The season has been over for us girls for a few weeks now and my shoulders are very appreciative of the new-found rest they’ve been having. I have to say though, I really miss it. Yes, I’m even feeling nostalgic about getting up at 5:00am to bike to practice in the dark.
Recreational paddle has started up again and that will keep us addicts sated until training begins again next year. Especially during whale season, of which there will be plenty to come on these pages in the next few months…
But for now I’d like to reflect a little on the season gone by in the form of quotes! Little did they know but all season I was making mental notes of things my team-mates said and now’s the time to lift the lid. For every one I remembered I’m sure there were plenty more I missed, so please feel free to add your own. Mahalo, Laura.
“Girls. Well…you just have to ‘poop’ yourself out of the boat.” Spud, Women’s Coach, explains the intricacies of getting out of a huli’d canoe when the covers are on.
Jen: “What do you call a coup on a canoe?”
Joe: “A mutiny.”
Jen: “Well then, I call a mutiny.” Jenny almost jumps back into seat six to take the reins when Joe steers the girls’ boat.
“Now let’s puke on each other.” Eli and Cynthia decide to consummate their Latina camaraderie.
“I’m as delicate as a rose petal.” Mardy RayRay. Of course he is!
“Imagine you climb Everest for the first time. It’s the same kind of feeling.” Joe uses his best sales techniques to explain the joys of drinking coconut rum, followed by Stubb’s BBQ sauce, followed by beer. No, really…
“Micheraaaaaaa, I think I’ve broken my nose.” Laura (me) enjoys her first outing on an OC-1.
“Yeah, I sold 48.” Forest effortlessly sells an amazing 48 cards on his first day of fundraising.
“Have you started to grow breasts yet?” Svar, on Joe paddling with the Novice B girls.
“Shall I bless the boat?” Jefferson, who sweetly thought that wetting the rigging was a Hawaiian blessing!
“I think my nipple just fell off.” Molly’s Camelpak comes apart and Spud almost gets whiplash when he spins around after hearing Molly say this!
“Twiiist, Reeach, Powwwwer, Popppp, Timiiing!!” …all now firmly imprinted in our minds.
“I think I’m a little bit intoxicated.” No way Mardy, I don’t believe you.
“Paddles in the war-tah!” Jenny utters the infamous words in an English accent.
“The fun is about to end.” Coach Barry warns us about the impending training seasions.
“Can Lahaina Canoe Club send a representative to the official’s stand.” Something we heard a few too many times at regattas this year…
“Have you got some mascara, or a sharpie. I need to make myself look like Freddie Mercury.” Kenny, shortly before his transformation into the Queen frontman at Napili’s regatta.
“I want huevos. Steak and huevos.” Eli. Often.
“Get angry. Push yourselves. Rrrrat, rrrat, rrrat.” Arika encourages the girls from seat six on their successful Maliko Gulch race. You know, the one where we beat Napili’s Junior women and a few Masters’ teams!!
“I’m a local boy, give me a stick, a rock and some slippers and I’m good to go.” Mardy is a man of simple pleasures ;-)
“I’ll be there.” Vae, who literally, has been at Canoe Beach every day to help out, give encouragement and even cook our dinner!
“I’m stronger than I thought.” Adam’s Isagenix is obviously working, as he launches a tyre over a canoe without much effort.
“I would have to have a broken arm to stop paddling.” Jenny soldiers on in a long-distance race after breaking her finger. Nice one Jen!
“Paddling has changed my life.” Aviva. Myself and all the other girls could not agree more.