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2015 10th Annual Bradah Mel’s Waterman Surfing Championship (Makaha, HI)

December 6, 2015 |

We had an action-packed day of finals here in Makaha, Hawaii. From Tandem Surfing, Supsquatch Surfing and Outrigger Canoe Surfing on big waves… the Bradah Mel’s event really showcased a variety of ocean sports enjoyed by many in Hawaii. If you haven’t seen big waves before, plan accordingly. Winter = North/West. Summer = South.

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Boating: Fresh Catch – Leatherback (lai) and Manybar Goatfish (moano)

November 18, 2015 |

New to the boating community, this was only our 4th voyage out on the Swell Life. We would’ve typically waiting for a glassy morning to jump aboard "The Swell Life" and go fishing but with gusting winds for days lifting we went out of our comfort zone. Light winds and a few bumps in the ocean from an incoming swell, we head out… not too far from shore… with our fishing gear – Penn fishing poles and squid bait. Here’s a video summarizing 4 hours of our adventure catching Lai and Moano for the first time. Read More

Boating: Our Eco-Tour to See Spinner Dolphins in their Natural Habitat

November 3, 2015 |

Our 3rd voyage aboard the Swell Life only joining the boating community this past October. One of the main reasons we bought the boat is to enjoy meeting more dolphins (nai’a in Hawaiian) in our Hawaiian waters. The most common dolphins found here are the Hawaiian spinner, spotted (kiko), bottlenose and rough-toothed dolphins. Here’s a short video of how amazing our dolphin tour went this day. Enjoy! Read More

First Time: Backcountry 4×4 Off-Roading in Hawaii

October 28, 2015 |

Discovered something we could do with our recent Jeep Commander purchase (originally purchased to tow the boat out of the harbor during emergencies). An off-road adventure, only minutes from home that offers four wheel drive (4WD) owners panoramic views of the West and North shores of Oahu (permit required). Enjoy the video! Read More

Boating: Benefits of Boat Ownership in Hawaii

October 9, 2015 | 2

We’ve joined the boat community from our recent 1992 Four Winns 207 Quest CC purchase. Looking forward to cruising the Oahu coastline for Dolphins (Nai’a), Whales (Kohola), Green Sea Turtles (Honu), & Flying Fish (Malolo). Plus, the simple enjoyment of a sunset cruise, checking out local snorkeling spots, fishing and taking friends out. Here’s a glimpse from our 2nd voyage on the Swell Life Read More

Carry-On Only Packing List for a 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise

March 5, 2014 |

“Happy Birthday!” says Bill, “You’re going on a cruise for your birthday.” It’s only my 2nd cruise ever and I’m so excited to experience what the Western Caribbean has to offer. Carnival Conquest cruise ports: Miami, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. We depart from Miami, Florida. I just purchased my Eagle Creek DigiHauler and want to put myself to the challenge of traveling light.

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Christmas with The Kopps 2013 (Garland, Texas)

December 25, 2013 |

We leave for Louisiana tomorrow morning. We’ve spent 2 weeks in Texas enjoying restaurants, Dallas Stars plus Dallas Mavericks pro games, taking in a spa day, and catching up with everyone. But, what better way to end the holidays but with an evening relaxing, no formalities, no crowds, no more fighting crazy shoppers and Dallas traffic. Perfect evening at The Kopps.
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Holidays With My Godparents (Crawley, Texas)

December 20, 2013 |

What better way to celebrate the holidays but to catch up with the godparents!!! I know it’s been at least 5+ years since I’ve seen my Ninang Sally and Ninong Ed. Read More