A two year around-the-world surfing and sailing voyage that was the adventure of a lifetime.
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From Boys 2 Men
From Boys 2 Men is an unforeseen journey of inspiring adventure, egregious motivations, sexual entanglement, physical adversity and near death encounters, it was also a learning experience that could not be replicated in any educational institution.
From Boys 2 Men is the audacious tale of two young boys, age seventeen, that leave their parents next to embark on a surfing safari to Hawaii. Dissatisfied with the poor surfing conditions on Oahu in 1964, they search out better waves in American Samoa, a place they had never before heard of. They leave Samoa on a 78' inter-island cargo boat and later join a 56' ketch owned by twenty four year old John. The three youngsters had the sailing adventure that young men only dream of. Episodically sharing those adventures was John's wife, a nineteen year old Tahitian beauty, in a saga of love on the high seas.
Boat fires in Samoa, a near sinking in Fiji, a major tropical cyclone in Australia, hunting butterflies in Papua's outback, and a gut-wrenching hurricane in the North Atlantic greet them on their serendipitous journey. Life's lessons taught on a grand scale with players from over fifteen nations.
Our emancipation was the greatest gift completing high school could have bestowed on us that effervescent June afternoon. Years of State mandated education had come to an end, we were about to slip the restrictive shackles of parental guidance, leave behind the cumbersome rules of home, the fetters of citified adolescence and head into a summer of shameless bliss.
In the far away recesses of the South Pacific, there are places where no law exists, where there are no time-outs and no penalties are awarded for bad behavior. There, those with a proclivity towards aberrant behavior: the dysfunctional, the disturbed, the psychosocial, the homosexual and the just plain delusional can be found roaming unrestrained, unobserved, and unknown.