Splashing Around the World

Adventure, Experiences, New Place, Different Cultures, Beautiful Cities, Nature... all encompass why I love to travel. I may not be able to conquer it all but I will try my hardest to make it around the world leaving little ripples as I go.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Catalina Classic 2012

Its 5am in the morning and I hear the sound of the engines turn on. I walk to the wheel house of the Disapperance. I freak out seeing the boat moving forward without a driver. Afraid we are about to run into the boat moored infront of us, I yell to Uncle Bob who calls down from the upper wheel house. My heart beats starts to slow down realizing he is driving from the top. As we cruise out of Cherry Cove towards Ship Rock the sun is not yet above the horizon. The Isthmus has a stormy dark look yet the water is calm. These are just the conditions that the 80+ paddlers have been hoping for the last few months leading up to this race. All of the chase boats start to accumulate around ship rock, eager to find their paddler as they come out of the harbor. With the race being on the ocean paddlers spread out fast and sometimes it can take up to two hours to find your paddler.

The Catalina Classic is a 32 mile race from Two Harbors, Catalina to the Manhattan Beach Pier. It was one of the best years of paddling with the winner being Unlimited paddler Adam Buckley The day was finished off with a great celebration at Captain Kidds. A huge thanks to everyone who help put on this event. It wouldn’t happen without all of the people who truly believe this is the most premier paddle in the world. 

It was a special race this year for lead boat Captain Bob Meistrell. Not only was it his 25th Anniversary of being the lead boat of this race, but his grandson Jamie Meistrell and great nephew Daley Meistrell were the first two Meistrell’s ever to paddle the race. Jamie and Daley have grown up in the South Bay and have had a strong attachment to water sports growing up. Jamie went to Redondo Union High School and is one of the premier surfers in the South Bay. Daley played water polo and Mira Costa High School and continued his career at Santa Clara University.

This race is one that the Meistrell family holds close to our hearts. It is the love for the ocean, the msystery it holds and the challenge it brings that were what originally drew Uncle Bob and my grandpa, Bill to the Ocean. We are so proud and in awe of all the men and women who stood up to the challenge last week especially the wounded warriors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SIMA Surf Summit- San Jose Del Cabo

This year I got to attend SIMA's surf summit with Jean Michel Cousteau, marine biologist Holly Lohuis  and the rest of the Body Glove crew. Here are some photos of the adventures we went on!
This Sea Lion was posing for us at Lover's Beach. He loved the sunshine!

Ocean Future's Holly Lohuis  an me getting ready to go dive!

We had so much fun diving with Manta Diving... it was literally one of the prettiest dives I have ever been on. I wish I had photos. There were not only 100s of fish but they were massive! If only it hadn't been the coldest water Cabo has had all year!!!!

A view of Baja from the airplane. I love this place!

Cabo Surf... the San Onofre of Cabo. Loved it!

Jean Michel Cousteau, Jim Miller and me at opening night of SIMA Surf Summit

My kind of wave! Nice and gentle :) In my Body Glove rashguard.

Jean Michel, Jim Miller, Holly and me at Transworld's Surfari Day!

Playing dumb and learning to surf! 

We didn't plan on matching colors. I guess we all must love the ocean.

All smiles with Scott Daley.

Jean Michel, Holly and I went on a boat cruise to check out Cabo harbor and Lovers Beach. 

The Arch! So pretty!

Cabo Surf!!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Desert Sun Love

When you look on your i-phone weather app and see the weather above...
you go to the river...
admire some rusty metal art...
check out the wild life...
play a little golf...

get into some intense backgammon competition...

squeeze some lemons in your hair for highlights!...
pray to the tiki gods :)

snorkel to collect the golf ball you hit into the river...

build a fire and make some smores!!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sailing 101- Redondo Beach

Sailing lessons in Redondo Beach... with my fellow sailors. All my life I have left the Redondo Beach harbor using a motor. It was so cool to turn off the motor and use the wind to propel ourselves.  So much fun trying to learn all of the sailing terms as well.... ready about, luff, jib, helm, falling off, sheet, hitch, boom.... I can't wait to get back out there!

Here is a link to the Redondo Beach sailing academy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bula Bula- Fiji

Bula Bula. 10 days in Fiji was quite the adventure. We spent the first four on the coolest boat ever, The Tui Tai, which translates to "The Chief of the other side." And then we spent the rest of the trip at the Jean Michel Cousteau resort in Savu Savu. My absolute favorite part of Fiji was the people. They are the most welcoming people I have ever met. I can truly say that I made some amazing friends. I just wish they didn't live so far away! Below are my favorite photos from the trip :)

Daley enjoyed the pool at the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort. 
Isoa, picking at a massive termite nest. It was crazy. He let them crawl on his hands. 
A sea snake. They are super poisonous but normally small enough to where it won't hurt humans. This one was the largest our dive master had ever seen. Ahhhhhh
Our L'Aventure Dive Boat
A sunset from our Bure
Out at a night club in Savu Savu. We danced all night long :)
The island is named Cobia. It is a U shaped volcano island with coral reef on the north side. It was definitely my favorite excursion on the trip. We saw a termite nest, goats, bats and sea shell fossils. It was so gorgeous!
After a long time of trolling we finally caught a Baracuda!!1
Dive buddies :)
A view of the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort from the ocean.
Glassy water.
Another amazing sunset.
Our bure.
A coconut floating in the water.
So many colors :)
Cleaner Shrimp giving me a manicure.
Our beach in front of the resort. 
the dock.