Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Where'd My App Go?

well, I'm not sure if I'm mad at Google or the Apple app store. the last time I used to keep my blog updated *cough2YEARSAGOcough, I used an app to update my blog from my phone. now it looks like that app is long gone, and there's no signs of coming back. using a web browser via mobile device is kinda clunky too. dammit. I guess I gotta figure something out, so this isn't my last post til 2018. lol

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Are We Dead Yet?

wow, hello. for 2 years, this hasn't been updated. well, let me fill you in:

  1. twins. yes, we had twin girls. they're ONE YEAR OLD already. haha!
  2. moved to the Big Island. same job. different island. it's the best thing. EVER.
  3. part of moving to the Big Island was selling our Oahu house. that was a difficult pill to swallow, but it was worth it in the end
  4. sold my 2003 Tacoma. bought a 2014 Tacoma, 4wd.
  5. bought a VAN. yes, a Toyota Sienna. don't let people tell you vans suck, cause they really do not suck. it's amazing. I SAID IT.
  6. starting surfing "short" boards. I have a 5'7 CI Average Joe, a 5'10 Eric Arakawa High Performance Mango, and a 5'11 Eric Arakawa Mango. it's the best thing to ever happen for my stand up surfing. finally learned to pocket surf (kinda), and it's taken my stand up to another level.
  7. recently caught the fishing bug. took my oldest daughter on her first camp trip and watched my friend hook up a big Omilu (bluefin trevally). since then, I've been dusting off my old poles and reels, and stocking up my tackle. had some pretty good success in my first week (pics below)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stealth Mode (New Tint)

I usually have a surfboard, bodyboard, or swim fins stored in the back of my truck whenever I head out somewhere. My truck shell was equipped with factory tinted glass, but it was light enough where you could easily see in and check out what I'm taking around. Last week, I decided that eventually, the wrong person was gonna see my board, and it would be a matter of minutes until my window is shattered, and board is gone.

So I decided to go stealth mode on my windows and black them out with some dark tint. Now, to see anything in my camper shell is basically impossible to the normal passerby. I figured if I'm not showing off what I have in there, that'll protect me, at least a little. I guess if someone REALLY wants my stuff, they'll break the glass anyways.

Mahalos to Ohana Tinting in Kapolei! They were able to do 5 windows on the shell 4 side windows on the cab. Now I've got 35% (legal) front windows and 3% on everything else. Stoked and stealthy!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Last Winter Swell

I drove to my normal dawn patrol spot last weekend and it was FLAT!  The buoys were showing swell so I headed further up the coast.  Low and behold, 3-5' offshore, and pretty light crowd... SCORE!!!  Tomorrow is showing some small action, but I think this is the last of the 2013-2014 winter season.  Get out there and get some!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunar Eclipse and the Ghetto Camera Rig

Kapolei was really clear last night, so we had a chance to watch the lunar eclipse from start to end.  Too bad I don't have a good camera or a telescope though... I had to settle for my ghetto binoculars to iPhone camera rig.  Pretty good yeah?  Hahaha

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tacoma Upgrade - Konig Countersteer Offoads

Finally got around to selling a bunch of my old truck parts and old rims to upgrade to some new lightweight rims. I had my eye on these for a while, and under normal circumstances, I probably would've gone for the all-black look (i.e. black truck, black rims), but I decided to take a chance and go with something different.

16x8 Konig Countersteer Offroad rims, in a matte bronze finish. 6 x 5.5" bolt pattern, 0mm offset, and best of all, only 18 lbs!!! In comparison, the stock Toyota TRD alloy rims on my truck weighed 23 lbs. After my first drive, I was able to tell that there's a significant difference in acceleration and braking... way more responsive. Almost like running with boots, then switching to a running shoe.

Now it's time to get um muddy, and with all this rain, I think we can make that happen!

Toyota Tacoma Konig Countersteer Matte Bronze

Toyota Tacoma Konig Countersteer Matte Bronze

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Six Weeks On The West Side

It's been a pretty amazing six weeks of surf out in my neck of the woods. I think the first big swell lit up the west side around Christmas, and since then, it's almost been non-stop waves with perfect wind. There were a few days of onshores, rain, and clouds mixed in, but that was a short memory as the swell train returned and took us all to our happy places. I wish I could say I got some epic GoPro footage, but usually I was frothing too much to remember to take it out with me. You'll just have to settle for post-surf session pictures. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Here It Comes!

Northwest buoy is popping at 21 seconds.  I'm ready for another run of swell.  cheeee!!!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition - Pictures!

So two days before "Black Friday", Best Buy ran an online promotion for the Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition (not the newest 3+). They dropped the price from $349.99 down to $229.99. That was so cheap, I had to buy it.

I was able to play with over the last couple of days, and here are some semi-cool shots and screen grabs (from videos) I was able to get. There's so many settings available on this camera that I'll probably be playing around with them for a while. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good shots to post up.

Kapolei Light Parade Celebration
Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Kapolei Oahu Hawaii

Courts Dawn Patrol Wednesday Warrior
Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol Wavestorm Softtop Surfboard

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Courts Dawn Patrol Wavestorm Softtop Surfboard

Afternoon at Tracks
Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Tracks Nanakuli Oahu Hawaii

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition Tracks Nanakuli Oahu Hawaii

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Yup, I'm still alive.  It's crazy how all of my free time has disappeared now that my daughter can walk around and get her little hands into everything. 

But on the bright side, now she's one step closer to hitting the beach with daddy again, this time on a surfboard  :)

Here's some pictures from our recent happenings... Kaliko's first birthday, pumpkin patching it, and our new car.

starting off small with a banana chantilly cupcake (Cupcakes and Things in Kapolei)

after she lost interest in the wrapping paper, she got to see her new toys


a sunflower from mommy at the Aloun Farms Pumpkin Patch

we had to force her to see the pumpkin. she was more interested in the dirt.

my pumpkin!

traded in the VW Jetta TDI (diesel) for an all-electric Leaf :)

More to come on the new 2013 Nissan Leaf.....

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