hey! do you know any good places to rent boards on oahu? i'm heading there in january! i started surfing last summer - i went three times to rockaway beach (nyc) and i'm looking to get better. i don't want any more lessons cause i feel like they're way overpriced. thanks!
Well, Hawaii is the surf capital of the world so there are plenty of places to rent from. most all board shops here rent boards. but since it sounds like you’ve only surfed 3 times I’d recommend sticking to south shore for this time of year. you can rent boards right on Queens beach in Waikiki among many other places.
well i havnt been on tumblr for 2 months hahahaha. wicked though dude.
Haha i’m just messing with you, bro! I havent really been on here much either. That pic is actually from 2 years ago…i posted it for inspiration as I’m growing another beard. Thanks for the compliment!!
What island do you live on? Did you paddle out for Andy today?
I live on Oahu. And no, as much as I really would have loved to I was not able to do so. Had a lot business to take care of today, however, I did pray for Andy’s family and paddled out for him with a solo session last sunday.
There are people who leave this world unexpectedly soon, and on those days our immense and intricate Earth always seems to feel tragically small. Maybe it’s the way we find ourselves woven into networks of people, and when one experiences loss it sends the entire web rippling from the pain.
This week the surfing world lost a hero. Andy Irons, three-time world champion, passed away in a Dallas hotel room after leaving the Rip Curl Pro in Puerto Rico early due to illness. He was only 32.
With his untimely death came a barrage of honorable stories, acts of memoriam, and painful tears in the surfing world. The Rip Curl Pro was delayed for a day as surfers paddled out into the ocean to remember a hero. And after such a heavy week in the dark, the sun pulled through against a brilliant rainbow as Kelly Slater took the championship for his tenth time today in Andy’s name.
“If it wasn’t for Andy, I wouldn’t be here right now,” Kelly said upon exiting the water, tears streaming. “I’d give this title away in a second if Andy could come back. He was one of the last people I saw in Portugal; he hugged me and said ‘I want you to win this thing’” (surfline.com).
And it makes me wonder all sorts of big questions that aren’t meant to be answered. How could someone who conquered the ocean, one of nature’s most beautiful and deadly adversaries, lose a battle to his own body? And how does another find the strength to continue to conquer in his friend’s name?
Loss can be a painful motivator for us to figure out just what we want our legacy to be. For although we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it, we aim to leave behind so much. Not only will Slater leave behind the legacy of taking home 1/3 of all ASP world championships today, but he will be remembered for his love for a friend. Andy, this world will ever miss you.