CAN'T I JUST STAY HERE FOREVER??
the view from Diamond Head Rd., mile 25 of the marathon
the rain didn't turn out to be as bad as the forecast had predicted. the worst of it came and went the first afternoon i arrived as i took my runners up Diamond Head for their last run before race day. i tried my best to keep up with my training schedule, but this was the only rental road bike i found. um, yeah, no.....
no thanks, i think i'll pass...
me and a few of my runners looking ready to run!!
us tourists will never learn...
Faeron, Graham and Megan try their first Portuguese malasada!!
after a quick stop in Haleiwa for local delicacies such as the Portuguese import, the malasada, and some shave ice, we stopped in at the Surf N Sea shop to drool over some boards and overheard some locals saying that the contest made a late announcement that it WAS GOING OFF!!! so we dashed back to the car and made our way to Pipeline.
we just missed Kelly Slater's heat!!! and i have to say in the 7 years i've watched the contest, this was some of the smallest, saddest surf i've ever seen, and it was still HUGE!!! instead of catching and shooting out of tubes, which is what this leg of the Triple Crown is all about, the judges were looking for more tricks as in the Foster's Expression Session. got to watch aussie, Michael Lowe, in his last pro contest along with other favorites over the years, Taj Burrow, Bruce Irons, Neco Padaratz, and hothead Sunny Garcia who, once again, started a brawl after getting snaked on a drop in while in 2nd place in the final minutes of his heat.
men's 2007 Honolulu Marathon winner, Ambesse Tolossa!!