William Ralston, Randall Ishihara, Keith Hanzawa, Russell Dang, Glenn Kuwamura, John Pregil Jr., Kilikopa Sueda, Kaipo Kauka, Neil Croft
'This is how we roll Captain', stated Butch non chalantly as Johnny strummed out his version of ACDC's 'Whole Lotta Rosie' and the Barrenjoey steamed along a very quiet crossing to the islands. And so began 12 days of the most relaxing easiest group of blokes that have ever graced the decks of the BJ. The Honolulu fireman. Butch, Randy, Johnny, Russ, and Glen. They had brought their mate, Keith from the Big Island and two grommets, Kaipo and Kili. The token Aussie being Neil.
These Hawaiians have being coming to the islands for years on various vessels. Their cruisey nature and politeness have made them legends amongst the fleet. It was Barrenjoey's turn to be graced with their presence.
It was a fishing fest, as we knew it would be. Keith and Glen could not be persuaded to leave the Bynda Laut except to pop along the various beaches of the archipelago. Randy, Butch, and Russ would go on their daily spearfishing jaunts. Randy enjoyed showing Firy the intricacies of Hawaiian Style BBQ fish, dried fish, spiced fish. All delicious! Johnny swam, surfed, fished, drank beer, did the whole bloody lot.
The surf ranged from fun to small to fun again. Uncrowded the whole time. Kaipo and Kili were introduced to the pleasures of tow surfing. A new team in the making.
Considering the surf that was on offer, couldn't have been a better trip.