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Friday, December 12, 2008
Bloggin' From Da Rock: Ocho Dia

Yes, in case you're wondering, Obama would go.

The Pipe Masters is on now. After the deluge of 13 inches of rain yesterday—a storm that had Chevy's floating out swollen rivermouths and the ocean looking like the most frothy of chocolate milkshakes—a storm that Triple Crown monkey Bernie Baker claimed was worse than anything he'd seen in 30 years—the Pipe Masters is on for the final day. It's 6- to 8-foot with larger sets expected throughout the day.

But before you go running off to the webcast, if you have a second I'd like to share a little bit of my day yesterday. If you don't care, that's fine too, but anyway, with somewhat of a down day yesterday I went into Town (read: Waikiki) to have lunch with an old friend. As I was driving down the H1 in the pouring rain I passed the exit for the Punahou School, which is where Mr. President-Elect Barack Obama spent those oh-so formative high school years. I've been back east, I was saw where Calvin Coolidge was born, but man, I tell you what, right about now I'm pretty stoked to think that our incoming president has a little Aloha in him. My friend, who's a local character if ever there was one, summed it up best: "It's da kine dat we have a president dat wears slippas."

If you want to check out where Obama kicked it when he lived in the Islands check out, from a local perspective it's interesting. Makes you realize the dude was just a normal, plate-lunch-eating, Sandy's-bodysurfing kind of guy...and that's cool with me. I don't really know where I was going with all this—and yes, the Calvin Coolidge was pretty random—but I guess all I was trying to get across was that after spending the last couple of weeks here, imbedded if you will, it cool to see how everyone on the island's caught Barack fever, from pro surfers to traveling weirdos to the local bruddas and sistas. As I just told the Aussie chap I'm staying with, "You never saw Regan stickers on the bottom of guys boards."

Off to watch Pipe, I'll let you know what happens.