That’s ROXY Girl Iris Yen at the beach.
We spent most of the day there, watching surfers prepare for the Eddies, a tournament in honor of lifeguard and surfer Eddie Aikau, who died while saving a capsized boat full of his friends (they survived).
To mark the opening of the competition, Eddie’s peers held a paddle-out, the traditional memorial service for surfers, where riders form a circle on their boards while a prayer is chanted into the ocean and sky.
Then there was a luau. And lots of mai tais.
It’s 8 am here in Hawaii, but I’m already up, prepping for a full day in the water – maybe I’ll actually get up on a wave by sundown.
PS – Being a ROXY Girl apparently has its privileges around here. When a local cop saw the “ROXY Team” sticker on our car, he cleared a parking spot for us ON THE GRASS next to the beach. “You girls are the bomb!” he said. Um, amazing.