Where In the World? Hawaii!

Saturday is the big event. 18miles (29km) along the coastline of Big Island, Hawaii. It’s hot and humid, a light breeze and small swell. But there will be over 100 canoes for the Wahine’s (Women), and the same for the Kane (Men). So it will be a fight for a position!

The Surfers Paradise Outrigger Canoe Club (SOCC) has brought two teams over from Australia; one men’s and one women’s. They have been training during their winter (offseason) just for this race. And they are keen and eager to hit the water.

Having arrived a week early to acclimatise, and do a little touristy sightseeing, they have scoped out the water, rigged their canoe, and had some fun with the OC4 relay race. It’s not time for the big event.

Ride The Swell has helped out with some Dry Bags for team members to keep their belongings safe and secure. The Wahine start their race at Kailua Bay, paddling 18 miles south to Honaunau Bay. When their race is done, the Kane swap with the Wahine and race the canoes back.

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Where in the World? New Zealand

Ever taken the dogs for a long walk down to the beach? Paula took her Husky’s down to Muriwai Beach, New Zealand where the Swell was big and the sand was Black!

New Zealand has some of the best landscape in the world. Why else would movie director Peter Jackson have filled the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit movies in the land of the long white cloud? The country is unbelievably diverse from the northern tip around the Bay of Islands, to the southern tip at Invercargill. And in between you will find everything from snow capped mountains, volcanic mud pits, rolling hills, glaciers, and surf beaches.

While most of the photos we receive from Ride The Swell Dry Bag owners is on sandy beaches or hiking mountainous trails, Paula had her two Husky’s down at Muriwai Beach. The swell was up, but you can’t go surfing with to pups in tow.

For most of us, the chilly water of New Zealand would keep us out of some of the best surf conditions. I’m not saying the Kiwi’s are crazy, but I knew one guy who would surf without a wetsuit through winter. Now, that’s truly crazy!

Paula, thank-you for sending us a pic of your dogs on the black sandy beaches of Muriwai, New Zealand. I’m sure the 10L yellow Ride The Swell dry bag helped keep your phone/keys/wallet clean of sand and water, and helped carry some snacks for the pooches.