this every morning instead of for just five mornings in a row? Figures, swell ended just after we got there but there are always waves. Water body-warm, way less salty, and one of the most powerful forces on earth. Go here and you learn the meaning of the word respect.
Sunset every night north shore Oahu makes people stop and stare, you can't help it.
No waves? Go scuba diving- it's like being in a salt water fish tank at a pet store. Sharks. Turtles. Octopus. And thousands of fish you never knew existed hanging out.
I "go low" when going there- I stay in hostels and the like. When I used to stay in hotels it sure was nice but nice gets old. It's sterile, plus $3-400/night adds up fast.
Hostels=personality, local culture, relationships. In the nineties it was $20 per bed, five beds to a room, people from all over the world. It's twice that now with private rooms. Never had anything but good times.
Seeing your kid sliding down the face of a warm glassy wave is an awesome sight- sharing and passing on to the next generation the passions you have always loved.
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David Benjamin and I started swimming in Chappaqua, NY., swam for Badger swim team, Mercersburg Academy, NC State University, then Westport YMCA masters. I got bored of the ol' back and forth of competitive swimming and the high cost of skiing. Surfing took over and I never looked back.