You can barely see the canoes, but there’s an ongoing paddling race that I was a part of for the American Samoa Coast Weeks kick off event yesterday. We got 3rd in our heat which isn’t so bad since it was last minute and we did not practice whatsoever. I didn’t even realize I’d be paddling until a few hours before it started haha. We’ve got 2 more races today though, wish us luck!

You can barely see the canoes, but there’s an ongoing paddling race that I was a part of for the American Samoa Coast Weeks kick off event yesterday. We got 3rd in our heat which isn’t so bad since it was last minute and we did not practice whatsoever. I didn’t even realize I’d be paddling until a few hours before it started haha. We’ve got 2 more races today though, wish us luck!

hehe gabsshere

Sunset selfies

Spearfishing catch of the day
Dillingham Beach,  Hawaii

Spearfishing catch of the day
Dillingham Beach, Hawaii

itsallgabbing:

This was much needed πŸ‘½Thank you @nerelleque for being amazing and visiting me! I miss you so much already πŸ˜­πŸ’™πŸ‘­ #onlyshewouldbegametositintheforestwithme (at its a 🚬)

itsallgabbing:

This was much needed πŸ‘½Thank you @nerelleque for being amazing and visiting me! I miss you so much already πŸ˜­πŸ’™πŸ‘­ #onlyshewouldbegametositintheforestwithme (at its a 🚬)

Do you mind if I ask where you're from? And do people that aren't native Samoan stick out? Like if I went to American Samoa would people stare at me? I've heard that's the case in Japan.

@horizontescuriosos

I don’t mind at all… if anyone asked me were am I from, I will always say American Samoa… I was born and raised here and I call this place home and the people here are my family. If you’re asking me about my ethnicity though, I am Filipino, Chinese and Spanish.

Just like any remote island, or anywhere where the community is tight and everyone knows everyone… people here will notice anyone who is new and they will probably stare. I don’t really get the whole staring thing either, but I guess it’s just like intense people watching lol. So yeah if you came here, you’d probably stick out and people may stare at you, but it’s really not a big deal as long as you wave and acknowledge them. People here are super friendly so they will most def say hi and you’re good to go! horizontescuriosos

Serenity

Serenity

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I like your blog and pics of your adventures :) I'm in college as well. I wanted to ask also if is surfing hard? Do you have any tips? I've only "boogie boarded" out in the ocean but would love to surf. (btw I use my secondary blog more often, there's a link on my main blog to it)

@teamunity

Thanks so much! I actually just graduated college so I’m back home and working now :) The photos that I just posted were actually from my first time learning to surf last week when I was vacationing in Hawaii haha, and I wish I could give actual advice but I didn’t even get to catch a legitimate wave… sooooo you could probably say that I went boogie boarding on a surfboard. I’ve been wanting to learn how to surf too, especially since my boyfriend surfs, but here in American Samoa it gets pretty dangerous because we’ve got reefs everywhere and the water moves differently. Instead, I stand up paddle, which is on a board similar to a surfboard but usually larger and you stand on it and paddle. It’s fun too if you just want to get into a water activity and it helps with your balance and your arms get a nice work out :)

Blue Planet Hawaii

Blue Planet Hawaii

Me at Kaiser Bowls, Hawaii
(Photo credit: Gabby)

Caravaning to the beach with Gabs and Bobs

Caravaning to the beach with Gabs and Bobs