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Entries from January 2009

“Bienvenue a Tahiti”

January 31st, 2009 · 7 Comments

Not to mention the obvious but a large motivator was to surf these waves that had for so long seemed out of reach but soooooooooo very tempting .Morea Barrel fist time out localtube.jpg Since arriving here in Tahiti it has been a non stop string of “Firsts”…. The olas (waves) here have proven to be beautiful and as perfect as they seem when staring at them dreamingly from within the pages of a surf mag. Requiring a lot of fear swallowing and narrow escapes but, not to sound like a surfer dude cliché!, once you are rewarded with one Tahitian barrel you can’t help but want many many many more!!!

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Illegal Mexican Immigration a Problem for Tahiti

January 29th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Swells hit the top shelf straight on and you sit inside there, too deep on the reef to ever feel comfortable, then chuck yourself over the appearing ledge, behind the bowl, as water just drains off the now dry reef, this usually involves a grabbing airdrop on your backhand, landing just feet from the dry coral, as the bulk of the wave hits a corner pocket of reef, jacks up and the wave just bends 90? and heaves a perfect, thick bubble and spits you out, every time, like a mini Teahupoo…. No one’s around, its mean, pumping with double overhead sets greeting us and we’re hesitantly out there, triple checking the dink anchor, as the current out the pass is like an angry river, complete with rapids, as the lagoon tries to empty all the excess water out of the 25 foot wide, very narrow opening, as the new swell surges huge volumes of water over barrier reef.getting sucked out to the left wedge No need to paddle out, the current sucks you right to the peak, as I watch Kahlil airdrop, to a tube smack down pummeling on his first attempt.

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Kiwi Dispatch

January 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

We have had a flurry of blog activity due to our proximity to civilization (Papeete), and I’m long overdue my two cents from the last five months of sailing and cruising the wonderful islands of French Polynesia. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet, if I were to give a full account it would […]

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Hospitalization, Hikes and Heavy Water

January 19th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Ioarana (hello in Tahitian, pronounced yorana) and greetings from the ever sunny islands of the Society Archipelago, from Dizzy. We have rejoined the real world of commerce and bustle in Tahiti, sailing back into the foreign bizzarities of traffic, Shops, refrigerated dairy products (yeeew) and busy streets. The movement and hurry seems strange after the […]

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My Natty M Experience

January 17th, 2009 · 15 Comments

By Tina This is me Blue eyed, hardly ever stepped foot on a boat before, I arrived to join the “Natty M” boys one early September morning in the Marquesas. One backpack short, heart fluttering and with all my sense of adventure, Kyber met me with a flower and a big smile at Atuona airport, […]

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Tina’s Dolphin Ride Video

January 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Just a lil’ video I put together of Tina and her dolphin buddies.  Cheers – Kyber http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnJgYe214Q

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Tuamotus- Spear Wielding Savages in a Shark Tornado

January 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The following text is torn from the pages of my journal. It was written during inspired moments of bliss and is now about 5 months old. I hope you enjoy the photos from this beautiful corner of the world. -Ben The locals here are as friendly and as welcoming as any church or charity in […]

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A “Natty M” New Year

January 8th, 2009 · 13 Comments

Her reef scratched rudder is repaired, a new rain proof tarp/awning keeps us and the back seating area dry during torrential tropical downpours, a custom crafted sun shade/awning can cover the foredeck trampolines if we desire refreshing shade, the freezer is frozen again, all the ships lights have been switched to energy efficient LEDs, our bowsprit stays shortened and respliced to get more headstay tension on the screecher, Windyspins (our wind generator) lubed up, oils changed, every surfboard ding fixed (that didn’t last too long), 70 meters or 210 feet of shiny, new 12mm anchor chain, attached to a new 10 pound heavier and better setting 30Kg Brugel anchor (a German made anchor the best I have ever used, in sand it resets in place when winds shift 180?), a new mast gooseneck Delrin washer machined for the boom, the mast track and mainsail cars fixed, and countless nuts, bolts and rivets redone and relubed…. It was magical for both of us, as Tina had never had a professional massage, nor a real shower since setting foot aboard “Natty M” four months ago, and I think the last time I enjoyed a real shower was back in Santa Barbara when I last visited, 10 months ago. I don’t know about you, but I have been to my share of spas in nice hotels around the world, as I like massages for my active body, but never as a couple and I have to say, spas are way better and super fun when you go with you girlfriend or significant other and pamper yourselves together.

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