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Outrigger Correspondent’s Notebook: Where in the World is Harry?

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Editor’s Note: The Distressed Mullet’s own outrigger correspondent is back in Hawaii, after his family returned to Oahu, following another assignment for his dad, who serves our country in the Army.  Bad news for us here in North Carolina, but we can’t help but think Hawaii and Harry go together like….well….poi and kalua pig, or rice and poke or…,you get the picture. Photo credits: Harrison Deisroth, Emily Deisroth, Mario Mausio

Aloha from Harry

Hey guys! It’s been a while. A lot has happened within the past two months, so I’ll try to fill you in on the past and let you in on some future happenings.

First and foremost, my family and I have relocated to Oahu, Hawaii on military orders. In December, bittersweetly, we left the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area to initiate our move. It was hard, of course, after creating strong relationships through Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club, the paddle community, and school, after having lived there for only two years. We miss the simplicity, affordability, and our old East Coast life, but are adjusting to the ever so glorious “HI life” and love our new living conditions (I mean, it’s Hawaii, can you not like it?)

After being in numerous hotels since a few days prior to Thanksgiving, we finally moved into a house in the Hawaii Kai area on Oahu, last week Wednesday. We’re in a great location, about 5-7 minutes away from Maunalua Bay (the area where the “Molokai 2 Oahu” race finishes), 25 minutes away from the Outrigger Canoe Club, and 10 minutes away from Sandy Beach.

What was nice about moving during December/January, is that it took up about all of my offseason time. I caught up on some Netflix shows, podcasts, naps, oh, and doing lots of nothing. It was great. After Chattajack, I definitely felt burnt out and need lots of time off. Though, the rest has me motivated and excited for this coming season.

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I’ve spent the past month here catching up with many of my friends who were home from college for the holidays, doing downwind runs, working at a pizza restaurant, and racing for fun on the weekends. I’ve been basking in the glory of being here with my own car, my own bed, and house, since I’ve spent a combined time of about a year in the islands over the past two years, sleeping on people’s floors, couches, futons, spare beds, having to catch the bus, asking for rides, and not really having my own agenda. Also, it’s refreshing to have my family here, since I spent that combined year alone and on my own. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing them at the end of my next few races and Molokai crossings, as they’ve only seen me come in for only one of my past five. I don’t think results will matter after I cross the finish line, as I’ll just be elated that my family is there at the end. I can’t wait.

So, what’s next? Well, my offseason officially ends tomorrow, my race schedule is partially set, and the big races this year, for me, will be the Carolina Cup (SUP and OC1), the OC1 Molokai Solo, the (Columbia River) Gorge (OC1), Molokai 2 Oahu (SUP relay 2-man or 3-man), possibly a Tahiti trip with the outrigger team, the Molokai Hoe, mayyyyyyybe PPG, and It’d be fun to do the Catalina outrigger race again.

It’s going to be fun year. A really, really, fun year. A year of learning, gaining skills, doing SO many downwind runs, paddling with the boys, and traveling. I’m living the life and I’m not even a legal adult yet. I’m blessed and oh, so lucky. Cheers to the “HI life” and I hope all of you have a great year as well.

Harrison Deisroth on Relocating Back to Hawaii

Aloha,

Harrison

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