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You don't always need to have a checklist, agenda or tons of time to make memories. Most of the time it's those spur of the moment,"Hey, what are we doing? Let's do something!" days where memories are made. And you're off. This time, a detour from a little business trip brought together veteran UTF homies, Kevin Repan, Brad Bolton and myself. We headed onto old dirt roads and rocky trails similar to those you see on your way to Makalawena or the old road to Kua Bay. Our destination - a natural hot springs oasis lining the Carson River. The river flows through the alpines of California and spills into the Carson Valley in Nevada. Usually, it's pretty full and uncrossable. Certain months you need to kayak or raft down the river or head in on a single track trail to get to the hot springs. The water was so low we walked across it. The next day, I woke up with the sun to fish. But I came back to camp with nothing but a couple of lost lures so took to the river in search for some crawdads, also known as crayfish. We gathered around the fire that evening and caught up on old stories of our youth told a thousands times and talked about the excitement of things to come.
You can take a group of people out of their element, but the smart ones adapt and search under every nook and cranny to reveal the best of their new surroundings. Whatever that may be, think of a tree top. It faces many elements, but it's roots always stay right where they started.
Photos by : Kevin Repan, Brad Bolton, Josiah Peffer
LobsteR Season. It's here and I'm hungry. Not so much for the food but for the adventure. At midnight tonight it will be open season and I can guarantee all the uncles are diving their secret honey holes. I've swam into caves loaded with so many lobsters you don't know what to do with yourself. You pick out the biggest one first and stick him under your arm. Grab another to stick under the other arm and if you have time, grab one more. If you've never dove for lobster, don't hesitate to go just because you don't have the 'right' dive gear. My first time was with a Maglite in a Ziploc. Kokua and please only take what you need. For the legals, read the State Regulations.
In Hawaii you'll find that, more often than not, people look to the ocean for entertainment. Surfboards, fishing poles, masks, spears — these are all tools or toys, if you will, to enjoy the great gift of the Pacific. Here, we see our friends Kai and Hualalai using yet another tool, a sailing canoe, to get out on the water and marvel at its beauty.
Photos By : Kai Willey
Our friend, Ryan Kilkenny, recently went deep sea spear fishing and scored it. Read below for the full story from Ryan himself. Photos by Austin Hicks.
Well, the day started out cruisin' to the bouys and half way there we hooked a 120lb blue marlin, which we tagged and released. We were pretty stoked about that. When we got to the bouy we were kind of bummed 'cause there were no marks on the fish finder and no boats in sight (which is not a good sign for fish). But we jumped in anyway and tossed a little palu in. The usual hogis showed up and started grinding the palu. Then, out of nowhere, six mahis and tw onos showed up so I dipped down and got the shot on the bigger ono. It took the float down and while that was happening, Austin speared a nice female mahi and my brother got the bull mahi. After about five minutes, we had all the fish under control and were ready to try again but no more fish showed up. The second day we went out we were going to try the same bouy to see if there were any other fish.
When we hopped in, a school of five mahis came right up to us and we were able to spear three in the first minute. And we had enough time to reload and get the other two. We were all really stoked about the fish and were calling it a day when we spotted two fins sticking out of the water near the front of the boat. At first, we thought it was a small marlin but when we got a closer look, it turned out to be a spearfish. We decided to try to spear it because no one has speared and landed one before. Jordan sat on the back of the boat with just his mask, fins and gun as we were chasing the fish down. He jumped off the boat, but it was just a little too far of a shot so Jordan hopped back on and we really gunned the boat to get right on top of it. He jumped back in and took the shot. It hit right in the guts so he was extra careful not to rip the meat. We gave Jordan the kill gun and he was able to get the fish up to about 25ft and took the shot, stoning it.
It weighed in at 24lbs and is a pending world record. One blue marlin, a short-nose spearfish, nine mahis and one ono...not too bad for a weekend!
Kona skaters celebrated their freedom by skating through the Kailua-Kona Parade. Here are some photos from that day. [gallery columns="4" orderby="post_name"]